It is with mixed feelings that I write today — for this will be the last official blog posting on 52 Weeks of Impact.
Though it may sound a cliche, 52 Weeks of Impact has felt like “our baby.” For approximately 1-1/2 years, we’ve watched it crawl through cyberspace, seen it grow and develop friends and popularity, proudly recognized its influence, and stood by while it went through identity crises. Through it all, we’ve loved it.
We learned something from each and every one of our efforts — sometimes about others, and often about ourselves. We learned from each of you who have offered your support, applause, suggestions and own success stories — even those of you who’ve sat in the background and watched each week, we’ve felt your presence and appreciate it. We’ve come to love the little community that’s developed here.
But, it’s time for us to move onward. 52 Weeks of Impact showed us that we CAN do it (each and every one of us) and it helped to give Nils and me a little extra needed courage.
In three short days, we take our next big steps forward when we fly to South Africa to start a new adventure on our farm, Chrysalis Farm. There, we plan to continue on with our impact efforts, but in a somewhat different way: by integrating impact into our day-to-day, moment-by-moment life.
We’d be very happy if you’d follow us as we start our new life and our next endeavors to make the world a better place one moment at a time!
Thank you for being part of our life!
Posted in What is 52 Weeks, What's next? | 10 Comments »
He was a medium-sized, brown mutt of indistinguishable breed. Whether it was his sad eyes or tentative approach that softened my heart, I cannot say, but it was clear to me he just needed some loving. It was he who drew me to the “Animal Hope-Nitra” (ATN — German only) booth at the pet show in town. The volunteers of this rescue organization explained that he had been found in one of the “killing camps”, “living” under inhuman conditions, nearly starving. Continue Reading »
Posted in Animal Conservation & Welfare, volunteering | Tagged Animal Hope NITRA, animal rescue, animal shelter, Ärzte für Tiere, dog killing camps, donate blankets, donate towels, helping animals, Lab Rescue |
Week 14, 2010 seems like a very long time ago. It was back when Nils still had a near-paralyzing fear of needles and, for the first time in his life, dared to donate his blood.
These days, he’s leading others to the blood donation centers. Much for the same reason as Nils — fear — several of his colleagues had never yet given blood. But, with a bit of determination and lots of courage, they proved that if Nils can do it, they can too! Continue Reading »
Posted in Blood Donation | Tagged Blood Donation, give blood, red cross |
Funny. Over the past few weeks, I’ve not only happened upon several blog postings, but have also had a couple of conversations about gratitude journals. Perhaps it’s no coincidence; spring is, after all, a time of hope and renewal.
A Gratitude Journal (also called a Grateful Journal, and a Happiness Journal) came into popularity back in the mid-90s through Oprah Winfrey. The concept is simple: Continue Reading »
Posted in Personal Development, Random Acts of Kindness, Stress Management | Tagged butter bee happy, grateful journal. happiness journal, gratitude journal, Happy Tapper, Oprah Winfrey | 4 Comments »
I nearly wrote “One of our favorite charitable organizations …”, but that thought goes through my head nearly every week. We haven’t yet supported an organization or a cause that didn’t become a favorite in some way.
Ugo Blanco, our baby
So, to be more precise, this week we’ve decided to continue support of our favorite adopted child. Continue Reading »
Posted in Animal Conservation & Welfare, Environment, Orphans | Tagged Australian Orangutan Project, Borneo, extinction, orangutans, palm oil, rain forest, Sumatra | 2 Comments »
I was doomed from the get-go. With both a mom and dad with poor eyesight, my destiny was pretty clear. And, if I were to believe mom, the many nights spent way past my bedtime, under the covers reading with a flashlight, didn’t help.
This is what the world looks like when I wake up:
Thankfully, my parents or I’ve always had the resources so I could have glasses or contacts, so the world can look like this:
Posted in Children, Disabilities, Literacy, Micro-volunteering, Random Acts of Kindness | Tagged donating glasses, New Eyes for the Needy, sight disabilities, vision disabilities |
Who would’ve imagined? I just started learning to crochet (still feeling a bit like I have ten thumbs), and I’m already able to put my new hobby to use. Toward really good use!
Here’s one of my first projects!
8"x8" (20cm x 20cm) square
I know it may not look like much, but enough of those squares will make one of these:
Blankets for AIDS orphans. Photo from KasCare
Which will go to one of many needy orphans in South Africa, like one of these beautiful kids:
Photo by Karen at KasCare
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Posted in Children, Homeless, Orphans | Tagged AIDS Orphans, Crocheting for Charity, KaCare, knit-a-square, Knitting for charity, South Africa. Aid for AIDS Orphans, Sub-Saharan Africa | 3 Comments »