Sunday, November 1, 2009

November & December 2009: Living Yoga

One beacon of light in Oregon's criminal justice system is Living Yoga -- an amazing non-profit outreach program that aims to use yoga as a tool for personal change within prisons and drug rehabilitation facilities. I can't think of a better mechanism for finding personal forgiveness, growth, and compassion then yoga. Since 1998 Living Yoga has been teaching this form of meditation as a tool for rehabilitating the mind and spirit of people who are often forgotten.

Following a yoga path can only lead to a place of compassion and self-acceptance. I am deeply touched by the generosity of Living Yoga's mission.

For the months of November and December, to honor our season of giving, Hint Jewelry Design will donate 10% of all profits to Living Yoga.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September & October 2009: SHARE Breast and Ovarian Cancer Hotline

September and October are months that bring awareness to ovarian and breast cancer. Pink usually gets top billing for breast cancer research and advocacy; however, one of the most silent diseases that could affect women is spearheaded by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance with the color teal. Ovarian cancer symptoms are so vague that it makes the push for early detection seem much more crucial. To support both of these causes during the months of September and October, Hint Jewelry Design will be donating 10% of all profits to SHARE, a non-profit organization run by survivors of breast and ovarian cancer that helps support and educate women. Their programs include toll free hotlines (English and Spanish), education, support groups, and advocacy.

Difficulty asking for help seems to be a universal theme for women, so just knowing there exists a group of women who are willing to get on the phone and offer clear information, support, and guidance feels incredibly reassuring to me. If you have been diagnosed or you know someone who has, check out the SHARE hotline and feel supported by an incredible community of women.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

July & August 2009: Alzheimer Champions

One of my favorite movies I watched last year was Sarah Polley's Away From Her based on Alice Munro's New Yorker short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain". Julie Christie's vulnerable performance is stunning, and the quiet way this raw story unfolds makes you want to sit a little closer to people who are coping with this disease on a daily basis.

I loved the letter read by Olympia Dukakis at the beginning of the movie, championing the Alzheimer cause. Immediately I bookmarked Alzheimer's Association as one of my future XOXO Dogs blog campaigns.

So for the months of July and August 2009, Hint Jewelry will donate 10% of all profits to the Alzheimer's Association. If you haven't seen Away From Her, it's definitely worth adding to your Netflix list. If you want to become an Alzheimer Champion, they are looking for 5 million to join the cause (one person for every American living with the disease). Right now they are still shy of hitting 2 million people. Be sure to check out the the Alzheimer's Association to learn more and go on a tour of your brain.

Alzheimer Facts

5.3 million

As many as 5.3 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's.


Alzheimer's and dementia triple healthcare costs for Americans 65+.

70 seconds

Every 70 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer's.

$148 billion

Alzheimer’s costs more than $148 billion each year to Medicare, Medicaid and businesses.


Alzheimer's disease is always fatal.

Friday, May 1, 2009

May & June 2009: Autism Speaks

For the months of May and June, Hint will be donating 10% of all profits to Autism Speaks. The mission of Autism Speaks is to use money to fund research, raise awareness, and offer solutions for families and communities.

Not only is this organization using resources to discover the underlying cause of autism and prevention, Autism Speaks created a 100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families. This valuable tool available in both English and Spanish, provides vital information for families who are learning
about this critical moment of care in the life of their child.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

March & April 2009: Hope for Horses

During economic crisis people often have to make difficult choices in regards to animals they care for and shelter. The charitable organization Hope for Horses in the state of Washington works to promote safety and well-being of abandoned horses; provides training and resources for animal control officers and horse rescue organizations; and strives to create awareness concerning improved protection for horses in the legislature.

During the month of March and April, Hint will be donating 10% of its profits to Hope for Horses in an effort to support their mission to find long-term, qualified, and loving homes for these noble creatures.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Contributing to Life

One of our deepest desires often tucked safely away, hidden in one of the layers of our soul, is the yearning to contribute to life. During the last four years, I had been living in a contribution deficit, but yet couldn't quite identify what was wrong.

I encountered this vague sense of urgency, like I was thwarting myself from participating in life. I didn't know what would happen when I left my 8 to 5 cubicle existence, but my work with XOXO Dogs grew out of this desire to put myself back in the game. Following only this intuitive urge to donate, I've just begun to realize how symbolic and meaningful this project has been to my well-being. Contributing money to organizations that foster a more compassionate existence, I am afforded the most gracious opportunity to fulfill my own need to contribute to life.

In much gratitude, I thank all the non-profit organizations that work so diligently to improve the welfare of our community, while giving me the opportunity to live out one of my most deepest yearnings.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

February 2009: Round River

During the month of February I will be collecting 10 % of HINT's profits in order to donate to Round River Conservation Studies. Utilizing the knowledge base of scientists, artists, and activists who all have a deep love for big wilderness, Round River has developed a unique program that stresses connectivity within a landscape and draws on the strength of indigenous communities to sustain wild places still left on our planet.

Friday, January 2, 2009

January 2009: Dharma Rain Zen Center

"Refuge of Buddha is bright, spacious clarity; peace of mind, original Mind. Refuge of Dharma is acceptance of, and insight into, events and conditions, just as they are. Refuge of Sangha is true kinship in clarity, belonging, knowing, and taking our place in harmonious community."

- Kyogen & Gyokuko Carlson, Dharma Rain Zen Center

Several weeks ago I received a letter from the Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland, Oregon, asking for donations to help support their school and prison ministry program. I was so touched by their invitation because it would allow me the opportunity to make these refuges available to an expanded community. For the month of January 2009, HINT Jewelry will be celebrating the coming peace and brightness of the New Year by donating 10% of its profits to the Dharma Rain Zen Center.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ho! Ho! Ho! 2008

This Christmas, I was lucky enough to be Santa for a day and give the gift of four nanny goats! By donating 10% of HINT Jewelry profits for December 2008 to the Itafari Foundation, four lovely goats will be making their home with a child headed household in Rwanda.

Thank you 2008 for allowing me the opportunity contribute to others!