Do you realize that together we have done something that none of us could have accomplished alone?
Do you realize that each of us giving a little bit will absolutely transform a high school in Kenya?
I can’t wrap my mind around it.
I’ve been teary and giggly and talking at a higher volume than usual since we went into five digits worth of giving.
We. Did. It.
I have the best view of this- I didn’t do anything but tell y’all about a need in Nairobi. And then many of you sacrificed and gave and together, we are making a huge impact in the lives of 160 high schoolers, their families, their teachers, and future students.
Phew. It’ll just make you get all weepy thinking about it.
Thank you so much.
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The $10K Purpose Project lasts until Friday at midnight. Everything raised will go to continued improvements at New Dawn. There is SO MUCH we can do to help them make the learning environments better for students- don’t EVEN get me dreaming of what we could do….
Since we reached our initial goal, someone who donates $25 or more will get to go with us! If by some insane chance we get to $20,000 by Friday, two people get to go with us! How do you get to go?
So everyone who donates by Friday will get an email early next week with information and the application for the trip. The staff of Mocha Club, with some input from me, will decide who gets to go with us!
I’m not the only one to do this. Lots of bloggers do purpose projects! The goal of a purpose project is to raise money for Mocha Club in order for you to have the courage or opportunity to do something you otherwise would have never done. So for me? It’s getting to take a friend to see New Dawn.
So what do you want to do?
Raise $500 for clean water and then you’ll run a 5K race?
Raise $1000 for women at risk and then you’ll write your first novel?
Raise $200 for education and then you’ll get a tattoo?
Check out the video explaining it. (Subscribers- there’s a video here. Click over, yo.)
Figure out what crazy thing you want to do. Figure out what project area matters to you. And then pick a month and make it happen. (Also- when you get your Purpose Project started? Please let me know so I can share about it!)
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Thank you again. I am inspired by you, blessed to know you, and honored to walk alongside you as we get to use what God has given us to make this planet a better place for others.
You da best.
You know I love Mocha Club. Whoa love it.
I used to work there, but before that, I was a volunteer, a member, and have always been a huge fan of what they are doing.
And today, they are launching INA 2.0. A few years ago, I wrote all the reasons that I need Africa. And to be fair? They are all still so very true.
“Possessions in my hands will never be as valuable as peace in my heart.”
The first time I read that, I knew Barrett (the founder of Mocha Club) was wiser than me and smarter than me and probably an all around better human than me. I’ve known him for five years now and all of that has proven true.
I just watched their new video and wowie zowie did I tear up.
(Hey subscribers… there’s a video here. Just FYI. If you wanna click over or whatevs.)
I just love what Mocha Club does – for only $9 a month, we can partner with them as they do development projects in Africa. I personally support the education project because when I see New Dawn High School updates from Kenya, my heart explodes.
Right now, with the launch of INA, Mocha Club is offering an amazing deal….
SO CUTE, right?
No joke, I can’t quit that pocket tshirt. I’m wearing it today.
If you read more than this blog, then you know the bloggy world is full of non-profit organizations partnering with us to talk to you. Well, let me tell you- before I was an author, before you read this blog (except for you Mama, you were already reading), before a zillion non-profits popped up on blogs, I loved Mocha Club because of what they do and how they do it.
I know I need Africa. And I’m proud to have learned that from Mocha Club.
There are a few things I need to tell you about.
And no, I will not be talking about nail polish. [Though, there are some BEAUTIFUL colors listed in the comments of that post … if that is your thing, I highly suggest you check them out.]
First, I have to say. Pintrest. I can’t do it. I just can’t. I want to real bad. But I’m already trying to blog and get my book in lots of hands and work on a second book and answer emails and do my Mocha Club job well and cook at home and be the secretary-ish for Crossroads Church Edinburgh. Also, I watch a lot of Ally McBeal. So I just really can’t add Pintrest to my life right now.
But do you love it? Just tell me. Do you?
I mean, we’re all busy. But you fit it in your life. Convince me I can fit it in mine and I’ll give in.
I’m not a tough sell here, folks.
Anyways, for today, pretend like I love it already and this is a board of things I’m totally obsessed with right now.
1. Mat Kearney’s new album Young Love. It’s the perfect ending to a great summer. And this is my favorite song, Count on Me. It’s adorable and fun.
2. Circuit Riders podcast. YWAM, the mission-sending organization, has recently completed a teaching series for a school they put on in Kona, Hawaii called Circuit Riders. I’ve listened to about half of the teachings and they will KNOCK.YOUR.SOCKS.OFF. Namely, please listen to Ray Hughes. He’s absolutely lyrical in his teaching. Here is the link to the podcast.
3. Old Made Good in Nashville. Though I’m obviously not currently able to walk into the shop, almost daily the OMG team posts pictures on facebook of vintage furniture or art that make me drool. Including this classic pulldown map of Tennessee. I want it real bad.
4. Sodoku. I’ve loved it before, but I love it again. One of the best activities for me on the bus. Especially now that I sorta know my way around town, I don’t have to be 100% focused on the bus route. Also, my friend Adam says that it will help prevent alzheimer’s.
5. Etsy wreaths. I am DYING over these wreaths and globes on Things That We Love. I’m particularly obsessed with this vintage paper wreath.
Right? Do you love or what? AND AND AND!! You have a coupon code!
Use SUMMER25 and get 25% off your order!
Boom. Cause that’s how we roll around here.
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Ok, so those are my current can’t quits.
Got any obsessions right now? Share on.
And today? It is Mr. Matt Wertz.
There are a few musicians in town whose music I liked before I lived here. In most cases, becoming friends with the musician only made me like their music more.[Except in one case when I was all, “Hey. I used to like your music but I think you are a total putz so I’m pretty sure your music is lame.”]
But that wasn’t Wertz. I have nothing but the highest praise for Matt Wertz. He writes good music because he lives well. He is a good friend. He makes me laugh until my sides are totally aching. I absolutely adore him.
When I hear his music, it is who he is. It is true and honest. But it is also pop music and loud and a good time. This album is fun and deep and lovely and it is everything Spring. Your kids will love it. Your friends will love it. You will love it.
I absolutely adore this album.
So buy a copy of Weights & Wings, roll down your windows, and blast that puppy.
Speaking of Matt, here is something super cool. Like whoa cool.
Matt is an artist with Mocha Club. For $7/month, members on Matt’s team support the Women at Risk program. Through this program, former prostitutes in Ethiopia are given counseling and training and education so they are able to make an honest living.
And here’s what Matt is doing- anyone who joins Mocha Club and begins to donate $7/month to the Women at Risk program, he will give you a FREE COPY OF WEIGHTS & WINGS.
CLICK HERE to watch a video from Matt. [And there is a place to join on this page if thou art so inclined.]
Right? Amazing. So Matt’s just giving away one of the greatest new albums in 2011 if you will help women in Africa.
That’s nutso. And amazing.
Either way, you win. You always do.
A few years ago, I wanted to paint my fingernails yellow.
Caroline told me no. I don’t remember why. Probably because it wasn’t cool in 2007 or because she knew that I wasn’t cool enough to pull it off in 2007.
But I’m cool enough now.
Our hilariously belated Christmas gift from Barrett at Mocha Club was a manicure for the three girls on staff. Knowing we were all headed to the beach for the RACE OF A LIFETIME I CAN’T WAIT THIS IS GONNA BE AN AWESOME 13 MILES!, we decided to get fresh manicures for the
And this color called to me, just like it did back in 2007.
There she is, in all of her “OPI Shrek Forever After Brights Collection” glory. Fiercely Fiona. Yellow. Bright. Me likey.
With the full confidence in Caroline’s approval at this state of life, I went for it.
I was fierce. I was Fiona.
And I love it. I mean, so much. The beauty, dare I say the fierceness, distracts me multiple times a day and I just stare down at my own nails.
Look how cute our hands are!
The other two. They are so lovely and normal.
I, on the other hand [punny!], I am not normal.
I am fierce.
And Fiercely Fionas are the kind of girls who finish half-marathons.
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OPI has some of the greatest nail polish names. Do you have a favorite?
Five hour flight from Honolulu to San Francisco.
Two hour layover in San Fran. Minus the Tanner family. [Full House joke!]
Five hour flight from San Francisco to Atlanta.
One hour drive to Marietta.
One hour with the family at home.
Three and a half hour drive to Nashville.
That’s a serious amount of travel. When I got home to Nash, I looked like I got hit by the ugly stick, straight across the face. I think I scared my roommate. She looked panicked. Because of my face.
Bless her heart.
I unpacked immediately [very un-Annie; totally channeling my inner-Marisa] and then sat down to see this.
A real copy of my book. My first real in-my-hands copy!
Weird. Weird. Weird.
And you can have one on Tuesday, DECEMBER 7, 2010! Woot woot!
And listen. I’ve under-discussed the Georgia Bulldogs this year. I just can’t. It’s hard for my soul. But this book sits on our table because in good years or in bad years or in completely average years, it’s still great to be a Georgia Bulldog. [Especially after a 1 point win over Georgia Tech– it feels so good.]
And don’t even get me started on the chances that the Dawgs might play a bowl game here in Nashville. It makes me happy.
Also. It’s an exciting day at Mocha Club- our fashionABLE scarves are 25% off. You should get one. Really.
Also. I’m love that I’m getting to write over at (in)courage today. About leftovers. Because I didn’t get any. Boo. I have almost zero complaints about Hawaii, but I am sad that I had not-a-one turkey sandwich.
So tell me about your Thanksgiving! How was it?
I think I may have forgotten to mention this.
I’m at Catalyst in Atlanta.
What is Catalyst, you ask?
Well, according to the Catalyst website, “Catalyst was created to meet the felt need that existed within the church leader space for a leadership event that was focused on a new generation of church leaders.”
Is yours truly, AnnieBlogs, a church leader? Why no. No she is not.
But. I am a Christian with a few leadership roles, and a bunch of my friends were coming here, so I jumped in the car and sped down to Atlanta [which a trip to the hometown is never a bad idea]. I’m shacking up with Bianca, Lindsey, and Trish. Bianca is a newlywed and threatened more than once to cuddle with me. I said, “you’re the best, but no thanks.”
We ate lunch with a bunch of friends, I met tons of people and the conversations started like this: “Hi, I’m Annie. I recognize you from Twitter.” And it has been true every time. It seems that on Wednesday, the Labs day, most people are fairly familiar with each other. Thursday promises 13,000 people and I PROMISE I won’t know most of them.
There were two main highlights from Wednesday […besides the friends. You know me, the people are always the highlight.]
Highlight #1: I had a three hour dinner with two of my very favorite dudes- Jeremy and Kyle. We all work together pretty regularly, but don’t see each other much. It was fun and thought-provoking. It was silly and deep. It was business and good times. I describe Kyle and Jeremy like this- they are the brothers that I have always never wanted. They pick on me and annoy me and I love them both to pieces.
Kyle took a picture at dinner of Jeremy and I in deep thought. Or….
We’re having a staring contest. In which case, I won. I always do.
Now, you know me. You know I don’t get star struck. But when it comes to the world of non-profit workers [like me at Mocha Club], Scott Harrison is pretty much the bees’ knees. There are tons of things that Charity:Water does REALLY right and he’s the head of that ship. So. I pretty much sat as close to the front as possible, hung on his every word, and avoided eye contact.
Because I’m mature.
He’s just the coolest. In my mind, he’s the quarterback of the football team at Non-Profit High School. So it was pretty much delightful to be in the same room listening to him.[By the way, Jamie is cool too. We have lots of mutual friends and talked for a bit. I just have a major NPO crush on Charity:Water.]
So that was a very long discussion on my first day ever at a Catalyst event.
Cause you know, that’s how I do. I’m a crier.
See y’all tomorrow.
I have a long standing love and respect for Invisible Children.
Last week, in the bombings in Uganda, IC lost one of their guys, Nate Henn.
I didn’t know Nate. But I know and love my friends at IC, and working at Mocha Club– we have a deep love for IC as co-workers on the continent of Africa.
It could have been any of us- IC, Mocha Club, Compassion, Blood:Water – any of us could have lost a friend. Sad. Sad. Sad.
So, please, take a moment and pray.
For Invisible Children, for the family and friends of Nate Henn, for the staff of IC as they deal with this internally and externally.
For our team headed to Uganda- safety, health, protection, all of it.
Have a great weekend. And hug the ones you love.
Today is International Justice Day. Take a few minutes to watch this video from Mocha Club.