Ring-a-ring-ring! Alex asked for a Nekkid Jacob Ring and I said, "Heck yez!!!!!" Uber tiny...like, ridiculously so, but so cute!!!
Also wanted to talk about some great news. I decided to put 5% of my sales into different charities every month or two that I will talk about here in my blog. As I told a customer sometime ago, I'm not loaded but I'd like to think I am creatively, and I want to contribute in any small way I can. And what a better way to help different organizations and issues that I believe in than to create art. ^__^
The rest of this month as well as next month will be a charity called RENEW, an independent organization dedicated to putting a stop to sexual exploitation of children and women in the Philippines. I was born and raised there before I moved here to the US when I was 8. As a child I was never allowed out of my parents' sight in fear that I would be kidnapped, raped, killed, or worse, sold into prostitution. As early as I could remember I always had some level of understanding when it came to the dangers around me, but in all honesty, all I let myself think about was that I wasn't allowed to play with the other children outside. I won't deny that it was a bit of a lonely childhood but I'm grateful to my family for being so protective of me as a child because what if? What if, God forbid, I had been one of the unlucky ones? Forced at a young age to sexually service foreign pedophiles who took advantage of 3rd world countries where corruption is rampant.
(From World Street Children)
What really triggered me into getting involved in this kind of cause were various news clips and documentaries I had seen both on TV and online. It's heart wrenching to know that out there, little children are being victimized in such disgusting ways, and especially in my own country. It's not right for any child to fear being abused and used as a sexual commodity.
Also want to take this time to announce that I'm also growing out my hair for Pantene's Beautiful Lengths. It's an organization that creates free wigs for women with cancer. Why? Well, last week I cut off a good chunk of my hair for bangs and thought to myself, "Wow, I've got balls. While most girls my age would freak out about cutting their own hair, here I am cutting mine with no qualms." I've been cutting my hair myself since I was in middle school. Never successfully O__o but my hair grows so fast that it doesn't really matter in the end. So I figure for someone who doesn't really give a toss for their own hair, how about giving it away to someone who might appreciate it? ^__^
I'm also asking anyone out there who would like to join me in this endeavor? ^__^ I think it would be really fun. ^__^ I've just started a community blog I've called For the Bald and Beautiful that people can join, take pictures of themselves as their hair grows, show off different hairstyles they can do with their awesome hair, and of course pictures when they finally cut it off! Also, just anyone who would like to get involved in anyway for any reason at all!! Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, convo me on Etsy or leave a comment below if you're interested! ^__^ YAY!!
But I'm keeping positive and doing my thang! ~__^ I figure that the more I keep myself occupied with positive things the more I can ignore all the negatives. ^__^ Thank you to everyone for the good vibes. You're all an inspiration to me in one way or another. ~__^
A few videos with information about child exploitation. WARNING: The following videos are not for sensitive individuals or for young children. And, it could very well make you cry. But I hope, instead, that in the end you are inspired to help in some way. ^__^