Thursday, January 28, 2010

Road Trip & Recovery

We're headed to Santa Barbra this weekend. Matt and I are taking a little get a way to unwind and relax before my surgery.

Don't worry, if you place orders on the shop they will still ship. Nina our administrative goddess will come to the rescue and ship all orders in a timely manner.

If you have read this blog then you know that entrusting Matt with post surgical care is a tricky endeavor. If not read here. But I am assured by friends and family that all will go smoothly. Matt's history of devil-may-care medical mishaps have branded him as one who can not monitor his spouses recovery alone. He loves me deeply but I just can't explain what comes over him at these times, really.

Trust me we are prepared this time. We have the Polar Care 300 a super sonic ice therapy machine that I get hooked up to that will freeze my shoulder to an appropriate temperature that will help with swelling, recovery and surely any hot flashes that might come up! I have a multitude of fetching sweatshirts and loose tops to pop over the shoulder dressing that I will be bundled in for God knows how long. I have books, movies and both my kids will be around me so I am sure that all will be well.

Though the it may not be this sunny this weekend I am sure we will have a great time! Talk to you soon...

Friday, January 15, 2010

Giving Part II

When I wrote my last blog post about giving, there was no way of knowing what a stage of tragedy would be set with the Haitian Earthquake. Giving is incredibly important now more than ever. Imagine the total devastation that has taken place in Haiti. We see images of it but we are not living it so it is up to each of us to do what we can. Give big, give small but give what ever you can and know that it makes a difference. Many people giving small amounts create a huge change. Give your prayers, give your meditations, and give your best thoughts of peace, calm and healing for these people.

There will always be causes to give and contribute to but every now and then something big happens and requires us to act on our humanity, to dig deeper and say to ourselves - "Yes I can come up with a little extra for this".

Soul of the Rose Gifts is a regular supporter of Doctors Without Borders and we have made an additional donation to help with the operations in Haiti.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Let's Start This New Year Off Right!

Lets not resolve to lose weight, work out more or become more organized. These are very boring ideas and they only net a few people with incredible will power. The rest of us are left feeling as though we can't cut it as though we can't make a difference. You can make a difference I have an idea!

This year I am embarking on the 29-Day Giving Challenge. Go to 29 Gifts in 29 Days
Give one thing away each day for 29 days. Why? Because, to see your world change, you have to DO something to change your world. I plan to sign up on this site to keep track of what I am doing and to get ideas from others. I plan to continue this abundant lifestyle longer that 29 days but this will be a great way to start. I love this idea. Join me we can do this.

I also found a site called Modest Needs
Modest Needs pools small donations from thousands of donors, who can direct their contributions to help fund specific individual requests. One hundred percent of individual donations go to fund these small grants, which cover needs such as auto repairs, rent, dental work or utility bills. This help prevent otherwise financially self-sufficient individuals and families from entering the cycle of poverty with a small amount of well-timed financial assistance.

This is a great place to make small donations from time to time on an as needed and case-by-case basis. I am really happy to have found this site because you can see simple solutions taking shape right away.

This New Year I am stretching my mind and soul to find new and unusual ways to give. I am not rich and I may only have small amount to give here and there but I think if I can wake each day feeling grateful and reach out to share then I will surely fall on the happier side of life more often than not. I hope you will join me in adopting this grateful and abundant attitude. I think we can make such a lasting difference for others and ourselves. Happy New Year!