I am a mom of 2 kids and wife to an amazing red head. I love Jesus with all my heart and strive to make my life a reflection of Him. I'm a photographer, a busy body who can't sit still, and a girl who's traveled to 21 different countries but wants to see so much more. I co-founded Ten Thousand Homes whose goal is provide HOPE and HOME to Africa's orphans and vulnerable children. I'm also the writer behind my personal blog, I Believe In Love where I share my travel adventures, my photography, and creativity.

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Doodle 4 Google

As someone who values creativity, I’ve always loved Google’s “20 percent time” philosophy.  If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s simply this…20 percent of your time must be spent on something other than your job description, something you are really passionate about.  It’s an allotment that allows you to develop something new or suggest ideas to make something better.  Not surprisingly, this has resulted in a more productive work environment.  Isn’t it funny how taking a break from your day-to-day can actually help you get more accomplished?

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Google has an exciting program right now called Doodle 4 Google, a competition where kids can dream of what they want to be someday and then doodle it on a sheet of paper.  From their website…

“…a competition where we invite K-12 students to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign Google’s homepage logo for millions to see. At Google, we believe that dreaming about future possibilities leads to tomorrow’s leaders and inventors, so this year we’re inviting U.S. kids to exercise their creative imaginations around the theme, “What I’d like to do someday…”

Register your child by March 2, 2011 and submit their doodle by March 16th.  The winning doodle will receive a $15,000 college scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for their school.  The doodle will also be featured on their homepage on May 20th.

Not only is this a chance to be creative but to allow our kids to dream…

“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.”

Karen Ravn


For more information and to sign up visit Doodle 4 Google.

For more posts written by me, visit my personal blog, I Believe In Love.

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  1. Marian Buttars 02/23/2011 at 3:47 pm

    Before I was a stay at home mom, I taught 6th grade and I had the whole class participate in this contest. That year the theme was something like “The whole World in One Village.” It was so fun! Google posts full unit lesson plans for different ages (these would be a great thing for home schoolers, too!) and it was great to see how each student interpreted the theme for themselves. It was also nice to have a real world contest for them to enter, instead of just a classroom thing.

  2. Mina Frannea 02/17/2011 at 8:45 am

    What a neat project! And, I love the 20% philosophy too. 🙂