Interview with Sarah Hartley, Creator of Holl & Lane Magazine

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Interview with Sarah Hartley, Creator of Holl & Lane Magazine

By Rachel Werch

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We are so excited to share with you that our founder, Ceallaigh Anderson Smart, is a featured contributor talking about Print the Love in Holl & Lane Magazine’s Impact Issue that is now available! This special issue is dedicated to stories that measure the action and influence of our lives. You can purchase it in digital and print format at hollandlanemag.com.

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Holl & Lane is a quarterly women’s inspirational lifestyle magazine, created as a place to allow women to share their truths! Real stories from real women. It was started in 2015 by the incredible, talented, and inspiring Sarah Hartley - “This is a revolution to show women, you are perfect as you are and there are other women just like you who have been standing right where you feel you are right now.”

Since Sarah, Editor in Chief, is always working to create a beautiful space for telling other women’s stories, we wanted to ask her about her story! She graciously accepted and shared with us some of her truths!

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1. What is your spirit animal and why?

Sarah: A dolphin! I love that they always seem free, like they're having fun, but they're still super powerful.

2. How did you get started with your career and how did you get to where you are now?

Sarah: I started the magazine back in 2015 after a miserable pregnancy.  I felt like I wasn't allowed to talk about how hard it was, or how much I hated it because the media always made me feel like it was going to be this magical time in my life.  So through that experience, I felt like there had to be other stories out there that women felt they weren't allowed to share.  And that is where the idea for Holl & Lane came from.  I wanted to create a magazine that women felt like would be a safe space to share what they were really going through.  Throughout the last three and a half years, I've shared stories from over 500 women and have made it our mission to be a haven for women looking for a supportive community.

3. Where are your passions born from?

Sarah: My passion comes from storytelling.  I believe that everyone has a story, that there has been a distinct and important journey that created who they are today, and I think it's important to share those.  Not only is it great to be able to tell your truth, but it's also amazing to help other women feel less alone when they experience the same types of things.  Plus, I just believe it's important to have more realistic media in the world - not everyone leads an Instagram-perfect life, and I think it's okay to talk about that.

4. What is the best part about your work?

Sarah: Being able to offer a safe space for women.  We have so many women come to our community to talk about the hard things they're going through or to ask for advice.  And I love being able to give women space to feel safe to do that because they know they won't be judged by anyone.  So often, women talk about things in our group that they've never shared with anyone.  And that is very humbling to me.

5. Do you have any tips for people who are juggling a family and a career? 


Sarah: There will never be a balance.  Some days you're going to feel like you rocked your career - but your family life might suffer.  Other days you might feel like you were an amazing mom, but you didn't get any work done.  Don't beat yourself up about that.  Life is hard when you're trying to put your energy into both.  But I try to always be present no matter what I'm doing.  So, if I'm going to be working, I want to focus and really get things done.  If I'm going to be with my kids, I'm going to ignore my work for a bit.  That way, both things are getting my full attention. I'm not always great at this, but I'm working on it.

6. Is there anything else you wanted our readers to know? 

Sarah: Our brand new issue all about IMPACT is now available!  This one has 27 stories of what impact has meant to women throughout their lives.  It's 96 beautiful pages of powerful, incredible stories.  I'm so proud of this one.  We offer it in print and digital on our website: hollandlanemag.com  And if you want to check us out before you buy, we offer a FREE mini issue that can be snagged at hollandlanemag.com/signup.

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Thank you so much for sharing your wise words with us, Sarah! Keep up your amazing work! It is SO important!!

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Supply the Love: Puerto Rico

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Supply the Love: Puerto Rico

In 2017 we launched Supply the Love! We supply the camera and film and you supply the love.  We would love to have you be an ambassador of Print the Love! If you are traveling to an under-resourced community anywhere on the globe in the next year and would like to participate in spreading random photo kindness to the local people, lets chat! Together we can make a difference! Application is online.

The Supply the Love program is 100% supported by donors. If you are not travelling, you can still donate funds towards the camera and film for those who are.

As part of the program, we ask that ambassadors write a short description of their experience. All the words are their own.

GracePoint Sr. High had the privilege of partnering with Print the Love this summer on our mission trip to Puerto Rico. Our team of 19 spent nine days traveling and serving in the north-central region of the island. We partnered with schools, churches, and local community groups to bring hope and help to an island still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria a year ago this fall.

 Print the Love greatly expanded our efforts, enabling us to bring joy wherever we traveled. When we arrived in Puerto Rico, we spent our first two days in the north-eastern part of the island near the small beach town of Luquillo. We met a lady named Michelle there who showed us around, and even led us to her favorite swimming spot in El Yunqué, the nearby tropical rainforest. We were able to take her photo and share many photos with families visiting the rainforest that day.

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There is something intriguing and barrier-breaking about the simple act of taking and giving someone their picture. People who were initially nervous towards our group quickly warmed up to us as we began sharing Polaroid pictures. Although there was a language barrier in some cases, we were able to speak the universal language of photography, as people communicated deep appreciation for us capturing a special memory for their family.

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We spent most of the week in the city of Arecibo, where we visited elderly care facilities, schools for abused children, farms, churches, and even a greenhouse. In these settings, we were able to not only aid in rebuilding efforts, but also offer community members a tangible memento of our visit. People were so appreciative of the photos that they put extra effort into making the backdrops perfect. For example, one of the farmers led his bulls out from their pens and marched them over to make sure they were included in the photo.

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We were the last of 8 groups to serve in the city that summer, which meant our week included a lot of emotional goodbyes between our Site Directors and their community partners. Print the Love enabled us to capture pictures of these special relationships, that our leaders had been too busy serving to be able to capture. We were told later how special it was to finally have something to remember these brothers and sisters by.

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 We ended our trip in and around San Juan, and were able to give many pictures to food vendors and street artisans whose efforts are rebuilding the economic health of the island. For example, an older man selling shaved ice outside the historic El Morro fort was delighted to receive a photo of himself and his ice cart and proudly displayed it.

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What began as a simple kind gesture in some cases blossomed into deep friendships. I took a photo of Nestor and his friends early in the week, which led to many more conversations. I heard what it was like for him and his family the hours, days, and weeks following the hurricane. By the end of the week, he joined our group traveling to San Juan and spent the weekend making memories with us and showing us around old San Juan.

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We can’t thank Print the Love enough for the opportunity to bless the people of Puerto Rico!

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Supply the Love: Kenya

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Supply the Love: Kenya

In 2017 we launched Supply the Love! We supply the camera and film and you supply the love.  We would love to have you be an ambassador of Print the Love! If you are traveling to an under-resourced community anywhere on the globe in the next year and would like to participate in spreading random photo kindness to the local people, lets chat! Together we can make a difference! Application is online.

The Supply the Love program is 100% supported by donors. If you are not travelling, you can still donate funds towards the camera and film for those who are.

As part of the program, we ask that ambassadors write a short description of their experience. All the words are their own.

Allison in Kenya

Our journey in to rural Kenya was exciting, challenging, tiring and inspiring. Over the course of our stay at Daylight Center and School in Kapenguria, Kenya we worked in classrooms, made reusable sanitary pads, lead after school games and were able to take (and give) 100 Polaroids to our Kenyan partners. The Polaroids we shot captured our partnership with the teachers and staff - of us working together in the classroom, of us playing together on the field and of us just being together in fun afternoon photo shoot. Being able to do fun photos with our new friends and give a print was a positive enhancement to the work we did together at the school.

Thank you to Print The Love for creating and providing this kind of opportunity!

 

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Teachers posing as we took a photo of them with the Polaroid. This was at the end of an especially meaningful co-lead church service and having the Polaroid involved at the end when we all had our cameras and phone cameras out was an incredible addition.
 

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Changing out the film! We were having so much fun snapping photos - I think we did two and half cartridges just that afternoon! Even the most reserved of us were having a great time laughing, posing and shooting photos!

 

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James, the former Headmaster of the school came by to visit, travelling quite a distance to be there. My daughter and I (in the photo with James) have worked with him on previous visits so it felt particularly meaningful to have a photo taken with him that we all shared. He was excited to go home and show his wife who he had travelled to see.

Afternoon photo shoot!! There’s something special about the energy that develops when a bunch of people are just having spontaneous fun - no agenda and no plan. This was one of the days where we all connected through a common joy in posing and laughing together.
 

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Supply the Love: Haiti

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Supply the Love: Haiti

In 2017 we launched Supply the Love! We supply the camera and film and you supply the love.  We would love to have you be an ambassador of Print the Love! If you are traveling to an under-resourced community anywhere on the globe in the next year and would like to participate in spreading random photo kindness to the local people, lets chat! Together we can make a difference! Application is online.

The Supply the Love program is 100% supported by donors. If you are not travelling, you can still donate funds towards the camera and film for those who are.

As part of the program, we ask that ambassadors write a short description of their experience. All the words are their own.

Cindy in Haiti

I had the opportunity to go to Haiti in July for a Summer School Camp put on by Community Coalition for Haiti.  This was my second trip down to Haiti, my first one was through my church Bloomington Evergreen Church.  As I was getting ready for my trip I came across a Facebook post about an organization called Print the Love.  I grew up with a family that took TONS of pictures.  When I read about their mission to “promote hope, love, and encouragement by uplifting others, helping them to see the beauty in themselves regardless of their circumstances by giving them a picture”, I knew I had to apply for a camera.  To my delight, my application was accepted and off to Haiti I went with a Polaroid camera and packs of film.  Below are just a few of the experiences that I had while I was there.
 

This is my dear friend Junior (blue shirt) and his beautiful family (uncle, mother, sister and niece).  Junior’s mother was so thrilled to have a picture of her family.  They are currently building a cinder block home and she wanted to find a safe place for the picture so she could put it up in their new house when it’s finished being built.
 

This is Ladine and her mother Bryenne.  Watching their facial expressions as the picture started to appear was the greatest thing.  Bryenne kept flipping the picture over trying to figure out where the image was coming from.  It was wonderful.

We came across this group of young men in the village of Chabin, that were getting ready to have a soccer match.  They put together this tournament during the week of the World Cup.  At first, none of them wanted their picture taken.  I finally talked one of the teams into taking a team picture and when they saw the picture develop right before their eyes, it was game on with picture taking.  We did team pictures, individual pictures, they even started posing.  It was amazing!  I also learned that they don’t like to smile in pictures.  “It’s not professional” is what I was told. Love it!

Haiti has a complex, rich, fascinating, and tumultuous culture and history with stories of resistance, revolt, and instability. But one of the fundamental aspects of Haiti and its people is their resilience. In spite of slavery, multiple coups, various occupations and militarization, and natural disasters, Haiti continuously fights to remain strong.  I love this country and the people who call it home.  My heart will always be with Haiti!

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5 Ways to Show More Kindness

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5 Ways to Show More Kindness

Volunteering for a non-profit like Print The Love is a great way to show kindness, but what if you’re not currently volunteering? Here are 5 ways that you can show more kindness in your everyday life.

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Supply the Love: Guatemala

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Supply the Love: Guatemala

In 2017 we launched Supply the Love! We supply the camera and film and you supply the love.  We would love to have you be an ambassador of Print the Love! If you are traveling to an under-resourced community anywhere on the globe in the next year and would like to participate in spreading random photo kindness to the local people, lets chat! Together we can make a difference! Application is online.

The Supply the Love program is 100% supported by donors. If you are not travelling, you can still donate funds towards the camera and film for those who are.

As part of the program, we ask that ambassadors write a short description of their experience. All the words are their own.

Kelsey in Guatemala

Grace Lutheran Church of Apple Valley is a part of a program that partners communities from the United States with communities within Iglesia Luterana de Guatemala. Our church sent a  group that traveled to Guatemala to visit a congregation in a rural community that our church is in partnership with. While in the community our group participated in many activities with the kids and adults. Activities ranged from playing games, to taking a walk through their fields and crops and learning to speak their native language, Q’eqchi. We also helped them install new stoves into their homes that will help them reduce the amount of wood needed and improve health by better ventilation of smoke.

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During our time in the village, we took pictures of all the families in the community. The people from the village asked us many times to take their photo on our phones and cameras and were delighted to see the picture afterwards. It was a special opportunity to be able to take photos of each family and give it to them to keep in frames. Every person was excited and very grateful.

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We also visited the community school and were able to take pictures of the students and donate some school supplies.

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After our visit to the village, our group traveled around Guatemala. We visited Tikal, the ancient Mayan ruins where we learned and explored the history and culture. We visited many other towns and in each place, we got to experience a new piece of Guatemala’s culture.  

Also, on our trip we visited a center for young women and a school in Guatemala City. At the women’s center, we met young women who came to the center to have the opportunity to further their education and life skills. We were able to spend time with them and get to know about their lives and ambitions. The young women are grateful for the opportunity to have control of their lives and the outcomes. It was inspiring to see their drive and the courage they have to be taking this step that not many other girls their age are able to take. We were so happy to be able to take their pictures and hopefully leave them with something to remember this time in their lives.

We also visited a small school and were able to spend time with the kids for the day. This school sits in a part of the city that is literally about to fall off of a cliff. While there we were able to see where they learn and play, and meet the extraordinary people that make their education possible. While at the school, we were not only able to leave photos with the school children, but we were able to leave photos with those people who contribute to making it the best place it can be for those kids.

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We met very wonderful people and saw amazing things during our time in Guatemala, both of which will never be forgotten.

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Supply the Love: Tanzania

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Supply the Love: Tanzania

In 2017 we launched Supply the Love! We supply the camera and film and you supply the love.  We would love to have you be an ambassador of Print the Love! If you are traveling to an under-resourced community anywhere on the globe in the next year and would like to participate in spreading random photo kindness to the local people, lets chat! Together we can make a difference! Application is online.

The Supply the Love program is 100% supported by donors. If you are not travelling, you can still donate funds towards the camera and film for those who are.

As part of the program, we ask that ambassadors write a short description of their experience. All the words are their own.

Anne in Tanzania

I found out about Print the Love as I was planning a trip to Tanzania. Because our itinerary included quite a bit of contact with local people, Print the Love sounded like the perfect project to take along!

Our friend and group leader, Welcome, had made several trips to northeastern Tanzania in previous years and had established a relationship with a village near Karatu. Over the years, groups have been involved with service projects in the village with input from the school council and village leaders. This year's project was to address girls' health and safety in the secondary school. 

Through fundraising events prior to the trip, money was raised to build a secondary school girls' restroom and to purchase menstrual kits for the girls through the nonprofit program Days for Girls. The kits have washable, reusable pads and shields that allow the girls to stay in school throughout the month.

In addition to providing over 300 finished kits for girls in the village, the women in our group taught the girls and several adult seamstresses how to cut fabric, assemble the pieces, and sew the shields and pads for more kits. Our hope is that the entrepreneurial seamstresses will pick this up as a business and continue sewing kits with the materials we left behind.

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Sewing menstrual kits

While we instructed the girls on how to assemble the menstrual kits, we took breaks to take pictures, both with our cameras and with the Print the Love camera. The girls loved looking at their pictures on our phones and cameras, but the pictures from Print the Love are theirs to keep!

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The six men in our group painted the girls' restroom. The restroom will provide a safe space for the girls to retreat when they are not feeling well. The menstrual kits allow them to keep going to school, but the bathroom allows them safety when changing pads or cleaning up. 

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Secondary school girls

In addition to the service project in the village, our trip included safari wildlife viewing, and visits with tribes in their villages and camps. Three of the tribes that we visited in the Serengeti area were the Datoga, the Hadzabe, and the Maasai.

Hadzabe are one of the world's last hunter-gatherers. They live a nomadic, decentralized existence in northern Tanzania. They hunt every day to exist on a diet of meat, honey, and roots. 

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Hadzabe tribe chief explaining how they hunt

After the chief's introduction to how the Hadzabe hunt, we accompanied several hunters on their daily hunt. Hanging back, we waited until the lead hunters found the hornbill nest they were looking for to harvest three fledglings still in the nest.

 Hornbill are hunted for meat, feathers, bones, & the beak

Hornbill are hunted for meat, feathers, bones, & the beak

After the hunt, I took pictures of the chief and the others watched as the image developed in real time. Once the other Hadzabe saw what was happening, everyone swarmed around me for a picture.

 Hadzabe hunters, guide, and chief

Hadzabe hunters, guide, and chief

The women, who had been less involved in greeting us, gathered their children and came to me in family groups. The hunters struck poses with their bows and arrows for their pictures.

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Hadzabe hunters instant photograph Tanzania

The Datoga are pastoralists and are skilled at metalworking. They live near the Hadzabe and supply them with iron tips, knives, and spears in exchange for tubers and fruits. We watched as a Datgoa man melted a piece of scrap metal (a brass faucet) into a small trough over an open fire and poured it into a form. He cooled it and hammered it into a metal decoration.

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Datoga metalworking

 Datoga women make beaded jewlery for sale

Datoga women make beaded jewlery for sale

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic people who use cattle and their by-products for everything from food to building materials. The Maasai culture includes crafts such as beadwork, with beads produced from local materials (clay, seeds and bone). Some Maasai welcome tourists into their villages to display their dancing and sell hand-crafted jewelry. We had several opportunities to interact with Maasai.

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Maasai village

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Giving pictures to people in Tanzania was far more rewarding than I anticipated. My favorite memory from taking pictures in Tanzania was of an older man, a guard in the village where we worked with the girls. More than any of the others, he seemed to never have had a picture of himself. Later in the day, hours after the picture was taken, we saw him taking it out of his pocket and looking at it.

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Instant photograph Tanzania

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Random Kindness Relay

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Random Kindness Relay

We had an amazing time at our 1st Annual Random Kindness Relay! We had so much fun love bombing the uptown area and spreading some ripples of compassion out into the world! A HUGE thank you to the Awesome Foundation for helping make this happen!

We delivered plants to a nearby nursing home, gave out flowers, wrote notes of encouragement on the sidewalk, placed kindness post-it notes everywhere, hid money, painted and placed kindness rocks, wrote cards to kids in Cambodia, picked up trash, gave out dog treats, left baby wipes for parents in a crunch, gave high fives and hugs, posted free compliments posters, hid bookmarks in the free library books, called our moms, and more!

If you would like to host your own Kindness Relay in your neighborhood or community, we will send you a PDF full of ideas when you donate $5 to Print the Love for a family to get a photograph!

Lastly, thank you to Emily Woodward who made an incredible ripple photo backdrop out of tissue paper and to Josh Olson for taking beautiful photographs of the event. Also, thank you to the board and interns of Print the Love for all their hard work! And thank you to Lara at Anahata Collaborative for hosting us in such an amazing space!

We also want to thank our other in-kind donors: 

We hope you will join us in 2019!

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Love to Bolivia

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Love to Bolivia

Print the Love gives away instant photos to those who do not have access to these unique treasures.

Travelling is always an adventure and this trip was no exception! Our team of 3 women - Erica, Madison, and Ceallaigh trekked all over Bolivia spreading photo love for 12 days! We have included some highlights here. We have SO many wonderful stories and memories that we would love to share with you! If you are interested in hearing more (because you are headed to Bolivia yourself and want some advice, interested in our work or going on a Print the Love trip, or something else!) let's set up a coffee date! In person or virtual! Email Ceallaigh at ceallaigh@printthelove.org.

Bolivia Trip Highlights:

  • Bolivia is an incredible country with immense beauty! Both in its people, culture, and natural landscape. 
  • We gave away over 1500 photos to all ages! The joy of giving away photos is profound - both for the giver and the receiver. 
  • This is the first trip we included protectors with each photo, thanks to UltraPro! So that the photos can last for generations!
  • In addition to the photos, we gave over 500 custom note cards to school children made by elementary students from Minnesota with the message, "You matter!" written in Spanish. 
  • We stayed in 5 different cities all over Bolivia at various altitudes (15k - 6k high) - Carmen Pampa, La Paz, Uyuni, Cochabamba, and Oruro. We stayed at a college, hotel, hostel, artist home/hobby farm (our favorite! A must-stay!), and an Airbnb. We meet such wonderful people and hosts and recommend all the places we stayed! We have linked them all here. 
  • We traveled in dozens and dozens of taxis, survived death road (yikes! not for the faint of heart), flew in 7 airplanes, hiked and drove over the Andes mountains and watched stars at the Salt flats (a must do if you are visiting Bolivia!). 
  • We ate llama for the first time and had lots of Coco tea to combat altitude sickness. 
  • We gave away photos to rural communities (hiking through the jungle), college dorms, city markets, a nursing home, a orphanage, and many many schools.
  • Our translators were awesome! They contributed to our mission is remarkable ways and participated in giving away photos. Thank you Felix, Nora, Alex, and Graciela!
  • And a HUGE thank you to all our amazing donors who helped make this trip happen!

 

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Supply the Love: Haiti

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Supply the Love: Haiti

In 2017 we launched Supply the Love! We supply the camera and film and you supply the love.  We would love to have you be an ambassador of Print the Love! If you are traveling to an under-resourced community anywhere on the globe in the next year and would like to participate in spreading random photo kindness to the local people, lets chat! Together we can make a difference! Application is online.

The Supply the Love program is 100% supported by donors. If you are not travelling, you can still donate funds towards the camera and film for those who are.

As part of the program, we ask that ambassadors write a short description of their experience. All the words are their own.

Deb in Haiti

I have worked with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) hosting mobile pack events for the past 6 years.  When they offered a Food in Action trip to Haiti myself and another committee member, we jumped at the chance to go. 

During our five days in Haiti, the 19 of us with FMSC were kept on the move.  On Sunday we attended church and visited a metalsmith market.  Monday, we visited Melissa’s Hope, a special needs orphanage and Chance’s for Children, an orphanage & clinic.  Wednesday, we visited The Apparent Project and the Good Shepherd Orphanage.  Thursday, we went to Real Hope for Haiti, a rescue center for starving babies and others and in the afternoon, we visited Hot Futbol, an afterschool soccer program that feed the children following their practice. 

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At Melissa’s Hope, most of the children were confined to wheelchairs and had been abandoned by their parents.  Pascal and his wife have taken them in and will care for them the rest of their lives.  The orphanage receives no state funding so when I took out the camera and started taking their pictures – the pictures were treasured!  The smiles and laughs were music to our ears! 

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Chances for Children includes an orphanage for children who are eligible for adoption and a clinic for the community.  The adoption process takes 15 months to 2 years. All the children have been given up by their birth parents and are waiting for their forever home.  They were excited to have a picture of their own to keep.  They kept yelling Me, Me, Me! In hopes that I would take another picture of them!  I had to keep saying ‘Only one”.

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When we visited Real Hope for Haiti we saw children that were severely malnourished but were excited to have their picture taken.  The rescue center is about 10 miles out of the city, but the travel and roads made it a very challenging place to visit.  Mothers would walk 2-6 hours just to get their sick children to the center. 

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The Hot Futbol program is unique that the kids come to play soccer, but it was when they were playing in a tournament they soon discovered that the kids didn’t have enough to eat to keep their strength up to finish the tournament, that is when they connected with FMSC to give them food.  The kids come from all over Port Au Prince to play soccer. 

This was a wonderful experience for all involved.  Thank you for the opportunity to Share the Love!

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Supply the Love: Guatemala

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Supply the Love: Guatemala

The first time I traveled out of the United States, I noticed that most kids the same age as me didn't have pictures of themselves or family. This peaked my interest in how I could make a difference by giving them a photo to keep.

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6 Tips to Achieve Any Goal

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6 Tips to Achieve Any Goal

A new year symbolizes a fresh slate, and many of us find renewed energy to make positive change in our lives, often through setting resolutions that we have the best intentions of keeping. But how many of us actually follow through with our resolutions?

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Practicing Gratitude

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Practicing Gratitude

We’re all allowed to feel frustrated, angry, negative, [insert emotion here], but it’s helpful to remember the good things too, no matter how big or how small. 

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3 Truths I was Reminded of By Doing the WCCO News Interview

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3 Truths I was Reminded of By Doing the WCCO News Interview

If you are new to the Print the Love family, welcome! We are so excited that you are here with us!

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On November 13th, World Kindness Day, my husband, Stephen, Media Relations Intern, Madison, and I were invited to come in for an interview at the CBS local news studio in Minneapolis by reporter Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield. A HUGE thank you to Susan-Elizabeth and her camerawoman, Melissa! They were both awesome and did a wonderful job with the story and sharing the mission of Print the Love!


As you can imagine we were ecstatic to get the interview for our little but growing nonprofit. A day I will never forget, so I decide to jot down a few thoughts about it. 

3 Truths I was Reminded of by Doing this Interview

1. Keep Going
I have been working on Print the Love a lot over the last few years. As a full-time working mom, I usually work on it after the kids go to bed or on my lunch break. Most of it has been extremely rewarding but there have also been days that it has been lonely and exhausting. Days I questioned, should I keep going with this? And each time that thought crossed my mind, I just kept saying "yes". "Just keep going and be patient," I would tell myself. Slowly, day by day, it has grown. Incredible people have come in to help and then suddenly I have to pinch myself that I am on TV for something I love and am proud to be a part of! There is still so much more work to do and new heights for Print the Love to reach and I am just going to keep going until I know it is time to be done. If you have a specific dream, a goal, a vision, just keep going. Day by day, you be you, ask for help, be kind to yourself, and you will get there! I promise!

2. Be Kind to Yourself
Even though I talk a lot about self-care with the Print the Love community, I still need to be reminded of it myself. My initial reaction is always to judge my appearance - especially on a TV spot! I don't like my hair. I hate my makeup. I should have worn another shirt. Ultimately just noise in my head that stops me from moving forward. In the past I would of laid awake at night worrying about what people think of me. Something I can't control. But this time I am choosing to let it go. How I look doesn't say anything about the work we do. If you need this reminder too, let's both work on being better human beings and not worrying about the outside package.

3. You Live and You Learn
I rarely go on a show like this, like never, and I was quite nervous. Did I forget the camera I brought in the car and have to run 3 blocks to go back to get it in the middle of the interview. Yep! Did I forget film at home? Yep! Did I forget to say things in the interview? Yep! But you live and learn and I will be more prepared next time. If you have made a few mistakes recently too, no worries. There is always next time!

Gratefully,
Ceallaigh

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5 Ways to Participate in World Kindness Day 2017

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5 Ways to Participate in World Kindness Day 2017

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Here at Print The Love we're gearing up to celebrate World Kindness Day 2017, and we'd like to share some ideas on how you can join in as well! Many of you probably already know what World Kindness Day is, but for those of you who don’t, here's a brief outline:

World Kindness Day is celebrated every year on November 13th, and it's the perfect opportunity to do something nice for someone. How crazy is that? A day of the year set aside just for being nice? Yes, we know, every day should be World Kindness Day, but for now, we will use November 13th as an excuse to be EXTRA nice!

So how can you join in on the movement? Well, below you will find five simple suggestions on how you can take a few moments out of your day to be nice to people, and do something kind!

1.     A Simple Gesture or ‘Hello!’

So often, we get caught up in our own lives, and we forget that even a simple hello can make someone’s day that much better.

  • Say hi to your garbage man.
  • Hold the door for the person who got coffee in front of you at Starbucks.
  • Refill the water jug at work instead of leaving it for the next person.
  • Park a few spaces further from the door when you're picking up groceries, and leave a closer parking space open for someone else.

Little things like this can truly make a difference!

2.     Pay it Forward

Remember the person you held the door open for at Starbucks? Maybe upon getting to the register you find out your order is already paid for! Your day automatically becomes better. Now pass that on!

We know not all of you will find yourself in a financial position to do this, but there are plenty of other ways to pay it forward!

  • Clean out your closet and donate your extra clothes to a shelter.
  • Donate blood.
  • Offer to babysit for a couple or a single parent so they can enjoy a night out!

Paying it forward is a simple, yet amazing way to be kind in your everyday life.

3.     Call Someone You Haven’t Talked to in a While

Simply acknowledging someone is often enough to brighten their day. Maybe you have a friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile, or you know a certain someone who might be struggling with some personal stuff right now; call them and catch up!

A simple “Hi! How are you doing?” could be enough to turn their entire day around, and it costs you nothing.

4.     Give Someone a Shout Out

We all have those people in our lives that do way more for us than we do for them. It isn’t that we don’t do things for them, it’s just that they are such amazing people that you would never be able to do as much for them as they do for you. Well, this one is for them!

Take a moment and give them a shout out on Facebook! Thank them for everything they do for you. Let them know that their efforts do not go unnoticed, and tell them how much you appreciate them.

5.     Be Kind to Yourself!

So often, and everyone here at Print The Love is certainly guilty of this, we tend to focus so much on helping others, that we forget to think about ourselves. We are firm believers that to help others, you must first help yourself.

  • Treat yourself to lunch at your favorite café.
  • Set aside some time in the evening to take a bath and enjoy a good book.
  • Buy those concert tickets.
  • Go to that birthday party your friend is having.

Take the time to be kind to yourself, and soon you will be able to show kindness to others even more frequently.

 

Let us know what you’ll be doing for World Kindness Day 2017 by telling us on our Facebook page here!  

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Supply the Love: Argentina

Supply the Love: Argentina

In 2017 we launched Supply the Love! We supply the camera and film and you supply the love.  We would love to have you be an ambassador of Print the Love! If you are traveling to an under-resourced community anywhere on the globe in the next year and would like to participate in spreading random photo kindness to the local people, lets chat! Together we can make a difference! Application is online.

The Supply the Love program is 100% supported by donors. If you are not travelling, you can still donate funds towards the camera and film for those who are.

As part of the program, we ask that ambassadors write a short description of their experience. All the words are their own.

Krystal in Argentina

Stepping into the city of Buenos Aires you would be surprised to realize you are in South America.  The city has a distinctly European vibe due to Argentina’s history of settlement by predominantly Spanish and Italian immigrants during the colonial era.  Upscale storefronts dot the streets amid gelaterias and classical architecture.  Beyond the surface though, the city is filled with countless tales of healing, restoration and resiliency. 

In July of 2017, I travelled to Argentina as part of an art therapy internship with my program at NYU.  Already devoted to Print the Love’s mission as a Board Member, I applied to Supply the Love while in Argentina.  At first I envisioned supplying the love to individuals in Buenos Aires apart from my internship; however, it quickly became apparent that supplying the love could become an integral component of the healing and empowerment connected to our art therapy sessions. 

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Lucy* arrived in Argentina with her brother and naught else to her name.  After her home country was ravaged by war, peace emerged from the ashes.  She imagined her family could begin to thrive once more.  Not one year later, the terrible scourge of Ebola killed her mother and father and her and her brother fled once more, not from the terror of human violence but from the dread of the terrible fate that could await them from the disease.  When they arrived in Buenos Aires they had no pictures, no memories to hold from their childhood and no money to purchase any sort of pictures of their present together.

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They eagerly engaged in art therapy over the course of the three weeks, exploring themes of grief, identity and resilience as they processed their pasts and struggled to make a way in their presents despite the barriers of language, racism and pending work status.  One of the core concepts in art therapy is that of the “transitional object.”  The concept developed from Donald Winnicott’s work with children in the 1950’s when he discovered that children learn to self-soothe apart from their caregivers through the use of a transitional object like a blanket or stuffed animal that reminds them of the constancy and security of the caregivers. The same concept can hold true when individuals are able to remind themselves of safe spaces and joy by looking at mementos from those times. 

 

After three weeks of working together, the clients created an art exhibition of the work that they had made.  They invited members of their community, also in flux, to the exhibition and were surprised by Supply the Love.  We showered love on each individual through the gift of an instant photograph that they could return to to remember the healing journey and community they had experienced.  Lucy summed it up the best at the end when she said, “I was a seed, all burned up and dried out, but the fire did not kill me.  Now I am being planted and watered by love.” 

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Thank you, Supply the Love, for helping Lucy feel loved, valued and celebrated even in the middle of life’s difficult trials.  With the help of others from my program, we were able to give forty photographs away to refugees, asylum seekers, developmentally delayed adults and terminally-ill cancer patients from undervalued and ignored communities in the city of Buenos Aires. 

*Name changed to protect client privacy

Supply the Love: North America/Mexico Part 1

Supply the Love: North America/Mexico Part 1

In 2017 we launched Supply the Love! We supply the camera and film and you supply the love.  We would love to have you be an ambassador of Print the Love! If you are traveling to an under-resourced community anywhere on the globe in the next year and would like to participate in spreading random photo kindness to the local people, lets chat! Together we can make a difference! Application is online.

The Supply the Love program is 100% supported by donors. If you are not travelling, you can still donate funds towards the camera and film for those who are.

As part of the program, we ask that ambassadors write a short description of their experience. All the words are their own.

Jenny in North America/Mexico

Mother, Me (Part 1)

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Project Overview:

Mother, Me is a storytelling project in collaboration with young mothers in North America (most
recently taking place in Northern New Jersey and Mexico City). Supply the Love has generously
supplied instant film and cameras for the young mother participants to take home portraits of
themselves and their newborns. This is the first in a of two blog posts from the Mother, Me
workshops.


Dispatch #1:
“Do you want to listen to Ariana Grande or Beyonce while you give birth?”


Cheyenne (1) shakes her head no with a small smile in response. She is holding her house mate Alicia’s sleeping 5 month year-old daughter while Alicia and I help her curate a birthing playlist
of music for the delivery room. Cheyenne is both days away from her due date and her 18th
birthday. Both Alicia and Cheyenne are residents of Zoe’s Place—a residence program designed
to provide safe housing for pregnant teen moms and their children.


In the United States more than half of the teenage girls who bear children never graduate high
school, and less than two percent earn a college degree by the age of 30. Recently funding
programs for teen pregnancy prevention, support and research has been significantly reduced
nationwide (2). When Alicia was pregnant with her daughter she was still in high school and
needed help. “I was looking for help, and I learned about the Zoe Place’s program from a
counselor at school,” she says. “I met with the staff and they helped me finish school and get a
job. I always have wanted to be a nurse.” Alicia recently earned a certificate as a medical
assistant and has a part-time job. She is saving up for a car and apartment and making plans to
live on her own with her daughter.

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Originally as a Lewis Hine Fellow (3), I got to know and share photography with the young mothers support group at Zoe’s Place. The tight-knit group consists of both past and former Zoe’s Place residents. In addition to providing a safe place to live, Zoe’s Place staff offer comprehensive child care and assistance programs like the young mother’s group in order to meet the critical need for education, parenting skills and support services that will enable the teens to become self-sufficient in the long term.


In addition to making a instant photograph portrait of each of the young women and child, we collectively look at different photographs related to motherhood and/or photographed by mothers. One of the photo books we worked at during this particular workshop was Latoya Ruby Frazier’s book The Notion of Family.

We were looking at a photograph in the book titled, Mom Relaxing My Hair in which the
photographer and her mother gaze intently into a vanity mirror as her mother does her hair.
One of the group members starts flipping through her phone while we are talking about the
photograph. I worry that she has lost interest until she shoves the flip phone in my face
giggling. I look at the phone screen and see a reminiscent photograph of her braiding a young
girl’s hair in front of a large mirror, who she goes on to explain to me is her sister. I love how a photograph can make us look both outward and inward, cultivating human
connections and common ground in the process.


I see this reflected in the young women’s faces when they hold their instant photograph portrait, watching as it develops. In more than one case, I’m told this is the first printed photograph of themselves with their child they possess. I am immensely grateful to Supply the Love for the opportunity to connect with these young women and their children through instant photography.

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(1) names have been changed to protect privacy of participants
(2) https://www.revealnews.org/article/trump-administration-suddenly-pulls-plug-on-teen-pregnancy-programs/
(3) https://documentarystudies.duke.edu/production/projects/lewis-hine