as i sit here, i count my blessings that i have a bed, food, water, and electricity. my mind wanders to those in the Philippines with none of that. i can’t even imagine.
honestly, i feel a little defeated that the media isn’t helping make the help that the Philippines need more visible and heard. but it doesn’t meant that i’m not going to stop trying. instead of my regular scheduled post, today is my post is for For Philippines with Love.
in remembrance of those lives lost in the wake of typhoon haiyan and this post is raised in hope for those still alive and holding on to whatever faith they have that things will be ok again.
how does having a Blogger Day of Silence help? well when we did this for For Japan With Love, over 1200+ bloggers got involved and i significantly remember when i went to bed the night before, we had raised $28,000 and four hours later when i woke up, the amount was $44,000. so oh yes, it helps for sure. every little helps.
so please if you can, donate.
but more importantly, take a moment today to think of those in the Philippines.
no electricity. no water. no food. no home. cities have become rivers. floods make it impossible for aid to even happen.
with over 10,000 estimated dead and 630,000 plus displaced, typhoon haiyan has wreaked devastating havoc through out the Philippines.
i can’t even imagine. it floors my mind how much damage a natural disaster is capable of.
as you all know if you have followed the blog for awhile, i have a habit of not sitting idly by when tragedy of this scale happens. i am a huge believer of every little helps as evident with For Japan With Love. when the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in 2011, i joined up with Utterly Engaged for a campaign to raise money for a truly amazing organization called ShelterBox. ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. A whole box costs $1,000 (US), so our initial goal was $5,500. an intimidating number. however, in conjunction with our blogger day of silence and so many huge hearts that helped donate and raise awareness for what we were doing, we ended up donating just a little over $64,000. that amount came from over 1,400 individual donations. so believe me, every little helps.
we’ve decided to rally again.
i don’t know if we can pull it off again this time around. we’ve made our goal to be $3,500 (about 3 ShelterBoxes). but if you haven’t been following, the devastation is surreal. they need all the help they can get, no matter how big or small. also to note, your donations will directly be going to the Philippines and the Philippines only. ShelterBox has allowed us to restrict donations to that cause only. not a lot of organizations can guarantee that! i know this community is beyond amazing with compassionate hearts more than i can say. i lived through it a couple of years ago. whatever you can do, donate or even just spread the word, it’d be more than appreciated. let’s rally. let’s do this. let’s make it happen.
also if you are able to, please join us on Friday, November 15th, 2013 for our Blogger Day of Silence. all we ask you don’t post your regular scheduled posts or anything except one of the banners that can be found HERE. feel free to write a little post in remembrance, and remember to announce it on social media with the hashtag- #forpiwithlovefromme. more details on the Blogger Day of Silence can be found HERE.
so here goes, people. thank you ahead of time.
official site: http://forphilippineswithlove.com
to donate right now: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/forphilippineswithlove/forphilippineswithlove
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i’m sure most of you are well aware that i went off the radar for a while as i had to deal with some personal and family matters. well i’m back and already started scheduling posts again and catching up and answering emails. i wanted to take the time to thank you all for your patience and understanding while i went through this time. thank you to those especially who have reached out on a personal level to make sure i was ok.
growing up is hard enough, but throw in losing loved ones, had a major toll on my family and i. this included my mum, my sister and i getting a major stomach virus (which i’m still currently recovering from). i’m sure we easily succumbed to it because of all the stress we were dealing with. each day gets better and better and it has become part of daily life and we’ve just learned to accept. we still miss him a lot. it’s still surreal. but baby steps.
but i digress. just wanted to let you all know that i’m back and posts will be back to normal tomorrow including confetti throw fridays! excited for all the upcoming posts and happy to be back.
p.s. that’s cleo (his and my sister’s dog) and i having a stare down.
and so here we are, four years later.
even though i haven’t been blogging for more than a month because of certain circumstances, i still can’t believe this blog has existed for four years. it’s longer than any job i’ve had so far. i can’t believe the features that have been on here. i can’t believe the photographers that have submitted features on here. and i’ll always say this over and over again, but the people i have met through this blog has truly been my favorite part of it all.
i’m incredibly thankful and so very lucky and blessed to have you all as loyal readers and supporters of this blog for so long. it’s still growing slowly, but surely. and i’m in awe of those who have reached out personally while i’ve been dealing with recent tragic events. thank you so much for standing by and being patient while i deal with my family and the whole recovery/grieving process or whatever it’s supposed to be called. (if you have no idea what has happened, please take a moment to read THIS.)
i thought i was ready to be back this week. but my sister is actually in town so i’ll be spending time with her instead. i’m so fortunate to have a day time job that has given me flexibility to be with her. i’m still working my butt off, don’t get me wrong. but at least i get to be close to her and still work remotely. so despite how horrid this nightmare that is our reality is, i’m blessed to be able to still do the things i need to be doing and have the support and encouragement from dear friends and dear coworkers.
i’ll be back soon. but i wanted to hop on to say, thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for the past four years of absolutely wonderful submissions, beautiful imagery, from the belly laughs, happy tears, joyful moments, words of support and encouragement, and the bloody fantastic friendships. thank you oh so much for all the confetti love too- for literally throwing confetti with me or putting them in cards you send me or sending me some so i can throw too. my heart is full whenever i think about the people who i’ve met through this blog and continue to meet. so thank you really.
hope you join me in throwing some confetti this weekend.
xoxoxo and of course, #tcogtfo.
photo credit: Shoda Love
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