…and with it the opportunity for new beginnings and change.
The New Year is finally here and along with it comes the opportunity for new
beginnings and change. Buried beneath the champagne toasts, the party hats
and all the celebratory parties is the pressure of a New Year’s resolution. It’s not
creating one that’s problematic; it’s trying to stick to that resolution that usually
leaves us feeling disappointed and defeated. So, why not come up with a New Year’s resolution that you can actually uphold?
Every year, I tell myself I’m going to give back more, as I’m sure a lot of you do too. I also tell myself that I’ll finally finish decorating my room, the bathroom, the living room and the kitchen. Basically, I need to decorate.
When I discovered glassybaby a couple years ago, I was so excited because I had found a product that did it all. A votive holder, a beautifully colored glasswork and a fine piece of art, glassybaby is all-in-one décor that everyone can use. With all different colors and the one of-a-kind characteristic each hand-blown glass votive has, glassybaby will simultaneously fit in and stand out among everyone’s home décor.
glassybaby donates 10 percent from all sales to different organizations; several of them give back to cancer patients. Every glassybaby purchase helps someone in need. And you can help too. Some of my favorite giving sets for the New Year are ‘a new day,’ ‘discovery,’ ‘catalyst’ and ‘inspired by you.’ Any one of these sets will warm up your home and brighten your décor.
Regardless of your resolution, we wish you a happy new year and hope to see you soon!
glassybaby is partnering with Seattle Children’s Hospital on a new giving color: ‘hope‘.
10% from the sale of each ‘hope’ glassybaby will be donated to the Seattle Children’s Hospital
Emergency Patient Assistance Fund. This fund ensures that finances don’t stand in the
way of health, safety and dignity. To purchase ‘hope’, click here.
Seattle and glassybaby are mourning the loss of Martha Harris, florist and philanthropist, who passed away on October 5th from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Martha had an eye for beauty and an ability to share it with others that was unmatched. To honor Martha and her dedication to helping others, glassybaby will donate 10% from the sale of the ‘love grows’ set to the Martha E. Harris Fund for cancer research at Swedish Hospital. The ‘love grows’ set includes ‘sweet pea’ and ‘lavender’. To purchase the set, click here.
In early October, we introduced you to Mary O’Brien, a Seattle woman who has spent the better part of this year training to participate in the Divas Half Marathon at Long Island with her four sisters. Mary reports that the event, held October 7th, surpassed her expectations and brought she and her sisters together in ways she never expected. Read more here.
The O'Brien sisters at the start of the half marathon. Left to right: Patty, Meg, Noreen, Mary and Kathleen.
“When you combine a drive to help others with a strong community, great things can happen.” - Lee Rhodes
The results are in…and the Immediate Impact Breast Cancer Walk that was held in San Francisco September 28-30th raised more than $100,000 to help people living with breast cancer in the Greater Bay Area.
24 walkers and eight volunteer crew members came together to make this goal a reality, covering 55 miles in three days.
You can read a first-hand account of the walk, day-by-day, from glassybaby faithful, Trina Chow on her blog. Trina, herself, raised over $14,000 in this inaugural event! In her own words: “Suffice to say: Amazing day, amazing event, amazing friends, amazing experience. So proud, and so honored to have been a part of it all.”
We’re proud and honored of the example you set, Trina! Heartfelt congratulations to you and everyone that participated and supported your efforts. There’s still time to donate to the Immediate Impact Breast Cancer Walk. Donations will accepted through October 31, 2012.
glassybaby is pleased to partner with the Ben Towne Foundation and announce our latest giving color: ‘rudolph’. 10% from the sale of each ‘rudolph’ glassybaby will be donated to the Ben Towne Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.
Ben Towne was an amazing little boy who lost his fight with neuroblastoma when he was just three and a half years old. His courage and strength inspired others to establish the Ben Towne Foundation. The Foundation honors the memory of Ben and works to accelerate the pace of childhood cancer research—changing the way pediatric cancers are treated and cured. To purchase ‘rudolph’, click here.
The Divas half-marathon at Long Island was Mary’s first-ever half marathon and a special way for her family to honor the memory of their dad, Jim, who passed from cancer 29 years ago on October 7th—the same date as the race.
The weather forecast for race day was miserable—rainy and very cold. The sisters believe that something greater was working from above when the day dawned with cool temperatures, but bright sunshine. In fact, the rain did not begin to fall until after the sisters had crossed the finish line. They called it “love from above!”
Mary’s goals were to get in better shape, complete the half marathon and re-connect with her sisters, who found themselves on opposite sides of the country when Mary moved to Seattle in 1980. Mary accomplished all three of her goals: she definitely got in better shape, she completed the half-marathon, and she and her sisters have newfound appreciation for each other.
In Mary’s words:
“This experience was so much bigger than the actual half marathon. It was so many little and big things—our unspoken connection, a common goal, family dinners, last minute training together, crossing the finish line with each other to the cheers of family and friends. Truly amazing! We are strong and united with each other, regardless of the geographic boundaries between us.”
glassybaby extends heartfelt congratulations to the O’Brien sisters for accomplishing their goals and honoring the memory of their dad! Along with her running shoes, Mary’s carry-on bag included a collection of ‘sister’ glassybaby—one for each of her sisters.
lighting the way home: part 1
lighting the way home: part 2