Hopebeat Weekly: December 22, 2023

Wishing You Hope-filled and Happy Holidays!

As we approach the end of another year, I find myself reflecting on this incredible journey. So many ups and downs, twists and turns, yet one miracle after another and a path was opened for hope. It is what makes it so clear to me that this is my work I am here to do, my purpose. And it is all possible because of you.

Thank you for your support of my programs with iFred and The Shine Hope Company. While I reflect on 2023, and I feel there is so much to do, it is  important to celebrate just how much we have accomplished. As that is what happiness is all about, enjoying the journey.

We’ve reached more communities, homes, schools, workplaces, and cities than ever. We’ve received inspiring stories of individuals creating positive change in their lives with Hope Skills, learning more about Hope, and teaching Hope to the people around them using our programs. That brings me SO MUCH JOY and gratitude.

Next year, I celebrate 20 years of mental health advocacy. I can’t even believe it. We started iFred 20 years ago, and my brand Mood-lites even longer. We did the first cause marketing nationwide for mental health, and that brought us to hope.

Next year, we have big plans to expand this work globally. I look forward to making more impact, getting more into treatment earlier, teaching the teens, getting colleges activated, bringing cities on board, all in an effort to ensure ALL know the what, why, and how of Hope.

Hope is a protective factor for anxiety and depression, and a skill every one must learn.Teaching hope is a clear mental health strategy in cities, workplaces, schools, and beyond to ensure all feel OK about getting support when they need it. Before they need it.. We are so excited about what our programs will bring next year.

We envision a world where more communities, homes, schools, workplaces, and cities are learning, teaching, and activating Hope with our Hopeful Minds curriculums, the Hopeful Mindsets courses, the Hopeful Cities movement, and the International Day of Hope.

Again, thank you for your continued support of our mission.  Thank you for helping us drive hope forward.

On behalf of my team from iFred and The Shine Hope Company, I wish you a joyful holiday season! May this season inspire you to Shine Hope further in your life and for others.

May all of your dreams for 2024 and beyond be manifest. Lots of love, compassion, and hope, always.


Keep Shining,



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