to write love on her arms.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on October 9, 2011

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On Thursday, I made my second charitable donation as part of my 28 while 28 project.  Rather than just giving each month, I thought I’d use it as an opportunity to share my heart a bit about the causes that get me fired up.

This month, I gave to To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), a “movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.  TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery”.

I have been a big supporter of TWLOHA since their earliest days, five years ago.  Jamie Tworkowski started the moment as a MySpace to help a friend struggling with some big, heavy issues.  What I love about this movement is that it gives a voice to people who live day in and day out with some big struggles, but issues that are often too taboo to talk about in society.  Issues like depression and self-injury are very real and because they’re such taboo topics, those struggling often go without help.

We’ve learned that two out of three people who struggle with depression never seek help, and that untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide.  In America alone, it’s estimated that 19 million people live with depression, and suicide is the third-leading cause of death among those 18-24 years old.

Numbers like that are not okay with me and I love that TWLOHA is doing something to make a difference.  It’s a resource for people feel alone and don’t know where to go, a voice of affirmation that says you’ll be okay, a voice that whispers in the darkness that hope is real.  Even if you don’t struggle with the big issues that To Write Love On Her Arms deals with, chances are, someone in your life does, even if you don’t know it.  And at the end of the day, the voice of hope they share is something I think everyone needs to be reminded of once in a while.

You were created to love and be loved.  You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known. You need to know that your story is important and that you’re part of a bigger story.  You need to know that your life matters.

I was really excited when I had the opportunity to meet Jamie in 2009 and thank him for what he’s doing.  He is someone that continues to be an inspiration in my life.

To read more about the TWLOHA movement, please check out their website.

In other news, I’ve been feeling pretty miserable with a really nasty sinus headache most of the weekend, which made the wedding I went to yesterday a bit tough at times.  I was able to ignore it off and on, but I was still home by 9:30 and crashed into bed soon after.

I went to the late service at church this morning and ate a Luna bar on the way, plus a bite of pumpkin bagel (holy yum!) once I got there.  Church was really great today; Rob talked about Acts 2v42-47:

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common.  They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.  Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,  praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

How Rob explained it, though, this isn’t a passage about religion and the church, but about helping those around us.  These verses aren’t just about “saving” people or making a bigger church, but it’s saying that God wants all os us to flourish, to have enough.  It’s about having a generous posture and not letting our possessions or money take control of our lives.  I left feeling really inspired to continue to give to those around me, not just with my money, but with my time, my spirit, my positive attitude.  It’s amazing how sometimes something so simple as saying hello or smiling at someone can brighten their day.

Once I got home, I made a smoothie in a bowl to try and get some nutrients in me; it ended up being pretty massive by the end.  A 6 ounce container of strawberry Chobani, a couple big handfuls of spinach, a cup of frozen mixed berries, a frozen banana, a cup of orange juice, and a bit of xantham gum to thicken it all up.  I topped it all with about 1/4 cup Warrior Crunch Granola.

I was really excited to find something that finally took the edge off my sinus headache!  It worked wonders and I could feel a difference not long after I took a dose.  I’ve also been diligently using my Neti Pot and I think that’s helping as well.  If you have sinus problems and haven’t discovered the wonder that is the Neti Pot, get on it!  It’s amazing!

I was feeling so good, in fact, that I got out and took Dexter for a nice long walk!  We went about 2.75 miles which was, I think, a bit too long for his short little legs but it felt nice to get some exercise and some fresh air!  Plus, it’s almost 80 degrees – that just doesn’t happen in Michigan during October!  I’m enjoying it while I can!

I went the lazy route for dinner and grabbed stuff from the freezer; a Morningstar chik’n patty and some sweet potato fries.

I’m off to go relax and enjoy these last few dwindling hours of the weekend!  It goes by all too fast! 🙁

What’s your go-to solution for sinus related problems?

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Kaitlin October 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I do love the psuedoephed for sinus problems. I have recurrent sinus infections, but I’ve never tried the neti pot. I really should!

Also, CUTE new layout! Love the pink 🙂
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