Hi you guys! Finally, FINALLY I am back on the blogging wagon. Welcome to the new space we are calling home: Notes From A Thoughtful Life! When I first got the idea to change the name I did not expect it to take THIS long. But you know, life.
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Now, on to the fun stuff!
Besides the obvious name change and a few little tweaks, one of the biggest additions to this blog is something I am super excited about. It has to do with that little button over there called “the shop”.
The SHOP, y’all!
“The shop” is a small collection of prints that are serving a super awesome purpose. Lemme explain.
Next month I am running four half marathons in four weeks. Yes, you read that right. Four weeks. Four half marathons. Next month.
I am running the marathons with a great team for a pretty simple reason – to raise support for the orphan work in India, specifically kids with HIV/AIDS.
My church here in Boise, Calvary Chapel, has a network of orphanages all over India and one of their main focuses is to care for children diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. These orphanages provide a loving environment for the kids to live plus things like food, education, medical attention and more. They also take care of HIV/AIDS positive adults in the community. Their willingness to work with this need has opened up so many opportunities – local governments are allowing them into areas of the country that have been inaccessible to these types of organizations in the past!
Every single penny we raise through these races goes directly to the orphanages. One hundred percent. The prints in the shop are part of my contribution. When you buy a print you are supporting the orphanages and giving me a virtual you can do it! high five (because, seriously, these races are no joke. I get a little overwhelmed just thinking about it). Just like other race contributions, all the proceeds from these prints goes directly to the orphanages in India.
For me the coolest part of these half marathons is something that I’ve actually mentioned before: it takes something ordinary and turns it into something we can use to change the world. I can’t just pick up and travel overseas to serve those in need but heck, I can run and I can draw and I most definitely can use both of those things to make a difference!
PS // It’s been awhile since my last Friday Feature so this Friday I am sharing some of the new fair and ethical companies that I have discovered over the summer. Can’t wait!