The Real Challenge


The ice bucket challenge. Its been everywhere and yet I still don’t know enough about ALS. I haven’t lived through it personally with a loved one, but like many of you, I have become much more aware of the disease, which I think is a very good thing. I do believe that fundraising campaigns that also build awareness are important. I keep hearing things like “slactivism” or other controversies … [Read more...]

Social Media Butterflies: Suicide Prevention Fundraiser


. 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...]

Give a Minute to Help Make-A-Wish


I really believe in the Make-A-Wish Foundation and their mission. If you aren't aware, Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the US, on average every 38 minutes. What an incredible gift. A few years ago I worked with some friends to put on a benefit at a local church to support a very ill child, who had received a wish from Make-A-Wish … [Read more...]

Stop Suicide Auction Preview

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You all have heard me shouting from the rafters that I'm doing The Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention in DC in June. (Don't forget, you can donate in the left sidebar any time! or HERE.)  I know its going to be an amazing, life-changing event for me personally and to raise funds and awareness about suicide prevention. So far, I've raised $2,339! Thank you thank you all! And now I'm … [Read more...]

Seattle Mom Prom 2013 for #Postpartum Support

Mom Prom

Attention women of the Seattle Area! The Seattle Mom Prom an annual celebration of moms (a ladies-only, not moms-only event) is scheduled for May 18th, 2013 at the ​ Fremont Abbey (4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA). This event is a benefit for Postpartum Support International of Washington, a wonderful organization and a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. And let me just say this event … [Read more...]

Pushing Past Fear for #SuicidePrevention

The Overnight

I'm scared. In a few months time I'll be doing something so huge. Something so big that I know will be one of the top challenges of my life...mentally, physically AND emotionally. I'm committed to doing the Overnight Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, but I've gotta tell ya, there's a huge part of me that is truly terrified...for many reasons. 1. I'm doing this … [Read more...]

Giving Back Because I’m Thankful #StarlightFoundation

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No matter how stressful things have been for us this year ... with a major flood in our home and several financial woes, I am SO thankful for our many blessings. It can be so easy to get bogged down in the negative. To feel like the universe is against us. But the true gift is looking past the bad and seeing the beauty. I have a kind and very loving and supportive husband John.-----> I … [Read more...]

Strong Start Day for Postpartum Moms


Today October 5th is my son Ronin's 4th Birthday! Today October 5th is my brother Ron's 35th Birthday! Today October 5th is the day when more children are born each year than any other day. Wow! Who knew!? When Ronin was born, I had already been suffering from prenatal and perinatal depression. I was treated. I knew that I was at great risk for postpartum depression due to my past … [Read more...]