Thoughts from the road, the 30 Postcards Project
When I first heard about Kevin Richberg and the 30 Postcards Project, I was excited to learn that I can join him in one of his exotic trips (ANYONE can join, I highly recommend if you can, come join 30 Postcards Project) at first I hesitated a bit but then I said to myself ‘what the heck, you live only once’ and decided to join him during his trip to Israel Today, I write this quick update from Israel, on holiday with Kevin Richberg and too his photo (above) for this post. He isn’t camera shy!
Once I made up my mind about joining him and the country we were going to visit together, the most challenging part was trying to contain the excitement for 3 long months before I could actually meet Kevin in Jerusalem – and this experience is certainly worth the wait.
When you’re impatient for something to happen, days seem to multiply instead of passing. But eventually the day arrives when you pack your stuff and take your flight to destination. I am one of those stranger (or common) individuals who get sad as soon as the journey begins because I realize it will be over soon. Pessimist eh! Oh Well!
I am here, living the experience to it’s fullest and enjoying every moment and half way during this journey I have already made up my mind that I will join Kevin again in another journey, another country for another postcard, if opportunity presents itself.
I can’t wait to share in details our day to day adventures but you’ll have to wait till I get back home and start collating all the stuff – I am too excited to contain myself and write details without going nuts in joy!
This certainly is one wonderful journey I’ll remember for the lifetime!
Max was born in South Switzerland, in the Italian Speaking region, Max is proud of his Swiss and Italian origins and the exotic diplomacy he can throw around with a big smile. He loves exploring people’s lives, interviewing them and writing about their experiences. He is also a self confessed Social Media addict and a Journalist with a cause, who is a bit out of control at times & it’s fun!
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Andrew Christian is doing an international model search for the best new talent to advertise their clothing line. Derek, a blond haired, blue eyed, mid-western boy from the state of Michigan, but we’ll let you watch his video and drool …err… decide yourself why you should vote for him.
How can you do this?
1. Go to Andrew Christian’s page on Facebook and “like” and “comment” on his photo! or simply click ANY of the photos throughout this page which will take you directly to Derek’s photo that you need to click and COMMENT on to make the vote eligible.
2. Go to the Introduction Video by Derek , like it and post a comment, you will need to login into your Google or Gmail or YouTube account for this, takes less than 5 seconds really. [ update : Video removed as is irrelevant now ]
3. Please also visit Andrew Christian’s Tumblr blog and like + reblog if you have tumblr, with your comment.
4. Finally, share this post ahead by clicking one of the sharing tools with this post or copy pasting this link http://theurbanmen.com/2012/09/derek/ - – with your friends.
We appreciate your support and love, and Derek will certainly love you too!
Nicole Uveges- Bartolozzi – Hi Eddie! I am doing great, enjoying our warm weather, How about you?
Eddie – Gotta love the heat, here in Canada don’t know what that means! But I am very well; thank you. We are very excited about your contest. Tell us a bit more, what is this all about?
Nicole Uveges- Bartolozzi - Chase and Living Social have come together to offer 12 Small Business Grants! Each grant will be $250,000 which is amazing for any small business! To be eligible you must answer their essay questions about –
- Why your business is unique?
- What your intentions for using the grant will be?
- How you serve the community?
- How you will handle setbacks?
- Describing your team and what makes everyone work so well together?
Once that is submitted the race is on to get 250 votes via Facebook in support of your mission. On June 30th, all applicants who have reached 250 votes will have their essays reviewed and 12 grants will be awarded!
Eddie - This is a wonderful concept and certainly a smart way to help small businesses be recognized and grow. Tell us a bit about why does the ‘Moments by Cole Photography’ deserve this grant?
Nicole Uveges- Bartolozzi - Because we really, really want it! Just Kidding! We do want it but for reasons that probably wouldn’t come to mind first for most. We have been in business for a little over 4 years now and unlike many startup businesses; we didn’t have the benefit of starting capital.
I worked with a studio and saved every penny to buy my first camera and have pieced together our equipment as we have moved forward. We’ve always been safe and reserved in our spending and we realize that is a lot of the reason why we are still smaller than we hope to become.
This grant would allow us to purchase and upgrade our equipment to offer more options to our clients, as well as giving our business the opportunity of a permanent home. We have been very blessed over the last four years and personally the last 7 I have encountered more love and blessings than I sometimes feel I deserve.
I am a big fan of paying it forward and we have always gone out of our way to try and help organizations that are in need. As much as we love helping these organizations and individuals our donated work has at times hindered us from financial milestones that we need to be hitting. This grant would allow us to hit these milestones to obtain the equipment needed while still allowing us to help those who need it.
Eddie – Certainly, to help others you need to be able to first take care of yourselves as individuals and business. Can you please share a bit more about how ‘Moments by Cole Photography’ helped the community?
Nicole Uveges- Bartolozzi - Since 2008 we have played an active role in various fundraisers either by sponsorships or donated services to benefit The Emergency Assistance Center, The March of Dimes, St. Barnabas Schools, Goodwill Inc, & The Nordonia YMCA, to name a few. We have also stepped in for events such as a cut-a-thon that benefitted a local firefighter who had been diagnosed with cancer, or the Ladies night out which benefitted a local business owner who had just lost her husband unexpectedly.
We’ve also gone out of our way to help various professionals, meeting with several for coffee to chat about their business and to help them brainstorm or offer the benefit of our experience. In 2010 we also started a FREE bi-monthly networking event to help professionals make the much needed connections for their businesses.
But probably our biggest contribution is our annual Mommy-2-Bee Brunch. This event is centered on expectant mothers and their bundles of joy. Letting women know about the opportunities, resources, and options that they have available to them. We have speakers come and discuss nutrition, exercise, sanity savers, and more. All attendees get goodie bags full of coupons and much desired information. It truly has been an amazing event now 2 years running!
Eddie - That is certainly the signs of a business that not only supports the community but also understands the real needs and effectively delivers a genuine service that brings the businesses, the community and a better society in one place. Well Done!
And I have to ask – once you win the grant, fingers, legs – all crossed, how do you plan to utilize it?
Nicole Uveges- Bartolozzi - We all have everything crossed on this end as well, even my kids have crossed their fingers! This grant would be used in so many ways; $250,000 goes a LOOOONG when you use it wisely! To keep it brief out top goals are
- Tto get some standardized training for our staff, they are all very talented and come from various backgrounds, it would be nice to see them all benefit from growing together (myself included).
- To upgrade/ expand some of our equipment. Our team has grown a lot over the past 2 years specifically and currently based on schedules we share a lot of the resources which sometimes causes conflicts and delays which is not OK by any of our standards. It would be nice for us to have a realistic amount of resources to keep our work efficient and timely.
- Currently we are a residential studio and this grant would allow up the opportunity to explore a permanent home in a retail space. We would be able to research the options of renting versus owning a space and could then choose the wisest investment which many businesses don’t ever get as an option.
- A large portion of this money would be put away, for down the road’s unforeseeable events. I agree that a failure to plan is a plan to fail and we want to ensure that we are prepared for whatever may come our way.
Eddie – Smart thinking; and to make it happen, how can people help?
Nicole Uveges- Bartolozzi- Well, I just checked and we are just shy of 100 of the needed 250 votes so GO OUT AND VOTE! Voting only takes 30 seconds, and to share a post on your wall takes maybe 2 minutes at the most.
Here’s how to vote:
Click on the link https://www.missionsmallbusiness.com/
Click the “log in and support” icon on the lower right side Sign in through Facebook Type in “Moments by Cole Photography” in “Northfield, Ohio” and click the VOTE icon
I have been blown away by the outpouring of support and am grateful from the bottom of my heart!
Eddie - Our best wishes are with you and we’ll spread the word best we can, keep up the good work and thank you so much for interview on this short notice!
All the best from 3S1, Inc team.
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