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.
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!