Love Care Donate

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"Become a possibilitarian.  No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they're always there." ~ Norman Vincent Peale

May 22nd, 2011

A tornado tears through the city of Joplin, Missouri – one of the deadliest tornadoes on record. Over 100 people lose their lives, many more are injured, and physical destruction is evident everywhere.

Can you imagine how difficult that must be? And with so much devastation, how do you even begin to recover?


The people of Joplin have begun this process of healing and rebuilding – with renewed strength in what is possible. These citizens and all the volunteers helping out are true examples of the power of the human spirit in action.

There is still much to do – the destruction that happened in mere minutes will take months and possibly years to fully restore.

Today, you have the opportunity to help support this healing and rebuilding that is happening in Joplin.

Together with friend and colleague Tess Marshall, we have teamed up to create an e-book. 

Love Care Donate

This is no ordinary e-book.  This is the collective effort of over 60 writers from throughout the world.  Writers uniting together and bringing hope to Joplin. 

Every one of these writers has contributed a favorite article to this e-book, creating a wonderful collection of stories.  Stories of inspiration, humor, growth, and love. 

Today, Tess and I are asking for your help. 

Please visit the Love Care Donate, a donation page we have created to raise funds to support the Heart of Missouri United Way in their mission to bring caring funds to the good people of Joplin.  In addition, you'll find information on how to receive this Love Care Donate e-book, our gift to you. 

There is much hope in a future filled with possibility.  Together, we all can make a difference!

With deep gratitude,
Lance and Tess


To all our contributors, thank you!

Jen Louden ~ Jennifer Louden
Neil Pasricha ~ 1000 Awesome Things
Raam Dev ~ Raam Dev
Stuart Mills ~ Unlock The Door
Farnoosh Brock ~ Prolific Living
Patricia Hamiltion ~ Patricia’s Wisdom
Cathy Taughinbaugh ~ Treatment Talk
Holly Latty-Mann ~ The Leadership Trust®
Courtney Carver ~ Be More With Less
Evan Hadkins ~ Living Authentically
Justin Mazza ~ Mazzastick
J.D. Meier ~ Sources of Insight
Katie Tallo ~ Momentum Gathering
Peggy Nolan ~ Serendipity Smiles
Esther van der Wal ~ Identitales
Angela Artemis ~ Powered by Intuition
Marci Payne ~ Liberating Choices
Jeanie Witcraft ~ Embracing Change
Manal Ghosain ~ One With Now
Karen C.L. Anderson ~ Before & After: A Real Life Story
Sue Chambers ~ Sage Wit
Melody Fletcher ~ Deliberate Receiving
Brenda Hoffman ~ Life Tapestry Creations
Jo Billheimer ~ Jo’s Creative Corner
Alex Blackwell ~ The Bridgemaker
Suzie Cheel ~ Suzie Cheel
Joe Wilner ~ Shake off the Grind
Christian Hollingsworth ~ Smart Boy Designs
Michael Bungay Stanier ~ Box of Crayons
Gail Brenner ~ A Flourishing Life
Robin Easton ~ Naked In Eden
Gina Johnson ~ goodthingz
Tess Marshall ~ The Bold Life
David Stevens ~ Personalpower4me
Leah McClellan ~ Peaceful Planet
Sibyl Chavis ~ The Possibility of Today
Vitaly Tennant ~ My Time Matters Blog
Brenda Strausz ~ Live Your Magnificence
Marlee Ward ~ Metamorphoself
Barbara Swanson Sherman ~ Barbara Swanson Sherman
Dave Rowley ~ Creative Chai
Adrienne Jurado ~ Experience Life Fully
Stacy Reck ~ Dessert First
Melissa Fernandez ~ SpiritGoddess
Srinivas Rao ~ The Skool of Life
Charlie Gilkey ~ Productive Flourishing
Cheryl Craigie ~ The Manageable Life
Lance Ekum ~ Jungle of Life
Danielle LaPorte ~ Whitehot Truth
Katherine Nuyens ~ Empowering Change in You
Patti Foy ~ Lightspirited Being
Deborah Kinney ~ ReVive
Harriet Cabelly ~ Rebuild Your Life Coach
Steven Aitchison ~ Change Your Thoughts
Gilbert Ross ~ Soul Hiker
Jana Miller ~ Homeschool Jungle
Nature Walker ~ Forever Young & Happy
Jannie Funster ~ Jannie Funster
Michelle Manning-Kogler ~ Quantum Soul Clearing

Design by Sue Alexander ~ Inspired Type

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Peggy Nolan July 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Lance and Tess – thank you so much for spearheading this awesome effort! I am honored to be a small part of it!

Blessings and my deepest appreciation for you!



Lance July 5, 2011 at 9:32 am

Thanks Peggy!! Your support is ALWAYS so meaningful!



Darren Sproat July 4, 2011 at 5:28 pm

This looks like a wonderful collection of articles from some fantastic bloggers (some of which I know and some I will be getting to know). I can’t wait to read the book and will be back to make a donation. Thank you, Lance and Tess, for spear-heading this… it demonstrates the level of inspiration and hope that grows from this community.


Lance July 5, 2011 at 9:34 am

You have continually given so much support to this community here, and I’ grateful – always – for your presence.

Have a wonderful week!!


Justin July 4, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Hi Lance and Tess,
I am so excited that the new eBook-Love Care Donate is ready for purchase. I am looking forward to reading it myself and what an awesome idea to get so many writers to contribute an article to a great cause.

I am honored and humbled that you placed one of my posts in the new eBook. Here’s to great success in providing support to healing and rebuilding for Joplin.

Thank You. 🙂


Lance July 5, 2011 at 9:35 am

It’s been great getting to know you, and having you contribute to the creation of the book makes it all that much more special!!

Thank YOU for being a part of the community here, and for giving of yourself to make this world a better place!



Gilbert Ross July 5, 2011 at 12:03 am

Excellent work! Keep it up 🙂


Lance July 5, 2011 at 9:36 am

Thanks for the support of this Gilbert!! Great having you as part of the book!



sam @ kerala tour packages July 5, 2011 at 5:58 am

Great post, definitely i’ll purchase this book because i think in this book i’ll get all the important things like almost much experience blogger’s article as well as some ideas to how we can touch with human need.


Lance July 5, 2011 at 9:37 am

Thanks so much for being a part of this space, and for your enthusiasm behind this very meaningful project!

Have a great week!


Galen Pearl July 5, 2011 at 10:15 am

Great idea! My “people” come from this part of the country. Some of my cousins who now live in Kansas City have gone done to volunteer a few times. I was encouraged by their reports of how well organized the volunteers are. Americorps volunteers are there to direct folks who show up to needed sites and tasks. However, their first hand reports of the devastation are so overwhelming. Irving the Vizier recently wrote about small successes. I think that is the way you have to approach such a huge task–cleaning up, fixing, rebuilding one thing at a time. Thanks to you and Tess for your efforts to help.


Lance July 5, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Mmmm…how close to home this is for you and your family. And what a gift – your cousins, helping out.

Small successes – yes, especially helpful here I’m sure, as people still see the devastation that happened so quickly. So, those little successes – a yard cleaned up, a family with new clothes, a smile as a child plays with a toy – all wonderful things that happen daily. So, so worth it…

Thanks so much for sharing all of this – and adding an even deeper sense of “real” to this…



Meg July 5, 2011 at 11:00 am

What a great list of contributors!! I suppose I should by this book. What a great cause!


Lance July 5, 2011 at 10:27 pm

This really was such a great list of people who shared some of their best material – wonderful!!!! (just as YOU are!!)

Thanks so much for being here!


Vitaly Tennant July 5, 2011 at 11:28 am

Awesome stuff indeed! Look forward to spreading the good message and thank you guys for taking the time by putting all of this into motion.


Lance July 5, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Thank you for contributing to the creation of this e-book. It’s people like you, allowing your words to be included, which made this project what it is.

Many thanks!!


Naomi Estment July 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Beautiful job, Lance, Tess & co…looking forward to reading your inspirational e-book!


Lance July 5, 2011 at 10:30 pm

You have been such a wonderful supporter and friend here – thank YOU!! Know that it’s always an honor to have you in this space, and today especially – here, and with your gift to help those in Joplin. Your heart is beautiful…


Esther van der Wal July 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I’m honored to be included among the 60 writers in this ebook and happy to be part of an effort that leaves a positive mark. Even though I don’t know Joplin or anyone living there, through the internet we are all connected and it’s great to be able to contribute from across the ocean. Even if this may feel small, every little helps.

Thanks for putting this together and best of luck with the fundraising!


Lance July 5, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Thank you for sharing your beautiful words in this e-book, and for supporting the people of Joplin! Your gifts help tremendously – and it’s an honor to have you here.

May the people of Joplin continue to rebuild and find strength in the outpouring of support they receive…


Darren Sproat July 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I read a quote today and immediately thought of the effort you are putting forward here for Joplin…

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.”
— Ben Okri

I had to share it.


Lance July 5, 2011 at 10:36 pm

What a wonderful quote – thank YOU so much for sharing it here! And it speaks directly to the people of Joplin, and to all those (including those here) who are making a difference in this community…


David Stevens July 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Hi Lance &Tess,
Thank you for allowing me to be involved. We have had our share of weather disasters here in Aus in past few months. It is great to help in some small way.
be good to yourselves


Lance July 5, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Thank YOU for your support of this project – it’s great having your words included in the e-book. And that does help, in more ways than we’ll probably ever fully realize…

Reply July 6, 2011 at 4:24 am

Excellent post! These are great list of people sharing their best material! I will definitely purchase this book because I love, I care and I donate for a great cause! 🙂


Lance July 7, 2011 at 9:47 am

Thanks Kathy!


Sue Alexander | Inspired Type July 6, 2011 at 8:10 am

Lance ~ You are such an inspiration… thank you for helping us come together to help others. You bring out the best in people and are a joy to work with, and I am so truly grateful to have been a part of this. :~D

May love and happiness fill your heart with joy,


Lance July 7, 2011 at 9:49 am

Thank you…very deeply, for all you have done and been in this creation of love. It’s been an honor and a privilege to not only work with you on this, but to also get to know you better.

What a gift you are!

Much love and joy to you!


J.D. Meier July 7, 2011 at 10:54 am

Beautiful job bringing people together and making it happen.


Lance July 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Thanks JD!!!


sheila July 7, 2011 at 6:11 pm

This is just wonderful! I’ve seen this now on 5 websites today! Best Wishes and much success with this!
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Lance July 8, 2011 at 6:35 am

It warms my heart, that you’ve shared this. The power of community, coming together…it’s a wonderful thing!

Thanks so much for visiting, and know that you are always welcome here.


Cathy | Treatment Talk July 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm

What a wonderful project! I’m sure the people of Joplin will appreciate your efforts. I appreciate being a part of your endeavor!
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Lance July 10, 2011 at 5:00 am

Thank you so much for being part of this – in ALL the ways you have been!! You are such a gift in this world…


Jess July 11, 2011 at 12:39 am

I agree together we can make a difference! Thank you for putting those wonderful people in one ebook for a cause! Great job Lance! 🙂
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Saim peter July 11, 2011 at 4:38 am

This is really impressive i want to know more about Joplin


Maia Duerr / The Liberated Life Project July 15, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Lance — this is a belated “thank you” for putting so much work into this project, along with Tess. May many people benefit from it!



Lance July 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Thanks so, so much for YOUR support of this – you’re awesome!!!


jim July 15, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Impressive collaboration.Good luck I certainly hope you are blessed and I will pick this up over the weekend.good job. 🙂
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Lisa July 16, 2011 at 2:14 am

God will richly bless those who donate or contributors.

nice post.
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Adrienne July 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm

What a beautiful thing to do to help those in Joplin Lance. I also recognize a few of those writers so I have no doubt it’s a wonderful compilation of inspirational stories. I know it’s greatly appreciated.

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Lance July 19, 2011 at 8:58 am

Thanks so much for being here, and for helping to spread the word on this – both here and on Twitter!


Andrew Walker July 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Hi there. It’s a very nice share you’ve posted here. Hope it will really work!
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