Wow, this blogging world just continues to amazing me every single day.  I have met so many amazing people in this lovely little world, and every day I am just overwhelmed by the power of people who have the drive to make. things. happen.

It’s easy for people to post pretty quotes on their blogs, or get fired up by another person’s words, but to actually take action is the most crucial step in really making a difference – in your life or in another person’s life.

First off I have to address the quake in Japan.  I am terrified of earthquakes and tsunamis – I live 1 block from the water here in San Francisco, and in the absolute worst place in San Francisco for earthquakes and I woke up this morning to about 15 emails, 20 texts and 5 voicemails making sure we were OK, because we have had tsunami warnings all day and were supposed to feel the affects of the quake.  We didn’t, and surfers have been rejoicing all morning.  But I can’t thank you all enough for caring to reach out – to send a text/tweet/email/voicemail.  It means the world to me.

View from my roof where I was “taking refuge” as recommended by local safety officials.  No waves, perfect clear sky.  We are fortunate.

Others, however, are not so fortunate.  There have been many lives lost in Japan and surrounding areas, and many who still remain missing.  Want to know how you can help?  Click here for more information.

In other areas of the social media world, you may have seen my multiple tweets about #operationlayla.  Layla is a lovely young lady who I have met through the blogs, and she has touched the lives of many.  I was inspired by her story (click here to read it from the darling lady herself) and wanted to do something to help, so I enlisted my other blog, Jars of Love, to help raise money for this woman who so desperately needs to raise $4,500 for a mandatory, life-changing surgery.  I haven’t mentioned Jars of Love on this blog yet, because I have been working slowly but surely to get it up and running.  The mission of Jars of Love is simple: to spread joy to others, one jar at a time.  I have an etsy shop set up where I am donating 100% of proceeds (including materials and handling costs) to Operation Layla, and I will be canning like crazy this weekend to make enough jam to meet the demands of this inspirational fundraiser.  I’m also selling pretzelies and have already sold about 300 of them (including one batch being sent to an honorable recipient in our armed forces overseas), so please check out the shop if you can.

If you want to help, there are many ways you can do so, and you can learn all about it here.  Otherwise, feel free to click the “donate” button below, and spread the word via twitter by using the #operationlayla hashtag.

Moral of the story?  There are still good people out there.  Life is short but sweet so celebrate every moment you have.  Say I love you to those who you hold dear.  And just do something good today.

Happy Friday, everyone.

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