SRC for Purpose: Funds Raised April + May 2017

Whoah how time flies! From selling at markets to planning a move to dealing with car problems and my own health, this spring has flown by and humbled me beyond words. I am finally finally getting around to my accountability updates, combining that of April and May! To recap, earlier this year, I started a series of “for purpose” works in attempt to create art that does good in addition to looking good. In March, I released my “wash your spirit clean” design in limited edition screen prints and tshirts, benefitting 350.org. I also released for preorder my “nevertheless, she persisted” design in screen printed posters, digital prints, and tshirts, benefitting the ACLU. You can learn more about the original designs and the nonprofits from my original post, here.

"compassion" bee design screen printed on wood plaque

I am also so excited to share with you my newest design, “compassion”. This design is in response to the decline in our honey bee population and concern for what that could mean for nature as well as our own food production. I have created screen printed posters (not in my online shop yet) and wood wall art of this design. 15% of the sales of all of these products are being donated to Pollinator Partnership, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection of all pollinators and their ecosystems. A huge amount of what they do revolves around educating kids and the public on ways to protect and support pollinators such as by planting native plants that provide food and habitats for the different pollinators.

This design reads, “Compassion is our deepest nature. It arises from our interconnection with all things.” The source of this quote is not entirely agreed upon, but is believed by many to be a Buddhist proverb. I thought this quote fitting of the pollinator cause because this is one most people don’t really feel impacted by in their day to day lives. Many people are scared of bees. But they are so important for us. We need to have compassion towards this cause because while we may not feel the effects immediately of fewer pollinators, our ecosystem is so interconnected with theirs. Pulled from the Pollinator Partnership website, here are just a few reasons they matter to the human world:

  • Worldwide, roughly 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods on which we depend.
  • Foods and beverages produced with the help of pollinators include: apples, blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, potatoes, pumpkins, vanilla, almonds, and tequila.
  • In the United States, pollination by honey bees, native bees, and other insects produces $40 billion worth of products annually.

 


Funds Raised April + May 2017

350.org

Number of sales: 4

Profit made: $121.00

Amount donated: $18.15

ACLU

Number of sales: 8

Profit made: $313.00

Amount donated: $46.95

Pollinator Partnership

Number of sales: 3

Profit made: $90.00

Amount donated: $13.50

Funds Raised To Date

350.org

Amount donated: $43.35

ACLU

Amount donated: $46.95

Pollinator Partnership

Amount donated: $13.50

 

 

With love,

-B

Martin Luther King Jr. Quote on injustice from Letter from a Birmingham Jail | Quotes that Matter Monday

Quotes that Matter Monday | Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.”- Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail

 

It scares me how relevant this quote is today. “Anyone who lives in the United States can never be considered an outsider within its bounds.” Anyone. Sick. Poor. Of any religion or no religion. Of any race, gender, or sexual orientation. We cannot keep alienating our people. Because they are OUR people. Our criminals are ours as are our smartest scientists and our richest business persons. The law doesn’t change based on of these differentiations. Because “we the people” should mean all of us.

 

I read Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail for the first time in it’s entirety today. I’m not proud that it’s taken this long, but I have a series of other quotes just as powerful as this one that I can’t help but share as well. These are but a few and all from the letter, but they are the ones I find most hard-hitting and sadly still very relevant today in more ways than one. I encourage you to read the full letter here.

 

“My friends, I must say to you that we have not made a single gain in civil rights without determined legal and nonviolent pressure. Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.” – Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail

 

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” – Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail

 

“Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say ‘wait.'” – Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail

 

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” – Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail

 

“So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice of the extension of justice?” – Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail

 

I want to say more, to yell and scream and fight for others to see the injustices going on in America still today, but shouting before understanding can be a harmful thing. Today I just learn and reflect. But I will always stand up for what is right. I encourage you today to do more than just share a picture or an overused quote. There’s so much deeper. Look for it. Read. I am leaving only this here so that I may keep learning the rest of today. And every day.

 

Keep fighting.
-B

"The world's big and I want to get a good look at it before it gets dark." -John Muir quote

Quotes that Matter Monday | The World is Big

Sometimes fear takes over. It is paralyzing. It is big. The world and life can be overwhelming at times, and that’s before any extra hardships are added in. This week’s quote that matters is by environmentalist and author, John Muir. You know that quote, “The mountains are calling and I must go”? Yeah, that was a John Muir quote.

 

“The world’s big and I want to get a good look at it before it gets dark.” -John Muir

As part of my new year’s resolution, I’m trying not to let the world get the best of me. I want to just do. Not debate. Not consider. Not imagine. I will have already missed the moment if I stop to do these things. And this year is about living.

 

So whether you’re a creative, a dreamer, an adventurer, an activist, or all of the above, never loose track of what excites you. Keep exploring. Keep wandering. You will never know everything about the subject you are passionate about, so always keep looking. It will keep you strong and open-minded and humble. Take criticism, but don’t be crippled by it. Your haters are your biggest cheerleaders. Dream big, but don’t lose sight of the ground. The ground is where you will grow and make progress.

 

Stay curious.

-B

"Quotes that Matter Monday | Imitate Nature" | by South Ranch Creative | www.southranchcreative.beccagrogan.com

Quotes that Matter Monday | Imitate Nature

One thing I’ve learned by growing up in the millennial generation is that we are obsessed with quotes. Quotes about life. Quotes that inspire us. Quotes that make us laugh. Quotes that somehow describe our life so perfectly at that moment that it’s a miracle that someone else said it. And I love it. If quotes can make us feel more connected as human beings, make us laugh, or help us feel better when we are down, then I am 100% a fan.

 

This is why I’m starting a post series called Quotes that Matter Monday (hashtag it, y’all) where I illustrate one of my favorite meaningful quotes and share it with the rest of the world in the hopes that they might draw meaning out of it too. This weeks quote is by one of my biggest role models: adventurer, writer, and child at heart, Jedidiah Jenkins.

 

“Whenever you can, imitate nature. You just might remember that indeed you are also an animal in her kingdom. We spend so much time avoiding this”  -Jedidiah Jenkins

So why does imitating nature matter? You can take it as literally or figuratively as you want, but nature has been around for a whole heck of a lot longer time than mankind has, so there’s definitely something that it can teach us. For me, being more in-tune with nature helps me better appreciate the things I have, which in turn helps me stay more humble, focused, and generous. So what does being in-tune with nature do for you? #quotesthatmattermonday

 

 

 

Check out Jed’s Insta and his blog about his amazing bike trip, Oregon to Patagonia. They’ll blow your mind. Oh, and he’s writing a book on this trip and his life, so be on the lookout soon!

 

Live intentionally,
-B