My husband and I are not into making New Years resolutions, at least not in the traditional sense. Instead we try to focus on a theme for the year (I sometimes choose a word or two to meditate on) that drives our actions throughout the year. Something we've chosen to focus on as a family in 2015 is expanding our support of organizations and projects that empower people and their families, especially in other countries.
That's why I jumped at the chance for us to participate in the #DeedADay movement. It's a new way to be intentional about spreading kindness and serving others by doing good deeds. To help with that intention, The 100 Good Deeds Project created a beaded bracelet that encourages everyone to do a good deed a day. A good deed means you've gone out of our way to help someone and it only counts if the deed remains anonymous. Each time you do a good deed, move the ring on the bracelet closer to the button. It's very simple and the bracelet itself is beautiful.
Aside from upping my wrist wear game, and the focus on doing good deeds, here's what I love the most: the bracelets are made by vulnerable women who’ve been trained for this work in Uganda, India, Indonesia, Zambia, South Africa, Rwanda, and IniInand Haiti. The 100 Good Deeds Project is run by the Abataka Foundationnon, a non-profit that provides economic and educational opportunities to women and girls across Africa and elsewhere. Proceeds from 1GD bracelets are reinvested in the program to provide more women and girls with more training in more countries. Empowerment. I love an organization that focuses on enabling others to build themselves and their families up with tools and resources.
Here's what I also love: they were designed by Mary Fisher, an author, artists and AIDS advocate. Thanks to this campaign I've started getting to know her work, and as an artist who is looking to integrate activism into my what I create, I find her incredibly inspiring.
So in 2015, my family has set at least one new kind of resolution: to do good deeds. We've joined the #DeedADay movement and our goal is to wear our bracelets daily and do a deed a day. (Yes, even the boys-we are getting them involved too, encouraging them to think of ways they can help each other and their friends.)
How about you-will you join us? Are you in? If so let me know in the comments-I'd love it if you'd share your experience with me throughout 2015. Let's work together to do one small act for someone else that makes an impact. Imagine if we all did a good deed a day, what a better place the world would be. And after a year that rocked many of us personally, and as a nation, we could use some good, y'all, don't you think? Let's do this!
To join the #DeedADay movement, simply share one of these images on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest using hashtag #DeedADay and tagging the 100 Good Deeds Bracelet. Be sure to also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. You can also purchase a bracelet here.
Note: I was gifted this 100 Good Deeds bracelet to review and share with my readers. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. :)