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Everyday Gratitude

November 25, 2010

Yes… it’s been a while since we’ve posted. We could make all kinds of excuses, but the truth of the matter is: We’ve been sidetracked by life.

It happens.

Life, as we all know, has a tendency to sweep one along the current, and that is exactly what has happened to us.

We’re happy to say that the flow of life we’ve been riding in 2010 has most definitely been a good one. It has picked us up and taken us to spectacular new places around the world and connected us with some truly amazing people. Things are ramping up at Handshoe and we’ve been taking care of that which takes care of us. Our business. Our clients. Our livelihood.

We’ve also been taking care of each other. Both of our families have grown this year. There are new babies and the combining of families and all of the many blessings that accompany this particular type of growth and abundance.

And we are eternally grateful for every sidetracked second.


The state of being grateful in itself means that one has identified value in the things that really matter in life. To honor this spectacular year and continue to give back in 2011, we’ve created a little something that serves as a daily reminder to do just that.

Handshoe | 2010love has teamed up with Heart and Stone Jewelry in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts to create a limited edition LOVE WHAT MATTERS ™ necklace. Each LOVE WHAT MATTERS ™ necklace is hand made from 100% Recycled Pure Silver by Julie Booras.

10% of sales from all LOVE WHAT MATTERS ™ Necklaces will be donated to Feeding America, “the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.” www.feedingamerica.org.

Everyone needs a gratitude reminder every once in a while. We hang ours around our neck. We hope you will too.

As always…

Love what matters.

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Words from the past reach out to the future.

October 22, 2010

Severn Suzuki and some friends started the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO) at age 9. When she was 12, her organization raised enough money to travel to Rio de Janeiro, where she stood up for her beliefs, speaking in front of world delegates at the 1992 UN Earth Summit.

Severn stood up for what she loved.

18 years have passed since that day, and when we listen to this child speaking so passionately about the state of the world and of humanity as a whole, it makes us wonder if we (all of us) are doing enough.

Severn took a step toward making the world a better place. Some of her efforts have made a huge impact. Some have come and gone. People have applauded her efforts and many have ridiculed her as well. The point is she took a first step toward standing up for what she loves, no matter what others thought. Then she took another step, then another, and now, at 31, she is still working toward achieving that vision of a better world.

Because that’s what matters to her.

I don’t know about you, but that was the kick in the pants we needed to bring us back to responsibility consciousness. Today, we’re reminding ourselves what our role is in creating a more positive world for our kids.

18 years ago a child spoke words that eventually reached out to inspire others in the future.

Amazing, isn’t it?

September 17, 2010

We love art. We love all kinds of art, but the best is the kind that gets your hands dirty. It seems we rarely have time to revel in this type of creativity these days, but we certainly try when we can.

So recently we donated a piece of artwork (created by Leslie) to the BlogHer ’10 Voices of the Year Gala and Art Auction that took place in New York City on August 6. Ok, so what is BlogHer? Well, its pretty much what it sounds like. From the website: “BlogHer is a community and media company created in partnership with women in social media… Today, BlogHer is the largest community of women who blog: 23+ million unique visitors per month (Nielsen Netratings). Engaged, influential and info-savvy, these women come to BlogHer to seek and share advice, opinions and recommendations.”

The Gala/Art Auction was also curated by kirtsy. What is kirtsy you say? From their website: “kirtsy is a social media platform of pure goodness. A plaza for the peachy. A portal to the pretty. A place to find cool things. kirtsy is the place to find and/or link to anything and everything on the Web that you’d like to share. The front page content is ever-changing and always cool.”

Although we’ve really just begun exploring these wonderful communities, we really dig what we’ve found so far. The proceeds from the Art Auction (which began post gala/conference is still happening online Ebay here!) go to The Nature Conservancy, benefiting the people and wildlife of the Gulf Coast oil spill. Our piece already sold (yaay!), but there are many other cool pieces to choose from.

Speaking of cool pieces… I am always looking for affordable and unique artwork. Along with the BlogHer/Kirtsy Art Auction, I recently discovered some awesome, eco-friendly art at paperwork. Have you seen this?… supercool.

It’s part of  UGALLERY, which offers a more diverse collection of artwork… (and some heftier prices)

And both are connected to Daily Deal… a heck-of-a-deal bidding war for one piece of artwork offered up every day at 12pm EST. How fun is that!
Which reminds me, I need to go because i have two minutes to see what today’s selection is.

Have a great weekend everyone, and take the time to check out some art. It will fill your heart with love.

September 9, 2010

Photo © Amazon.com

In light of the planned “International Burn-a-Koran Day” (which sounds ridiculous) on September 11 (even more ridiculous) this year, we thought we’d suggest an alternate route.  Hate breeds hate, mister. We are seriously dumbfounded on this one.

Keep spreading the love… PLEASE. (Thanks Becky for the link:)

2010love walks for Breast Cancer

September 1, 2010

Breast cancer incidence in women in the United States is 1 in 8 (about 13%).

In 2009, an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,280 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among U.S. women. More than 1 in 4 cancers are breast cancer.

–Breastcancer.org, January 8 2010

Breast cancer, of course, affects us all: friends, mothers, sisters, daughters, wives… which is why continuing research and support for a cure is a necessity.
Kristin, of Yorkshire, Ohio shares our 2010love sentiment which is why she decided to wear the PINK 2010love tee during her Susan G. Komen 3-Day for a Cure Walk in Cleveland, Ohio. (10% of proceeds from 2010love PINK limited edition shirts go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure)

Kristin says she is blessed to have not been walking for anyone in particular, but “just had been really wanting to be part of the cause for a couple of years and now was the right time.” Pretty admirable, right?

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for a Cure Walk consists of 60 miles of walking over the course of 3 days. Contributions “fund innovative global breast cancer research and local community programs supporting education, screening and treatment. Every major advance in the fight against breast cancer in the last 28 years has been impacted by a Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant.” (Susan G. Komen, FAQ) The walk takes place in cities like Chicago, Boston, DC, Atlanta, San Diego, Cleveland, Seattle and more. Registration for 2010 and 2011 is available here.

Thanks Kristin for your support, amazing effort and the great photo! May you be an inspiration to us all…

Spreading the love

August 18, 2010

Dr. Bowlin's team, left to right: Kathy, Markie, Dr. Bowlin, Vicki, Barb

Since we launched the 2010love project in February of this year, we’ve sold hundreds of t-shirts to lovely people across the globe. Our tees have been used for gifts, special occasions, personal achievements, and even events that help support or fund important causes or relief needs. (Of course our tees are also purchased for the fun of wearing them and simply spreading a positive message… we love this too.)

Some of the t-shirt stories being sent to us, however, are quite inspiring… and it’s those stories we’d like to share with all of you.

We’ll start with Dr. Julia Bowlin and her team in Versailles, Ohio. Dr. Bowlin is Board Certified in family medicine and certified in Environmental Allergy and Immunotherapy. Through her medical practice and regular speaking engagements, she strives to clear the emotional, spiritual, and physical clutter in our lives that impacts our healing and recovery process.

Every year she donates to the United Way, and this year, she commemorated the effort by purchasing 2010love tees for her office staff. Pretty cool, eh? Dr. Bowlin’s team also supports their patients’ families with annual donations and mailings to troops overseas. Lots of love to spread in many different ways.

With a little creativity, teamwork and energy, opportunities to spread the love are endless. If you have a story to share, please send us a note to 2010love@handshoe.com. Way to go Dr. Bowlin and team!

Back-to-School Sale!

August 5, 2010

Can you believe its already August?! That means soon leaves will be turning, crispness will fill the air and the kiddies will be heading back to school… Hooray for Autumn!

To get the season started off right we are holding a Back-to-School sale in which all 2010love t-shirts (adult, youth and toddler/infant) will be 25% off through Labor Day. That’s right, quite a deal… and we still donate 10% to charity.

So take advantage now and help spread the love at school. You can purchase shirts at our Etsy shop here, or email us at 2010love@handshoe.com for larger orders.  Also, if you’d like to use 2010love shirts for your school event or fundraiser, let us know!

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