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Monday, April 15, 2013

Sharing the love~ another giveaway!

Even
After
All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,

"You owe me."

Look
What happens
With a love like that,

It lights the whole sky.”

Hafiz 

 

 
 

 Good morning gorgeous friends!!!

Well I have to admit life is treating me pretty well lately. 
Summer has hung around well into  Autumn 

here in Australia and I know 
for many of you around this beautiful planet, 
Winter has hung around for far too long! 
So I'm ready to share some warmth....


Sunday morning I took my coffee and notebook down to the beach and did some work on my book which will be coming out with North Light Publishers mid 2014! 
The water was turquoise and crystal clear, the suns rays warmed my body and soul and I got to thinking about how grateful I am for EVERYTHING!!

and then I remembered a little giveaway project I have been thinking about for ages and realised it was time to pay it forward!


 Flashback to November 2012....I'm in California at the tail end of my teaching tour and I receive a surprise in the mail!! 

 All the way from India!

 

Its from my FB friend Mubin Sultan. a woman whose kindness and love for humanity always shines through in her posts and who I will visit one day in India, for sure!

In the parcel are a whole bundle of sweet little note cards with teeny matching envelopes. 

LOVE!!!   

and straight away I hatch a plan to pay it forward...

first by sending a little note card back to Mubin with a teeny original painting on it

and then sending more of them out into the world to spread the love a little further


but months go by

 and life gets in the way

priorities, deadlines, important stuff, blah, blah, blah.....

 

and then, this weekend

I took the time to sit in the sun and was reminded of what is truly important.......

 

 

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

Mother Teresa


and so this week I am sending this little ellie all the way to India for my friend Mubin who took the time to send me some kindness and love.
and because kindness and love always multiply in infinite ways
I would like to take the time to send three more elephants out into the world with an intention to keep the love moving.

Would you like to receive one?

Just leave me a comment with your name and email and one thing you have done or will do to spread kindness this month. 

I will pick three names at the end of this month using a random number generator 

 and three lucky people will receive one of Mubins little notecards adorned with an original elephant painting 

with love

from me♥



 

 Cant wait to hear from you

love Tracy ♥

122 comments:

april dawn said...

First I want to say that I love your art. It's so beautiful. I take care of my dad who has stage 4 cancer. I make all his doctor appointments and take him to them all. I do his laundry and shopping. Normally I try to think of it as time to spend with him because we don't know how long he has left. But on days like today it's a struggle to keep a smile on my face. Things pile up and I become overwhelmed. New appointments for things that come up when I don't plan on it. I try to find the good in each moment. My motto lately is moment by moment because he could be gone in the next. Again your work is gorgeous. Withthe(dot)angels(at)frontier(dot)com

Charissa Struble said...

Charissa lilmissdogooder@aim.com

I commit random acts of kindness wherever I go. I tape money to drink machines, leave a cool drink for the housekeepers at the hotel with a note thanking them for their hard work, and donate to causes that are near and dear to my heart.

carlanda brown williamson said...

I try everyday to be kind and generous. I hold doors open and hand out shopping carts and anything I can do to help another human being. probably not as outstanding as others on here, but I am genuine and try! I would so love to win an elephant. they are adorable! thanks tracy. carlanda

hollydeequilts said...

I was contacted by a local special needs teacher to see if I knew quilters that would be able to help quilt 8 T-Shirt Quilts that her students had made. They used their t-shirts from several Special Olympic's competition. I coordinated a group to quilt these quilts including myself.

I will also be quilting a raffle quilt for the Special Olympics in Marietta GA.

Siggadisart said...

I teach art to children, trying to make them feel good and relaxed in my classroom so that they can bloom in creativity.
Love you ♥

Karen said...

You know I love your ellies ;)
Last month, instead of selling mom's washer and dryer(she passed away awhile back and I'm just now getting around to selling the house)I donated them to a rural animal shelter that was in need(some county govt's in my state dont set enough monies aside for their shelters. They are just not a priority). :( And I'm going down there in a few weeks to paint a bright and cheery mural for them in the adoptions area.

Lorraine said...

Today I donated a painting to an Art Auction to help a BA Graphic Design student pay for her final year exhibition. Lorraine

Serena said...

Oh how I love your art ♥ Im actually doing a giveaway this month - who doesnt love art?! thats my little way to give back :) you can check out giveaway at www.serenawilsonstubson.blogspot.com :)

Kim Mailhot said...

Oh, beautiful Tracy! i so appreciate what you bring to the world, both through your art and through your loving heart.
like you, i have found that the more love you put out into the world, the more love comes back and encircles you.
I am right now taking loving care of my sweet Mom as she recovers from a heart attack. While this is not always an easy job, it is what i am here on this planet to do right this minute. your kindness giveaway has inspired me to keep that kindness in the foreground as i do my work. ;)
i would so love to have little bits of your elephant art with me. I am grateful too that i have been blessed enough to spend creative time with your loving heart! Sending love and light !

lifeofdeb said...

what a lovely idea. I would love to win one of your little ellies! I will post a giveaway too on my blog to spread the generosity.

katilady said...

To spread kindness this month and always, I make a point of looking homeless people in the eye and greeting them, even if it means they will ask me for $$. Someone I knew, who was once homeless, shared how degrading it was to have people constantly avoiding your gaze, and how being invisible is one of the biggest hurts she has had to overcome.

I don't often have money, but I do have my humanity.

Anonymous said...

hey there - love this hearing how people share the love and kidness around - great :)
lets see my little addition is a new venture for me - after reading a blogg on a lady who sadly i do not remeber who got together her friends from all around the world to make cards of support for breast cancer suffers in her home state in the USA to be put in the infomration packs that go out to victims and families i was so inspired i have started something similar here in Perth WA - it is only small now but i hope to be able to help others supports people who are touched by cancer in a way that they are comfortable with and can afford.
keep going folks love hearing these stories

Annette (dolphinheart@hotmail.com)

Kim Heil said...

I am volunteering to help military veterans using art as a way to express themselves. I am so passionate about using art to heal and working with veterans is very close to my heart !

Emma said...

i would love to win one of your happy elephants! I share not only love but the love of art with my four daughters and anyone who will stand still long enough to see how creativity is such an important and inspiring part of life. teaching art, encourages higher self esteem, which is a great way to teach others about (self) love. I volunteer my time (for art) at my daughters school, and I'm currently involved in the Creative Capricorn project rocking my local area.

sandra said...

Every day I greet people with a smile. I work with a great bunch of kids who need a smile and we have a saying in our class "if you smile at someone, you get a smile back." It seems to be working!!!

CreativSpirit said...

I would love to have one of your little elephants Tracy. As well as making my art, I LOVE to make beautiful cards and send them to people who need a little pick-me-up, it gives me great joy as well as the recipients.

Dottie P said...

Oh my, how I would love to win one of your colorful elephants since I don't have much time to play with paint myself. Tonight I visited my 91 year old neighbor & brought her some of my homemade artisan-style bread & soup that should last her a few nights. Also, one of my volunteer positions in my community is my Rotary club -- been an active member for 17 years (can be a full-time job in itself, as we do so many good things around the world). So, today I worked for a few hours reading scholarship applications for underprivileged high school students who have struggled in school but still deserve the opportunity for college. One application was for a student who dreams of studying art as it has helped her through difficult times I. Her life!

Bronwyn said...

I have fallen love with your style of painting and would love to receive your painting. Can't wait to meet you and join you for one of your workshops. I always like to help people from driving some friends to the airport on sunday, making morning coffee for everyone at work everyday and donating our trampoline to a family who just arrived in SA without any furniture. She has 6 children to entertain!

Robin Panzer Art said...

Love, love the pay it forward intention of your wonderful Ellie giveaway! What I've done this month to pay it forward so far , sent a package of postcards of my custom torn paper pet portraits to The Postcard Project for Angel and the other children in the cancer ward and sent a new dog bed to Rocky Ridge Rescue to help each animal have a bed. Also made an art supply donation to a local family in need . I try to Pay it forward of month. In honor of your sharing and giving post I will send art packages to 2wonderful artist friends that sent me gifts last year that you inspired you to remember! Love and adore your Ellie's. robinpanzerart@hotmail.com

Stephanie said...

hmmm, you really have me thinking on this one. I am going to spread some love and kindness this month by leaving behind art at the local library and coffee shop. I intend on doing this twice at least this month. :)

jodi said...

It feels a little uncomfortable to brag on myself...
I have three special needs children that have changed my life. I remember how people treated me during the worst days. So when I see people at their worst or their children at their worst I try to be extra kind. I work with the public, so I have opportunity everyday to cheer, console, validate, hug, and commiserate. I try to remember not to judge until "I have walked a mile in their shoes."
I LOVE your ellies! Movers of obstacles !
Thank you Tracy!! xoxoxo

Cathy H said...

Hi Tracey.....Love what you are dong...I'm looking forward to your book coming out next year......just finished quilting a charity quilt or a small group in town....it is there raffle quilt for cuppa for cancer day.....I do there quilt for them every year....that's my way of helping...

stacy harrison said...

hello lovely tracy
thanks for the reminder to always pay it forward!! our lovely little shop in milton gives me the opportunity to pay it forward by giving people discounts! A special treat for me, that I love doing, is to give crystal chips or lucky dips to unsuspecting children.
I had one little sweetie today, whom I think was just overwhemled to be surrounded by so many lovely things, announced with tears "I just want something!" a round glass bead put a perplexed, but happy smile on her face!
share the love I say x

Creatively yours Fi said...

You're so gorgeous Tracy :) What a gift you have! I cried when I read the Mother Teresa quote....she is one of my favourites. I haven't reflected on her words for a long time....not sure what I can do...I need to think about it..I think I might take Jean a gorgeous old soul I've recently met out to lunch :) xctlsour2478

Jane Wetzel said...

What an awesome post from an awesome artist..I just want to say tyou for a great read here with my tea this morning..In light of what has just happened in Boston, I was happy to read this...God Bless

Diamin said...

Dear, dear Tracy,
What a beautiful soul you are. I have tried to pay it forward many times since I first saw that movie. I have been a caregiver for others who have passed in my family...my two brothers, my mom, my mother-in-law,my second cousin, my niece, my dad and took in a niece who needed a place to live after being abused.
I leave little notes of encouragement and love most places I go for people to find. Like on mirrors in bathrooms, near cashiers in restaurants, at different machines at the workout center, at the senor center where I have volunteered, and stick them in little areas to rest down the city sidewalks. The notes say things like "You are beautiful" "You deserve the love that comes to you" "You are enough" "Believe" just to name a few. I have driven around to give meals to people with AIDS for Christmas, and volunteer with cancer patients.
I love you ellies, they are incredible and would love to have one...like everyone. Bless your sweet soul on this day of tragedy in Boston so many sad stories there.
Love and light to you Tracy,
Sophia Rose

Anonymous said...

juliespanos@sbcglobal.net

I am totally captivated by you. Love your art. Love your spirit. Love the way you live your life and inspire others.

Your story is so refreshing. You have inspired me to pay it forward. I too need to think about this a bit because I don't believe the action has to be so grand, just meaningful and hopefully memorable. I am going to start small...a smile and hello to brighten someone's day...and see where it grows from there. Mother Teresa's quote really says it all. And your little ellie's are brightening the world.

Look forward to meeting you in Albuquerque or Austin (my preference) this fall! Julie

Lillian Mederak said...

i would love to win a piece of your beautiful art
I enjoy offering art lessons to people who cant afford them( especially seniors).
Lilly
http://www.canadianscraptramp.blogspot.com/

Jo Murray said...

Tracy, you are a beautiful soul and it shows in your work...bright and uplifting. I spend a fair bit of time on the road, and am often horrified at the impatience of drivers. I try always to make room for other drivers to enter traffic, or change lanes. It's a courtesy not always extended to me.

Jeanne said...

I am so excited to be taking your "Painting Mojo" class at Studio Crescendoh in September. I add extra money to my parking meters, leave bottles of wine on my neighbor's doorstep, save all insects from inside the house and send random love notes via text message to my friends!

Heather Simpson-Bluhm said...

I <3 this little ellie!! She makes my heart sing. My friend inspired me to send out more fun snail mail so I am randomly sending out colorful postcards, just 'cause!!

Elizabeth said...

HI Tracy,

I am not sure if it is a act of kindness, because I did it from the heart…I left Houston to take care of my dear aunt who took care of me when I was abandoned by my mother and she took care of me also when I was young…Kindness is a powerful word that embarks giving out the simplicity of yourself through LOVE…..

;')
Elizabeth Aviles
navintos38@gmail.com

cal8007 said...

I don't need a special request to show kindness to my elderly aunt and uncle who are my dad's siblings. I love them because they are my family and that's what my dad would have liked. My aunt is 88 and my uncle is 86 - the last two siblings left out of 11.

Just treat others like you want to be treated - the golden rule. If everyone did this, the world would be a different place!

Thanks for the chance at your wonderful art!

Carmen Lucero
cal8007 at aol dot com

Shay said...

I love reading all these stories! I try to be kind everyday by offering smiles but something that is close to my heart is supporting our servicemen. I have a friend who runs a drive every few months and I always make it a point to donate rolls of stamps. Servicemen away from home LOVE receiving mail!

Lura said...

hi tracy, i have been working the last 3 years with elena lai etcheverry founder of charity wings. we have raised over 400,000.00 for over 50 different charities. i am proud to be a small part of this amazing foundation. this month our dream came true and we are opening an art center.....charitywings.org you can read all about it there. i am one of the team members mostly in charge of getting donations otherwise known ask chief beggar and pleader. it has been quite a task to find everything from refrigerators to plastic bins. we have a great team and i am proud and happy to be part of it. we will be opening april 28th. so excited. the centers main purpose is to be able to give children and adults with handicaps or illnesses a place to come and use any of our supplies to make art. we believe art heals. maybe someday you can come and teach tracy. we will have online class memberships as well as memberships for people that live close. you know you are always welcome and i sure would love a hug from you again. love you my friend. xoxo lura

JudyK said...

Hi Tracy! I used to love to volunteer but since I lost a lot of the loose of my hands but I can still do some things. So I make cards for the housebound which I enjoy, God is good, he will send me where I should be.

I'd L O V E a print of your paintings..any size or color! I usually don't win but thank you for the chance! :)

kaye62 said...

Hi Tracy what can I say. I think everyone has already said it but you are a wonderful artist and person. I love following what you are up to and at the moment living through you what an inspiration. Can not wait for the book to come out. Love Kaye xoxoxo

Suzanne said...

After yesterday's attacks and seeing that some of my co-worker's family injured I spread the word about the fundraiser. They will need to have prosthetic legs now and will no doubt need to retrofit their house and pay the hospital bills. They are just some among the many but I hope that the random kindness already shown by the donations continues.
http://www.gofundme.com/celesteandsydney

Dearly ReLoveIt said...

Hi Tracy,
Thankyou so much for yet another chance to participate in one of your giveaways! Everyday my mission is to make someones day just alittle bit brighter. I am a hospice caregiver. Sometimes just holding their hand when they are scared is all they need. Or a simple hug when the are lonely goes along way. Love my job!!!
Kim

deb did it said...

I reached out to my angry lonely friend who needed a hug, with no expectation in return. The hardest part was how she stood closed and unwilling to accept and melt into the fold of my forgiving arms. debdidit@me.com Deb Taylor

Jen said...

What a lovely giveaway! Your work is really stunning!
This month I have given lots of my teas away to folks I felt could use them, mailing a little package without them knowing,a bit of love to light their way. Also each day I spend time teaching my 4 little ones the importance of giving and kindness. We often bake muffins or bread and make hand drawn cards and take them to visit a elderly woman who cannot leave her home. Her face is lights up with joy to have us visit!

maaike said...

What an inspiration Tracy!

I try to be kind everyday! I am not attached to one religion, I know the overal message of all faiths must be to be kind to one another and I live every day doing the best I can, be kind , compassionate and help wherever I can!

xxx Maaike

maaikeamstelveen(at)hotmail(.)com

Anonymous said...

Hi Tracy
I cant wait to spend time with you in August. Thanks for this wonderful gift that you are giving away. I make and donate cards to lots of different organisations so they can use for fundraising, I also give them away to friends and familiy and it makes me happy when i give them something I have made and it brightens their day:) I also volunteer my time, supplies and equipment at my kids school for art clasess. I love it because the kids love it!!
See you soon
Ange D

Dawn E. Shepherd Nguyen said...

I love the ellie - it's beautiful and would love to receive one from you.
One thing I have done to spread kindness this month: while shopping at a local mall, I got up from my seat at a coffee shop to hold the door open for two ladies who were entering, both in wheelchair/scooters (unable to walk on their own). It's small but I would hope someone will do this for me if I ever am in their position. Love and light to you Tracy!

Aleta said...

my favorite thing to do - is allow the neighbor kids in to my studio to play with the art supplies....... I also found out that my 17 year old niece (recently diagnosed with MS) is not going to prom because she and her boyfriend cannot afford it (his hours have been cut at work and he is presently looking for more work). we wrote a check to cover the costs of tickets, tux rental and a few extras.

Trillium said...

What a nice idea Tracy! I am blessed with the opportunity to be kind every day at my job, as I work as a social worker in the domestic violence field. I am surrounded by the most amazing people who have overcome difficult (to say the least) circumstances, and yet they survive. To be honest, I probably gain far more from the people I work with than what I give sometimes, but I do enjoy the opportunity to be a support to families in a time of need! Its nice to read so many other people doing kind things as well!

Erica
(erica_lyn_king@yahoo.com)

ginigin said...

Your elephants rock! I'd love to have one to brighten my office and inspire the kids I work with. To bring peace to the world I look for opportunities to make someone smile - giving away something cherished because someone else would also cherish it, visiting elderly who don't get much company, and purchasing art supplies for the kids I work with, then sharing them telling the kids they were donated. Next I'm going to send flowers anonymously to the kids who are graduating with words of encouragement on the card. But really the hardest work is on myself: to see with the eyes of love, speak with compassion, and act from unconditional love.

Ali said...

Everyday I try to remind someone of the wonder they add to the world and I encourage the students I work with to do the same. You never know it may be just what the recipient needs to hear right then!

Myra said...

Hi Tracy, Hope you get to read this comment. I really hated that I had to pass on having you to Rome, GA for your workshop, but things are progressing... I've found "that place" which is currently a gallery on our main street where recipe/art is being taught quite successfully, you know, parties where everyone makes the same painting and children's lessons, etc.... the owner is moving out of state, and I'm trying to get into it... setting up a non-profit that will allow me to teach all who are interested mixed media art and journalling for healing. and, the next time you come to U.S. for a tour, I'll have just the spot! Love you, and your beautiful beautiful artwork!

Nicole said...

Love this. Love your art. Love it all <3
Yesterday, I set flowers from our yard on my husbands little table by his chair. Walked the pup this morning, pausing for endless amounts of time for sniffing. And this got me thinking...I was in the habit of sharing snack bars with homeless people I see when I'm out + about, but haven't been carrying my purse lately...hmm, maybe it's time to toss the keys + license back into the little purse :)
Thank you for the sweet post, Tracy.

The Creative Beast said...

I love your story about your friend and the elephants you plan to share with the world! We do so need more kindness in this world and I try in my own little way to be kind to everyone who crosses my path, even the gas attendant who takes my money when I fill up the gas tank =-)
I also love the elephant as embodied in the Hindu god Ganesha!
Great project Tracy =-) BTW: my email can be found on my blog!

Sandra Biggin said...

My life has been about sharing the love. Kids art for twenty years adults art class for 25 years. every lovely creative person's life changes for the better for experiencing this wonderful activity. losing yourself in creating and then passing it on to others in gifts and loving acts. I am so blessed to share what I know to those who didn't know where to start. they in turn pass on the love and gifts. wouldn't it be lovely for a little ellie to grace our studio. Sandi Biggin. xx <3

Courtney Brook said...

what a beautiful thing to do!
I try and do a good thing a day for others, like helping a mother take her pram down steps as she struggles with bags, to giving away two tickets to the zoo for a family, I had spare, so I scanned and looked for a family who had a few kids, and gave her the tickets, she was really grateful. I think if there was more kindness in the world the would would be a much lovelier place to be!
I'm doing a craft it forward this year, sending out little handmade parcels to 5 people in a hopes that they craft it forward.
Such a sweet Elephant.
Courtney Brook
www.ravenscauldron.blogspot.com.au
theinnerstitch@gmail.com

Petie said...

I do love your ellies so I had to comment. I don't do much on a huge spectacular scale. Normal things, today I sent some granddaughter money for school, called a friend that I knew was down in the dumps. But when I go out I doubt that there are many times that I don't do something to help someone. Everything from reaching something on a shelf for someone to letting someone in line. I always let people in when I'm driving. And many times I've paid for someones groceries when it seemed they were struggling. To me these things are normal so I hate to even mention them. Normal life....

Tahn said...

How lovely. Thanks for the opportunity :)

Everyday I try to be kind o the people I meet. Just a imple smile, a hello or a sincere 'how are you' can really brighten someone's day.
I am also kind to animals, because as a vegan I no longer have them on my plate, against their will..

Jane Monk said...

Beautiful! Is there anything more to say than just that? Oh yes, thank you for sharing your beautiful art.
Jane Monk
www.janemonkstudio.blogspot.com
jane@janemonkstudio.com

Sharon Grimley said...

Thanks for a wonderfully inspirational weekend! I love the quick "pick-me-up" text - "Hi! Was thinking of you, so thought I'd tell you... x" Takes 10 seconds of my time, and more often than not makes someone's day!

Tracy Moser said...

I love your art! :) I like to spread hope and love and offer support to anyone and everyone.. everyday! :)

Marylin said...

Hi Tracy! What a lovely idea. I do adore your elephants. So strong and yet so graceful. <3
As for me? Well, I recently went to an autism awareness fundraiser to help to raise money for our little ones. My youngest is severely autistic you see. It was so heartwarming to see so many people at an event to support people like my lil Max.
Today I brought our little pup (a yorkshire terrier named Kenzi) with me to the nursery this morning so the little ones could say hello. She adores the attention and the kids adore saying hello and getting kisses. Even those who are somewhat afraid of dogs were brave enough to come over and say hello this morning, and of course she was a wee star and gave them lovely kisses.
Does that count as a RAOK?
Marylin
marylingilmour@gmail.com

Lisa said...

We do volunteer website design for Assistance Dogs NSW Inc and recently a person donated the money to purchase a puppy to be trained as an assistance dog for a young girl with a rare genetic brain disorder called Lissencephaly. On Saturday the organisation took the donor and the puppy to meet Billee and her family. We went along to photograph Billee meeting the puppy for the first time.

The family have four children in varying ages and because of Billee's condition its hard for them to get good family photos. They shared this with us, so whilst we were there we took a number of lovely portrait photographs of their family for them. It was a little thing we could do but they were so thrilled to be able to have the photographs.

Candy said...

My name is Candy. What a great way to encourage kindness!! My email address is candyb4@gmail.com
The thing I did today is the thing I do every single day...on my way to work I stop at McDonald's for breakfast and I always pay for the car behind me. I think the person who loves it the most is the girl at the window. She tells me funny stories about it sometimes.

TinaW said...

I have taken to feeding the neighborhood cats that live outside. Each morning and night I put out a bowl of food - it's always gone when I come back out with the next batch. We've had a very cold and long winter (it just snowed again today) so I think I probably helped them survive. If nothing else, maybe they just got a little fatter!

Julie Delves said...

What a beautiful idea! I am going to spread a little kindness too and send someone one of my mini books. Cheers Tracy :-)

Anne Gardner said...

My granddaughter recently painted a tryptich of an African elephant which she gave to her Dad for his birthday This meant so much to both of them as her other granmar,who had a special love of elepahnts, passed away suddenly two years ago and it took Jess all this time to paint the tryptich as she moved through the grieving process. She has seen your elephant paintings and says she would love to paint like you. I would like to be able to present her with one of these paintings as her own to cherish.

Jann Parkes said...

Hi there beautiful loving Tracy!
Wow! Just look at these comments...so many gorgeous caring people....
As a mum, a grandmother, a teacher of young children, sister, friend etc, I am always reminding the children in my life that they are so very beautiful and precious. Their eyes take in everything they see, their ears everything they hear, their bodies everything they feel and then their minds create their sense of being. By constantly providing a soft place for them to fall and a loving heart I hope that they will know that they are so so wanted...a gift for all of us...that there isn't anything they can't do...that there is someone who loves them 'more
than the sun and the moon and the stars'
I am in awe of their gentleness and the deep love they give back.
Children are our gift to be protected, nutured and loved...
p.s. We are all children of this earth no matter how old or young we are...we all need this love...

Laura said...

Love your work, love your blog, love your vibe! One of my friends is going through a tough time and she was worried about one of her sons. He's interested in boxing so I arranged for him to have a private boxing session with my husband who is a coach and also offered to look after her other kids during the school holidays to help her out.

Laura said...

Love your work, love your blog, love your vibe! One of my friends is going through a tough time and she was worried about one of her sons. He's interested in boxing so I arranged for him to have a private boxing session with my husband who is a coach and also offered to look after her other kids during the school holidays to help her out.

Anonymous said...

I love your elephants so much they are beautiful. A kindness I have done was picking fruit from our trees and leaving it by the roadside with a free help yourself sign :-)
Roo
ruthcahill@xtra.co.nz

Connie Rose said...

I like those odds and I'd love one of your elephant paintings! They're just wonderful.

Michelle hess said...

I adore your elephants, and frankly, could use a little cheer in the mail after a long winter and plenty of bad news. I try to pay it forward everyday, and have quickly discovered that the little things are the ones that matter.

rebecca k said...

I'm knitting up a little baby blanket for my new little great nephew due in July. He has grandmas and great grandmas who provide many things for him- I wanted to give something of myself that would be his forever.
Love your pachyderms!

rebecca@deutschemexicana.com

Carina said...

Maybe you do not have more entries because we worry about if our kindness ranks up there with the wonderful and generous actions of others. Here is one I can offer up, not great,but an act of kindness none the less. I have been under billing one of my patients to extend the amount of therapy she gets before she runs out of insurance benefits. I do not even know if this makes sense to someone outside the messed up health insurance set up in the US of A.
Anyway I would be delighted if one of the Ellies came my way.

Shelly Penko said...

Does a kindness repaid count? I had someone on my FB business page do something so kind this week...she laid in bed and wracked her brain for a good name for my new painting....and she came up with the perfect name! I mean really perfect, so perfect I have almost as many comments complementing the name of the painting as I do the painting itself! So today, I mailed her a print. She didn't ask for anything, but I felt compelled to do something to repay her kindness. Not sure if this counts, since someone was kind to me first, but that's sometimes how it works, right? We inspire each other to kindness. ♥

Sarah Rosedahl said...

I love reading the stories here. What a great idea. I agree with Carina. I think it's difficult to blow our own horns. I love Candy's story about paying for bfast for the car behind her every day! This past month I set up a Facebook page for a group called Champ (Champlain Adaptive Mounted Program) that offers horseback riding lessons for disabled kids and adults. I also volunteer at the barn and help with the lessons. It's an awesome program. Last week I painted a postcard and sent to New Orleans for a group that will have an auction to raise money for art supplies for a school. I love the elephants and all of your work. I would probably enjoy the elephant for a while and then pass on the elephant to someone at some point to someone who really needs him/her.

dindi said...

what a lovely idea. I would be delighted to win one of your little ellies! I will post a giveaway too on my blog to spread the lovexxx

Leslie van der Heide said...

Hi Tracy,
To spread some kindness,i was reading my fb feed and saw a member that wanted to be in the postcard swap but was to late. She did not know the sign up date had already passed. I sent her a private message asking her to send me her address. I made a postcard for her. First I looked up her page to see some of her art to get an idea of what type of colors she likes. I had an idea right away and made a custom postcard for her. It is on the way to her and I can't wait until she receives it! This is one way I keep muself motivated and that is finding small things to do for others!
Cheers, Leslie

Joey said...

Hi there, I enjoy your paintings very much. I practice kindness by maintaining a positive attitude, looking for the good in so many situations, and remaining present and extending help whenever possible. Thanks very much for this opportunity :)

joeylienert at yahoo dot com

mary ann said...

One of your art treasures would surely brighten any day!

Donna Walsh said...

Hi Tracey thanks for being so kind and generous :)
I practice kindness everyday at work by making sure the disadvantage people who come in for a free lunch are looked after and cared for with respect. I try very hard to live with love and happiness even though sometime this is not always easy to achieve
Donna x

Julie said...

Hi, I'm Julie. I spent most of my time as caregiver to my husband who had a stroke 2 1/2 years ago. He is doing very well thankfully. Through this experience I've found that you can spread the love by just doing little things - go for a walk together, cook a meal, help with dressing,etc. Stroke is such a devastating thing. By going to stroke support groups and conferences I see that there are so many people with disabilities that need our love. On a very happy note, Tracy, I absolutely love your art work and would love to win a little ellie notecard made by you.

Deborah Mongato said...

Hi Tracy,

As a school teacher, every day I practice and model random acts of kindness for my lil kiddos. Some really need kindness, as their homes are quite the opposite. I try to live my life with kindness, empathy for others, wherever I go.
Mongato1@gmail.com

Marva said...

Oh this is awesome, I love elephants! I was taking care of my husband who had a rare disease and was supposed to get a bone marrow transplant. I drove across Philadelphia everyday for 10 days to spend the day with him in the hospital. i held his hand all night on his last night on this Earth.

Kelly Warren said...

Very cute! I love elephants. One thing I do that is very simple: any time any of my Facebook friends uploads a new profile pic, I post a comment that says, "Well, hello gorgeous!" We are need a little reminder that we are gorgeous, every one of us. Hope you are well. I already know you are gorgeous!

Hrefna Benedikta Benediktsdóttir said...

Hi Tracy,
The last good dead I did was almost as much for my self as it was for my mum.
She had never been abroad and now suddenly she told me that she wanted to go somewhere and see what all the fuss was about :)
I organiced a week for us in Holland and we had a fab time. She loves flowers and had never seen a windmill up close and personal so Holland was a sure choise.
Her excitement and joy througout the trip made her spirit blossom and it cought everyones attention. So many took the time to spend with us, getting to know us, giding us and giving us ideas of what to do to make her stay special.
She had a blast and spent her 72nd birthday away (and oh my all the phonecalls she got through my mobile that day from home) and I hope she will spend many more away.
To get to experiance a kids first trip is amazing but the have that experiance with your mum's is one of a kind. I got to see her through her first flight, her first traintrip and her first boatride. I will always have the memories from this trip to charish.
Love
Hrefna B from Iceland

sherrymeneley.com said...

Oh an elephant in my home would be divine.
I spread light and love by simply being available. I smile at strangers. I abandon art with love notes. I lvoe smooches on my friend's facebook walls. I simple try to do what I wish to be done for me... And what I've found is that eventually - it DOES come back around. And that is so very good and beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Tracy: hi! Love, Love, Love your work!!! I love to paint but to spread kindness I bake and share....I also take care of four grandchildren one day a week so Mom can take care of the 5th grandchild and get important errands done!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful life!!! barb@barbarahort.com

Rachél - Creativity Tribe said...

I share kindness by hosting get togethers with my friends. We drum, dance, make art and chill around the fire. Friends are awesome!

Ali Broughton said...

Elephants... that most majestic of animals... having been to India many moons ago, and seeing the suffering these wonderful creatures endure for the tourists, hooked sticks that are used to stab into their heads to make them move or change direction when carrying passengers, it saddens me such gentle giants are used like this. I love India and wish that the elephants could be given more love and care. Presently I am involved with a Healing art course... whenever I see a post of someones pain, I seem to come across postings by wise teachers.. and I pass on their wise words to those suffering. Its a small thing to do I know when compared to some acts of kindness that are written here. I feel those words can offer great comfort for those in need. Loving your elephant images :)

Wendy Winston said...

I nearly didn't write anything because I have read so many beautiful stories of kindness. I am looking after my sister at the moment after she has fallen and broken her knee cap. But this is such a small kindness. The greatest kindness I have done is that I have spent the last 11 years caring for my parents until both of them passed. But it was a great gift in itself as I got to share all that time and have them with me till the moment when they left.
Wendy Winston
wjw62@hotmail.com

Sara Rainbow Soul said...

So...I've just found you...What a bliss! Yesterday I was gifted with a Ganesha...so, this is not just an accident, it is what Is, and it's beautiful!!!
I'm Sara, from Portugal a Spiritual painter...this month I share on my Facebook page an image inspiring everyone to " let your heart shine" spread beauty, love and joy! Thai is the message...
Thank you!
Email: sarat.lua@gmail.com
love

Jessica Nichols said...

Hi Tracy, Jess from HSHB here. I want to own what I did for my husband's 40th birthday. Although heights and outdoor rock climbing truly frighten me, he loves climbing so much. I organized a family getaway and hired guides to take him to Smith Rock in Central Oregon, which is worldwide reputation for its climbing. Now, even though we had a freak snowstorm and he couldn't climb on the trip, he has a voucher to re-use when the weather stabilizes. And a year ago, when we went to Smith Rock for the first time, I cried in fear the entire 3 hours in the car ride from Portland. So I have made a lot of progress and I feel proud of myself for supporting his dreams even though it's a huge fearful thing for me. He was very touched by my birthday gift to him. He's a wonderfully supportive husband to me and so it felt good to give back to him in a big way. Thanks for the opportunity to share my kindness story.

Lille Diane said...

Traci, this is a beautiful post. I spread the kindness with my words, my voice, my thoughts. So often we think others know how special they are, how beautiful they are or how valuable they are. Uplifting someone with a kind word, noticing what they are going through, and taking time to let them know they are loved, thought of, and cared about can change a life--or steady them when the cold winds in life have left them shivering and feeling alone. I take time to talk to the cashier, the mechanic, the waitress, the toll booth operator, etc., look them in the eyes, and try my hardest to leave them smiling. Some may call me mushy but I don't care. My kind of mush is medicine. Just like your art is. <3

Anonymous said...

Tracy...it began with paying for the order behind me as I sat in the coffee house drive through...sharing a dollar with the fellow on the street corner...sharing a smile with those whose eyes meet mine...this kindness has helped me acknowledge how blessed I am and how grateful I am that I am given daily opportunities to share it with others - regardless of the need - for we all need moments of kindness.
Thank you for the invitation to share. susand1995@gmail.com
Susan

Kat Lakie said...

I try to spread kindness here on Facebook and wherever I go in cyberland. In the real world I try to be kind to people I move amongst and do things like make way in traffic, smile at strangers...let people into the que before me, pick things up for someone who's dropped them......just generally be a happy helpful person.

Heather Williams said...

Mmmm...what a beautiful elephant & lovely, uplifting idea! How I spread kindness: by looking people in the eye, when they are waiting on me (cashiers, librarians, waiters/waitresses, those working in doctor's offices, etc)...& by thanking them using their name, if possible. I smile at nearly everyone I walk by unless I'm engaged w/ another...I tip well...I hold doors...I give compliments to strangers...I listen to strangers when they share personal stories w/ me...this happens every now & then w/ the elderly. When I feel compelled to share words of encouragement or words of compassion & empathy w/ those who share on their blogs that I follow or in some of the Facebook groups I belong to, I do. I send thoughts/prayers of peace, healing, & comfort when I hear of people who need it...whether I know them or not. And I nurture my soul so I'm able to be there for my loves.

Thank you so very much for a beautiful, generous opportunity. Many blessings ~H♥~

ArtfulLee Designed said...

what a beautiful giveaway Tracy and yes, I have been too shy to post :)
My acts of kindness are little things. I always try to give compliment my friends, often we think it but don't say it so I've been conscious to put a smile on their faces in this way. I also just donated all my artwork that was piling up in my studio to the local op shop, hoping that someone will get some enjoyment out of it. Each day I also try to share positive and uplifting words, etc on Facebook. I have had a couple of friends tell me that it is the first thing they look for each morning and sets the tone for their day and that makes me extremely happy.

thanks for your presence Tracy, you are a beautiful soul :)

Kristin said...

Hi Tracy,
Yes I too have been to shy to post...
I would hope that most of us carry out random acts of kindness ...not for the recognition but because we can and we don't like blowing our own trumpet...but Im going to because I LOVE your art and would love to win one of your prints :-)
I have carried out several acts of kindness in the past few weeks but the biggest is I have recently set up a 'Random Act of Kindness Group' at work for those less fortunate than ourselves.
This Month we are contributing to one of our colleauges sister.She is 28 and has breast cancer and is currently very sick while undergoing chemo.She has a toddler and won't be able to have anymore children.They are on one wage, so are struggling on many fronts.My colleauge who is 24yrs I recently found out has been trying to buy groceries and help out financially.
I have asked for my colleagues to bring in a grocery item,cash,a petrol or supermarket voucher,bag of fruit, a spare meal for their freezer...or anything they can.
The response in a week has been both amazing and very humbling!
I have also given her one of my ART hearts...
So Pay it forward is alive and well :-)

Tanya Cole said...

Not sure if I am too late, however I plan to leave a free print of my artwork 'fairy forest dreaming'in one of my son's library books. I will ask the teacher to leave it in there and hopefully it will end up in the hands of a little girl who dreams of fairies :) I also recently bought a 'suspended' coffee at my local coffe shop...hoping a pensioner or single mother will have enjoyed it. Would love to have a little piece of your art Tracy x Tanya

Unknown said...

I'm restructuring my business so that 20% of what I make goes to building schools OS. I've struggled for a long time with feeling like I don't do enough - so now I am channelling pieces of everything I do into helping others!

Jacqlyn said...

My fav the Ellie's!

Cynthia Leary Stroo said...

When I go to the grocery store, I buy a bouquet of fresh flowers when I walk in. Then, when I see an elderly lady who needs a bit of sunshine, I give her the flowers and a hug.

Ellissa Nagle said...

I'm restructuring my business so that 20% of what I make goes to building schools OS. I've struggled for a long time with feeling like I don't do enough - so now I am channelling pieces of everything I do into helping others!

(TAKE TWO!)

Jill Berry said...

I gave hugs to someone who offended me. I taught an art class for nothing, to people who wanted to learn what I know, and that is what I can do. Years ago I watched elephants and drew them for two weeks at the zoo. They looked like this, maybe slightly less colorful. xo

M said...

I am making a small mixed media piece for my step mother, not that we are close, but just to let her know that I am thinking of her as she battles cancer, again!

Denise said...

hehe.. she scoots in at the last minute...
I'm going to do a blog post for 21 days in May.. and hopefully be a little inspirer to someone who might read it..
and I'll continue to give away as many smiles as possible xoxo

Cathi Hall said...

You art is so inspiring, so free flowing in design and thought. <3

Emily Dimov-Gottshall said...

Thank you for posting this and sharing your wonderful art. I want to do something similar. What I do now is let cars into my lane during the afterschool rush hour. What i'd like to do is carry an extra bag on my walks to pick up trash.

Meredith Sever said...

Your work is so beautiful and I'm a real fan of yours! I am drooling over this piece! So, so talented!

IndigoEarth said...

What a gift we all have ...to have the ability to share our love with others and make a positive difference in the lives around us~ Tracy you do that so beautifully! hugs~

Shannon Crandall said...

You are so inspiring with all that you do. A piece of your artwork would certainly be treasured in my home! I strive to walk your path and I tjank you for sharing your work with us. You are truly a great gift to the universe:-) my email is shannon.crandall@yahoo.com

Kathy said...

Yikes.. how did I almost miss this... would be so wonderful to have a piece of your art for inspiration... things have been rough around here.. just trying to keep cheerful and spread that...Thanks for the chance to win.. xo
kwkris@gmail.com

Lisa H. said...

Thank you for the reminder to spread love and kindness out there as a daily practice. <3 Lisa xx luluoz@bigpond.net.au

Shirl said...

Wow! What an amazing prize! ♥ I absolutely adore your art Tracy.
Well I certainly don't do anywhere near what some of the other wonderful ladies do. But I have always prided myself on trying to make a little difference to the day of each person that I meet. Whether it is just by opening the door for someone, smiling at a stranger, helping someone who is struggling with something, or making a person laugh even though they've been feeling a little grumpy or down in the dumps.
I work in retail (women's fashion size 14 up) with a lovely bunch of friendly happy ladies and we get to see a lot of different customers on a daily basis. I just love that, 9 out of 10 times, customers who have walked into the store with a cloud over their heads walk out again with a big grin on their face and a chuckle in their throat. It certainly makes me feel good that's for sure. :D
x♥x♥x♥x♥x♥x

Sue Allemand said...

I so love your colorful and joyful elephants!! In the spirit of your generosity -- I'll be sending 3 random artist friends, one of my art prints and asking them each to send 3 of theirs on to 3 more people! What a fun art chain of joy! :) Thanks for the inspiration! It'd be so nice if my number comes up for one of your sweet ele's!

P.S. "Peace" came up as one of my two words to type in below! How fitting is that?? :)

Patti said...

I give one day a week to a friend who was blinded one year ago. She was so vibrant and full of color. She now must find another way to live her life to the fullest.

kathy n said...

your little elephants paintings are lovely! i spread kindness daily with my preschoolers...

Beachstudio said...

Wow! What an awesome idea! Hmmm, early in the month I donated 10 bags of clothing, shoes and a few boxes of printer hardware, monitors to a military charity. I always try to greet everyone with a smile, every day! I know this isn't for a human, but my hubby and myself nursed our rescue horse back to health...that was our biggest helping accomplishment. I feel great about that!

mandy qld said...

Thanks Tracy, your art is really inspiring,
You have helped me find my own voicexxx

Judy Salerno said...

My son died one year ago from a blood clot in his lungs. My grief for him is endless. I took care of his father, both grand parents and his brother. My daughter is all that is left of this family am grateful for her life. Been a caregiver all my life. After my son died on May 22, I have turned my spirit to the eles and their plight. We must help all living things who suffer.

Gillian Pearce said...

Really enjoying your gratitude blog posts and very excited about your new online training. Just wish you were doing a workshop in England!

Neat Spaces by CC said...

I Love your work...so inspirational. I am a huge art fan. I offer organizing to people in there homes and it is so rewarding as I literally can change there lifestyles. I love to give people fresh flowers from my garden or my son and I will make cards or draw art to give to people who need it. I tell my son it makes people smile...and that is a good thing

Sue Cale said...

hi I love your art work here elephant is beautiful,.I love making greeting cards and posting them on fb share with friends and family.I like give cards to people I fight cancer or other diseases.If card make other person smile,than make my day.I deal with Parkinson not work no more.Make simple cards.One yr knew lady live in UK and I make bunch cards and put in envelope send to her she give them to girls fighting cancer they all love cards ,made my day for me:}