I am so honored to be  featured on the latest calendar from the “Soul Beautiful” calendar series. The calendar series springs from the desire to empower foster youth to take risks, develop their individual voice and create options for their future by providing wilderness adventures, self expression art workshops, life skills training and an ongoing network of support and connection. The calendar is the work of former Bremerton resident, Gia States, daughter of Bremerton residents Skip and Judy Duke. Gia, who now lives in California  and is Founder & Director of Development for Re:mix, became involved in developing the calendar when she and her husband began the process of adopting a foster child and quickly became educated on the staggering statistics of the United States foster care system. “The deeper into the process I went, the more passionate I became about realizing that I had the power to affect change on a much greater scale than by simply adopting one child. I have the power to help thousands. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since”,  Gia explained.

Proceeds of the calendar will support Re:mix, which sponsors a series of immersion-style summer retreats to empower foster youth to take risks and broaden their life possibilities.

Gia saw a portrait I made of Finn, the son of a friend here in Bremerton and asked me if she could use the photograph on the calendar. She felt the photograph really spoke to the idea of how children look up to their family and how important the support of family is and used the photograph for the month of November, since that is when we really focus on being thankful for family. Of course I said yes. I am deeply touched that she choose the photo. Most of the amazing photos in the calendar depict people involved in activities that promote living your most authentic self and celebrating who you are. It is really a beautiful idea.

Gia then gathered sponsors including “Powder Magazine”, since many of the photographs in the calendar depict the action sports that many of its readers are involved in. The magazine will give a complimentary subscription to “Powder Magazine” with each calendar purchase.

So if you are looking for a calendar to inspire yourself or your loved ones click here to purchase the new 2010 Adventures of the Soul calendar.

About Re:mix: Re:mix nonprofit organization was established in 2008 in response to the quiet crisis of youth in foster care. Our mission is to empower foster youth to take risks, develop their individual voice and create options for their future by providing wilderness adventures, self expression art workshops, life skills training and an ongoing network of support and connection. Contact: Gia States, Founder | Director of Development & Community Relations, 530 545 1413