Happy 2011!! (just a few weeks late.)So much going on at Mix Mingle Glow, I can’t WAIT to share it with you. We love our Brides, and we are already getting excited talking to and planning with so many new couples this year. To make things even better, 2011 is going to bring some awesome changes; something that I am most passionate about…
Ever since my birthday last year when I shared my day of 30 Random Acts of (Birthday) Kindness, my life has kind of changed. The activities and residual blessings in a very deep, personal way alone were amazing. But then there were all the emails…wow. That single crazy post – the one I almost never posted at all for fear it would sound self-serving and boastful – took on a life of it’s own. I’ve made “friends” and connections with some pretty amazing people all over the (virtual) world as a result. In addition to the private emails from people who were inspired to do something similar to celebrate their own birthdays, there have been online Message Forums discussing it from a parenting perspective, charities and non-profits Twittering about how such a concept could benefit their cause, a radio station who wanted to talk to me about it on air, a Canadian philanthropist/TV personality who became my Facebook friend, a newspaper that featured the story, a magazine that has recently inquired about printing it and countless blogs who have shared the experience.
This has all left me thinking, over and over again…..WHAT AM I TO DO WITH THIS EXPERIENCE? I am not one to just chalk it up to a single life experience and move on without a second thought. This little thing surprisingly resonated with many others and I just knew there was something else to be done as a result.
A few months ago it became very clear to me that there is something MUCH bigger at work here and I need to use it as a catalyst for what I can do in this world to honestly help make it a better place. I mulled it over in my brain, prayed about it, talked with a few trusted friends about it and waited to have a clear direction before I proceeded.
Then, last week, I heard about Joanne Heim.
Joanne is a pretty amazing woman, wife, mom and friend to many who writes the blog The Simple Wife. At 38 years old, she suffered a massive stroke on Tuesday, January 11.
As I have followed her husband’s updates on Twitter and the blog posts of some of her family and friends and have prayed diligently for her healing, I have realized something about life.This precious woman, the same age as me, has done some pretty incredible things in her relatively short life. She’s written 3 books, writes for at least 2 blogs that I know of, and has become deeply involved in relationships with friends she has met as a result of both. I know there are probably MANY more things she has accomplished and fully trust and believe that she will be healed and continue to help change lives all around her. But what has struck me is that if Joanne never did another thing on this Earth, she has already done SO MUCH to make it a better place for so many. It has reminded me of that saying that it’s what you do “in the dash” of your life (you know, that little line that sits between the day we are born and the day we leave) that really matters.
Soooooo, in addition to planning weddings and parties here at MMG, there will be something more. A whole new division, if you will, that will help others use the celebrations of their lives to bless others and make a real impact on this world of ours. Stay tuned as we get the kinks out and work on setting up some pretty cool things.I could have waited until it was all “up and running” before sharing it with you.
But then I would have wasted a little more time filling in The Dash. And it’s short enough as it is.
**photo credit: Kristen Haufschild, kh photography