3 Ways to Get Passionate

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And before your mind goes somewhere it shouldn’t (or should maybe…depending on your relationship status) I’ll clarify, get passionate about a cause.

We have all heard the benefits of being involved in something outside of ourselves, whether it’s a charity, social enterprise or local cause. Deep down we all love to give – time, money, resources. It makes us feel a part of something, like we belong. It makes us feel good. It makes us happier.

But did you know it can also make you healthier. Altrusim is said to reduce stress which in-turn can increase our immune system. Some studies have also shown it to decrease mortality rates! (See this article by the Berkley Wellness Centre) Not a bad couple of bonus’ really!

So what are some ways you can start enjoying the benefits of giving a bit…or a lot if you can!

1. Choose a cause that speaks to you. Maybe its in an area you or someone you know has had experience in – such as a certain illness or disadvantage. If it is something that is close to your heart, you generally wont need any extra motivation to want to get in and help.

2. Research & Sign-up. Look into that area, get educated on what challenges that particular cause might be facing – raising awareness, financial pressure or political barriers. The more you know about the cause, the easier it will be for you to identify how to help. It will also help you in talking to others and getting them to care about your cause too! Sign up to an e-newsletter so you can stay up to date with whats happening, events that are coming up or resources they need.

3. Do. Giving isn’t always about money. While sometimes that might be a real need of a cause, a lot of the time awareness is just as crucial. Getting people to understand the battle organisations are facing, whether its against disease, political repression, environmental protection, humanitarian issues, distribution of knowledge is key to combating problems. This is the part when you jump in and start to get passionate.
Do by:

– Hosting fundraisers
– Donating regularly
– Speaking! The most easiest thing you can do. Be an Ambassador and spread the word about your cause.

Change your perspective on your life by getting passionate about a cause. You will definitely feel happier and you may even be healthier too!

Tunns
xoxo

Have some ideas on other ways to get involved? Share them in the comments below – I would love to hear them! I would also love to hear about the organisations you care about, I may be able to feature them on the blog.

Braving a new life

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Since mid last year I have had the privilege of working for an amazing not for profit organisation. It is one that has a true heart to see young people embark on a new way of life. Irrespective of where they’ve come from or what they have done, this organisation is dedicated to seeing them make good choices and get a fresh start in life.

Since Loving the World is about stepping outside of our own lives and looking into what is happening around our country and the globe, I thought it would be remiss of me not to take the opportunity to share with you all the hard, gritty work this organisation does and the transformations that take place because of their unwavering commitment.

The organisation I am talking about it Teen Challenge QLD. A group of people who are beyond passionate about seeing the drug epidemic over in Australia and the lives of an entire generation saved.

Their rehabilitation centres in Toowoomba take kids from as young as 16 that have some form of addiction (and what is truly saddening is we get enquires for kids younger than that). Whether it’s alcohol and drugs, self harming, eating disorders, gaming or a range of other addictive behaviour – there is always a common thread.  Most go to Teen Challenge with depression, anxiety or other forms of mental illness that have usually been triggered by circumstances outside of their control.

This is what truly breaks my heart about some of the stories I have heard since being at Teen Challenge. Stories of abuse, neglect, broken homes and broken families. A lot of people will shudder when they think of drug addicts. Often the perception is that those with drug addictions have simple made some poor choices, and while in a sense this is true – so often circumstance or environment can hinder them from learning the difference between a good choice and a bad one.

Teen Challenge is an organisation that takes loving to a whole new level. I am blown away daily by the passion and commitment I see, not just from those who work directly with the students but from the support staff, those who deal with the families, volunteers and the amazing Executive Director – Jo Hobbs. Apart from being an amazing woman of God, she is a strong faithful leader. Committed to the cause – Teen Challenge isn’t just a job for her, it’s a calling. The same can be said for all that work there. A mandate each one willing picks up everyday, knowing that their dedication, perseverance and faithfulness will see change in the lives of those that come to Teen Challenge.

The first thing students get told when they come through the doors is that they are loved. They have a purpose. Sadly, this is the first time some have heard this. The staff that work directly with them are amazing. Loving them regardless of what they have done in the past but all the while giving them strict boundaries. One of the most important thing kids need to feel secure.

Its real and gritty, and its amazing to see kids after they have been through the program, come out on a much stronger path. Making better choices for their lives, feeling like they could achieve anything.  Family relationships restored, a career path in the pipeline. When you think about what the alternative would have been, the outcome is just mind blowing. They have purpose for their life and great dreams of what they want to achieve – there are no words to describe the impact being made.

For me, its a constant inspiration. Some students have gone on to do some great things. Past students now work at Teen Challenge themselves, using their experiences to help others. If they can rise form their circumstances, learn from their past and brave a new life for themselves, couldn’t we all?

Welcome to Tunns of Love

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I am beyond excited to finally be sharing with you the new vision for my blog! It looks different, it sounds a little different, it smells different but you know – I think you are going to love it!

So why is it different I hear you say? Tunns of Style was pretty awesome (oh that’s so kind of you to say!). Well over the past 3 or so years I have pretty much blogged about everything – from designer gowns and domestic ideas to art and philosophies about life! While (I hope) these have all been useful, Tunns of Style never really had a goal. There was no vision, no plan, no real theme – just a jumble of ideas and some pretty pictures.

But now there is a vision and, I think, it’s pretty amazing! Given it was Valentines Day yesterday- I thought it was only fitting to announce today, the new vision for the blog – Tunns of Love.

Tunns of Love is about inspiring you, challenging you and loving you! Each section and article is designed to help you love your life in the fullest, love those in your world (even the difficult ones) and love that great big world out there.

Now consisting of the brand new categories – Love Life, Love People, Love the World, Tunns of Love is the place you come to be inspired, to feel good about yourself and to get a new perspective on your life and the world. You can read more about the categories on our about page.

So please stick around – sign up, bookmark, follow and get ready to be inspired, be challenged and be loved! And most importantly – let me know what you think? Its all for you so I want to know if you love it or if you have an idea for the blog- I would love your feedback.