Hi, my name is Colleen O’Hara and I’m the illustrator of My Heart Smiles. Today, as I sit in the living room, watching the rain fall and green up the yard, “Nature nuzzles me.” It’s June 4 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the lilacs have finally bloomed. Lake Superior looms in the fore ground of the picture window, covered in a silvery mist. As the gardens drink from the sky the plants are “Nourished with Love”! This is my normal!!! I am wishing you a “nifty” day!
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I guess just waiting for the right inspiration. TODAY I received a wink from the Universe! OMG!! THIS IS THE BEST DAY EVER!!!!!!!! This morning, I went out to feed the birds and while I was standing close to one of the feeders, a chickadee landed right at face level at the feeder. I wondered to myself… Could this be THE day? I put sunflower seeds in my hand, held it straight out and mentally talked to the birds letting them know it was ok to come into my energy field. It’s safe. It’s ok to land. You are welcome to take seeds from my hand…AND THEN, the beautiful little chickadee, flies out and lands on my hand, hangs onto my finger, and takes a seed and flies off to the cedar branch! I held my breath in Joy! YES, AND…It flew back, landed on my finger again and takes another another seed! This time it stayed, ate it, and then took another seed before flying off to a branch. Another chickadee is in the cedar tree watching all this. The next thing I know, the second chickadee flies in, holds onto my finger, walks up my finger, and eats a couple seeds too! Do you know how good it feels to feel the touch of a wild little bird’s foot holding onto your finger? Have you ever experienced the bliss of nature’s precious little bird walking up your hand? I will remember this day forever! My heart is blessed! Nature nuzzled me and I am nourished with love! Needless to say…my heart is full of humongous smiles on this Nifty day!
Our vision at My Heart Smiles LLC, is “to inspire children of all ages to believe in their dreams and to provide the support to see them through.”
A percentage of the profit of My Heart Smiles LLC is donated annually to organizations and programs that embody the spirit of “My Heart Smiles.”
Our hearts are smiling! We are thrilled to announce that this spring My Heart Smiles is one of the sponsors of the Grant Henriksen Memorial Fund booth in the Children’s Activity Area at The UP Builder’s Show at the Superior Dome in Marquette on March 4-6th, 2016.
Here’s some of the things happening in the 2016 Children’s Area:
Giant legos! Face painting! Crafts! A Bouncy House! Arts…Coloring! Pages to color are from My Heart Smiles Humongous Coloring Book! Yes,AND… there will be an expanded sitting area for parents…Ahhhhh!
All donations raised will go directly to the Grant Henriksen Memorial Fund:
The Grant Henriksen Memorial Fund (GHMF)is a nonprofit fund devised to help families of the Upper Peninsula whose child is battling cancer, requiring treatments and/or surgeries outside of the U.P.
Families have many different types of expenses, including the possible loss of income during their child’s battle against cancer. This fund was originated because of the Henriksen’s personal experiences in fighting their own battle against childhood cancer.
For over two years the Henriksen family traveled back and forth from the UP to Ann Arbor and Madison for weekly chemotherapy treatments and multiple surgeries. They found that being able to take their child to dinner or a movie or a simple family outing, such as an arcade, became extremely important during this time. Most times it was necessary to take lodging to and from hospital stays. All of these expenses are not technically considered medical expenses, but the Henriksen’s did consider them to be necessary.
Without help from others in the community, their family struggles would have been even greater during the most difficult time imaginable.
All of the money raised for the Grant Henriksen Memorial Fund money is donated without stipulations on how the funds are used and is entirely confidential. All they ask is that the family you are requesting the funds for will use the money for what is best for the child and his/her family.
The GHMF sells NO Oscar T-Shirts and Golf Shirts year round. However, the primary source of money raised comes in during The Annual GHMF Golf Scramble. For more information about the fund, how you can help someone you may know or to participate in this year’s scramble contact The Grant Henriksen Memorial Fund at (906) 250-0051 or (906) 271-0400, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some photos from last year’s event
Link: http://mqtbx.org/ Look under the “Children’s Area” tab.
My Heart Smiles, illustrator, Colleen Mary O’Hara, is in her Joy! Celebrating her Birthday Fest Week! Spontaneously Sparkling and Super Spunky!
You Go Girl!
Happy New Year from My Heart Smiles!
My intention is to fill my 2016 with Unlimited Uplifting Choices! Appreciation and edification! Adoration and love! Fun and friskiness! Giving and receiving! Giggles and grins! Joy and playfulness! Abundance and love!
2014 -2015 were filled with remarkable unexpected joyful connections and seemingly magical manifestations…all inspired by the launching of my new ABC book, My Heart Smiles! One of my daring goals was for it to be a vehicle to spread heart smiles everywhere! Well, I’m happy to report that it’s happening! Since its release in April 2014, my positive affirmation book with its boldly positive, uplifting message of self-confidence, self-worth, self-esteem for kids of all ages has been shared, literally, around the world! In 2015, its positive momentum bungeed me across the Pacific Ocean to visit over 600 students in schools in Hilo, Hawaii! Also, I’ve donated my book to several libraries, schools, and senior centers in the Midwest, the Pacific Northwest Olympic Peninsula and, most recently, Arizona! And, the unending wave of heart smiles continues! As you might imagine, my heart is smiling in ways that I never could have imagined!
My creative illustrator and My Heart Smiles, LLC business partner, Colleen O’Hara, has an inspiring mantra that she has lived by for years… “sharing is caring and that’s my way of life.” I’ve always loved her mantra because sharing feels really good. So, naturally, we’ve discussed numerous times how good it feels to share my book with both children and adults and we have explored many avenues about how to share it in a more expansive way!
One of the quotes from my book that I especially love is: “my ideas illuminate the world”. We want to do our part in “illuminating the world” by freely sharing it in PDF form!
So here it is! Just click on this link below:
We hope you enjoy it and will freely share it with your family and friends!
May your heart always discover new reasons to smile!
The excitement is building! The weather forecast looks AWESOME! The view along the Lake Superior shoreline is BREATHTAKING! The artists are CREATIVE beyond compare! The deals are DELIGHTFUL! EVERYONE ENJOYS this EVENT! Come join the FUN!
A book is a gift that keeps on giving!
Stop by my booth for your next copy of my uplifting ABC book for the kid in all of us…My Heart Smiles and the companion Humongous Coloring Book! T-shirts and placemats will be on sale for a special Outback sale price! Also available will be Colleen’s The Butterfly Woman and her original greeting cards! Saturday July 26 10-6pm Sunday 10-5pm Marquette Picnic Rocks
My Heart is Smiling plenty big!
See you there!
While I was in Hawaii, Feb-April, I visited three Hilo Elementary Schools and shared my book in 9 sessions with approximately 600 Hawaiian children (Keiki)! So today, my heart smiled plenty big when I opened my email! I received some pics from the principal of Keaukaha Elementary School in Hilo, HI, where I read my book to approximately 90 Keiki! (3 sessions…pre-school, K-1st grade)
As you can tell from this pic…Mino’aka Ku’o Pu’uwai… MY HEART SMILES… plenty big! The beautiful Keiki gifted me handmade leis at the start of each presentation! A touching moment of Aloha that I carry with me always!
HOLY MOLY! I am really excited about this week!
YES AND… FRIDAY, MAY 8th, I will speak with local senior high school students at CAREER DAY at NMU!
YES, AND…then on SATURDAY, I will be signing books at YOUNKERS HEALTHY STARTS event 1-4pm! Stop by to purchase your own autographed copy of “My Heart Smiles” and a HUMONGOUS Smiling Heart Hug!
Breathe! JUST breathe, Diana! The incredibly fun places my book is leading me now! It makes my heart smile to share my boldly-off-the-charts-uplifting version of the ABC’s with young children…especially those who are inspired to write their own stories! Being a positive influence in building self-esteem, self-confidence…self-worth! Does it get any better than this! In this moment…I don’t think so!!! Wheeeeeee!
Aloha! What’s My Heart Smiles up to now?
Last night, I attended an amazing “Journey Through the Universe” celebration reception at the Hilo Yacht Club with my cousins Bob and Barbara Arthurs. “Journey Through the Universe” is a fantastic week long educational program in which astronomers from NASA and the Mauna Kea observatories visit the local Hilo K-12 schools. As an Ambassador for this program, Bob has the fun task this week of chauffering one of the visiting California NASA astronomers to the schools. It was very inspiring to see how the Hilo business and educators in this community fully embrace this unique educational opportunity for their children! One of the special guests for the celebration was the State of Hawaii Superintendent of Schools, Kathryn S. Matayoski, a Hilo native. It was easy to see how proud she is to promote and endorse this program in her hometown. Her positive attitude, enthusiasm, and love for empowering children was palpable! Her passion inspired me to go over to meet her to tell her how much I was inspired by her presentation… and to gift her a copy of My Heart Smiles…which she loved! My Heart is Smiling pretty Hawaiian Big right now! Mahalo, Nui Loa!