LoveNotes

Better Than You Found Them

freedom-2237657_1280For me, this subject isn’t about what other people can do for the world, but what I can do for it. Growing up my mother used to tell my siblings and me, “Always leave things better than you found them.” The older I get, her words translate more and more every day into, “Always leave people better than you found them.”

The most important legacy that one can leave behind for their generations and for the world isn’t something always physically tangible. I feel that being more self-aware of the impact that we each have in the lives of one another and our surroundings can change society.

It is our everyday speech, actions, thoughts, and the inner workings of one’s own heart that gives us each the power to build our legacies for the positive. It is the reality that we have each created and possess within ourselves that is brought out into the world creating a “footprint.”

This “footprint” can be something spiritual, emotional, or physical and can either leave something negative or positive for society to work with. The choice, however, is up to us on which one to leave and what realities about ourselves we choose to accept and live out on a day to day basis.

By walking (and sometimes sprinting and running) through life, it is important that we as individuals make a decision to be sensitive to the things that matter, and let go of the things that don’t. I believe that by living life on an “on-purpose” basis and stopping to see the bigger picture, we have a chance to leave things and people better than we found them.

Thanks for reading.

Shiloe

 

LoveNotes

Let Your Voice Be Heard

This is just my thought, especially since this is an election year, but I think that it is important for Americans to vote. Yes, I said it and I believe it because it allows for your voice to be heard. Although there are those that might feel disfranchised by their government because there is no such thing as an “honest” politician, voting does show generally what the nation as a whole wants. Politicians cannot address certain issues, such as education, for example, if students and parents do not vote.

Voting honors past sacrifices and our history, at least that’s  my opinion. America has fought many wars in the name of freedom, and I feel that for citizens to not put in their two cents for the sake of continuing that freedom is a real shame for not only our future but for our future generations. After all, voting and democracy is a luxury not found in many countries throughout the world. As a citizen of the free world,

I feel that one should exercise every right they possess while they are still considered free. If it is change that our society seeks, then we must take advantage of our power to vote and place the people in office that have the capability and the desire to make that change.

If you haven’t registered to vote or if you have registered and haven’t voted for some of the reasons I mentioned above, maybe you might want to reconsider.

As for me and all the other fellow voters, we hope to see you at the polls!

Shiloe

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Events, LoveNotes

One Spark or Bust!

We’re trying to launch The Studio and getting ready for….. ONE SPARK 2015!

We’re so excited to be one of the 555 Creators that will be showcasing their projects/ideas at this great Crowdfunding Festival!  We will be showcasing a project near and dear to us: “The Bridge of Hope Project” and we’re doubly honored to have The Wounded Warrior Project as our hosting venue.  Yay!

Our project is aimed at bringing attention to Suicide and Mental /Health issues in a unique and creative way.  As artists, involved with other artists, we hope to use art as a vehicle to bring attention these important issues.  How you ask?  Well, let us tell you:

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, suicide ranks 9th overall in the top causes of death in the US for individuals over the age of 10 (http://www.cdc.gov/)making it a leading cause of death in the US. It jumps to the second leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 15 -34. It ranks higher than homicide, HIV and many other diseases.  These days it’s hard to meet anyone that has not been affected in some way either by knowing someone that has some type of mental illness, like depression, or knowing someone that has committed suicide – even if it’s a famous celebrity.  We personally know the impact of both, all too well.

Our goal is to create a unique and positive way to help people that may be feeling depressed or suicidal.  We will begin by creating and printing decorative mugs that will have encouraging impactful sayings on them to help brighten someone’s day.  You will be able to purchase one yourself or, better yet, purchase one to give a friend.

We then want to take it one step further… Our secondary goal is to get other artists to join our efforts in asking the City of Jacksonville to allow us to create murals throughout areas of the city where there have been large numbers of suicide or attempted suicide.  It is our hope that if someone were to see the murals with positive, inspiring sayings and images, that they would be inclined to think twice and look forward to a new and better tomorrow.

 

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We hope to follow in the footsteps of people like Don Ritchie (RIP) , a man in Australia who, over the course of 45 years officially prevented 160 suicides near his home. Or, maybe in a small way, we’d like to be like our amazing host venue The Wounded Warrior Project that does so much for our country’s veterans.  However, even if we only just reach one person- it would all be worth it!

Hope to see you at One Spark!

Be Blessed

**THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED TO INCLUDE PICTURES FROM OUR ONESPARK ADVENTURE**