Happy, happy last day of August! Im exceptionally excited because I'm ready to be done sweating to death in the AZ summer heat. I'm Ashley, and I run the blog The Shine Project.
First of all, can we all just take a moment to share our mutual love for Miss Casey Wiegand? I've loved having the opportunity to meet this sweet soul via cyber world, and she is a gem.
How many of you have a dream, but can't seem to ever get started to make it happen? It seems like too often we loose sight of what we want most because it seems too hard, too scary, or too impossible to reach. But guess what? We're all more than capable to accomplish hard things. I created The Shine Project to motivate others to go after their dreams while serving others around them.
It doesn't matter how successful we are if we don't take the time to help those in need.
After I started The Shine Project, I realized that if we all came together for a specific cause, we could really make a difference. I started The Shine Project Scholarship Fund to help inner city high school students to go to college. I have the blessing of working with these kids on a weekly basis, and they have so much potential it is unbelievable. They just need some extra love to get there. You can read more about my high school friends HERE.
My goal is to raise $20,000 by the end of the year for them. I started a CHANGE4CHANGE campaign where people can pledge to raise $100 in change by the end of the year. All that money will go to the students. If 100 people pledge, thats already $10,000. This campaign leads up to The SHINE Event that I am throwing on October 20th, in Phoenix, AZ. It is a raffle/silent auction, and the students will be putting on an inspiring program. It's been a lot of work, stress, and faith, but it's one of those dreams I've always had. And I've watched God's hand in it. If you want to pledge a CHANGE jar, or donate items to the silent auction, or live in AZ and want to attend, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! You can watch some videos about The Shine Project HERE.
As a daily reminder of your purpose to SHINE, I created these necklaces. $1 for each one sold goes into The Shine Project Scholarship Fund.
You can get them personalized, or add extra charms based on what you want. You can see more HERE.
Today, I'm giving one of you a $25 shop credit to get your very own SHINE necklace, and one for someone in your life who needs a little extra reminder that they're loved.
The winner will ALSO be receiving a FREE month of advertising on my blog! That's an $80 value...