I wanted to share with you that I had the chance to do a guest post yesterday on Lemon and Raspberry’s New Year’s Day Blog Party! What a fun way to start 2013 and so much available in one day.
Amy always provides lots of information and motivation for all kinds of business and personal projects throughout the year and this is the way she kicks it off.
You’ll find tips and inspiration about Memory Keeping, Blogging, Photography, Travel, Marketing and just general creativity and productivity. She also provides creative prompts for journaling the details of your life.
My post is called Memory Keeping with a Purpose. If you have a few minutes stop by and say hi to Amy, check it out and tell her that I sent you. She’s running a free mini online workshop and several giveaways as part of the New Year’s Blog Party, so sign up to participate or for a chance to win one of the prizes.
Thank you everyone for all your support in helping me raise the funds for my upcoming trip to the Arab World!
With your financial gifts, as well as your donations of items for our yard sale, the Lord brought in enough to cover all of my trip expenses, and then some! I was able to pass along the extra monies to the Global Training Institute to assist others in the group who hadn’t reached their fundraising goal yet.
We had a great yard sale, even though it was over 100 degrees last weekend. Thanks to all of you who donated items for us to sell…you know who you are. Special thanks to Terry and Diane for getting up before the crack of dawn to help set up and sell and to Chuck for helping to put stuff away in 100+ degrees. This is what the garage looked like before we moved everything out to the driveway for the sale last Saturday.
We had a steady stream of folks on Saturday despite the heat so I didn’t have time to take any photos after things got started. And although there were less visitors on Sunday, we still had some good sales.
On Sunday we set up our cashier’s table in a shady spot right by the front door of the house. The quiet pace made it almost relaxing. The income from both days were a huge addition to the fundraising goal. Thank you!
Shredder even decided to come out and hang with us for a while. She couldn’t quite decide if it was too hot to lay in the sun. In this shot she’s right next to my chair, half in and half out of the sun.
Also if anyone’s interested we still have a lovely 18 place-setting set of 1961 vintage Kayson’s Golden Rhapsody china for sale. It has lots of extras and serving pieces as well. You’ll see vintage china like this being used for the latest wedding or baby showers or even a wedding reception! For more photos and info visit my ad on Craig’s List
When I sell them, I’ll be putting the funds in savings to start an account for future short term missions trips, with the hope that the Lord will allow me to go again sometime.
Thank you again to all of you for your support financially, through yard sale donations and your continued prayer and encouragement for the trip.
By the way, GTIW is still raising funds to pay for the travel and training expenses of the women from the Arab World that will be attending the sessions. You can still donate here.
Have you ever been touched by the vision and goals of a particular non-profit and struggled with the fact that you didn’t have the money to write them a big check? I have. I’ve also wondered what I could do with my life and limited resources to help so many of the worthy causes that I encounter.
Early in our marriage, when our growing family was trying to stretch every penny I realized that in many cases my time and talents were just as important as my dollars. It was then that I committed to give a portion of my time, gifts and talents to serve and assist at church and various non-profits that were close to my heart. It was and still is the LEAST I can do!
With that in mind, a few years ago I was given the opportunity to go on a short-term missions trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina through our church. Short-term missions was something that I had always wanted to do. I love to travel and love to help people, but circumstances had prevented it in the past. Now God was opening the door for me to be able to “Travel with Purpose“. My first trip was with my husband and another couple and because of my photography hobby I was asked to participate on the trip using that skill set. I had the privilege of:
documenting all the details of the outreach and ministry on the trip in pictures to share with others when we returned
taking photos of the children that were sponsored by our church so that their sponsors in the U.S. could see how they were coming along
taking photos of a missionary family, along with their home, neighborhood, church etc. so we could report on their progress to those supporting them at home – Soon after our visit they had to return to the U.S. unexpectedly for medical reasons and the photo book that I was able to create was a tangible reminder of their time serving in Bosnia.
What a thrill it was to be able to contribute out of my gifting! If you’d like to see a few of my favorites, you can check them out at Flickr here.
And it didn’t stop there! Last year I was working part time with a non-profit called Greater Reach Ministries (now Global Training Institute for Women – GTIW). They were in the planning stages of a training program that reaches around the planet to unleash influential women to impact their world. They were embarking on a vision trip to Israel & Jordan to meet with women and discover how GTIW might come alongside them to assist with encouraging, training, empowering, and releasing women to be all that they were created to be. Again, I was invited to join the team! I was so excited to be able to help with documenting the women and the culture in those countries so that we could bring back images to help convey the message of the ministry and the needs in the Arab world! And here’s a link to some of my favorites from this trip.
Now I have a new opportunity! This same ministry, GTIW will be conducting their first training session in May of this year in the Middle East and I’ve been asked to come along. This time I will document the sessions in pictures, as well as assisting the Team Mobilization Director with the many logistical and administrative tasks that will be involved in bringing the training team from the U.S. and about 20 women from 5 different Arab countries to the training location overseas. The photos will be used to raise awareness and funds for future training sessions and my administrative support should help this first session to run smoothly while lightening the load for the Director. I’m so thrilled at the chance to use what God has given me to help others.
How about you?
Have you found ways to use your gifts and talents to help where the need is greatest? Or perhaps you’ve been blessed with the financial resources to help others. We were not all meant to do the traveling. Some of us have the opportunity to help others fulfill their vision by responding financially. Is that your contribution to furthering these noble causes? If so, I would love for you to consider a gift to help me travel to the Middle East. My financial goal is only $2700 and $1000 has already been raised. This brings me almost halfway to my goal. Would you be willing to contribute $5, 50 or even $500? Every dollar really does count! None of it goes into my pocket. And the donations are tax deductible since GTIW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit!
If you’d like to help pay for the expenses of the trip, please go to the GTIW Support Page here and select my name (Nancy Hann) from the team member drop-down menu. Or if you’d rather mail a check, it should be made out to Global Training Institute for Women (or GTIW is fine), butPLEASE include my name in the address on your envelope or on a separate piece of paper so we know whose account it should be credited to:
8283 N. Hayden Road, Suite # 258
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Thank you so much for considering a contribution. Every little bit helps. Feel free to come back and see the progress on the blue thermometer in the sidebar!
Have you had a chance to “Travel with Purpose”? Where did you go and what did you do? I’d LOVE to hear about it!
This week I finished two different Blurb books for a non-profit organization that I help out part time. I love creating these books and thinking of new ways to use them to help others.
The first book that I finished this month was a (200-page) 12″ x 12″ photo book that captured the trip that I was privileged to go on in October of 2011. I joined a team of 7 other women and 1 man who traveled to Israel and Jordan to gather information and talk to women in the Arab World about an upcoming training program that’s being offered by the Global Training Institute for Women (GTIW aka Greater Reach Ministries) beginning in May 2012. The 6 training sessions will take place over a 3-year period. Their goal is to see transformed women who are rooted in their biblical identity and have a clear understanding of their spiritual gifts, resulting in courageously leading other women to the same truth. They hope to take at least 20 Christian Arab women leaders through this program and in the future expand into Eastern Europe and the U.S. as well.
Our hope is that the photos I took on the trip will help them to spread the word about the need for training and the vision of GTIW and help raise funds to pay for the women who have limited income to attend the training. They’ve also asked me to join them in May as the photographer/historian at the first training session in the Arab World.
If you’d like to get a sampling of the big book, you can check it out here. The photos of the people that we met with have been omitted from the online book preview for their own security, since some Christians and Muslim Background Believers risk their lives in professing their faith in Christ.
The second book that I created is a personal Prayer Journal that contains 31 blank pages to write in and a page with scripture and a photo from the Holy Land for every 7 blank pages. If you’d like to see a full preview of the journal, please take a look here.
All proceeds from both books help to fund the Global Training Institute for Women… So after you see it, if you decide you’d like to order a few for yourself or as a gift, please use this link and get 15% off your whole order with the discount code 15OFFBLURB (all caps).
f you write a page each day in the journal, it will last a full month. If you write less than a page, then the journal will cover a longer period of time. In the future we may be researching other printing options to lower the cost and increase the fund-raising dollars per book and be able to increase the page count as well. Plus we’ll be creating new designs with different photos and possibly a planner/calendar layout too!
For more information about the ministry or if you would like to contribute directly, please visit the website to donate at GreaterReach.com, send a check to the address below or contact them at:
Global Training Institute for Women
8283 N. Hayden Road, Suite 258
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Be sure to tell them where you heard about it! And let me know your thoughts on what you’d like to see in future book products as well. Thanks so much!
I woke up on Sunday morning knowing that we had just about a half day before we needed to hit the highway, leave the ocean breezes and drive through the scorching desert back home to Phoenix. It really wasn’t as depressing as it sounds. We knew that our La Jolla visit was going to be short and we also knew that we will be leaving for Scotland and Ireland in a few short weeks. (Stay tuned for more on that.)
After enjoying our free breakfast at the hotel I spent a little time surfing the web to try to get some ideas on things to do in our last hours there. I thought about heading downtown to check out some shops and galleries, since we didn’t do any of that on Saturday, but wasn’t sure when everything opened. Then I stumbled onto a reference for the La Jolla Open Aire Market. Since it was in the middle of summer, I was thinking it might be a great place to pick up some delicious So Cal produce to take home with us. Turns out it was all that and so much more!
The Market is held every Sunday at the playground and all proceeds benefit the La Jolla Elementary School, just a block or so from downtown. What a brilliant way to bring in additional funds for our budget conscious schools! I would imagine it’s a fair amount of work to coordinate, but even if you only did it once a month or a few times a year I would imagine that you could bring in a decent amount of money for your favorite educational institution.
Because of it’s location at the corner of Girard Avenue and Genter Street you run into a similar parking problem here as you do trying to get to the beach. So Terry was nice enough to drop me off at the entrance and drive around until he found a parking space.
Admission is free, which is always nice. Once we walked inside we were immediately flooded with vibrant sights, irresistible smells and perfectly lovely sounds. We enjoyed a talented guitar player and vocalist right at the entrance (sadly, I didn’t get his name). Some of the vendors that caught my eye offered fresh flowers, produce, children’s clothes, fine art photography, jewelry, home-made soaps and more. There was also a woman selling gorgeous orchids for very reasonable prices and I was so tempted to buy one. Unfortunately, I wasn’t sure how it would fare in our trek across the desert (or if it would make it through the border check going back into Arizona). Here’s an extensive list of their vendors as of the latest update.
We did stop and buy some peaches, green and wax beans and a loaf of rosemary bread. Mmmmm…
As we wandered around the booths I couldn’t help but notice the amazing scents that wafted through the crowds. At the far corner of the market there was a concentration of food vendors that were obviously competing for our appetites. This was one time that I was disappointed to have had a free (boring) breakfast an hour or so before, because I really wished that I could justify buying one of the delicacies that was tempting my taste buds. Using all the will-power I could muster, I walked past the Turkish Grill and squeezed by the long line for the Creperie. I was able to talk Terry into getting a huge cup filled with fresh sliced mangos and melon. Let’s call it dessert after breakfast. It was delicious! I’ll tell you, if I lived nearby I would do brunch every Sunday there until I had tried out all the food vendors. They smelled and looked THAT good!
Then on the way out we spotted a booth called “Gingersnaps” with these adorable little girl’s summer dresses. I was SO tempted to buy one or two, except the fact that I don’t have any grandchildren yet, and didn’t have an immediate plan to attend a baby shower, so I wasn’t sure who I could give them to. I did think about my little friends, Emolyn and Elsie, but just didn’t have it in the budget to pick up something for them that day…and Terry would have thought I was crazy…maybe next time.
Here’s a small gallery of a few more enticing vendors from the Market. It was a such an unexpected adventure, chock full of treasures of all shapes and sizes. Oh, don’t I wish it was Christmas shopping season already! What am I saying! It’s Christmas shopping season all year long, but it’s also vacation season, so we had to save our pennies for the big trip in August.
Hey, I’ve decided to add one more post about La Jolla, so stop by later this week to see what other treasures we found there.
What’s your favorite open air market and what do you love to buy there?
O.k., so its clear that you’re probably not getting much inspiration from me lately, but I do have a recommendation for you to check out someone who is a prolific blogger. And this week, she’s running an online Blogging Workshop on “Lemon and Raspberry” called Better Blog Content 2.0. You can find all the details here.
Full disclosure: she happens to be my daughter, but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have great stuff to share and to help you in the blogging world. In fact this might just inspire me to start posting again. See, this post is proof that it’s working already. 🙂 I love this picture of her from some recent “outtakes” at her home photo shoot. Note the raspberry lemonade in the photo for her “Lemon and Raspberry” blog. Clever huh?
But, it’s getting more and more difficult for me to choose what to blog about. We just added a few more events to the list. Last week I helped my dear friend, Linda on a photo shoot with her daughter-in-law and granddaughters, which was a blast! I’ll post more on that.
Then I went with my husband and the Ryans to Tucson to hear my husband and Bob perform at the Tucson Folk Festival. I promise, soon I’ll post about that trip, as well as an awesome Mexican restaurant that we visited there. It’s a place that you won’t want to miss if you’re in the Tucson area and are hungry for Mexican food. Stay tuned for all that and more to come.
Thanks for hanging in there with me during this busy time of life.