A Project of Writing Love

One of the amazing benefits of this blogging life is the friendships that form among people who have never spoken via phone or met face-to-face. And yet, the language of the heart connects them via strings of words typed into any one of a number of electronic devices that transmits messages across the globe.

My blogging friend Jen is an Australian writer currently living in China.  Her energy and passion for happiness–not to mention her fabulous artwork–endeared me to her.  Read this from her most recent post on My Smiling Heart:

“Every single little girl and woman on this planet deserves to see how beautiful they are. Including me. That’s why I’m doing this. So that one day, without hesitation, or 20 minutes staring at a blank screen, I will be able to list at least 30 things about myself that are amazingly beautiful and wonderful, and then go on to list 30 more.”

(for the complete post, and to see Jen’s site, click here:  http://jensmilingheart.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/30-days-of-beauty-week-1/)

I love her project for April called 30 Days of Beauty.  She and her friend, also named Jen, have created a 30-day challenge to everyone interested in beautifying our planet, one spectacular soul at a time.  Again from her home page:

30DaysOfBeauty is a lifestyle experiment designed to boost self-esteem and encourage women (and men!) to see how truly beautiful they are – and raise money for a good cause in the process! Everybody wins!

Created by the two Jens, one the writer of The Smashed Planet and the other the writer of My Smiling Heart, 30DaysOfBeauty will use tweeting and blogging to spread a message of self-love and self-worth.

For 30 days, starting on the 1st of April 2011, the two Jens will take to their twitter accounts (@jenfromal and @smiling_heart) dedicating one tweet per day to a reason why they are beautiful.

Each 30DaysOfBeauty tweet will finish with the hashtag #imbeautifulbecause, encouraging others to join in on the fun and tweet about why they are beautiful, too!

Every week, the two Jens will each write a post about their progress on the 30DaysOfBeauty challenge, list their #imbeautifulbecause tweets from the previous week, and also include some of their favourite #imbeautifulbecause tweets from others.

Now, here’s the most important part.

Through crowdrise, the two Jens will be using this 30 day challenge to raise money for To Write Love On Her Arms, a cause that is dedicated to helping those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

We are dedicating these 30 days to raise at least $300 for To Write Love on Her Arms

Isn’t that the coolest?  Aren’t these two Jens the epitome of what it means to love unconditionally?  I support them and ask you to do the same.  Get those tweets flying, Facebook updates launching and pass the worrd along.  If you’re so inclined, head over to  crowdrise and make a donation.  We have three more weeks to help the Jens reach their goal, which is really our collective objective.

In doing so, you just may make a new international friend!

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1 Comment

  1. Jen says:

    Hi Beth! 😀

    Thank you so much for the love! And for spreading the word about 30 Days Of Beauty 😀

    I, too, am in love with the many ways we can connect with like-minded souls through blogging and social media, it has opened me up to a world of love, purpose and creativity. And I am so, so grateful for the many purely amazing women, such as your self, that I have ‘met’!

    Thank you, you totally ROCK! 😀

    Jen xo

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