Safety. Health. Peace. Mindfulness. Cleanliness. Comfort. Happiness. Productivity. These are all things that I have been trying to juggle over the past few months. And lemme tell ya, it might be easier to juggle knives. Somehow, we keep it together and tend to go to sleep with smiles on our faces. Paul and I are lucky – we can work (almost) entirely from home, we are able to socially distance, we get to be together. That’s the big one for me. But there is still so much to adjust to.
Just this week, I was on my hands and knees drawing sidewalk castles in chalk when I stumbled upon the words “Stay Strong!” written in little kid handwriting. I did some exploring further up the street and found more sayings and pictures that were all centered on positivity! Might I suggest a few ways that you can spread positivity? Regardless of your answer, I’m doin’ it!
Keep reading for our ideas on how you can continue to spread hope, fight the spread of the virus, and encourage others to do the same.
How to spread hope
Join in the global cheering trends (clapping for healthcare professionals, rainbows in windows, etc.) with your own coloring pages from Picture Hope. Picture Hope is a downloadable/printable coloring book filled with inspirational artwork from artists all over the world! This global collaborative effort was inspired by the plight of children in need, and we have decided to donate all proceeds from this coloring book to charities. This time around, we’ve selected the humanitarian organization Save the Children. This excerpt is from their homepage:
“The biggest global health crisis of our lifetime threatens children in every way. Your support can help children in unsafe households, help protect and prepare doctors and health clinics in refugee camps and help support distance learning in the face of school closures.”
Try to imagine what this whole thing would be like without the internet. Now try and imagine it again without running water or a safe place to call home. Talk about perspective!! I don’t say this to depress you – rather, I’m writing this as a reminder to myself that I need to turn OUT and show love however I can. For me, that means picturing hope.
How to Picture Hope and Share:
Once you have thoroughly enjoyed coloring your masterpieces, the art of displaying them is a way you can spread some cheer!
At home: simply the act of coloring by yourself or with family can be a way to relax, get some creative juices flowing, and spend quality time together.
In the community: Share love with everyone who sees your pages! Tape them up in your windows, post photos online (tag us!), frame them on your gallery wall, send them to friends via mail (we <3 snail mail). This will spread encouragement to people who might not even know. Trust me – they need it. We all do.
Around the world: Your donations go directly towards helping children in desperate situations. Healthcare, safety, food, education, and more are threatened by the global pandemic and YOU can help without having to leave the safety of your home.
We have made it easy – click this link, donate however much you can/want, starting at just $10, download the coloring book. Then, make your own masterpiece and the world a little brighter all in one fell swoop! Now that’s a way to spread some cheer.
How to display your coloring pages
We want to challenge you to display your Picture Hope coloring pages in clever ways! Use #PictureHope and tag us so we can feature your ideas. This is about spreading the word and the HOPE as far and wide as possible. Save the Children is a coronavirus charity we are passionate about helping, and we can’t do it without you!
Here are some of our ideas:
- Tape your coloring pages up in your front window for the neighborhood to enjoy!
- Create a giant gallery wall you can add to all the time
- Create frames for your coloring pages out of washi tape
- Mix your coloring pages in with poloroids and photos of your other social distancing activities
- Compile all your Picture Hope pages together in a colorful book!
We can’t wait to see what amazing display ideas you come up with!
Click here for other ways you can help Coronavirus relief charities.