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Water Wise

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Tomorrow is World Water Day.

Isn’t it interesting how little we value a necessity that most of the world’s population goes without?

The Adventure Project is gearing up for our 2nd annual typeTAP campaign, you may remember last year’s post on World Water Day and how we were able to raise over $23k to create sustainable solutions for the water crisis around the globe. For a refresher, check out the results from last years water campaign here.

Check out this year’s campaign and consider being a part of what is happening tomorrow.

There’s a $25k matching gift on the line friends… anything you donate will be doubled.

Imagine the impact.

 

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There are days…

When I have little to no clue what I’m doing here, in this life, with these dreams, and with my junk drawer of mismatched talents.

I just don’t get it.

My life at times seems to resemble that bag that Mary Poppins had- she just kept pulling things out here and there, things that didn’t seem to fit, things that may not have made sense, other things that were simply magical, yet they all served some purpose to her. What do you do with what you have when it doesn’t seem to fit together?

You throw it out there and you let the pieces lay where they fall. *

*Disclaimer: this is in no way foolproof.

This past year had been such a fun and incredible journey with The Adventure Project and I have enjoyed every step of it. I knew that I would be part of typeTAP again this year and I was so excited to see how it would develop and how the bar would be raised. Well, our goal for March 22nd is 25k, this amount is going to be matched dollar for dollar by the INCREDIBLE Prem Rawat Foundation and ladies and gentlemen, we’ve got ourselves a 50k day.

I’m overwhelmed.

So what do I do with what the projects that I’m passionate about, and my Mary Poppins bag of talents? My campaign this time around… is a little bit different, a little more daring, and a whole lot more fun.

If you go here and donate more than $25: Tiffany’s Campaign Page

Email your mailing address here: tiffanyeriksen@theadventureproject.org

And I’ll send you a customized one of these:

I hope you consider getting involved this year, whether it be your second go-round with typeTAP or if it’s your first, we’d love to have you.

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Another Year, Another Adventure

This past year has been one of the most difficult, frustrating, and painful years I’ve ever had.

But, I’m blessed- because despite the difficulty of my 25th year, there was also much joy, love, and learning I was able to experience. One of the best, most influential part of my year was getting acquainted with Jody and Becky and their incredible grassroots organization, The Adventure Project

They way I’ve been challenged and inspired this year by their campaign has certainly played a major role in the ways I’ve developed my worldview this year. I’ve been so blessed to journey with them and be able to take the people in my life along with me.

This year for my birthday the thought of donating my celebration to the Haiti Campaign made sense. It was not a difficult or crazy idea to me whatsoever… however, the challenge of actually upping my goal to 26 stoves was daunting.

And then I remembered… I am surrounded by people who are just as concerned for others, who are just as committed to creating sustainable solutions and who are not only excited- but passionate about maintaining dignity. This was going to go just fine.

And here WE are… 28 stoves later and I’m blown away. We’ve breezed by 26 with no difficulty… and I’m once again reminded of the love and concern the Lord has placed in each of us for those who are in the midst of crisis. I feel so blessed.

 500,000 are still in tent camps, living in the rubble of their past lives- each day being reminded of the devastation and pain of two years ago. Yet, through the collective heart of The tribe of AdPro supporters, 662 families and counting now have a healthy, profitable tool that can improve their quality of life and income. What an incredible journey to be on.

So thank you, to everyone who gave me a stove for my birthday, turning 26 was made into a more beautiful and meaningful experience than I could have hoped for.

The work isn’t over though, if you haven’t checked out the campaign please do so. You won’t regret it. Consider the best $20 you’ve ever spent. 

 

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Hangover

I have craft hangover.

I blame it completely on last weekend when I sat at home in my slippers and sweats and did five projects.

Bear with me, I’m putting them all in this post.

Project 1: Initial Books

This was my first project of the weekend, they were intended to be a gift for a friend’s birthday but I may have let my pride get in the way when they didn’t come out as good as I would have liked. I gave them to him anyway, but I obviously could not let them be his official birthday gift.

I made templates for each book, traced them onto the front cover and worked my way through each book with a sharp knife and scissors. If you attempt this, you will cut yourself- just a warning. And it won’t heal for at least a week.

P.S. These are Religion and Philosophy books which is Daniel’s degree. If you plan to use them as gifts, get creative and maybe choose books that reflect that person in some way.

Project 2: Manly Coasters

Favorite. Favorite. Favorite.

These were the second attempt at Daniel’s birthday gift. Super fun to make, not too difficult and so cool.

I got some manly colored tiles from Lowe’s, and picked a color from the paint chips that I used on all of the tiles. I recommend getting a few more than you really need because it’s fairly easy to botch them when you cut them out.

I made a template for each icon I wanted on scrap paper and transferred it to the back of the paint chips. Carefully cut them out, I recommend scissors with very pointed tips. Glue them on the tiles using super glue, do your best to get all the edges flush with the surface.  After they’ve dried, apply modge podge all over the surface. You can apply however many coats as you want, I think I did about 5 as I wanted a really thick coat.


Those are so manly. I love them. The fourth one became a bow tie.

And they’ve found a lovely new home.

Project 3 & 4: Quote Canvas’

It was Bekah’s birthday too! Inspiration hit me when I saw a quote by her favorite poet Emily Dickinson. So I hunted down the perfect quote for her and made some stops for supplies.

All you need is a canvas (I got one that was a print canvas from the store, it just had a simple fern on it, but you could get a plain one or choose to paint a solid background), some vinyl letters and your choice of paints.

I got the removable 2″ letters so I could easily work with them, I was concerned that the paint would bleed on the edges but they came out perfectly. Space out your letters and simply paint over them, get creative with your color choices. I used white acrylic paint and then dusted it with gold spray paint.

Bring me the sunset in a cup

I also did this one with leftover paint and letters, and a similar canvas I had at the house.

F.Y.I. Mumford & Sons lyrics are always a great choice.

Project 5: Moleskine

I did the same thing with the Moleskine, and I actually just reused letters from the canvas. I just did a really light coat of white all over the front, not covering all of it and then placed the letters. I only painted about halfway down the letters with the yellow and it gave it an awesome effect.

Not the greatest picture, but it came out so great. I love this journal. Then I gave it to a homeless man. Guess I should make another…

Round 2? I think yes.

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Good Sense?

The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.

-Pablo Picasso

At least he justifies any craziness I may or may not experience from time to time.

This was a birthday gift for my wonderful friend Suzanne. Happy 25 friend.

I may just really start getting into this sort of thing.

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Outdone.

“Spend the whole of your one wild & beautiful life investing in many lives & God will simply not be outdone.”

-Ann Voskamp

 

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Water:Revolution


It’s 6am, India’s heat index is rising already and the sun has only just risen. A woman walks down a trodden path through brush, fields, streets and filth. A few thoughts plague her mind… It’s not so much the pain from her jug filled with diseased water, or the growing ache in her belly from the tainted water, it’s not so much the fact while she is trudging this water back and forth each day she’s only barely keeping her family alive while the water kills them… no, it’s that her son is sick. He’s 8 years old and yesterday he was playing with his friends, yet somehow today- he can’t move, he can’t eat and he has diarrhea. The thought that plagues her is how she has watched this scene many other times and she is frightened of its outcome… dehydration and disease kills the loved ones of her village and every time the survivors just have to watch.

Typical story for a woman in India; she may be your age, maybe her son resembles yours, he may even have your son’s name, or your name, he may be your sons age. What is the only difference between her family and yours? Water. Her family could live and thrive just as your family does if they had access to it.

It’s tragedy.

The Adventure Project saw this need and decided to do something about it. By partnering with a unique organization in India, they have decided to raise $22,000 to help train mechanics to rebuild wells that are broken throughout the whole country. Men and women alike are gaining an education and then repairing the broken wells bringing water to thousands of THEIR OWN PEOPLE. This is empowerment at its finest.

This program does not just provide water, it provides:

  • Personal dignity
  • Local economy
  • Health
  • Jobs
  • Education

A sustainable solution, these are the things that every human being desires and has a right to.

What I am asking you, is that you take a moment and a few dollars and donate to the initiative that my dear friends and I developed over the past 2 weeks. Donate $20, $30, $50 or $100 and provide life for that little boy in India instead of ignoring him.

You can click on the picture on the left to donate or go here:

My Campaign Page: http://theadventureproject.causevox.com/tiffanyeriksen

To read more about the project in detail go here:

http://theadventureproject.org/typetap

And here:

http://theadventureproject.org/

Don’t let yourself walk away from this opportunity, this initiative has the potential to bring clean water and disease free living to 10,800 people every year.

Let that sink in.

My goal is not $200 like the calculations spell out. I set a goal of $500 because I believe in the people I am connected to, I know that my friends and family believe in change as much as I do. So prove me right, take your lunch allowance this week, make some pb and j’s and donate that to this incredible cause.

P.S. Anything you give is going to be doubled thanks to The Prem Rawat Foundation. Mad love.

Water, like religion and ideology, has the power to move millions of people. Since the very birth of human civilization, people have moved to settle close to it. People move when there is too little of it. People move when there is too much of it. People journey down it. People write, sing and dance about it. People fight over it. And all people, everywhere and every day, need it.

-Mikhail Gorbachev

 

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