Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Practice for the Children Pendant" Giveaway is Saturday the 31st!! Tell me your favorite quote to enter!!

Just a reminder that I will be having a drawing for a "Practice for the children Pendant" giveaway this Saturday!! If you would like to take a chance at being the Lucky winner..just leave a message with your favorite quote and check back Saturday night to see if you were chosen!!

Also, I have Three pendants that are ready to ship if you would like to purchase one!

Below are the quotes I have received thus far...
they are All lovely~~~

from Christina~

"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love
looks like."
~Saint Augustine

from Yogilauren

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see!

from Flo

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." Mahatma Gandhi

from Maya

“Whether the world be a hallucination or the mind be a hallucination, whether all return or all appear but once, the suffering is just the same. For he who suffers is part of the hallucination, of whatever kind that may be. What then is the difference? This: whether in the sufferer there is—or is not—he who watches him who suffers” from Ka by Roberto Calasso

from Diane

"The whole world is you. Yet you keep thinking there is something else." Hsueh-Feng


Monday, October 26, 2009

"Be the Change"

I wanted to take a moment and give you an update on the absolutely Wonderful outcome that we have had thus far with next years charity for the children of Operation Shanti in Mysore, South India.

I have had so many gracious souls step forward to donate and I want to tell you all Thank You so much. Because without you...none of this would be possible.
As many of you who know...and I say this because there are so many who keep helping and donating year after year.
It all began in 2008 when I wanted to take something to the children that would be of some good for them. I came up with "Walking in their Shoes" and blogged about it here and I only needed 35 pairs of shoes as that is how many children there were at that time...but I received an overwhelming 95 pairs of shoes!! Many from you, my readers who sent me shoes or money to purchase shoes. I took them to Mysore that year...and my sweet husband sewed each child a shoe bag and we wrote their name on each one...

Then earlier this year we went back to see the children at their new home called Karunya Mane..and there are now 45 children who reside in this wonderful new place they call home.
We were able to take 70 pounds of Art Supplies...again, which so many of you helped donate...
I really don't know how I could have done any of this, without all of you!

I wanted to do something again..for the children..for next year. I don't think I will be able to fly to Mysore next year. Sadly.
So I wanted to come up with an idea for the new charity that would honor Guruji. Our beloved Shri K. Pattabhi Jois who passed away earlier this year...who resided in the same town that the children of Operation Shanti reside in.
I wanted to "Give Back" a little something that Guruji has given all of us. All of us who practice his method of Ashtanga Yoga...

I found a very special woman who agreed to work diligently on making these beautiful "bubble pendants" for me so that I could sell them and make money for the children of Operation Shanti...(more on this special soul to come!)
that they could have some things that otherwise they would not be able to have..
I had No idea how popular these would be...I just knew that I loved the first one that I had made, and got this "hunch" that perhaps the Yogis and Yoginis all over the world who teach and practice this wonderful practice would also love them and treasure them in memory of Guruji.

I was right.
I began this new charity on my birthday last month..September 22nd, and to this day we have sold 58 "Practice for the children Pendants" raising $925.00 for the children of Operation Shanti!

We are selling them for 34.00 and that includes shipping anywhere in the world, and they have been sent Everywhere across the globe!
They are becoming quite popular as friends are sharing links on Facebook and showing them to others and the orders just keep on coming in....
It has been truly a dream come true~

They are wonderful gifts and come beautifully packaged in a crisp white box filled with teal crinkle paper and wrapped in lovely tissue tucked into a Burgundy Silk Organza bag...and included in each box is a very special card that I had made especially for this charity...the little girl on the front of the card is a child from Operation Shanti named "Sumitra" with her hands in Namaste~~

We All want to Thank All of you who have purchased a "Practice for the children Pendant" and to those who are considering ordering one..I Thank You as well in advance~
"May we All Be the Change we wish to see in the World"
Because together...we Can be!


Friday, October 23, 2009

.....All is Coming....

Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal.... But don't approach yoga with a business mind looking for worldly gain.
~Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

Sunday, October 18, 2009

What do people think about the "Practice for the Children Pendants"???

(photo taken at Queen Anne Hotel, San Francisco)

Just got home a few hours ago from the city..Ran in my third Marathon..and yes, I do believe that the third time IS a charm! Amazing finish time this year...and...
when I arrived back home I found an email that we have sold yet Another "Practice for the children Pendant"!! This one will be going all the way to Ireland!

54 Pendants and raised $865.00 for the children of Operation Shanti!
I am so deeply grateful to all of you who have supported this endeavor. You Light up My Days~ and every time we sell another pendant, it just brings me to tears knowing what good we are doing for those sweetest children in Mysore, South India~

I have a new shipment that just arrived and have 5 that are not spoken for...if anyone is interested!!

Here are some of the comments from those who have already received theirs..

Om Shanti Tracy!

My mom loves her gift! Thank you so much for all that you are doing. You ARE the change I hope to see in the world.

Peace and Blessings,

(from heather in sacramento)
sooo IT CAME today!!!! and it is soooo beautiful!!! i adore the card so much!! how amazing to be a part of this. thank you with all my heart!!!!!

(from caroline in canada)
tracy i've found my operation shanti pendant in the mail this evening, and it's astonishingly beautiful - the card and wrapping were an amazing touch too ... i just know that your vision will soon be a reality :)

Hi Tracy! I just wanted to let you know that my pendant came and I LOVE it!!! Thank you so much! What a beautiful idea and awesome way to raise money for Operation Shanti! Christina

(from kristi in colorado)
I got mine too! It's beautiful -- loved the card and packaging as well. You're a class act!

(from alyson in Los Angeles)

(from michelle in california)
I just received my beautiful pendant! What a precious thank you card that came as well I will keep it and cherish it always!!! Thank you my dear! ♥

(from mary in alabama)
My "Practice for the children Pendant" arrived in the mail today:) So lovely and the precious child photo is on my fridge ... See possibility, be bold and blossom~Namaste♥

(from lisa in chicago)
i just received my pendants & they are even more beautiful in person! the jewelry maker is very talented. it's got a real rustic feel to it & the words will be nice to share with my students in a subtle way :-)
instant service! also very good packing & wonderful thank you cards & photo. i think a lot of ashtangis will really love these

and those are just a few...
so if you are pondering ordering one..I hope these comments will help you make your decision! ;~)


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"Practice for the Children Pendant" Giveaway!!!!!

The Holidays are just around the corner and I thought it might be fun to have a "Practice for the children Pendant" Giveaway!!!

So.....If you would like the chance to win, just leave a comment and tell me your favorite quote!

That's It!

I will choose a winner randomly on October 31st~~~~
and will notify the winner, as well as post it here!!

I Love quotes! Good Luck~

I have shipped off the next set of Forty "Practice for the children Pendants" and here us who they went to!! Christina in Colorado, Heather in Sacramento, Lydia in Texas, Samia in Seattle, Tracey in Florida, Jennefer in Utah (2)!!, Monica in Wisconsin, Samatha in the United Kingdom and Phyllis in Napa..for her Birthday from her daughter Geri in Los Angeles!!! Thank You ALL!! I have the next set of 10 being made right now..which makes 60 pendants made thus far!!

and another Update..10/16

Just got home and had a Box with Ten "Practice for the Children Pendants" waiting for me!
I packed them all up and they will be shipped off tomorrow before I head to San Francisco to run in my Marathon. They will be going to..KINO at the Miami Life Center in Miami (3) Jacqueline in the UK (3) a Very Special someones mom in Hawaii, Sundaramma Aunty and Prakruti in India and Diana at TMZ in Los Angeles!

If you would like to place an order, the cost is 34.00 and that includes shipping. They will arrived beautifully packaged in a crisp white box with teal crinkle paper and the pendant will be tucked inside a beautiful burgundy silk organza bag...The colors of a Peacock and ready for gift giving! OR I can send it directly to the person whom you would like to give it to! There is direct link in the right hand side of my blog that says "Pendant" that will take you to paypal to place your order~


Saturday, October 10, 2009

FIFTY "Practice for the children Pendants" YES!!!

I am getting Really Excited about the outcome of the "Practice for the children Pendants" thus far!!!

You see...if you have a Thought, or a Hunch or an Idea...Go With It!!! Because this is how this charity for the children of Operation Shanti began...in fact it is how they all began...
I got an Idea..that just came to me literally, and I followed them All through~

People tell me that since they have seen what can be done when just "One person does One thing" it makes them believe that everyone can make a difference if they just try.
It Inspires them..and if I can Inspire just One person to help someone less fortunate than themselves...it has made All of this 100000% more worthwhile than I already feel about it!

I Am Excited and I just Know that we can keep on Going with this and Keep on Giving..because maybe Just Maybe this could be the Biggest and Best one yet~~~~

We have $790.00 for those dear children in Mysore, India...and I just Know I can raise more! I just know it.....

Namaste my friends~ and a Huge Thank You to all who have helped make this such a success with your purchases~~ I am eternally Grateful to you all~

Friday, October 9, 2009

Forty THREE and counting!!!

(photo courtesy of Lisa Hill who graciously purchased 2!)

Just to let you know..if you are interested in purchasing a "Practice for the children Pendant" I have 7 that have not been spoken for! They will be arriving next week...and once we sell those we will have reached our 50th pendant sold!!!

Thank You ALL for your wonderful, gracious support for the children of Operation Shanti!! We have raised $675.00 since September 22nd!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Third set of Ten "Practice for the Children Pendants" have just shipped off!

(here is a photo of one of our Wonderful supporters, Mary Helen, wearing her "Practice for the children Pendant"!!)

and here is where they are heading...

Denise in Oregon (3)!!Kristi in Colorado!!! Alyson in Los Angeles!!!...Patricia at an APO address and Mary in Canada (4)!! That makes Ten! I should be getting the next ten Very soon!!

Thank You again for all of your support and it has been so Magical...
Every single day we have had orders for pendants!!
Such a Blessing...

We have sold 42 pendants since September 22nd..and raised $660.00 for the children of Operation Shanti!
I appreciate you ALL and put my hands together in Namaste..in Gratitude...


Monday, October 5, 2009

Behind "Practice for the children Pendant"....

For those of you who are just finding my blog...

These necklaces are the "Practice for the Children Pendants" with 50% of the proceeds going to the children of Operation Shanti in Mysore, India.

http://operationshanti.blogspot.com/ to read more about them!

It is a charity that I have supported now for the past 3 years. They truly do so much for the street kids and their Moms..they transform their lives. They give them a New Life....

I have been to Karunya Mane (the name of the place they live) in Mysore and I have spent time with them..and because of that great experience I will never be the same person I was before that time.
I have had so much support in the past with the 95 pairs of shoes from all over the world that were sent to me to take to India for the children when we did "Walking in their Shoes" and earlier this year when I took 70 pounds of Art Supplies to them when we did "The Colors of Love"..also graciously donated by readers and friends from all over the globe...how blessed we are.

Those kids just touched my heart in a way I can't ever explain and now it is my life's mission to do one great thing every year for them...
and I have TWO great things I am working on now for the 2010 Charity for the kids. One of which is still in the works...
It is a Huge playground structure...
but as I said, that will take some doing and it is being worked on as I write this!

The second is the "Practice for the Children Pendants" also honoring the late beloved Shri K. Pattabhi Jois. I wanted to do something that would include Guruji and the Ashtanga students all over the world. Something that they would have to wear around their necks, to hold and have as a daily reminder that "Practice and All is coming"...
thus this pendant was born.

I am so deeply grateful that I have had such a wonderful response to these amazingly beautiful pendants. I have an idea that Guruji has given me his blessing on them as well..because I began this on my birthday which was September 22nd and we have now sold 42 "Practice for the Children Pendants" and raised $660.00 for the children to date!!!! How Amazing is that?!!!!
Everyday I have been blessed to get an order or orders from somewhere in the world and today an email from one the greatest Ashtanga teachers in the world who we ALL know, love, admire and deeply respect. Who wanted to place an order for some of the pendants~

That made my day!!

This has been a great blessing thus far and it will keep on being a blessing because it is something that we all share together as One....and it is for such a good cause!

If you would like to place an order for one..they are handmade one at a time by a wonderful friend of mine who works on these daily for us and then sends them to me and I then package them beautifully in silk organza burgundy bags and teal colored crinkle paper with a very special Thank You card that I had made...

I can send them anywhere in the world for 4.00 shipping.
They are special gifts as well~~~~

If you would like to order one there is a link on the right hand side of my blog that says "Pendant" and that will take you directly to Paypal~
I Thank You ALL once again for your loving support in the endeavor and would love to hear from you!

OM Shanti!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The second set of Ten arrived today!!!

I have Ten more "Practice for the Children Pendants" going out to the people listed below on Monday!!!

Michelle in California, A surprise for FIVE Very special people in a Land Far, Far away, Mike in Rhode Island, Martha in Oregon, Tiffany in Oregon and Christina in Maryland!!!

Thank You ALL sooooo much once again~~~~

all is coming...

off go the first ten "Practice for the children Pendants"!
(in case you are wondering why there are only 7 boxes..a few people ordered more than one!!) :0)

As of this morning we have sold 33 "Practice for the Children Pendants" and have a total of $525.00 for the children of Operation Shanti!!
I Thank You all~~~~~~

Friday, October 2, 2009

Ready to Ship the First TEN "Practice for the Children Pendants"!!!

I arrived home from a long day and found that the Thank You cards had arrived!!
Soooooo, tomorrow I will pack up the first Ten "Practice for the Children Pendants" and Monday they will ship off!!

Angela in India, Julie in San Diego, Lisa in Chicago (2 pendants!) , Mary Helen in Alabama, CJ in Australia, Caroline in Canada and Earn ( 3 pendants!) in Kuala Lumpur< Malaysia will be the First Ten to receive their "Practice for the Childre...n Pendants"!!! YAY! Look out..they are soon on their way!! Thank You Again my dear friends~~~ ♥

I had 5 orders awaiting me as well...!!! We are at 31 Pendants Sold and $480.00 for the children of Operation Shanti!!!

What a Beautiful welcome home for me this evening...


AND...just as I was about to "Log Off" for the night..yet Another Donation came in for $15.00 and now we have $495.00 for the children of Operation Shanti! So Blessed~

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Guruji and the first Ten "Practice for the Children Pendants"

Today was a HUGE day for me!! I am still waiting for the Thank You cards to arrive..anyday...and then I am sending the first Ten of the 26 "Practice for the Children Pendants" off!!

I got all of the shipping boxes and the gorgeous Teal crinkle paper, and the beautiful Burgundy Silk Organza bags...I just need the cards and off these will go!!

We have officially sold 26 Pendants and now have $405.00 for the children of Operation Shanti!!

I hope you will all think about getting one of these...they are just so special~~