Metropol – Operation Heart Takes the Cover

I’m so excited that Metropol (Canterbury’s leading lifestyle magazine) has featured a beautiful photo of some of the work of Operation Heart on the cover of their March edition!

Even in the midst of great tragedy, humanity is drawn to HOPE.

“To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To hope is to risk pain.
To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”

You can check out the Metropol magazine online at http://www.metropol.co.nz.

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Operation Heart

I am trying to put some thoughts into words.

But there are few words.

I’ve spent hours clearing silt and mud from houses and streets.  I’ve been to the Red Cross and helped with data entry to track misplaced persons.  I’ve watched families grieve in the streets as they visit the resting places of their loved ones.

There are no words.

Operation Heart is nothing special.  I just wanted to do something to show my love in a creative way to the city that I call home – a city that has literally been broken apart.  My prayer is that our hearts will stay strong and that hope will emerge from the midst of this terrible tragedy.

UPDATE: See more photos and an update on Operation Heart here.

Free + Legal = Music to My Ears

Music….I just can’t get enough of it!  🙂

Here are some albums I’ve found that are available for free download…no illegal stuff, just very generous artists who want to share their music with the world.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE to download each album. Enjoy!

The Ember Days – “Your Eyes Light Up”
{Ambient/Rock/Worship}

Coldplay Live – “Left Right Left Right Left”
{Alternative/Pop/Rock}

Graham Colton – “Pacific Coast Eyes Vol. 2”
{Acoustic/Folk/Rock}

Josh Garrels – “Love & War & the Sea In Between”
{Singer-Songwriter/Neo-Folk/Electronica}

OneLove Beats – “Beats & Dreams”
{Hip Hop/Instrumental/Soul}

Riley & The Roxies – “Everything Under the Californian Sun”
{Indie/Rock} 

Knox Hamilton – “The Sirocco EP”
{Indie/Rock} 

This list will continue to be updated as I find more free + legal = music to my ears.  Have you found any sweet music lately?

Wellywood

Los Angeles has it’s Hollywood Sign and New Zealand has…Wellywood.  Well, not really.  But the term has been coined as of recent years due to the some handy film-making by Peter Jackson.  A couple of friends and I headed North and visited Wellington (aka Wellywood).  We stayed with my awesome brother Jonny and walked the streets searching for bargains.  Oh it was heaven!  Vintage and second hand stores, cute wee coffee shops, inspiring art galleries and Te Papa – the coolest museum in NZ!

Here are some photos…

The three of us

Inspiring words

My brother and Ingrid

We did a lot of walking during our time away….got bored of that pretty quickly so dancing was the next best thing!

Laura and I - dancing down the street!