“Stepping Into The Ring” with the ‘C’ Word!

I always find it interesting that when we start a new month with a new ‘header‘ and ‘theme‘ that somehow our theme is identified in our topics. Jacquie created this months artwork and chose Finding Lyrical Beauty in Individuality’.

I was surfing the internet looking for interesting stuff to write about when I came across this video, it’s powerful! I lost my Grandfather and Aunty Margie to cancer. It seems that everyone is connected to someone who is either going through cancer treatment, has lost someone to cancer or has it in their own family.

Here are two examples of women who not only inspire but also have their own unique individuality. I shared a website with you a while back called Crazy Sexy Life and an uplifting documentary Crazy Sexy Cancer which was created by Kris Carr an actress/photographer. It’s all about Kris looking for a cure and finding life. Kris Carr was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer. Weeks later she began filming her story. Taking a seemingly tragic situation and turning it into a creative expression, Kris shared her inspirational story of survival with courage, strength, and lots of humour.

Nicole Johnson is a bestselling author, performer, and motivational speaker. Nicole’s ‘Fresh Brewed Life‘ message gives ‘Hope for the Daily Grind’. She addresses issues ranging from the comedic struggle of motherhood to the tragedy of dealing with breast cancer. Nicole’s sketch “Stepping Into the Ring” is for those fighting for hope over despair in the battle against cancer.

Inspiring Women Expressing Their Individuality ~

Whether it’s you fighting the battle against cancer or someone you know is, the human spirit is NEVER alone. There is always support and inspiration around us. Nothing can take your spirit unless you allow it to.

Inspiring Women Rock!

Inspirational Short Films

Bonnie Johnson's PostI’m very excited to share a recent discovery:   SpiritClips.com.

SpiritClips is an extraordinary, online collection of inspirational short films produced in a variety of formats: live action, documentary, and animation. SpiritClips films can be viewed online or sent as beautiful, personalized “FilmCards”.

SpiritClips was founded by Academy Award-winning producer Rob Fried, whose films include Hoosiers, I Married an Ax Murderer, and the touching classic Rudy. The company’s mission is to create high-quality, inspirational content that can be watched, felt, and shared worldwide.

Every SpiritClips film is created with the same craftsmanship and commitment to quality as a theatrical-release film, and can be viewed in an ad-free, subscription-based environment at SpiritClips.com. Premium members of SpiritClips.com send FilmCards to friends, family, colleagues and clients. Premium members enjoy watching these short films in a “big-screen theater” on SpiritClips.com. Members also share their comments and inspirational stories in the SpiritClips community section.

SpiritClips is based in Los Angeles, CA, and is staffed by a passionate team of filmmakers and digital media professionals.

I’ve watched a number of these short films and I can tell you they have moved me to tears, made me smile and warmed my heart every time.  I have purchased the membership so that I can send any and all of these inspiring films to friends and family as personalized film cards.  How great is that?! Check the site out for yourself and watch the three free films they offer to give you an idea of what they are all about:spiritclips_moved_300x250_blue

Founder and CEO, Rob Fried explains why he started SpiritClips in his welcome letter:

In 2002, a friend sent a touching email story about a little girl seeking to purchase a miracle to save her younger brother who was very ill. It occurred to me at the time that this beautiful story could make a terrific animated short film – one that would not only entertain, but also inspire. When the boom in Internet video followed in 2006, I recalled that idea and saw a timely opportunity to form a venture devoted to sharing the messages of such stories through film. SpiritClips is that endeavor, and “The Price of Miracles” is the SpiritClips film based upon that email.

My second impetus for creating SpiritClips emerged from the idea of directly connecting audiences with filmmakers. As a veteran of the entertainment industry, I know that Hollywood is a place with tall barriers to entry. Unless you have personal connections or a very thick skin, the walls that surround the studios can be very difficult to penetrate. Even for those few that are successful, the audience with whom they want to communicate can feel like a very remote entity. However, thanks to the Internet, the opportunity now exists for artists to connect directly with their audience without the noise of a studio or other third parties altering their original message. SpiritClips is designed to be a place where the writers, actors, and crew who created these films can respond to the questions and thoughts of viewers and online visitors, and where the audience can contribute their own stories and ideas to the creative process in return.

The third and most significant reason I founded this company is more personal. My wife and I have two wonderful children, now ages 10 and 6. Together, we spend each day striving to teach them consistent values, provide meaning to their lives, and inspire them as they grow up. We hope that the messages about character and strength of human spirit that embody SpiritClips reflect the behaviors and attitudes towards life that our kids – and kids everywhere – might choose to emulate.

It is my hope that you are moved to share these works with your friends, family, classmates, congregants, students, or whoever holds a special place in your heart, and that you come back to share your own stories and ideas with us all.

With sincere gratitude,

Rob Fried
Founder and CEO
SpiritClips.com

I hope you will check them out and be as inspired by these beautiful stories as I have been.  Let me know what you think!

Bonnie