It is that one time of the year dedicated to love. The day we are supposed to show appreciation to the loved ones in our lives. While the day is a great excuse to eat lots of treats, swoon over lovely flowers and is full of fun - whether it is a date night with your better half or a night out with your best ladies - today can also be a great reminder for us all to act with love more often.
While re-branding last year I knew I wanted a tagline/signature (for lack of a better word) for people to associate me and Cyn Kain Photography with. With much thought and word play, I decided on "Choose Love". It is simple, but absolutely how I feel about every situation life throws at us. I know that these words have actually impacted people which makes me so thankful. A few months after my brand launch I received this message from an amazingly talented photographer - this photographer who I call a friend - a friend who I have actually never met (we connected through MTH) - a friend who has a HUGE, kind heart. She was going through a rough time and said this ::
"... I've been so angry, confused and bitter...when she called me today, I realized that I had to CHOOSE LOVE. Loving someone is a choice, and your sweet words came flooding in. I get it now."
Her choice to act with love was a turning point in how she would handle this overwhelmingly tough time in her life. Yes, it can be hard. Yes, it is not always fun. But love is always a choice. Reminding myself to live like this, full of love, has made me a better person. Love always does a body and mind good. Love always prevails.
Now go eat some yummy chocolates and spread some love! Happy Valentine's Day!
Ok y'all...please meet my sweet friend, Ann Marie. In less than 1 month. She will be going bald. As in shaving.her.head.with.no.guard.BALD.
Why is she going bald? For the kids...those awesome kiddos out there who are bravely fighting cancer everyday. She and many others will be uniting with kids fighting cancer in hopes to find a cure through St. Baldrick's. St. Baldrick's is a volunteer-driven charity and for the next few weeks Ann Marie will be raising money to help find cures and to give hope to all those fighting cancer.
I feel so lucky to have met Ann Marie. She is KIND. She is FUNNY. She is GENUINE. And she has one the BIGGEST HEARTS I know. I realize that many of you reading this now do not personally know Ann Marie - but I am willing to bet most of you have had a loved one battle cancer. Any donations you friends can spare will be very much appreciated.
On February 25, I will be documenting Ann Marie and her teammates shave their heads. I will be sure to share moments from that day as well as thoughts personally from Ann Marie. Ann Marie is a middle school teacher and has over 16 students from her school participating in this amazing cause.
Please donate towards Ann Marie's fundraising cause HERE*Help Ann Marie exceed her goal HERE
**Find out more about St. Baldrick's HERE
Whether you are able to donate or not - saying a prayer for these kids and sending happy thoughts Ann Marie's way will be much appreciated! Thank you, friends!