CREATIVE IN GIVING BACK

Gratitude Warrior Celebration

Project Gratitude The purpose: To host a celebration of gratitude in my community officially thanking the biggest blessings in my life.  The goal was to create a magical atmosphere with an abundance of twinkle lights, candles and interactive activities to ignite...

Go Gold: It is a Verb

If you reading this on September 30th* you still have time today to Go Gold.  It is a verb.  A call to action.  Paint your heart gold and honor September for its noble place on the calendar.  There is still time to fill the final box on the September grid. Let me...

A Story… of Hope

Earlier in the week I shared Jack and Annie’s story in honor of Gold in September: G9.  I ended the post with a plea for action and a request to hear your stories.  Shortly after publishing the G9 post, an email landed in my box from Cameron Von St. James and a...

Go Gold! 10 Ways to Support G9

Nature is going gold here in the heart of the Midwest. “A child’s giggle is worth one hundred pounds of gold.” ― Amy Leigh Mercree Let me introduce you to someone who has been inspiring me since I met her nine years ago.  Perhaps you have heard from her this...

G9: Gold in September

Though the sun has set on September, I am asking for one last favor before you fully jump into October…  If you haven’t heard about G9: Gold in September, please stop everything and watch this video. Once you hear Annie’s message of hope, I believe...

Reflecting: MACC Event

“Everyone and everything that shows up in our life is a reflection of something that is happening inside of us.” -Alan Cohen Honored to attend the Women for MACC’s annual Couture for a Cure benefit today including fashion, food, and fund-raising for a...

Angel Flight

“The essence of life is collaboration.” -Darden Smith Honored to cross paths with an Austin-based songwriter and musician today at the Art of Entrepreneurship luncheon with the Delafield Arts Center. The event’s featured speaker, Darden Smith,...

Lakefront Marathon

So humbled and inspired to be a part of the magical day that unfolded in downtown Milwaukee on the Lakefront Marathon course.  Team Ann’s Hope ran the miles with smiles sporting bright yellow shirts!  The weather was perfect:  cool with a slight cloud-cover.  At...

May Angels Lead You In

“May angels lead you in.  Hear you me my friends.” Focusing my energy on preparing for the weekend marathon!  Race day is Sunday, October 7 and the 18-week training plan culminates with 26.2 miles.  Today I started to pack items for my race morning back...

IBJ Golf Outing

“Life is short.  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.” – 40 Quotes to Help You Follow Your Passion, Marc and Angel September 10th was the annual I Back Jack golf outing in...

Ronan

The girls tipped me off that Taylor Swift debuted a heart-wrenching song tonight at the “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon. Taylor wrote the song to honor a beautiful little boy named Ronan, 4, who died of  neuroblastoma. Swift co-wrote the song with the little...

To the Point

“The principal point of cleverness is to know how to value things just as they deserve.”    – Francois de La Rochefoucauld I have been talking to the friendly staff of my favorite local Target store about obtaining a few giant pencils decorating the...

Yoga: Om Plate

Lululemon Milwaukee sponsored a beautiful outdoor yoga class tonight: Om Plate at Miller Park’s Helfaer Field.   There was live serene music, a little gentle rain and the most beautiful double rainbow… ever!  The rain was initially a tiny distraction but...

We Back Jack

“Never forget that the most powerful force on earth is love.” – Nelson Rockefeller Yesterday’s post included a challenge: find a way to support the I Back Jack Foundation.  Emma and her friend took my “be creative” challenge...

Wear Sunscreen!

Creatively carving out volunteer time in support of a cause near and dear to my heart today.  Kid’s Fest in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin was underway with an  Ann’s Hope tent full of fun and sun safety education.  It was a beautiful day to spread a critical...

Running with Purpose

I am in the midst of training for the Lakefront Marathon which I will run in October in honor of melanoma angels and warriors; alongside a team of 50 runner’s on the Ann’s Hope team.  It will be a meaningful day for everyone as we are all motivated to run...

Finding Purpose

“Man – a being in search of meaning.” -Plato Tonight was an inspired evening with musical magic created by Josh Wilson, enlightened conversation with baseball legends and drum roll…. the premier of the amazing and clever I Back Jack video that...

The Road to Grace

“Grace is available for each of us every day – our spiritual daily bread – but we’ve got to remember to ask for it with a grateful heart and not worry about whether there will be enough for tomorrow.” -Sarah Ban Breathnach Today was...

Godspeed

No heartfelt words today. A bright light went out in our community extinguished by the brutal unfairness of childhood cancer.  Praying my heart out for every single person touched by his light as they suffer.  Today is wrought with sadness, doubt, worry and...

Father’s Day 2012

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”  ~Clarence Budington Kelland Hats off to all dads – here, there and everywhere.  Yours and mine. I have been reflecting on a project I recently finished for my dad on his...

Ann’s Hope Foundation Event

Successful day on multiple levels volunteering at the Annual Ann’s Hope 5k Run & 3K Walk to raise research dollars to find a cure for melanoma cancer.  Record attendance, meaningful moments, safe experience for runners and walkers, adorable little racers in...

Metal Stamping Hope

The circle of hope. Finishing hand-stamped metal items for the Ann’s Hope event this weekend.  Bracelets and necklaces will be available on this stand! Did you know: It is estimated that 80% of melanomas are due to ultraviolet light damage to the skin. Avoidance...

H O P E

Today I decided to create something to shout out hope during the Ann’s Hope Run / Walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo.   Using wooden 3D letters and my happy paper, I came up with...

Hope Necklaces

‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.  And sings the tune without words and never stops – at all. – Emily Dickinson Today started with a trail run along side a fellow Ann’s Hope board member… We literally...

Week of Hope

“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.” – Anonymous We are in the final stretch preparing for the Ann’s Hope annual 5K run and 3K walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo on Sunday, May 20.  All the details...

Honoring a Bright Light: DIY Candle

Some of my favorite childhood memories involve camping near Decorah, Iowa with a cluster of family friends.   We had what seemed like endless freedom to roam, hike the nearby hill, canoe, bike, trout fish (Velveta cheese balls were our bait!), explore…!   Pure...

Engraving Hope

The day started dreary and groggy:  6 a.m. officially felt like 5 a.m.  During my first work errand I found myself driving 65 then in the midst of a torrential downpour everyone slowed to a calmer 50 mph.  I couldn’t see and had to trust the brake lights ahead...

Ann’s Hope Event

With deep admiration and respect I am introducing two dear friends today, Ann Harrington and Anne Frentzel, co-founders of Ann’s Hope Foundation;  an organization born out of love for two immediate family members: Craig Harasha (Ann’s brother) and Richard...

Forty Under 40 Awards Dinner!

Honored to be in the presence of forty extraordinary members of our community as I attended the Forty Under 40 awards dinner at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee tonight.   Our dear friend, Sarah Bartosz, the founder and President of the I Back Jack Foundation was...