BEDA Day 12

Evening!

Okay so on the other side of the world it’s the morning but there we go. I need your help. I’m not sure if you’ve heard of it but I’m going to talk about It Starts With Us and Love Bombs.

Whats ItStartsWith.Us? And why should I get involved?

So lots of people talk about wanting world peace and changing the world – but what about if changing the world could be making a difference in someones life – whether it’s someone you know because they are your neighbours or they live in the same street or town as you – or amking the difference in someone’s live when they live the other side of the world from you.

The guy who created ItStartsWith.Us is called Nate – and he’s a lovely friendly guy. He set this up with the following goal

“To build a global community of individuals focused on making a positive impact in the lives of the people around them.”

Nate also goes onto say

“Each and every one of us has the ability to change the world by touching lives in this way. And when we hear stories about the positive things others are doing, we become more aware of the opportunities we have to make a difference for the people around us.”

So in about 15 minutes a week we are changing the world – it may only be a little thing like giving someone a hug, or leaving a comment on their blog but I can guarantee that action makes a difference to that person.

“We’re changing the world,

in just 15 minutes a week.”

So what is a Love Bomb?

Well it’s a project that ItStartsWith.Us do. Once a week lots of people all over the world come together to drop lots of blog comments on someone who needs it the most. I’m subscribed to the email so each Thursday morning I get an email with a little introduction and then a link to someone’s blog. I then go read and comment. Now normally I just read their post, comment and then go off and do my own thing but I’ve decided that on Thursdays I’m going to post the mission here so that hopefully you lovely blog reading people out there will take the time to visit this other person and show them some love – because they need it okay?!

So in Mission (im)possible style:

Your mission, should you choose to accept it (which I hope you do!)

Hey Team!

This week’s mission is one that hits me at my core.

It was suggested by one of the awesome anonymous women in our Love Bomb family.

Her friend, Bria, is a 22 year old young woman who has severe clinical depression and anxiety (severe panic attacks included) and in June she checked herself into the hospital in hopes of help. She was doing better, but has, in her own words, relapsed. For the first time, she is suicidal.

This past year I dealt with the same, which resulted in multiple hospital visits and medication. I will never forget the thoughts, emotions (and lack thereof), pain, and darkness that seemed consume me 24/7.

Written encouragement and love have such incredible power in times like these. They were two of the greatest contributing factors to bringing here: to a place of joy, stability and health. I still cannot express how thankful I am for those that went out of their way at this time to speak hope into me.

I am SO thrilled and excited to see all of you come together for this mission to provide exactly what Bria needs most: love, encouragement and hope. I have full faith that she can overcome this, and that we can be what helps get her there.

Let’s get on it, team! Join me in dropping a Love Bomb on Bria.

You can leave a comment on her blog here:
http://devilishdelish.com/2010/08/08/this-life-is-a-struggle-and-i-am-ready-to-give-up/

Lauren

As well as the ItStartsWith.Us Website you can also catch short bursts of updates on the Twitterstream: @itstartswithus.

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7 comments

  1. Nate St. Pierre says:

    I love this post, Hannah! Thank you so much for helping spread the word on Thursdays – it means so much not only to the people we touch, but to those of us on the team, as well.

    You rock.

    Nate

    • Hannie says:

      Hey Nate!!

      Thanks for taking the time to swing past and comment – that’s totally unexpected thank you 🙂

      Have a great Thursday 🙂

  2. Sethrielle says:

    Great post!

    Seriously, although I have posted about other projects like this, ItStartsWithUs and LoveBomb are such worthy ideas and projects for people to involve.

    • Hannie says:

      I so agree – I’ve been involved in a couple of other projects but this one has the longevity to carry on.

      Nate and his team are fab and have got so many ideas to change the world – they are all little projects here and there but they are making a difference one at a time.

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