Thoughts Gliding

I hope everyone has had nice Holidays so far, I guess I’ve been pretty busy between work and having a expanding social life… always a good thing. I’m going to go through some of the past events and then try to go through some of my thoughts about… just things.

Cold Earth

Cold Earth

I’ve managed to nab some awesome deals recently which is really cool, I finally got my free tablet from TD that they owed me for a while… it just took some nagging to the correct people to get things fixed. I’m very pleased with it as I don’t have to keep running to my computer to write emails or check out videos. I still don’t think I’d ever go purchase a tablet but it is an awesome free addition!

Dec30 blog-1

The next great deal I came across was an amazing recliner from The Brick, this awesome reclining theatre type seating was in the clearance section and was still on the high end of my budget for getting rid of my futon. I returned about a week and half later knowing that if it wasn’t there it just wasn’t meant to be. As I was walking to the clearance section a lot of the furniture had been moved but I kept going and when I arrived the couch had been turned around so I hadn’t noticed it. When I took another look… the price had dropped a few hundred dollars! Right there I said ‘I’ll take it’, and off I went with a $1500+ couch for… $200!

Yummy Grilled cheese w. Broccoli & OJ

Yummy Grilled cheese w. Broccoli & OJ

I have decided I want to begin collecting Beatles albums (vinyl), mainly starting with the Apple Records albums. My goals is to pick up at least one a month which isn’t too bad considering I can find them for 15 – 30 dollars each. There is one album that I plan on scouting for a mint copy… that’s the “White Album” . I’ve been listening to the “Blue Album” for a couple of weeks now, I love the sound of vinyl there’s not much like it.

As stated before I hope everyone’s Holidays have been good, great, or amazing. As much as I consider Xmas just another day on the calendar I tend to be drawn into dinners and parties… I’m definitely not complaining about it… it’s good to know there are people with huge hearts out there. I did get some Christmas cards which was kind of cool… I’ve never really received any before despite living on my own in the past. I ordered some for a few people because I didn’t really get a chance to get all creative and make my own… unfortunately they are late and I have yet to receive them/ send them.

My work… well my colleagues and I decided to throw a party for the holidays and let loose. It was a pretty great night with finger foods, good laughs… oh yeah and a full-sized beer pong table which made for a fun night for sure! I’m not going to lie my head did hurt a lot the next day despite how much water I drank. I don’t normally drink alcohol, it doesn’t really have the lustre is did when I was in college… even then I didn’t drink as often as my friends had.

Dec30 blog-2

For Christmas one of my friends Maria invited me over for Xmas dinner with her boyfriend and his kids. Maria so kindly accommodated my vegetarian diet which she has been helping me with for great recipes since the beginning. It was a really fun night of Yatze and there was even a dance show done by the girls! Even if I hadn’t been invited by Maria, Brent and Ryan my Hostel Mate neighbours invited me to their family dinner since they know my family is back in Ontario and they already had their big Xmas on the East Coast. It’s nice to know that there’s great people out there.

Dec30 blog-4

Just when I though I was catching up on bills and such, in abundance I had to get my car inspected to pass for BC plating… I now have to do a bunch of work to my car which is going to cost me a couple hundred bucks and… make her ugly 😦 ; I have to take off the tint on the windows as it’s illegal in BC and change the lights on the front and back because they are both the incorrect colour? Oh well such is life so I will do what I can myself and get er’ passed.

It has been an interesting past few weeks as things in my life seem to be settling… which to me is good and unsettling for me. I’m usually in constant movement; it’s exciting for me as I am creating new adventures all the time learning new and exciting things about the world, people and most of all my self. I continue to try to get my business on track and stay on top of my game at work.

Dec30 blog-5

Frosted Bush

Some days I find myself waking up and just wondering where I am in life, where I’m headed and what my next adventure will be. To see how far I’ve brought myself is exciting knowing the successes I’ve obtained and the lessons that were learned through mistakes and gut feelings. I find myself constantly surrounded by music and different types everyday, it’s a nice escape from the constant day in and out of work.

I’m really happy where I am now and things are slowly on the move in the direction I’ve been striving for, yet I’m still at a loss for words to convey how I feel submersed in my music. As I sit here writing contemplating my writing, smiling in-between pauses.

Dec30 blog-3

Oh by the way apparently my girlfriend made me admin to being lame as my black board states

 

Take a moment to look at yourself now; close your eyes and breath in life, enjoy the air that fills your lungs. Every breath is the next step to a new journey. 

 

There’s ups n’ Down’s

This blog post is well over due and I apologize, there’s been good bad and great happening and a little bit of laziness to be honest. This will probably be a lengthy post as there’s a lot to catch up on… or I may just blast through a few things.

Cold creeping down the mountain

Cold creeping down the mountain

Let’s start with a few weeks ago I signed my lease agreement for my business to solidify thing for February now I’m just waiting for some financial stuff to come through once I apply for it.

Innerpaths_Bcard_Back

One of my hostel mates has a cute kitty named Panda I’m sure I’ve spoken of her before, but she’s pretty much welcome everywhere at the Hostel and she goes pretty much anywhere she desires. Panda’s an amazing cat and is very loving and I feel bad sometimes when she’s outside because it’s getting cold… she does adore being outside though. My buddy does bring her in every night so it’s not like she’s stuck out there. Anyway where I was going with all of this is I let her in my place a week ago and she always just looks around for a bit rolls around for some attention and then kind of takes off. Since it’s been getting cold she likes to just hang out by the window now and just scan the yard behind my place. The other night when I let her in she came and cuddled on my couch and took a nice couple hour nap in my cozy warm place and it was super cute to say the least.

One of the Rogers/ Fido reps. from my work had set a goal  for our store to meet and promised us a dinner and we of course met this goal so we were treated to a nice dinner… On Rogers ;). I had some awesome jambalaya that I scarfed down… elegantly; this place was also kind of upscale so obviously the food was scrumptious.

Big surprise… I cut off my hair and beard! Why? Some of you may ask well it was starting to get hard/ a pain to maintain and if I took a bath at night I had to wait for my hair to dry or it would be all crazy the next morning. Oh yeah and I was kind of missing my short hair and stubble. I actually let a girl that I was on a date with do it, it’s not like there was any real way to mess it up I was just chopping it all off… or buzzing it since we were using my clippers. She asked if she could cut the back with scissors and I said ‘sure why not‘. I have to say that it was a really weird sensation of the scissors cutting through the hair… it kind of gave me chills.

selfi MS-1 Self_shaved-1

I fooled around with my long hair at different stages while cutting it, t’was was pretty funny but once there was just the mustache and long hair… it grossed me out… so much for Movember. Ultimately I’m very happy with my decisions other than my face and head being cold outside, I like it. Most people didn’t recognize me anymore, the people I worked with just stared for a bit and were thrown off even my hostel mates were blown away… I went from a Jesus look to clean-cut I don’t know what you’d call it look. I actually had a hard time seeing myself in the mirror it was totally weird.

IMG_20131112_201009~2

Gnarly

So my book, the much awaited book… No it’s not done yet and I’ve once again kind of fallen off of the writing curve mainly because I’ve been so tired lately from lots of working. I did speak to a publishing group called Friesen Press and I may go with them for publishing and sales as it could bring in some royalties and it would be good to have especially if I decided to write more books. They are little bit costly but through much research, the most reliable and the best potential to make some coin back… unfortunately we are looking at a book release maybe in the summer instead of Christmas; sorry for the let down!

Nex_wite-2

So much typing

I finally picked up a new phone as my old one has had a cracked screen for several months and was starting to eat the dust. I picked up a Nexus 5 one of the fastest phone’s… actually it is the fastest phone I’ve ever had and it’s one of the top phones on the market today. I’ve run into a few issues with my carrier about misinformation on my plans and Tab etc… but I’m waiting for a resolution before I leave any reviews on them. *update* They contacted me and fixed the issue that they created… but we’ll see how the next bill shows up.

Nex_wite-1

I managed to pick up a TV so that I can play my PS3 which I’ve been itching to play for a while… It was a steal $150 for a 52″ DLP HDTV, it works perfect! I did have to drive with it hanging out of my trunk from Lumby (45 mins away) and then get someone to help me bring it up into my place… It’s huge to say the least but all the other TV’s were so much more expensive and for a quarter of what I currently have, so it was so worth it… I watched “Ocean Predators” last night and it looked so awesome; I also fell asleep just goes to show how tired I am.

IMG_20131116_160538

So what’s currently going on in my life..? A lot more than usual I’ve started seeing a girl… wait maybe that’s why I’m so tired, from texting her all night hmm girls…. they complicate everything but so far she is so worth it. The other day my cell phone invoice was very very wrong and it really upset me as I’ve been putting myself on a strict budget so that I can run my business on time. Luckily Mariam was able to help me vent a bit and my day slowly got better. The other day we made dinner together which was a lot of fun, steak, mashed potatoes and asparagus. It was such a good dinner… the mashed potatoes were interesting to make as I was short on salt so we just threw more cheese in them and it was still not right. I went and borrow some more salt from one of my Hostel Mates and we dumped a ton in there… there was a lot of potatoes (I’m still eating them) but that was honestly what was missing… the salt!

Life’s full of its ups and downs and I’ve experienced many downs this past week which really surprised a lot of people (I’m always smiling apparently) but I had to remind myself don’t forget to smile”  and it made things a little better. Keep an eye out for the people who care for you, they will always be there to help you out when you really need it. Treat these people like they are special and they will return the favour.

Keep an eye out for my daily posts about 21 habits of happy people on my Inner Paths Facebook page.

NAMASTE

Usual problems

Usual problems

Sorry about the delay in blogging again, I think the theme for this post is pretty relevant. First off my computer screen won’t turn on… why? Great question I’d love to know as well since I had shut it off, then tried turning it on the following morning with that issue. In the mean time Emily was kind enough to lend me her spare computer to use. Now I can keep you up to date on things… well try anyway.

Thursday (Dec 6) Emily and I went to the hospital with the twins to get some more tests done. We got there super early to get things done and because they told us we had to be there in the morning. So the fun started when we got there. We got sent to one area waited for ever as Emily and I were passing out from being so tired it was around quarter to 7 AM. Finally the nurse got to us and sent us to the malnourished clinic where we didn’t need to go; After nurses from there found out what we needed we were sent back. I’m just going to cut this story short and tell you we got sent to about 4 other places in the hospital after that. Em and I eventually got to the right place and got the tests done. 4 hours at the hospital for something that took less than 20 minutes TIH (This is Haiti).

I learned TIH from Emily the other day after we went to the hospital for more test which weren’t even available during the weekend despite being told to return Saturday and Sunday. What had happened after we left is what brought on the TIH quote. We were headed back when the drive drove into a pot hole that was filled with water and we got stuck (by pot hole I mean hole 15” by about 20 feet”; I was worried that the engine would get flooded luckily it didn’t. Since we were stuck the driver yelled out to this huge dump truck driving by and asked him to back into us, as to push us further into the pot hole, but would get us un-stuck/ moving… it worked. Never really imagined myself being rear-ended by a dump truck into a flooded pot hole with 2 small infants in our arms.

Saturday night came around and we finally got power back! It only took 3 day maybe 4? I lost track. Our power system finally got fixed and it only cost us $25… this time. As I write this post I’m actually using my solar charger because despite the power being fixed, the government likes to choose when they feel you can have power.

Because my other computer broke I kind of lost track of what happened on what days, so I’m just going to throw out some random stuff that happened. The other day one of Emily’s friends came over to visit and it was a great visit first off because Maeve is a blast to hang with, secondly we got to blow of steam about all the nonsense we’ve been having to deal with; the hospital, lack of power, low water levels, and the desks being almost 2 weeks over due being finished. Later at night the 3 of us did some photo’s in the dark like shadow pictures and light painting :).

painting light Shadows

I recently got some video of us in traffic and how it flows in Haiti, this time it was rather smooth nothing too crazy. I plan on making a time lapse and posting it but unfortunately I won’t be able to post it until I return from Haiti and the end of January. I have to tell you the traffic and the way things work would probably baffle most of you and give the rest heart attacks.

The other day I played soccer with the kids from our orphanage and from the tent city. Soccer consists of a partially deflated basket ball, 1 ½ foot nets made of rocks, and kids that never run out of energy. I think I did rather well. I was exhausted and luckily my legs weren’t killing me the following day, It was so much fun though.

Today Sunday (Dec 9) the desks are almost done they just need some wood added so that you can sit on them and have a writing top. Some of the families from the tent city came over so that we could register them for our “non official” English classes (for the kids) since we’re not a registered school. I think we have almost a full class and it starts tomorrow so please pray for us and that all goes well!

So it’s super hot out today I’m in the sun so that I can get some colour and so the solar chargers stay charged a bit while I used the computer. I forgot to mention as well that the computer I’m using has to have a power source because the battery won’t charge. That means when the solar charger dies computer shuts off… Bring on the SUN! **UPDATE** My face got a little burnt.

Yesterday was the birthday of one of the girl who Emily used to take care of at the old orphanage, so today Emily invited the the girls from the old place that she used to take care of over so that we could have a party. We all just had lunch together, there was just the perfect amount of chairs which was great. Later tonight we are having pizza and I think we’ll have balloons too!

Lunch

Thanks again for following my blog every one have a great day.

Goodbye’s Begin

There’s only 7 days in my way before I leave for Haiti and I have to say I’m very excited. I’m starting to say my goodbye’s especially because today is my last day at work.

A lot of questions are being thrown at me and the one that I find comes up the most is are you afraid? Honestly I’m not, like anything else I go day by day and experience life as it comes because you don’t know which one will be your last; I’m in God’s hands. I like to tell myself that you can’t let fear get in the way of doing things that will make you happy. If there’s one thing I would pass on from my personal experiences pertaining to the question “How are you not afraid?”  is that: you should be happy with the things you’ve done to date, even if in the past you’ve done things that you’re not proud of, it’s probably affected you to become who you are to day and who you will be in the future.

“Where you’re at and who you are today is not who you are now, it’s the person you were in the past.”

Last night 11/19/2012 I went to the “Christmas in Haiti” dinner at Blazin BBQ. I have to say it was delicious and rather satisfying. I guess the turn out was fantastic, around 60 people showed up. Nikki (one of the girls who put on the event) believes that everyone showed up that purchased a ticket which means: presents for the Kids at Maison Ke Kontan!

I’ve done some other updates on my Facebook page about the wristbands that were ordered, I was selling them at $3 each and they were gone in an instant. Here’s the “unveiling” video I recorded.

Emily’s mum will be ordering more bracelets in bulk… actually she already ordered them which is great! If you’re interested in purchasing one or a few, you can shoot me an email or leave a comment.

Email: Justinparkinson@hotmail.com

I also recorded another video of me taking one of my prescriptions to assist with adjusting to the food in Haiti as well prevent Cholera.

VIDEO

I don’t think I will be posting another blog until next Tuesday when I’m Stuck at the airport waiting… Well you never know I may have a surprise post with all the details on how packing is coming… which I have yet to start. I have a good amount of stuff that was donated and I need to cram into 2 bags. I don’t have much to pack for myself a couple of shirts and shorts and some hygiene stuffz.

Like I said the days are counting down and I’m getting super excited and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you on here keep checking the blog and subscribe!

See you soon Em!

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.

~Alan Watts

Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.

~Henry Ford

Christmas In Haiti

Hey everyone a little more than 20 days before I leave for Haiti I’m so excited!

There’s not too much to report but I’ve had some awesome support to date. I’m still around $400 short towards my goal but I’m still leaving Nov 27th regardless. I am gathering supplies  for the orphanage for when I leave such as:

  • Sheets
  • Cloths
  • Batteries (AA, AAA)
  • Anything else people have to offer

If you’re interested in contributing or even donating money let me know, I’d be happy to come pick up some stuff as long as you’re not too far away. Contact info as usual:

– Cell: 226.345.2951 (Leave a message if needed)
– Email: Justinparkinson@hotmail.com

Continue reading

Success!

The charity dinner on Thursday night 10/11/12 was a great success, we brought in approximately 110-130 people and raised a ton of money!

Jules & I

If you’re interested in Hime for Help T-shirts e-mail me at Justinparkinson@hotmail.com

There was a huge surprise for everyone even me! Emily Hime and I had planned a Skype interview and she had message me that she would be running a bit late because she had to feed the kids and had run into traffic. I made an announcement that we would be doing the Skype session and that we were a bit delayed… Elvis, Julia Monk’s dad made an announcement following me that she was “delayed by a plane and here she is!” the door opened and in walked Emily (apparently this had been planned for weeks!). The sheer shock I was in was unreal along with the crowds; well actually I don’t know completely how the crowd reacted because I was in shock Emily had flown in from Haiti to surprise everyone. Emily’s mom rushed up the front in tears of joy getting to see Em. I’m not going to lie I was tearing up myself, it was completely unexpected.

Emily Hime with Heather (Em’s mom)

The night continued on with amazing music from Elvis and his band as well a lot of happy people winning raffles, we had over 25 raffle items it was great. After Elvis we pulled the 50/50 and the surprises continued, the money that was won went straight to Emily yay!

There wasn’t a lot of speeches now that I think of it but I said a few words as well shared some words that Sarah Griffith wished to be passed on to everyone. Emily came up and gave a bit of an update as well which really fulfilled the night.

Two of Rocketships members Bev and Taylor played acoustic and it was amazing! They were giving out their demo’s and people were eating them up… the future looks bright for them; keep it up guys!

Bev & Taylor- Rocketships

The night continued to be great the guests were having a great time and really enjoyed the music. Emerald Seas played pretty late which koodo’s to them for helping out and sounding fantastic they were great to talk to and work with.

All together Julia and I were very pleased with the night and had a blast setting it up despite the stress when we got there and we were 8 tables short and we still had to add an extra. Another stress incident we ran into was we were waiting for a projector that didn’t seem to be coming but that finally came through at the last-minute… well the last 45 minutes still made us a little crazy.  There’s so many people to thank but the one person I really want to mention is Julia Monk she’s done so much from doing an 8 Hour painting, filming everything possible and just being there as a friend she deserves a lot of credit. Oh yeah and put together the centre pieces I didn’t explain to her before I took off to take care of some other things all while people showed up 45 minutes early SORRY! Another person I want to thank is my mom because of course she helps when I ask and even when I don’t and she’s been pretty supportive despite how crazy it sounds to throw together a charity dinner in… 2 months thanks mom. There are so many more people you know who you are whether you had a major or minor role every little bit helped so THANKS!

So far I’ve raised since the month of May approx $3700. That is not factoring in what I have to pay for the event and the consignment fee’s for the Silent auctions. After a rough calculation we are looking at around $1700 profit and there is still some money to be counted from donation containers!

Future plans to raise money are still up in the air possibly a band night at a venue downtown Windsor. I still want to raise another $800 so fingers crossed; the more money I raise the more I can assist Emily and the Kids at Maison Ke Kontan.

To Donate there’s a donation button on the left sidebar of my blog, as well you can visit www.HimeforHelp.org and there’s a donation button at the top.

Thanks for all the donations to date if you’d like to sponsor a child which is really needed, sending the kids to school is very costly. You can sponsor a kid for only $30 a month depending on the month that’s less than a dollar a day!

“Don’t celebrate success alone, share it with others and they’ll show you the world”

~Justin Parkinson

Dinner Date

Today’s the day it’s 10/11/12 that’s gatta count for something right! The Just’in Hime for Help charity dinner is tonight 6.00PM at the Caboto Club in Windsor. The tickets are only $25! (Available at the door)

There’s tons going on tonight; Pasta Dinner, Raffles, Silent auctions including an autographed Johnny Cash photo! There’s also going to be 3 Live bands: Elvis Tribute, Emerald Seas and Rockets ships. This is going to be a night to remember and it’s for a fantastic cause.

I can’t wait to see everyone there!

“Work hard, it may not work out but if it does it will be a hit! You can’t get amazing results if you don’t give your best!”

-Justin Parkinson

Great Things Happen

It’s just under a week away from the dinner on October 11th at the Caboto club and I was really nervous to see how many ticket were sold and expected people at the door. Like before one week I felt there was going to be too many people the next not enough and then back and forth. Well great news we’ve sold around 75 tickets and are expecting anywhere from 25-30 people at the door, that’s not including anyone who’s saw/heard the news paper ads, TV ads, and radio ads. It looks like this event is going to be an amazing turn out and success.

More great news Emily and the kids have moved into a new house! Thanks Bridge 2 Haiti who has paid rent on the house for a year.

“Our BEAUTIFUL new home .. Thank you Bridge2Haiti– Sarah Griffith for sponsoring this place for us. We can’t express enough our appreciation. <3″ 

~Emily Hime

The new name for the house is “Maison Ke Kontan” -Happy Heart House

Maison Ke Kontan

There’s only 6 more days to the dinner and the good news just keeps coming in! People are slowly donating more items for the raffles, I just have to pick up a few more supplies for the centre pieces and people who can’t make it out are buying tickets anyway (^_^). Like I said before it looks like this dinner is going to be a success but it’s still going to be a lot of work.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time out of their days and nights to help me out. Whether you made phone calls, went door to door, blew up Facebook with advertising about the event, filmed every moment of my progress (Thanks Jules) or just wrote and article or told a friend; thank you every one who has helped, it has made a huge difference.

As the days are counting down to the event I get more anxious to find out how much I can give to Maison Ke Kontan especially now that I have an estimated date of departure which is late November .

Once again can’t tell every one enough how thankful I am for all the support.

Special Thanks to Sarah Griffith & Bridge 2 Haiti.

http://www.bridge2haiti.com/en/

“Life is not how it is supposed to be; It is the way it is; The way you choose to live in it and make a difference is up to you.”

-Justin Parkinson

Counting Down

Times ticking, the Charity dinner is closing in. There’s about a week and half left and I’m getting nervous. I’m sure the event is going to turn out great but throwing all of this together in just under 2 months was a bit challenging but I’ve have a lot of great help.

The silent auction items came in the other day and they look amazing! Hopefully they go to a nice home.

The other day Emily Hime shared a video from her two volounteer’s who assisted her recently. I really found this video moving and it really shows the reality of things. The kids looked like they were having a blast and don’t have nearly as much as we do here.

Most recently I did some more math to figure out when I’d have enough money in my savings from my paycheck’s to cover all my at home bills. The dates I came up with were between November 9th and 23rd. The dates aren’t set in stone but I’m looking towards the week of November 25th. Finger’s crossed all goes well I’ll be there sooner than later :).

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Dinner Oct. 11th only $25 at the Caboto Club in Windsor, you get dinner with lot’s of entertainment! Elvis Tribute & friends, Rocketships and Emerald Seas. There is also going to be a lot of awesome raffles. You can contact me by phone or email. 

Justinparkinson@hotmail.com

226.345.2951

Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

~Saint Francis of Assisi

Help Is Coming

First off let me start by saying how excited I am for all the progress that has been made! I named today’s post “Help Is Coming” because I can feel how close I am getting to be able to travel to Haiti and help out Emily and Montanna.

I have to say that during this project of fundraising and especially during putting this Charity Dinner together I have found connections I never knew I had. A big shout out I need to give is to Julia Monk who is such a phenomenal best friend and has been there for me every step that I’ve needed her.

In other news I have designed a poster for the Dinner! I’m planning on getting them out ASAP to get more publicity, I also want to mention “Eyes On Windsor” thank you for your interest in helping me out.

My hopes are that I can fill the room (150 people) and then have to request a bigger room before the event, so everyone get out there and sell some tickets, tell friends, family, and even strangers!

 

Another quick shout out I have yet to post how I have been feeling about any struggles that I face putting all this together and successes, once I get to Haiti I promise to be thorough and “Deep”  with emotion for every one :); I digress. I want to thank Lauren Cropper, I’ve been following her blog and she has such motivational and reassuring/reminding blog posts. I recently purchased her book “Self-Worth: The tie that binds” The book is fantastic, keeps me going stronger than before and has definitely taught me some things I have needed and may need during my journey to Haiti and while I’m there. THANKS LAUREN! check out her blog www.BetweenFearandLove.com

For todays quote I’m going to be para-phrasing from Lauren’s book.

“…I noticed there tended to be a lot of confusion over different definitions of personal constructs, particularly self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth… it makes sense that there would be authors who used them interchangeably. However, I believe the three are uniquely different, and distinguishing between them is important.”

~Lauren Cropper; Self-Worth:the tie that binds

I find this passage in her book one of the most important. If you can figure out the difference between them all and the role they play in your life you can learn to be a better person, not just for other people but for yourself.

“Open your mind to the world; learn how to change YOURSELF and you can change the world”

~Justin Parkinson

Coming Along

Today seemed to be a pretty good day for progress! I woke up this morning a little tired still recuperating from from the night/ morning I was helping Julia Monk film her painting, which will be released about 2 weeks before the charity dinner. If you haven’t seen the Teaser video I’ll be linking it.

Continuing with my progress; I finally pulled my self out of bed and got to the Caboto club and gave my deposit for the room to officially reserve it, then headed off to get my tickets printed. After a long day of work I was able to meet up with Julia and start some more filming for the documentary. I picked up the tickets and they turned out way better than I could have wished for. We went back to Julia’s to cut out some of the tickets I got about 25-40 done so far… it’s a very long process and got more footage. These tickets are definitely something that you will want to keep, they are very nice.

I managed to get to Ten Thousand Villages today and spoke to the owner of the store and she was super generous and donated a gift card for $25 and a sculpture from a Haitian artisan; what a great package! If you’re interested in how Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans and Fair Trade check out their website.

Get your tickets! $25

Some more great news Emily was picked to write a little article for She Loves Magazine, which I nominated her for because she’s such an inspiration to so many people especially me!

Thank you everyone for the support!

Keep and eye for Julia’s “In The Making” video’s

Links:

Painting Teaser Video

Ten Thousand Villages

She Loves Magazine

Julia Monk

 

A picture is worth a thousand words; a memory is worth a million.

~Justin Parkinson

Charity Date Set!

Great news!

It’s official the date is booked for the “Just’in Hime For Help” Charity Pasta Dinner at the Giovanni Caboto Club. Mark Thursday Oct. 11th on your calenders!

Start saving your pennies! There will be a Silent Auction with a few high end items, full Pasta Dinner, 50/50 draw and more!

The fundraiser is still in development but get your tickets now before they are gone. The bands that may be playing/ performing are still TBA (To be announced) I will be posting it on the “Just’in Hime For Help” Facebook page, I will also be creating a Side tab on my blog for more information as well. I hope to see all the seats filled I can’t wait to see you all there!

Tickets are $25, if you want anymore information or would like to purchase some tickets let me know.

 

Hime For Help T-shirts are also being sold as of immediately for $10 and should be available for purchase at the Charity dinner. all proceeds will go Hime For Help, message me your size.

Hime For Help T-shirt $10

 

 

Mobile: 226.345.2951

Email: Justinparkinson@hotmail.com

 

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” 

– Bill Copeland