Exercise Your Heart by Giving Generously


HOSPITAL CHARITY AUCTION: Instagram’s community of calligraphers is full of people generous with tips, tutorials, giveaways, and charity auctions. Imagine my delight to respond to a call for donations to an auction benefiting a hospital right in my own city.

All through July, Amanda (@amandaarneill) is running an online charity auction #fromlaurensheart to raise funds for BC Children’s hospital who saved her daugthter’s life from a rare heart defect. (Read her full story here.) In the annual effort to give back, her goal this year is to raise enough money for a new life support machine. 100% of money raised goes to the hospital.

The auction features beautiful items donated by many talented and wonderful Instagram and Etsy artists. Be sure to check them out!

  • Auction packages run on Wednesdays and Sundays throughout July. Each package goes live at 9am PST, with bidding open for 24 hours, closing at 9am PST the following day (Monday and Thursday).
  • My donation of this Theodore Roosevelt quote will be part of the auction package on Sunday, July 5.
  • She is also offering flash sales on items throughout the month on her Etsy shop.

Follow her on Instagram and check back throughout July for more great items. Tell your friends too!


I believe the human heart leaps when we are given an opportunity to be involved with a purpose or vision greater than ourselves. The distractions, busyness or boredom of life are a continual threat to our hearts’ longing for purpose and belonging.

After a bout of health challenges that hijacked my energy, I’m grateful that my creativity is back in full force, just in time to participate in several serendipitous opportunities to participate in compassionate and generous initiatives. 

This series of blog posts shares the good work many are doing.