Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
So I did something a bit odd for me. I entered a headshot contest. Yep! But this one's different. I'm in a contest to WIN a headshot! http://on.fb.me/voteforheather4
Why enter you may ask? My charity craft business, BriannesBasics.com, is growing by leaps and bounds. That means, more orders, more exposure, and most importantly more charity work. I think having a professional headshot would definitely be a good thing.
So PLEASE, take a minute and vote for me at http://on.fb.me/voteforheather4 I used this picture, and I'm the 4th photo. You have to leave a comment for your vote to count.
Thank you so much!!!
Friday, October 21, 2011
Brianne's Basics (my charity craft business. We donate 100% of our profits to various charities and events. Over $1000 donated in 2010 between sales, plus personal and friend/family donations!)
Mikk's Kid Krusaders: my family's charity group! Started by my eight year old son and I, we participate in various charity events. Our fall 2010 project is a troop support drive, benefiting Operation Gratitude.
About.Me: The cliff notes on me
Tumblr: I have a Tumblr for all the fabulous randomness in my life!
YouTube: See hilarious videos of our family!
Inspired Grace: my charity group! Our mission is to provide words of encouragement, support, and hope to those who are in need. We send cards to those who need positivity.
Don't forget! You can now connect with me on Google Friend Connect! I'll be sending out weekly emails about everything I'm involved in.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
One year ago today, at this very moment, I was sitting in a waiting room with my Uncle Mike. My mom was lying on an operating room table, technically dead. She was having double bypass and valve replacement surgery.
One minute I was preparing myself for the worst. The next minute I was convincing myself for the best. My mom and I have a very close relationship. It was just us my whole life. She's my mommy, my rock, my support, my best friend, my everything. Two days earlier, she had gone in for an angiogram, which was supposed to give us a clearer picture on whether her surgery would be in 3 months, or 6 months. That doctor told us he was admitting her immediately and it was a miracle she was alive.
So on the day of her surgery, I was there early to comfort her before she went in. On that day, I had to be the "mom". We sat there for 4 hours, and got the phone call that she made it. We got to see her an hour after that, but I almost wished I hadn't. She looked dead. She was white. I held her hand, stroked her hair, kissed her cheeks. I don't know if she was aware of my presence on any level. She didn't wake up til 3am that night, and I stayed up until her nurse called me and told me that.
When I saw her the next day, she was still groggy. Her and pain meds don't mix :-) She doesn't even take Tylenol! But every day she got stronger, sat up longer, and walked a little farther. 5 days post surgery, she came home. Once she was home, she continued getting even stronger.
My mom is amazing. She's strong, supportive, and just a fighter. She amazes me every day. She's a miracle, just like I was a miracle baby. She was unable to have kids, but I came along 16 years later. And 32 years after that, she became my miracle.
A year may seem like an eternity, or a minute. But I've learned to not take any second for granted. Every second of your life is a miracle.
Do me a favor. Kiss your loved ones today. Tell them you're grateful for them, that you love them. Don't lose a second with them.
Monday, October 10, 2011
I received this prompt from Mama Katt's Writer's Workshop.
I absolutely love speaking to individuals & groups about my passion for charity, & even crafts. However, my massive fear of public speaking coupled with my OCD has made it a huge challenge. Whether I'm speaking to a group of children about charity work or a celebrity about The IndiExhibit, my stomach does flips every time. The most terrifying, & rewarding, speech was for the Long Beach Giving Project.
I received an email that I was chosen as a semi-finalist, which brought a huge sense of accomplishment & elation. Then I realized I works have to give a 2 minute speech. Which brought a huge wave of nausea.
My submitted idea was two parts: first, to donate baby clothes to the Food Pantry & Clothes Closet at my church, Lakewood First United Methodist; & second, to make & donate fleece blankets to Miller Children's Hospital as part of Layers Of Love.
I wrote my speech. Then rewrote it four more times. And then I wrote an outline.
Then big night came, & my mom & oldest son Michael accompanied me. I take Michael with me to every charity event I can. He is starting to become more interested in volunteerism, & I want to foster that sense of giving as much as possible. I could barely enjoy the dinner, I was so nervous! I spent all evening reading my speech over & over.
When my name was called, I honestly thought I was going to faint. I walked onto the stage on autopilot. When I got up there, my speech went out the window. I covered all the points in my outline, but my heart took over. My passion for charity shined that night.
All semifinalists were called onstage. When my name was called, I nearly fell over once again. Justin Rudd, the amazing coordinator, had collected four large bags of clothes for the Clothes Closet! In addition, ALL of the semifinalists received a $200 minigrant for their charities.
I was beyond scared. I was convinced I couldn't get up there & do my speech. I was petrified that I would mess up my speech. However, once I was up there, my heart just took over. My passion, my soul, my heart just shown through. I believed in my idea, & I believed in my charity work. And that's the key. Believing in you, & your topic. If you do that, your words will shine. And so will you.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
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And watch the video here! http://www.stickam.com/viewMedia.do?mId=192251469
Monday, October 3, 2011
I'll be discussing my charity craft businesses Brianne's Basics, my involvement with The IndiExhibit, & my charity work! http://www.swoopsworld.com/2011/heather-nelson-and-acidic-on-late-night/
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