Do we smile at this kind of event? #SuicidePrevention

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Sunday was our big community walk for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention here locally in Seattle. You may know I'm on a Board of Directors here in Washington State, so I was there as volunteer event staff, a new position for me. At last year's Seattle walk I was a volunteer handing out honor beads to attendees, and years past I raised funds and walked myself, or with a … [Read more...]

Spontaneous Combustion

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I always burn out after a big event. Sometimes I think of it as a hangover, but this year its definite burnout. So its taken me several days to write this. After months of fundraising and planning, last weekend was the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Overnight Walk, bringing suicide out of the darkness. This year was a 17-1/2 mile journey from dusk till dawn through the streets of my … [Read more...]

Donate a Photo to Help Give a Baby in the NICU a Blanket

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Disclosure: This post was compensated as part of a social media campaign by Acorn Influence.  Throwback Thursday: The Comes Family Circa 2010 A few good friends of mine is a preemie moms, so when I heard about a simple way to help babies in the NICU, I was definitely on board.  Johnson & Johnson Donate a Photo App is a quick and easy way to support babies in the NICU at Children’s … [Read more...]

Honoring Loved Ones Lost

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Next month I'll be walking in the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in Seattle. And I'd like to honor your loved ones lost to suicide. Last year in DC I walked wearing this shirt. I'll be honoring these beautiful very-loved people again this year but have been given a few more names and plan to create a new shirt. So please, if you'd like me to walk wearing the name of your family member or … [Read more...]

2014 Seattle Mom Prom, The Ultimate Ladies Night to Benefit Postpartum Support International

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. Who's going to Seattle Mom Prom!? I've gone the past 3 years and it is a BLAST and for a great cause! The Seattle Mom Prom  is a benefit to celebrate and honor moms.  It is a super-fun evening of drinks, desserts and dancing--the ultimate ladies night out!  While this is a ladies only event, it is not a moms only event. All proceeds from the Seattle Mom Prom will directly benefit Postpartum … [Read more...]

Top 10 Charity Fundraising Tips

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The last few years I've done a lot of charity fundraising, particularly for suicide prevention. Its not something I have ever done before..ever. And I HATE sales, which is kind of what fundraising is when you really get down to it. You're selling a cause...your cause...something you are passionate about enough to do a walk or participate in an event. A big part of it is fundraising but another … [Read more...]

Origami Owl Online Fundraiser

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. A couple of months ago, Origami Owl Independant Designer Jamie Bertucci found me via Twitter. She contacted me about my fundraising for the Overnight Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention because she is passionate about the cause. Nine years ago Jamie lost her Dad to suicide. Jamie has kindly offered to donate 25% of sales (75% of her commission) to my walk … [Read more...]

The Life Saver

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. Last Thursday I stayed up past 3am drawing something... I was so inspired and moved to be creating it that I just couldn't stop. I know some of you (but definitely not all of you) know I've been struggling in a manic phase. I saw my doctor just under 2 weeks ago and she completely revised my med doses because it was just getting out of hand. The not sleeping, the racing thoughts, the … [Read more...]

Social Media Butterflies: Suicide Prevention Fundraiser

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. Right now I'm in the middle of a very important project. I'm raising funds for suicide prevention. For the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to be more specific. I'm sure you've heard me talking about it, but if you haven't, a couple months ago I created some original art that I titled the "Butterfly Blogger" and then created t-shirts to sell to benefit the AFSP. 40-50% of the … [Read more...]

Charity of the Month

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. BIG NEWS!   The Washington State Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has been named March Charity of the Month by the Champion Seattle Seahawks,  KIRO Radio 97.3, 710 ESPN Seattle, AM 770 KTTH  and MyNorthwest.com. All over the country this foundation is being recognized for their contributions to the world of suicide prevention and suicide loss support. and I'm … [Read more...]

Why Support My Suicide Prevention Fundraising

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. I've got a fundraiser going for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that you may have heard about. But why should you pre-order a shirt and donate to this vital cause? What does the AFSP do with that money? How does it help bring us closer to the goal of suicide prevention? After recently becoming a member of our local Washington Chapter's Board of Directors I've been even more … [Read more...]

“Butterfly Blogger” T-Shirts for Suicide Prevention

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. A couple of weeks ago I drew this original art I call "Blogger Butterfly" to apply for a scholarship/trip to the blogging conference #SoFabCon14. They asked for creativity and I gave it to them. If you take a look it says "BLOGGER" in the body of the butterfly and then within the wings I have listed words that describe the many facets of being a blogger. The blogging community is huge and to … [Read more...]

This is My Brave Show: Auditions Open

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.   This is My Brave, the show: "Opening up about Mental Illness" is the brainchild of passionate blogger and mental health advocate Jennifer Marshall (@bipolarmomlife). I wrote about her endeavor earlier last year when she Kickstarted her event (with success) and now that the event is set and auditions are scheduled, I wanted to share more info. SAVE THE DATE and Schedule your Audition: WHEN: … [Read more...]

Jewelry for Suicide Loss/Mental Health

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. For my birthday last month, my parents gave me a meaningful bracelet that they chose in honor of my suicide prevention advocacy. It was then that it occurred to me that perhaps suicide loss or prevention jewelry existed that I didn't know about. And I was right! The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention actually has Remembrance Jewelry available via ekdesignsjewelry.com. AFSP's … [Read more...]

Thrifted: Charity Formal {Thrifting Tips}

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- Last week, John and I attended a charity event called Child's Play. Its a organization, celebrating its 10-year anniversary, created by the games industry to provide toys, book and video game consoles and games to kids at Children's Hospitals worldwide. They've raised millions of dollars over the years and have impacted thousands of sick kids all over. John is a video game developer so this … [Read more...]