Lots of talk shows lately seem to focus on how unkind and judgmental women are toward one another, and I have to say, they obviously aren’t picking the right friends. I’ve got awesome and supportive friends, even female acquaintances that have my back and I can only hope to be as strong a friend to them as they are to me.
Case in point – I write a blog and Facebook page called The Heartbeat of Haverhill. It provides only good news about my great city – Haverhill, Massachusetts
In my role developing THOH, I came up with the idea to hand out homemade “I AM The Heartbeat of Haverhill” pins to people caught in the act of being awesome in and for the City of Haverhill. The pin would act as a reminder that THE READERS are really The Heartbeat of Haverhill and that I merely report on their thoughtful actions, kindnesses and efforts to build a better City. I estimated that maybe I’d give out one pin a month and hit the Pinterest boards for some easy inspiration. Seemed simple enough. I could certainly handle making a couple of pins a month despite my lack of official crafting skills. So, I plodded along and made two pins my own way because those Pinterest folks do stuff way beyond my ability.
Then I received a request to speak at the Breakfast Exchange Club of Greater Haverhill that is a group that helps struggling seniors in our area. Anyone who dedicates themselves to helping seniors deserves more than a pin, but a pin was what I had, just not enough. I needed a lot of pins fast and there was no way I could create them myself in time for the presentation. I did, however, have time to crowdsource on Facebook
I put a notice on my personal Facebook page that asked that if anyone thought it might be fun, would he or she please create a pin from stuff hanging around the house and send it to me. I asked that the pins be smaller than three inches and they had to say “I AM The Heartbeat of Haverhill”. My commitment was that none would be sold; each would be given to an inspiring human who represented a pure and determined heart when it comes to Haverhill. Bribes of wine and chocolate were extended, though refused.
The response was humbling, exciting, and inspiring. Gal Pals made getting the mail daily my new favorite activity. Professional artists and people who may have only discovered how artistic they are through the creation of the pins, stepped up. Some held parties and got together over wine to make a few pins, others were shipped from people who’ve never spent any time in Haverhill, some came from New Hampshire and Maine, one of my sisters provided a unique felt interpretation that looked so good on her jacket when she came by that I assumed it was part of her accessories and had nothing to do with THOH. Friends and neighbors in the City sent little packages to me. It was so impressive to see a few people who were intimidated by the talent of others persevere and have their pins picked out immediately upon displaying the selection to the group. A few caught the pin bug and produced far more than one. Others used such unique combinations of materials and designs that I want to examine more closely how their brains work so I could learn to free up my rule loving mind.
And so today I packed up a wide array of pins that were each so special to me that I had to fight hard against the urge to keep them. While cataloging the pins, I finally understood that I could never have created such vastly different and genius ideas. These little awards were made exponentially better because they are so unique.
But the deserving people awaited. After my talk, I recognized that each member of the Breakfast Exchange Club earned a pin for themselves but that it would also be fine to give the pin away if they encountered someone in their travels with his or her heart in the right place. It was awesome hearing the discussion about which pins to choose and how hard it was to make that decision. There was definitely a lid for every pot, as they say, in fact, somebody even picked my cow pin!
So how do I thank these crazy talented and supportive women? Maybe I can get them some business. So if any readers want friends as awesome as mine, follow the links to their Facebook or LinkedIn pages and give them a follow or like, and tell them you read about them through The Heartbeat of Haverhill .
BIG TIME THANKS TO THESE WOMEN WHO HAVE LOTS OF HEART!!!!
Patricia Bruno of Positive Images Gallery
Karen Colby of Colby Properties Real Estate
Kim Corton of Corton Design
Ann (Trainor) Domingue of Ann Trainor Domingue Art
Cindy Lee Hutchinson of Perfectly Imperfect Stones
Debbie Visco laid to rest too soon after this gathering
Jennifer Winn Freelance Writer
If you’d like to support the Breakfast Exchange Club of Greater Haverhill, they will be having a Trivia Fundraiser on MAY 4 at 5:30 PM at the AMVETS 576 Primrose St Breakfast Exchange Club Trivia. Put your thinking caps on and come down and win some excellent prizes.