Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Prayers for Japan...

We all need to pray for the people in Japan as they face this horrific natural catastrophe. In spite of America's challenges and needs, we need to show our love by taking action as a community, faith in action is always better than faith that is read and spoken about only. See the link below for how you can help in the relief efforts. This world needs our prayers!

 Click here to read the article below on CNN

Tsunami aid and relief: How you can help

 By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN A tsunami smashes vehicles and houses in Kesennuma city in Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan on Friday.

A tsunami smashes vehicles and houses in Kesennuma city in Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan on Friday.

(CNN) -- The world is mobilizing to help victims of Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami on Japan.  The U.S. State Department is urging U.S. citizens to contact friends and family as soon as possible. They can also e-mail the State Department at JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov. Those seeking information on security in or travel to Japan can call 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444

Google also is helping victims touch base with friends and loved ones. Its People Finder, which was tracking almost 153,000 records as of Monday morning,

allows users to look for victims or post information about people. It works in five languages. As nations offer monetary aid, condolences and rescue teams, many people around the world are seeking ways to ease the burden on the Japanese government and people.  The humanitarian group World Vision is sending personnel to affected areas and providing food, water, medical supplies and shelter for victims.

It also plans to establish one or more "child-friendly spaces" for kids "affected by disasters to resume normal childhood activities and experience structure and security that are often lost following emergency situations."  Follow World Vision's blog for updates, and visit its website or text "4JAPAN" to 20222 to send a $10 donation to the group. It will show up on your next mobile phone bill.  The American Red Cross sent a disaster expert from Washington to Japan on Monday, and the Japanese Red Cross has dispatched dozens of response teams. To aid the Red Cross efforts, you can text "REDCROSS" to 90999 and make a $10 donation to the organization.  You can also keep up with Red Cross updates by following its Twitter feed and Facebook updates.

The Salvation Army, which has had a presence in Japan since 1895, sent a team to Sendai to assess damage, and the charity hopes to provide food, water and other necessities. In Tokyo, the Salvation Army opened its main building to house and feed commuters who were unable to reach their homes.  The aid organization is issuing updates via its blog, its Twitter feed and Facebook page. It also is accepting donations via text message. Those interested in contributing $10 to the group can text "JAPAN" or "QUAKE" to 80888. AmeriCares, which is also accepting donations, said it is mobilizing resources and sending an emergency response manager to the region.  Save the Children is sending an emergency team to assist its staff in Japan. Donations to the group's Children's Emergency Fund will help preserve the welfare of young ones, who "are always the most vulnerable in a disaster," Eiichi Sadamatsu in central Tokyo said in a statement. Text "JAPAN" to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children for Japan relief.

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is also raising funds for child victims. A UNICEF team assessed the worst-hit areas of Japan on Tuesday to see where funds are most needed.  UNICEF said that if donations exceed anticipated needs, it will redirect excess funds to other areas where children have the greatest need. To help, call 1-800-FOR-KIDS, visit the group's website or text "JAPAN" to 864233 to donate $10.

Other organizations taking advantage of texting donation options include Mercy Corps (text "MERCY" to 25383 to donate) and Convoy of Hope (text "TSUNAMI" to 50555 to make a $10 donation).  Globalgiving.org, another aid organization that allows donors to select the causes they want to support -- including climate change, economic development, human rights and disaster relief -- has established a Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.  Globalgiving will disburse funds to organizations providing aid and relief to victims. Text "JAPAN" to 50555 to donate to the fund.

Among those organizations are Save the Children and the International Medical Corps. The Corps, which focuses on "health care training and relief and development programs," is coordinating with local authorities and partners to determine the most pressing needs. It also is providing technical expertise and assisting with logistics.  To contribute to the Corps' efforts, visit its website or text "MED" to 80888 to send the group a $10 donation.

And don't forget the "other" victims of the temblor and tsunami. The American Humane Association, which has been rescuing animals in disasters since 1916, has set up a relief fund for rescuing animals. Donations help provide shelter and care.  You can keep up with American Humane Association developments on Twitter and FacebookShelterBox was on the ground in Japan less than 24 hours after the earthquake struck. The ShelterBox Response Team is working with authorities to assess the situation and provide emergency shelter to homeless disaster victims.  "In light of how many people are now displaced from their homes, our primary concern is making sure that our aid is available to those who need it most," Tom Henderson, ShelterBox founder and CEO, said in a statement.  Visit the group's website to make a donation.

Doctors Without Borders has a team of people on the ground to assist in the massive government-led relief effort.  "On Sunday, we conducted mobile clinics and assessments in two evacuation centers. It appears that medical needs are increasing in evacuation centers," Mikiko Dotsu, the coordinator of the Doctors Without Borders team, said in a statement.  As they continue to make assessments, teams will focus on vulnerable populations, including elderly people and young children, as well as people suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.  ShelterBox and Doctors Without Borders are accepting nonspecific donations at this time.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is working with the Japanese Jewish community to get emergency relief -- food, water and shelter -- to victims in the hardest-hit areas through a local Japanese nongovernmental organization.  Like many organizations, the JDC is accepting only monetary donations at this point. Visit the JDC's website to donate to its Japan/Pacific Emergency Relief Fund.  For more information, please read CNNMoney's story explaining how donors should watch the crisis unfold before sending contributions. The article also provides tips on what to give, where to give and how to avoid scams.

CNN's Natalie Angley contributed to this report.


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Posted on 03/15/2011 6:03 PM by Mila Grigg
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
March 2011 Newsletter - Do you have any skeletons in your closet?

We have all heard this infamous saying, "Everyone has at least some skeletons in their closet."  As an image, wardrobe and fashion consultant, I can tell you that this statement is OH SO TRUE.  When you think about "skeletons in the closet," most people think about secrets It doesn't matter whether these secrets are lies, mistakes or past sins they are hidden away behind closed doors where we do not want anyone to know they exist.  Reality is that we all have SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET.  I find that those skeletons can take shape and form in the articles of clothing we have or the jewels and accessories we hold on to. They are not always about bad relationships, but can be more about the pains of life and the wrong images we take on about our bodies and this worldly beauty!

For instance, I have been in closets working with clients to create a new image and to bring their personal fashion up to date and I will hear, "I can't get rid of that, it is my favorite dress from when I was younger," or "I love those pants," when in reality they no longer really fit and should simply be passed along to the trash pile.  Why do we hold on to some of our clothes?  Many of them can be OUR SKELETONS in the closet.  We keep jewelry or clothing from an old flame when we are no longer dating them or we are actually married to someone else.  They become our secret reminders of a past emotional relationship.  Such skeletons can only lead to improper comparisons or a less than fully committed heart to the one we are with.  We see the clothes and we tend to only remember the good parts of the past.

What about clothes that no longer fit, yet we hold on to them promising ourselves that SOME DAY we will wear them again.  Actually, these clothes are only a reminder that we do not look the way WE THINK we should look.  They do not motivate us to change our diets or begin exercise programs, but rather, like a skeleton, they hang there and say HERE I AM, ONE DAY YOU WILL BE ABLE TO USE ME AGAIN WHEN YOU LOOK BETTER.  Visual reminders that say you're not good enough, or let's keep these while we forget that we need to actually act in order to create change. This is very rarely a good' thing.  How can we change when we allow the skeletons of our past fashions to lull us to sleep?

Then there is the skeleton I call the "I AM A VICTIM" skeleton.  These are from broken relationships or gifts from someone who hurt you in life.  Why do we keep old reminders around us if they only remind us of past relationships and emotional trauma?  My advice is to get rid of them.  Do not keep the clothes that were a gift from an ex or a scarf that was given on a special day with Mr. or Mrs. Right who turned out to be MR or MRS wrong.

Yes, we definitely have skeletons in our closets.  What is the answer?  It's quite simple; we should open the doors and throw them out.  Get rid of the clothes from the past, eliminate yesterdays fashions and sizes that only visibly criticize you today…Donate the jewels or gifts from broken relationships and eliminate the skeletons from your closet.  Fashion is what you use to paint a picture of yourself to the world every day.  We all know that great pictures create positive and encouraging thoughts…your fashion and image are not different.  We know that our look will create a response, good or bad, just like art creates a response.  My goal is to help you to create the response that you want.  Don't leave it up to everyone else to decide what they see direct them to a positive picture!  I help clients create the best visual image for their personal style, professional brand and inner beauty by painting pictures they love to look at themselves. 

What Skeletons do you have hanging in your closet? Are there some that we need to throw or give away?  Are there some that are still holding you back and call your name every time you walk in the closet?  If you are like many clients I have worked with, the answer to those questions is a YES.  Decide today that you are going to get rid of the skeletons in your closet and find someone that is a professional at burying them!!!!  There are some skeletons in our closets that are beyond our control, but when it comes to fashion and image, YOU CONTROL WHAT HANGS IN YOUR CLOSET!  Decide to make your closet an area of celebration, renewal and rest!

If you have a few skeletons in your closet you would like to eliminate, please call me…together we will bring them out into the open and destroy them.  I enjoy bringing light into the dark closets of my clients, family and friends!!!

It is the perfect time to book a spring wardrobe update - Make 2011 the year that you paint the picture you would like to say!  Please call or e-mail to set up a complimentary consultation.

Happy Shopping!

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Posted on 03/09/2011 12:00 AM by Mila Grigg, CEO
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Beautiful, Bold and in the Bible

I am certain that many of you are just like me in the sense that you want to look your best and be all that God has made you to be.  There are times when it just seems so unnatural to get dressed up and look sexy and beautiful. I know from firsthand experience that many of us have formed this FALSE position on showing and sharing our beauty and boldness because our mothers said we should not dress the part.  For many women who I have personally spoken with that live with me in the fabulous Bible belt, it can almost be seen as an affront to our faith to dress in a manner that grabs our man's eyes.  Now, I agree there are fashion don'ts' that are just wrong, but a tasteful sexiness is what we want!  Our beauty is much deeper than on the surface, yet we should not just look like a dry piece of toast either.  With this in mind, I have put together some interesting women from the Old Testament, right out of the Bible, whom God described as beautiful and seductive, and very strong and bold.  So read along, enjoy the stories and descriptions and embrace that God has made you as a beautiful work of art, inside and out.  You will note that I have offered you the Bible verses that correspond with the WOMEN OF BEAUTY and BRILLIANCE, so feel free to explore the scriptures on your own to see what the Lord has to say directly to you through the Holy Spirit!

We note right off the bat that God created Eve and she is not only created, but created beautifully, perfect and finds no shame in her nakedness.  I like to say that God saved the best of creation for His crowning achievement.  In reality, God made woman as a helper, a partner, a person who completes the man. How fantastic! Without women, the world would not be complete!  Read along in Genesis 2:22-25.

Then we come to Sarah, the wife of Abraham, the patriarch of Christian belief and father of faith.  She is described as beautiful, even so beautiful that other men would want to kill Abraham in order to have her.  Scripture says she was so good looking that the moment the Egyptians would SEE her they would recognize her beauty.  WOW, don't we all want to be seen in that way and take away the breath of the men we love?  You can find this description in Genesis chapter 12 starting at verse 11.  What is even better news is that she is described this way and she is 65 years old.  The first woman is created beautiful and then we have Sarah who is described as breath taking at age 65.  See where are never too old to look great!!  They say fashion is for the young, I say that is nonsense, fashion is for the young at heart, no matter how old you are!

As we read in the Old Testament we come to Ruth who gets all dolled up and puts on her best perfume in order to attract Boaz.  There is nothing wrong with adding our favorite scent for our night out on the town or a little splash for the day. (Ruth 3:3)  Of course we all know the story of Bathsheba and David, and how her beauty caught his eye. (2 Samuel 11:3).  As we read, sometimes our beauty can open doors, sometimes it can create favor, and sometimes, as in the case with Bathsheba, it can create problems.  What I can share from Bathsheba is that beauty without character is a recipe for disaster.  It is great to be beautiful and to embrace the feminine beauty God has bestowed upon us, but if we do not Honor God who created us, we will soon be a tool for problems.  Character is everything!!!

One of my favorites is Esther, here we have a young virgin who is gorgeous by description and who also has amazing character.  Her beauty did not come without some help, as we can read that she got 6 months of beauty treatments which consisted of hot bath oils, perfumes, myrrh and amazing cosmetics.  Who would have thought, thousands of years ago even they all got a little help from the cosmetic department. Esther's beauty won over her king and in the end the favor of God fell upon her - it was her beauty and her BOLDNESS and bravery that saved her entire race. WOW!  She dressed up in the best outfits and looked her best and then she approached the king.  I really like Esther as she was not afraid of her beauty, and she did not GIVE IT AWAY. She did understand that she had it as a gift from God and she did all she could to look her best.  She was Bold, Beautiful and Brave. (Esther 2)

Shulamite was a woman's woman.  She used great shoes, perfumes, beautiful sexy garments and a touch of mystery to create a burning desire within Solomon that only added to their relationship and love. We have the same choices today!  The Word of God makes me smile as I can get the right grasp of perfection; the reality is that no one is perfect and we can all improve on our lives.  Starting with Eve and the beginning of all creation all the way through Shulamite we find some area of all life that can be improved.

All that said, I am excited to be a woman.  Thankful that God has given me a mind and a body.  Thankful that my beauty is described as my character, my spiritual walk with my God and my outer appearance.  We all have flaws, just as God's original creation all the way through Shulamite in the Old Testament.  Yet if we all take the time to look our best, we can address a few imperfections with some confidence and fashion. Image is more than clothing, it is our Character, our Brilliance and our Fashion all coming together to embrace what we are called to be, a WOMAN created by God.

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Posted on 03/09/2011 3:52 PM by Mila, President MODA Image Consulting
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