Saturday, February 2, 2013

crazy encouragement!!


February is a hard month for some people. Its still winter and people get the winter blues, most of us are going stir crazy with cabin fever and Valentines day is right around the corner. For some this is not a very enjoyable holiday. As I was thinking about this the other day I came up with this crazy big encouragement idea and I'm not 100% sure how I can pull it off. But my heart knows that everyone needs encouragement, people have stories they want to share, to be heard and everyone knows of someone that really needs some sort of comfort. Now I dont have the funds like Ty Pennington to do a complete home makeover but I do know how to crochet and I know that an encouraging email can go a long way. 

So here is my crazy encouragement idea.

I want each of you to write down in the comment section of this post a story about someone that you know who would be totally blessed by receiving one of my tri-colored cowls. Tell me anything, what they are going through, what they have overcome and how it would bless their heart to receive the cowl. Then in that same comment I want you to write a sentence of how you need encouragement and leave your email. After you leave your comment I want you to look through all the comments and email a person who needs encouragement. See if you can encourage someone else or several people who have left their emails. Then take this blog post and forward it to as many people as possible so they can join in. You never know who may need the encouragement. Next Friday I will pick a comment randomly (random.org) and contact that person to gift them a cowl to give to their friend who needs encouragement. 

Here are some ideas of how you can encourage someone via email.
*read their story and write them an email*
*if you have extra change send them a starbucks card via email*
*go to hallmark.com and send an E card*
*if the person has a blog comment on the last 4 posts they wrote*

Here is the quick run down
leave a comment 
(in the comment you will include)
write about a person who needs encouragement
write a sentence on how you would like encouragement
leave your email
go back and read the rest of the comments and email someone some encouragement.
forward this blog post (facebook,twitter or email)

Also until February 14th I have reduced the price of my tri-colored cowls to $20 and the children's cowls to $16 in case you want to purchase and mail one to someone to encourage or keep for yourself.


I really hope you all decide to join in with me and that we are all able to encourage it forward this week, also feel free to email me and let me know how you have encouraged someone. I love hearing the stories. 


xoxo



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10 comments:

  1. Hey Jess, I have to say you are one of the sweetest people I've had the joy to "know." You bring so much light into people's lives, and THAT is really encouraging. I feel that my gran June is in need of encouragement. She and my papa are in their eighties, and it just seems to be one health issue after the next. She jokes around about her weekly visits to the hospital for whatever comes up, but I know that deep down inside she is really scared about the outcome(s). She also tries to help care for my grandpa, but he is much larger than her, and I know she struggles with physically help him get around. They are so precious to me, because they were essentially my parents for the first ten years of my life. I lived with them while my mom worked multiple jobs trying to support us. My gran is also my biggest craft influence. She taught me at a very young age how to express myself artistically. We even crochet together when I get to visit her in the springs, (she lives in Missouri and I'm in IL). I know she would greatly appreciate such a thoughtful gift. She'd also be super grateful for any prayers, as she is always praying for everyone else's well being.
    As far as self encouragement, I suppose I always feel like I could be a better mother. I love Dexter and Ava dearly, but I can't help feeling like I don't always do the best job or make the right decisions. The winters are especially hard, because we feel trapped indoors. It's been too cold to even enjoy the snow here so far. I also try to maximize my time with them, because I work full time during the week. I just don't want them to look back and think of their childhood as boring or an unmemorable time.
    dessertforbreakfast@gmail.com

    I hope I did this the right way! I was a little confused, lol :)

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  2. Wonderful idea!

    Albert needs prayer and encouragement on every way!

    I would like you to pray God's perfect will in my life,

    email: encouragingmoms@yahoo.com

    I tweeted this and shared on g+

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  3. This is such a fantastic idea! I am definitely so inspired by you and all of the wonderful work of God you are doing!

    My dad, Andy, just recently lost his job and is needing some prayers and encouragement as this circumstance is forcing him to move away.

    I would like some encouragement and prayers as well as his moving away means that I will have no family left to lean on. I know it is an even more difficult time for him, but family is so important to me and to have both of my parents and my brother gone is incredibly saddening. Thank you!

    willow.little {at} gmail {dot} com

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  4. Hi there. Well I am from NZ so don't expect to be picked or anything but I love your blog and all your encouraging so wanted to comment anyway. And I will be reading the comments of others.

    Right now I am trying hard to encourage and support my bestie and her family as just two days ago her hubby had to have a big surgery on his spine, in a town 3 hours away.

    Another good friend is currently working through some very big things in her family that have broken her heart, her oldest daughters heart and to be honest mine a little. So we are clinging tightly to each other and I am trying to be the best friend I can.

    I personally have an neuro illness that makes some days hard, I have had no surgery or hospital stays for 8 months so I am hoping to keep that up. Each day puts forward struggles and I have to cling to gratitude and gritty determination to get through. BUT from going through what I have I have ended up with a bigger heart, with more gratitude than I ever thought possible, with a desire to enjoy the simple things. I find beauty in things I didn't notice before.
    There is beauty even in the struggle.

    xoxo
    You are an inspiration.

    www.findingalisa.blogspot.com

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  5. You continue to inspire me :)

    I have a friend that I take pictures with - her name is Marirosa. She is one of the most giving people I know and is always full of joy. She has a team of 4 of us photographers who she is mentoring and taking under her wings. Marirosa will give you the shirt off her back if you have a need. She makes me want to give, and share, and love better.

    The other day she walked into a meeting with a cowl on and I immediately thought of you (but it wasn't as nice as yours) :)

    She is facing some personal goals this year and I just want to encourage her to reach for them. And just encourage her because she is an amazing inspiration to others... and an encourager... just like you Jess!

    xoxo You make me happy friend :)

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  6. Wonderful idea! I think my sister Jennifer could use some encouragement. She currently has a job as an administrative assistant, where she is seriously overworked. Several of the supervisors are unprofessional, and one of them berates her and her coworkers whenever he feels like it, just because he can. She's really good at what she does, but with the economy the way it is, she's struggling to find a new position somewhere else, so she's stuck where she is. Plus, her husband has been taking on a lot of overnight work to make ends meet, leaving her home alone most nights after grueling days at her own job. Please keep both of them in your thoughts!

    Like some of the previous posters, I could use some encouragement in the Mommy department. I have a full time job and a toddler, and neither my husband nor I have family around. I feel overwhelmed all the time, and guilty whenever I get frustrated with my sweet little girl or the kiddos at my job (I'm a teacher). I try to look on the bright side since I'm far more fortunate than most, but it's not always easy!

    Thank you for doing this.

    autumn (dot) yates (at) yahoo (dot) com

    http://lifeinthreelines.blogspot.com

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  7. What an amazing way to encourage others!

    I want to send an extra dose of encouragement to our former nanny (who is now a dear friend of our family). Her sister is a surrogate and is on bed rest due to pregnancy complications. She has stepped in to take care of her and her family (husband and 1 year old) with anything and everything ... dishes, laundry, errands, etc. I know she is getting worn out and there is still a long way to go through the baby's birth and then her sister's recovery. All in all, she's an amazing gal who is literally giving of herself 24/7 for others.

    For myself, my family and I are moving this week! Crazy, but wonderful, stress all rolled into one. Not so much the move, but doing it with a baby and toddler in tow :) thatmamagretchen@gmail.com

    Sharing!

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  8. I just have to say I am so encouraged by you! My whole mindset has been shifting and I feel like more and more my thoughts are "how can I bless them?"
    Someone I know that could use encouragement is a woman that comes into the bank that I work at often. She suffers from brittle bone disease as does her 6 year old daughter as well as many other problems. This past week she came in and was telling my about her day filled with seizures and how she was just so tired. To top things off her husband is currently deployed and so she is taking care of the kids on her own :( I don't know her well at all but she is such a strong woman and always keeps a smile on her face.
    I could use some encouragement because my husband and I are trying to have another baby and it has been a bit of a challenge.
    Apoole2320@yahoo.com
    Ellalouiseclothing.blogspot.com

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  9. I am encouraged by your fearlessness in encouraging others without worrying about what someone might think! Thank you!

    Someone I know who could use encouragement is my best friend who is struggling with infertility (and a miscarriage). It's hard to see her go through that struggle, and I just wish I could get her knocked up! Or have a baby for her! But I know the cowl would encourage her and wrap her up in a cozy scarf in a more physical warmth than my thoughts/prayers can provide.

    Myself, I could use encouragement especially in the next two weeks because I'll be taking the Texas Bar Exam. It's a 3 day exam and I'm really nervous. I have a lot to learn in the next two weeks, and it's been stressful to focus on studying and not feel like I'm neglecting my daughter and family.
    schrader.jill@gmail.com
    www.reallifenotes.com

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  10. I love this, Jess. I would have to say that my sweet friend Andrea could use a ton of encouragement. 2012 was an extremely hard year for her. She suffered multiple miscarriages and many rounds of IVF before she became pregnant with twins! She carried her twins as long as her body would allow, then they came into this world. Teeny tiny and extremely loved. They were with us for a short 5 days before passing away. Grace and Wyatt. Sweet little babies. She suffered from their loss more than anyone can imagine. Life is so hard. And she's the sweetest most giving person I know (aside from you, Jess) and I think she could really use some encouragement. She blogs about her journey here: http://andreanatelborg.blogspot.com/

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Thank you for your comments! They encourage my heart and I read every single one of them. Please be encouraging and don't just comment or email me when you want to correct me on my grammar. When I get the "grammar correction" emails or comments they do hurt my feelings. I wouldn't want your heart to feel the way mine does after reading them.

Please check back as I try to respond to everyone who leaves a comment.