Not too long ago, I talked about having my work featured on the Voice4Society blog (you can find that post and my story here: https://isabellastines.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/voice4society-feature/).
I’m honored to announce that they’ve nominated me for their World Changer award! Huge thanks to everyone at Voice4Society and those who nominated me. You can find them here on their blog: http://voice4society.wordpress.com/
◆ ◆ ◆
An important part of this award is sharing your own plans for “making a difference”—in this generation, your community, and around the world. The following are a few plans/dreams of my own:
- Mentoring local middle and high school girls through the program Girl Talk. Girl talk is an after-school club where middle school girls can join leaders for snacks, games, and a weekly lesson. We discuss all the things they face in their school, from friends to boys, personal hygiene to family matters. Not only do we talk about it, but we give them real life stories and advice in hopes that their middle school years go a bit more smoothly than our own. My hope for this group of girls is that they’ll become confident in themselves, just the way God made them, and that they’ll carry that confidence into highschool, college, and adulthood.
- Bringing hope to various places in Central America and the Dominican Republic. I have a couple mission trips planned this year—and I’m still praying about a couple of others as well! While I wait for the word from my God, I’m starting a few fundraisers to get me everywhere.
- Food Drives with the NEGA Food bank. It’s sort of a family project in my house: everyone helps with packaging the food, distributing it, and the
horriblesuper-fun paperwork we have to filter through and file. While it may not be the most enjoyable thing in the world, putting food on tables and feeding families is definitely worth it.
- Using my art to raise money for worthy causes, one of them being Hope For The World India. You can find them here.
- And finally, as small as it may seem, writing things that bring joy and inspire people. I want to write stories and prose that make others want to change the world around them (even if that means changing themselves).
◆ ◆ ◆
Now onto nominations!
You can find all of the rules to the blog award here: http://voice4society.wordpress.com/the-voice4society-blog-award/
(Note: if blog awards aren’t your thing, you just don’t have the time or have other reasons for not accepting, no worries! Just let me have the opportunity to showcase how awesome you are.)
- Chadwick and Amy (http://chadwickandamy.com/blog/). A blog full of thought-provoking reads!
- Gabrielsfury (http://gabrielsfury.wordpress.com/) Have you read her poetry? Amazing!
- Caroline George (http://authorcarolinegeorge.wordpress.com/) A self-published author who’s changing the world one book at a time (we’ll be having her over on the blog for an interview soon!)
- Jennifer Bichara (http://jennysserendipity.com/). A slew of inspiring quotes!
- Karyl over at http://artsywanderer.wordpress.com/ — a fun, faith-filled blog + crafts!
- Bottledworder (http://bottledworder.com/). Beautiful posts and great reads!
- Rosie Amber at http://rosieamber.wordpress.com/ . A wonderful writing and book blog!
- Pat Bertram ( http://ptbertram.wordpress.com/ ). I love her honest and well thought-out posts!
- Writing Sisters at http://writingsistersblog.wordpress.com/ . Great advice and resources for writers!
- The Writer’s Wrong (http://thewriterswrong.wordpress.com). Another fantastic writing blog!
And that’s a wrap! Thanks again to Voice4Society for the nomination.
Hope everyone’s having a great week!
◆ ◆ ◆
Isabella Stines spent most of her childhood diving into books and breaking the rules by reading past her bed time. Still an avid reader, she spends more of her time as a student and musician in addition to writing, fueling her creativity with Ramen noodles and sweet tea. Stines is currently working on her first series.