We at FCTC are wishing you the happiest of holidays this season. As Shi and I travel to see friends and family we hope you all are able to do the same. Take time to tell those who mean the most to you that you love them. Enjoy a night at home playing games together or watching that Christmas movie you’ve seen a hundred times before and remember what matters most.
We’ll be back in a couple weeks to ring in the new year!
Well it is almost that time. The day when everyone is allowed to wear sweatpants to the dinner table, consume above and beyond what you would on any given day, nap, watch football, gather with the ones you love, and then eat again.
For some of you that might just be a normal day, but for the rest of us that marks the coming of Thanksgiving. S & B are leaving the sunny west coast and heading off to the frigid tundra of Wisconsin, while Phillip is spending this Thanksgiving in Kolkata, India photographing a wedding.
So besides the obvious great food followed by turkey induced coma’s, what are all you world changers thankful for? What does it mean to really be thankful. As we embark on this journey of change we must realize how blessed we are in our day to day lives. I for one am thankful for hot, running, clean water. For a roof over my head, food everyday, the ability to walk (or drive) the streets I live on without fear. For doctors, medicines, and 24 hour pharmacy’s. For freedom of speech, religion, and the freedom to dream big and achieve those dreams. Last but certainly not least I am so incredibly thankful for the ones I love, and the ones who love me back. There are so many more things I am thankful for, and I am sure you guys have your own lists that are too many to even write out.
This holiday as you gather with the ones you love, remember how good you have it, be thankful for that, and then use that knowledge and abundance to motivate yourself to be the world changer you really are!
Well World Changers today is a very special day for me, because I get to devote today’s Friday favorites to my favorite, my partner in FCTC, the one who encourages me always, and my soon to be forever with me wife! Shiloh turns the big 26 today, which in her mind is practically 30, which of course means she is already a 40 year old woman. If you are not following me you just need to meet this wonderful lady and you would understand perfectly.
Shiloh is such a creative and talented person; it is no surprise to anyone who knows her that she is doing something like FCTC. Not only does she have such abilities to create and inspire people she also has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know. She wants to see change in the world, and will not settle for the comfortable like when she knows there are others who are suffering, who are un-educated, who are lonely, depressed, or just hurting in some way.
These are just a few of the things that have drawn me to fall so in love with this wonderful lady, and I can only hope anyone who reads this gets to one day sit down and have coffee with Shi, hear her heart for others, watch her create something from nothing, or just see the pure joy and excitement when she spots a cute puppy, fish, bird, beluga whale, penguin, kangaroo… did I mention she is an animal lover =)
Hey all you dreamers, gypsies, explorers and world changers! We have had a few people interested in purchasing some necklaces lately, and although the official website is not quite finished, we wanted to give you guys an opportunity to get one now. If you are one of those people who are wanting to make some change and purchase a necklace you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what type of chain you want, which charm you would like on it, and a continent you want your coins to come from if you have a preference. You should also include an address where we can ship it, and give us one sentence that describes what change is to you!
S and I are so excited to get these necklaces out to all of you and start creating even more change in this place we call home.
Because the website isn’t fully done, we will be setting aside 20% of each necklace we sell now, to donate to one of our causes once we are completely functional, so your purchases will still be making a difference one necklace at a time!
ps. here is a little preview of the website, and a way for you to choose the options you want for your 100% custom necklace…
We met Jeff in 2008 while traveling the world for 11 months to 11 different countries on a missions trip with an organization called Adventures in Missions (more on them later). Jeff was a good old country boy from Kentucky with a thick accent, and a big heart. He is an incredible man who has a knack for health, and a passion to see big changes in our world.
Q – What do you do?
I currently work as a physical therapist in San Diego, CA. Three days a week I see patients with specific back problems, focusing on aquatic therapy and really mobilizing them. The other two days a week I do outpatient orthopedics, focusing more on exercise and stretching with a variety of injuries.
Q – What about volunteer roles?
I volunteer with adventures in missions leading 2 or 3 international trips a year. As a project leader I get in touch with local contacts in other countries and plan out the biggest needs they have that the coming team can tackle. Then I help prepare the team in the US for what they will be doing. Once on the ground in the country, I help vision casting with the team, encourage them to ask for big things from a big God, and help the team to get outside their comfort zones so they can grow.
I am also volunteering at my local church as a greeter and a children’s ministry worker.
Q – Where is your favorite place you have been?
China. The people are hungry for God and don’t carry a lot of the religious baggage that Americans have. There is also an innocence and sweetness to the college age population that is contagious.
Q – How are you creating change in our world?
I feel like I create change in our world through healing. Healing physical bodies at work, hearts in the local community, and spiritually through my opportunities internationally.
Q – What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about health obviously, not only my own health, but others around me. I also love being outdoors, traveling around to as many state parks as I can get to on long weekends, and seeing the world off the beaten path that most tourists take.
Q – What does the future look like for you?
I see myself really plugging in to the local church and joining the revival that is happening on the West coast. I also feel a calling to be involved in leading males to become men. Taking guys and showing them how to really be responsible and to thrive through discipleship, missions trips, and good community. Of course I would like to get married too, and have a family, as well as adopt at least 1 kid.
Q – What is your advice for someone else in a job that wants to be a world changer just like you?
Be obedient, listen well, serve with the locals, and get out of your comfort zone!
My Dad always used to say, “Some people just see through rose colored lenses.” Our good friend Sarah Shreves is one of those people. In Sarah’s world everything is vibrant and full of life and her photography shows it. With the spirit of a nomad she not only shot photos for From Change to Change, but her photography has taken her from LA to New York to Europe and back! She is also a fighter for going green and refashioning things from flea markets and dumpster diving to give them a new life! We love her heart for speaking people’s stories through photos and searching for value in forgotten things. Today we are going to celebrate Sarah Shreves, a great friend and a talented woman set out to change the world by giving us a new view on it through art!
Yep, it is officially here the always-punctual fall. I remember walking into the store as a kid and feeling the dreadful pang in my heart as I slyly tried to turn my mom’s attention away from the “Back to School Supplies” section, and on to anything else…spatulas for all I cared! Eventually we would all be there, the first day of school, the smell of books and secretly loving being back with friends and having an excuse to see them everyday, and plotting all the trouble you would get into that year. As fast as the last summer sparkler fizzled out we turned our adventurous fun-loving hearts to the secret stories of historians, explorers and dreamers written in the pages of a book.
Whether you are heading back to school and dreading buying all those school supplies, sitting in classrooms, or coming back to work tanned from your vacations no one can deny the allure of a cup of coffee and a good book!
Check out one of our fellow explorers Emily Moberly, and the amazing non-profit she started, Traveling Stories. Through Traveling Stories libraries have been created in Sudan, El Salvador, and Nicaragua! Spreading literacy and education one book at a time Emily is a hero in our eyes and in the people’s lives she has changed by invoking and making available a love for reading.
All the inspiring work being done to further a quench of thirst for reading can be found on the Traveling Stories website listed below.
As From Change to Change is headed into fall we have some aspirations of our own, and it is not just to make good grades. We hope to set a spark in your hearts to change the world through our cause and the visions of friends who feel the same! Get ready for some regular updates on the movement and development of From Change to Change as well as some highlighted charities, non- profits, and organizations on this blog. So enjoy all the fun happenings, interesting people whom we love, and progress being made on From Change to Change!
friends. we just wanted to let you all know the progress From Change to Change has been making as we continue to watch our passions grow. we are in the process of building a new website where you will be able to purchase our necklaces, read about our heart behind each piece, and learn about the causes we believe are changing our world for the better. if this is your first time visiting us welcome. we hope that you will not forget us, and check back often for the launch of our full website.