A sunny day, a good friend, a lift in spirits.

July 7th, 2011

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how the simple act of spending time with someone is also a way to spread hope.

I was feeling a little gloomy, and my friend Gabe invited me for a walk. I wasn’t too interested, but he insisted.

So, we walked, and in just a few minutes, I was reminded of how beautiful it was outside. I was reminded that DOING beats complaining any day of the week.

AND, I got this impromptu picture from his mobile phone that shows just how uplifting reaching out to someone can be.

A good friend brightens the day.

So, I invite you to drop in on someone. Reconnect with an old friend. Or write a short note and mail it. What a different world it would be if everyone made just one connection like this.

Another 100 Hope cards out the door!

June 4th, 2011

I got a call from the nicest lady at a senior center in Texas. Seems she heard about Hope Is In The Cards and when she was talking to her friends, they all wanted to send one to someone else.

100 more messages of Hope -- out the door!

So, 100 more out the door!

I love this!

Mom’s Make Hope Happen

May 15th, 2011

I am always amazed at how things happen.

Just when I’m a bit down, someone does something so kind, it reminds me and motivates me to keep going, even just a few more little steps.

This happened again recently with a friend of mine and his Mom. He shared my HOPE cards with her and much to my delight, she’s become a regular sender of HOPE. Here she is and all I can say is THANK YOU!

Another Mom Spreads Hope!

These small actions are how we’ll make a big difference, together, one little kind note at a time.

Little Reminders

April 27th, 2011

My friend Jim emailed this to me from a coffee shop where he was having a meeting.

Hope On A Bumper!

Sometimes we all need just a little reminder….

The Ultimate Act Of Recycling

April 4th, 2011

I was walking my dog down an alley one morning a couple of weeks ago.

The pooch I was walking.

While we were walking, I saw what looked like a plastic sunglass case on the ground. No big surprise there — it’s an alley filled with dumpsters.

The case with the note inside.

But, there was crunched up paper inside it so I looked a little closer. I swear it said PLEASE HELP ME.

A message in a bottle in a sunglass case in an alley.

So, I picked it up, and took the paper out. Here’s what it said:

“PLEASE HELP ME — The World.

do something crazy for the planet and have a very fulfilling day.

do not lie.
do not steal.
do not eat processed food…

…at the least, donate 5 bucks to the next homeless person you see.

Thank You Very Much – Indigo”

The whole note.

So, I did just that. Well, I probably ate some processed food. I mean I donated the 5 bucks and tried to do something nice for someone else.

THEN, I put the package back together, and hung it in a tree where I knew others would walk.

And I forgot about it.

Imagine my surprise when, about 2 weeks later, the little case was sitting on my desk. With the same note.

I guess I’m supposed to do a little more with this, so I’m sharing the whole experience with everyone I know. I think this is what Hope Is In The Cards is REALLY all about.

So, whether you donate money to an organization, or write a small note of thanks or appreciation and send it to someone, let’s get on Indigo’s wavelength, and make the world a little better.

If you are inspired to do something small like this, let me know. I’ll share the news on HopeIsInTheCards.org. Thanks so much Indigo….

Two Steps Forward For World Peas

March 18th, 2011

My friend Jenny at the YMCA organized a auction to raise $$$ for the Y’s STRONG KIDS campaign.

Jenny asked local artists to create custom Chuck Taylor’s and donate the shoes for the fundraiser.
I figured I’d use something I hated as a kid (peas) and make something that I love (peace).

Here are the results.

Peas is on the way....

Two Steps Forward For World Peas!!!

It was a blast of an event and Jenny raised more than $3,000. AWESOME.

Hope moves forward with tiny steps. Why not pea-covered sneakers?!

Hope Springs (well, or blooms) Eternal

February 7th, 2011

This morning, I went outside on the deck and WHOA — this teeny little ice plant had gone crazy.

This little display from a plant just blew me away!

If a little plant can put out that much energy and create something so beautiful, certainly us humans can marshall our own efforts for a little planet improvement…..

On this Veterans Day, send some hope!

November 11th, 2010

On this Veterans Day, I can never help but be humbled that other men and women have been and continue to be in peril on our behalf. You can send our troops a FREE postcard from the incredible people at Let’s Say Thanks.

There are more than 80 designs for postcards created by kids from across America.

Just one of 80 cool designs made by kids that you can send for FREE from the Let's Say Thanks website.

Just one of 80 cool designs made by kids that you can send for FREE from the Let's Say Thanks website.

You pick a design, add your own message, and they print it and mail it for FREE.

It takes 30 seconds to share your appreciation. PLEASE, send your note today!

Hope while paying bills…..?

October 31st, 2010

I HATE bills.

I mean, I understand them, they’re for things I choose to use and consume and benefit from, but they still bum me out.

One of things I hate to do the most -- PAY BILLS! Ugh.

I do feel good when I’m able to actually PAY them all (I wish it was every time, but alas….) but it really DOES make me feel better (a little anyway) when I write the word HOPE on the back of every one I mail back.

HOPE on the envelopes when I mail bills back makes me feel a TINY bit better about it all...

At least it’s one little upbeat thing, floating out in the world. Maybe the mail carrier will see it? That would be good enough for me.

Why I LOVE LOVE LOVE Bird Dog Press

October 30th, 2010

First, Allison’s letter-pressed cards are beautiful, clever and amazing.

But more than that, her heart is huge.

She created custom cards with HOPE printed on every envelope when she heard about the Hope Is In The Cards campaign. Well, she was moving her studio recently and she came across some of the cards and envelopes she created and instead of chucking them, she sent what was left to us to share with others!

Allison at Bird Dog Press sent us these AWESOME handmade cards with HOPE printed on every envelope. We THANK her and her giant heart!

She did this on her own dime. Took up her own time. Humbling indeed.

People like her are truly what give me the continued optimism and yes, HOPE, that this project of mine could possibly make a little difference…