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Steve Jobs and Movember: Time to Get your Mustache on

Something magical has happened in my house since the night Steve Jobs died – and I’m not talking about the top 40 pop music that’s flowing up the stairs from my husband’s office into mine as I write this, but what he’s doing while listening to it.

He’s drawing.

The Evolution of an Artist

My husband, John, has always been a creative-type. By day and trade he’s a graphic designer, but he always had ambitions of being an artist. But no one ever told him that he could. So he pursued the next best thing, design. And he’s good at it.

For as long as I’ve known him, John has been a designer and an illustrator. But it wasn’t until he sat down, moved by the news of losing our generation’s Gutenberg, Edison, Picasso, Carnegie, that he drew this tribute to Steve Jobs and something inside of him opened up.

Over the past two months, John has been drawing almost every night and this month, he’s decided to sell a limited number of Steve Jobs’ Tribute Prints to benefit Movember. While pancreatic cancer took one of the most inspiring innovators of our time, John wanted to do something and help raise money to make sure that other men are not taken before their time like Steve Jobs was.

Why you should care about Movember

John Kimball Holding Steve Jobs Tribute Artwork

Movember is the month formerly known as November and is dedicated to growing moustaches and raising awareness and funds for men’s health issues; specifically cancers affecting men. To show my support for the men in my life, I have signed up as a Mo Sista. 

Why do I care about men’s health?


  • 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
  • A man is diagnosed with prostate cancer every 2.2 minutes
  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime
  • 24% of men are less likely to go the doctor compared to women

Those statistics suck.

John’s three-weeks into growing his ‘stache, but tragically, even though I’m a Mo Sista, I can’t grow a mustache. It’s physically impossible. So instead, I’m asking you to support our Movember campaign in two ways:

Support our Movember campaign through a donation – If you would like to and can, please make a tax-deductible donation of $5, $10, or $25 to our Movember campaign.

Or if you’re a charitable geek at heart –

Steve Jobs spotted in the wildPurchase a limited edition of John’s Steve Jobs Tribute print – You can purchase the print through his etsy store or by contacting me directly. All proceeds of the prints go directly to the Movember campaign and will be mailed out at the end of the month. You can purchase a 12” x 12” print on Luster paper or a 16” by 16” on Canvas. All prints are individually signed and numbered.

In case you’re wondering, the print looks amazing in person.

Time to get your Mo on

We only have one more week to grow and support these Movember moustaches, so please come along for the ride. And John will not be selling this print once Movember ends.

Funds raised during Movember will help make a tangible difference to the lives of others. Through the Movember Foundation and their men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, Movember is funding world-class awareness, research, educational and support programs, which would otherwise not be possible. 

For more details on how the funds raised from previous campaigns have been used and the impact Movember is having, please click on the links below:

Thank you for donating at our campaign and for helping me change the face of men’s health. Go the Mo!

Why I am a Mo SistaSteve Jobs Tribute Art auctioned at Seattle Geek Roast

I’m a wife and a daughter who has a dad, grandpas, brothers-in-law, uncles, cousins, one adorable nephew, and numerous amazing male friends. I care and love each and every one of them and want to do what I can help change the face of men’s health.

Are you with me? 

If so, you know what to do – donate, buy, or help me spread the word about this campaign.

Thank you.

Change the Statistics: Join the Girl Effect

When I first saw this video, it shook my world. As someone who works in the nonprofit sector focusing on global development, these statistics were not new. But as a millennial that is moved by infographics and visual story, this message went straight to my core.

Did you know that for a girl living in poverty…

  • 96 million girls in developing countries are illiterate.
  • By 2016 almost 165 million girls will be married before the age of 18.
  • Half of sexual assaults worldwide are against girls younger than 15.
  • Less than two cents of every international aid dollar is directed at the solution of adolescent girls.

I needed to do something.

So I did. The Girl Effect inspired me to design Jolkona’s Give to Girls campaign last March.

Invest in the women of tomorrow by giving to girls today

We launched Give to Girls, a campaign to educate, empower, and provide health care for women and girls around the world. Or as we branded it – to invest in the women of tomorrow by giving to girls today.

We launched Give to Girls on March 8th, which was the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, and our community responded. In one day, we raised $6,000 in micro-donations (aka increments of $5, $40, and $100, etc.), which was the single highest day of fundraising Jolkona has seen to date! And we closed the campaign by raising $10,000 through the end of the month. I’m still proud of how the Jolkona community responded and the impact we made in a mere three weeks.

50 million girls live in poverty; that’s 50 million solutions

I’m not asking you to save a girl by donating (though, supporting grassroots organizations who are doing work on-the-ground is the best way to be a part of a massive change). Heck, I’m not even asking you to be a feminist.

But I am asking you to do something.

Think about going to school, learning to read, and to write. Think about graduating. Think about choosing the college of your dreams and the major of your choice. Think about graduating and landing that first big job – or starting your very first company. Now think about the intangibles, think about who made you who you are. Think about the qualities of your personality, your strengths and your weaknesses, and what doors you were able to push open because of the opportunities like access to a great education, provided for you.

Now imagine where you would be if you didn’t have those things. If you didn’t have this thing called a “choice.”

Would you be who you are today and where you are today if you were one of the girls in the Girl Effect video?

The clock is ticking

I’m not asking you to save the world. But if there’s one thing you do today, will you share this video with one person – be it a friend or a stranger or someone who helped change the statistics for you.

Share this movement with someone you care about and introduce them to the Girl Effect.

Because if you don’t help change the statistics for one of these girls, who will?

This post is part of the Girl Effect Blogging Campaign, organized by the amazing Tara Sophia Mohr. You can read all of the 520+ Girl Effect Blog posts, by visiting this page.

Statistics via the Girl Effect