See How We Can Thrive – Together.
Amazing things can happen when we reach out and help one another. As human beings, not just as women.
As I sit here typing this post a beautiful friend of mine Jen, who suffers with Chiari Malformation, is recovering in a New York hospital after undergoing her third operation. Jen writes about her journey on her gorgeous blog Sunlight and Air.
A few months ago Jen approached me asking for help. She needed to raise enough funds to ease the financial strain of having surgery. Being a student and having to take time off her day job to recover from the surgery meant that the stress of money would be yet another thing for her to think about as well as the medical side of things.
Of course I said yes. Without a moment of hesitation. Jen’s word for 2015 is THRIVE and her idea was to put it on a t-shirt. I immediately set to work designing the brush script. After Jen had chosen her favourite from the options I sent her she had organised a manufacturer and the option to purchase was available. Within the first day we had reached our initial goal to get the t-shirts from concept to print. By the second day we had sold enough t-shirts to cover Jen’s airfares to and from New York. Anything after that, we agreed, was simply a gifted bonus.
Photos posted on instagram by Jen’s beautiful supporters : top feature photo @kimbowerdesign | @emmawood24 | @julieloveg | @alex.nicolette | @persnicketyprints
The generosity and support for Jen continued with even more sales of the t’s and offers from other creatives around the world to help and donate their time and product sales in aid of Jen’s quest to lighten her financial burden.
Kellie Winnell of Kellie Stamps created a wooden mounted rubber stamp featuring my ‘thrive’ script. Jessica of Color Cast Designs produced these buttons that also featured my script. Jen had Canadian artist Olya Schmidt of Paint Paper Studio produce gorgeous 8×10 fine art prints of the New York City Skyline. Again, all money going straight to Jen.
As Jen lies in her hospital bed recovering she is checking her social media and seeing photos (like the ones above – you can connect with Jen on Instagram @sunlightandair ) come pouring in of people who have answered her call for help, proudly wearing their love and support for her. Can you imagine who imagine how amazing this must make this 23 year old woman feel? Pretty wonderful don’t you think? 🙂
THANK YOU to each and every one of your who helped. It’s beautiful proof of how when one person has the courage to reach out and ask for help the universe, in deed, responds in a loving, caring enthusiastic and supportive way.