|Heart is Hot Weekly Ezine
||March 26, 2009
I snapped this photo one day on the way home from spinning class recently. LOVE the message. LOVE the owner of this car! (Don't know him/her....yet!) I read this 2 ways. You?
Live and Forgive and Livin' For Give. Either work for me.
Speaking of spinning, I am 3 days away from the BIG Spin-A-Thon to raise money for the Women's Sports Foundation. I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed rallying people together to help support this wonderful cause. I am so very touched by the enormous response from HIH members and others to help make a difference in the lives of young women. And many have donated whom I do not even know personally. WOW!
I reflect back on my life and realize how much team sports helped me develop socially and now professionally. I attribute much of my ability to work with others well, communicate clearly stay focused to sports. To offer this opportunity to young women who may not have the advantages I had as a child is truly priceless.
Now, my only hurdle is to actually stay ON the bike for the 3 hours. I sure like to think of myself as athletically inclined, and am, but cannot deny the fact that I flipped over the handle bars my very first spinning class. WHO DOES THAT? Last I checked it was a stationary bike....meaning NO ONE is supposed to go anywhere.
In preparation, I have purchased a helmet...and superglue. :) Ok, maybe just the superglue.
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Featured Heart Story: Get Your Inspiration On!
HEART 1403 BRINGS TRUST BACK IN 2 PEOPLE'S LIVES.
Brenda in Foothill Ranch, CA, USA
a wonderful man that I feel lucky to have met. You have made such a
difference in my life. In the past I have been so hurt that I began to
stop believing in people all together. Meeting you showed me that there
are still people who genuinely care about others and want to help and
be there for others for selfless reasons. You are a wonder guy and
always remember to follow your heart.
When and if appropriate,
please pass this along to someone else who has made a difference in
your life or who needs a reminder of how much someone cares about them.
I read a quote today that touched me and wanted to share it with you.
"Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart."
Thank you for being you!
STORY 2Chris in San Marcos, CA, USA
received this heart from one of the most wonderful women I have ever
met in my lifetime. It is surprising how such a small gift can bring
such joy when accompanied by the story that goes with it. I'm not sure
if I will ever be able to give the heart away to someone else as it has
a lot of meaning to me now, but maybe one day. I don't know the
appropriate way to thank Brenda for being so wonderful to me, and don't
know that I will ever be able to properly. But I'll try. What she
doesn't know is how very similar we are. I, too, had nearly given up
hope on people, and then along she came, bringing light into a life
that was in dire need of it. Thank you, Brenda. You have touched me
today in a way you can't imagine. YOU are the wonderful one.
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SADDLE UP FOR THIS ONE!
The 25th Anniversary of the BP MS 150 ride rolls across the Texas hill country April 18-19, 2009.
3,000 volunteers are still needed to assist the ride. If you are in the area, please give your time to support this wonderful organization. A few participants will be passing hearts to other bikers while they ride! We can't wait to hear more about that. Of course they will be safe in the passing. Right? Hands on those handlebars please, ladies and gentlemen!
Just When You Think You Have Heard It All!
|There is one flood out there in the world right now that should not be contained. The Flood sister flow, that is. I feel so fortunate to have happened upon one of these special sisters on Facebook. She wrote me there telling me that she and her sisters were featured on Daryn Kagan's site (which by the way is SPECTACULAR. Check it out for sure. Daryn interviewed me when HIH had just launched back in December 07). So, I immediately became her friend on Facebook Come to find out, she has THIS story:
(Have a seat for this one, folks. Its a doozie!) Talk about paying love forward...WOW!
Jennifer was sitting at her desk one day thinking that she had not spoken to her father recently. He had been diagnosed with chronic renal failure just a couple months prior. The phone of course rang right after this and it was her sister telling Jennifer that their Dad was not well at all and was on a waiting list in New York for a kidney. Unfortunately, none of the family members were a match for him.
Something awoke inside Jennifer in that moment and she knew she needed to do something to help her father since the waiting list was 2-5 years and her father only had months to live. Since she had worked as a nurse 5 years prior to changing careers, she knew that neither dialysis nor waiting for a kidney from the list were viable options for him at that point. Basically, she could not live with the fact of knowing that she did NOT try to save his life when she had worked in the profession since that is what nurses do. They respond to medical situations and act upon them in the hope of saving a life.
So, that is exactly what Jennifer and her sisters did.
And like any other person who needs something out there in the world, she put an ad out on Craigslist for a donor. Yes, CRAIGSLIST! The same place I have bought and sold televisions and home furnishings in the past. Told you it was a good story. :)
Many people contacted the girls about donation. Some were scams, others weren't genuine donors or had medical issues of sorts. But there was one woman, who had never used Craigslist before I might add, who felt called to check it out back in May 2008....all the way out in California. (The Floods were in NY).
She just wanted to really give back (or I would say forward) after experiencing a death in
And before anyone could talk her out of it, a woman named Dawn Verdick flew to NY and started the testing process. Turns out she was a perfect match and she scheduled the surgery for December 2008 to give her kidney to a total stranger. WOW-WEE!
The surgery was a complete success and both Dawn and Jennifer's father, Dan, are doing great! Dawn insists she is not a hero or extraordinary. She is simply someone who was hungry to make a difference in the world.
So much good has come from the entire experience for everyone. Dan Flood is healthy, Dawn made a difference (uh, a big one!) and the Flood Sisters have started their own organization to help other families find desperately needed organs for their loved one.
I was thinking of inserting a statement here about not giving up. But I think the story speaks for itself....
in every way, shape and form.
Craigslist?? Proof that anything is possible with desire, faith and action.
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be entered to win a
5 HEART GIFT PACKAGE from HIH!125.00 retail value!Let's get donating! $10.00 is all it takes to be entered.So, if you donate $20.00, you will be entered twice. $30.00 three times, etc.
AND IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DONATED, YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED!Winner will be drawn on Sunday, March 29th at the Spin a thon and announced in the following newsletter.
YAS Spin-a-thon to Raise Money for the Women's Sports Foundation
Hi everyone! I will be doing a 3 hour spin class on Sunday, March 29th to help raise money for the Women's Sports Foundation, and will be representing HEART IS HOT!
My goal is to raise $2,000.00. WE ARE SO CLOSE!!
Be sure to put in my name in the "rider to be sponsored": Sahara Damore.
And if you want to read my not so graceful spin story that inspires me to ride this month, you can check it out here. The title is "Will Spin For Dough".
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About the Company
HEART IS HOT (HIH) is a goodwill movement designed to remind us all that we are connected. In our increasingly tech-dependent culture, HIH allows us to recapture the human quality of compassion both online and offline in a simple three-step process. You give a heart to someone in need, the recipient shares his or her story online, and then the recipient passes the heart on to someone else. As the hearts travel around the world, we see the best of social media in action as these inspirational stories forge new bonds between people from all walks of life.