Paper Cranes for Japan


Hey Guys,

This is a really quick post about the horrible earthquake that just occurred in Japan. It’s shocking to me that our world is going through such terrifying times. Just think in January last year Haiti had their earthquake. Granted Japan is a wealthy country with much more ability to look after their people but it is still a terrible tragedy for a country to suffer.

If you’re like me you can’t jet off to Japan to help the people who are suffering but there is a couple of things we can do for Japan. Firstly we can pray. We can pray that as many people as possible not only survive but receive all the help they need from the Japanese government and external organizations.

The second thing we can do is a pretty great project I found out about called ‘Paper Cranes for Japan’. It is being organized by which is a great movement for youth in the US to make a real difference.

In response to the massive earthquake and devastating resulting tsunami that hit Japan earlier today, is appealing to us—the young people across the United States—to share our love and support for the Japanese people with Paper Cranes for Japan.

The ask is simple:

  • Find and upload a photo of an origami paper crane
    Make your own and take a quick pic of it
  • THEN
    Upload that photo along with a message of support to the Facebook page Paper Cranes for Japan.

Why cranes? Cranes are sacred creatures in Japanese culture. According to ancient legend, anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish—like long life or recovery from illness—by a crane. Do Something is aiming to collect 100,000 photos of origami cranes from young people to represent 100 wishes for relief and healing to all who affected by this tragic natural disaster.

It’s as simple as Fold, upload. Fold, upload. Fold, upload.  I think this is a great idea that can really show a lot of support to the japanese youth that will inspire them to help their community in such a dark time. Please consider Paper Cranes for Japan and you can upload to Do Something’s facebook  right here – Join.

Outside of the Paper Cranes please, please pray for the Japanese people, you’d be surprised what prayers can do. I experienced the second worst hurricane season in Florida on record and that was bad enough. I can’t imagine being in such a disaster as an earthquake and tsunami. My heart and prayer goes out to the Japanese people, I hope yours do too.

Until next time,

Be Blessed, Stay Strong and Never Give Up,

Grace Hatton – Best Selling Teen Author

Hasta La Vista 2010, What’s Up 2011


It’s that time of year again. The time when we are forced to look back at the past year of our lives and wonder, where the heck did it all go? Christmas is over and while you may be getting reading for a fantastic new years eve party, if you’re anything like me, you can’t shake the feeling of regret.

The feeling of knowing you could have done so much more. I suppose, for me at least the end of the year is the only time of the year I feel a little less than optimistic. Why? Because I earnestly believe in the value of time. I believe we can get everything in this world, including money, back but time can never be given back. Therefore what I chose to do with that time is very important to me. I know each moment I am given on this earth is a gift from God and it is my responsibility to do everything I can with the moment.

So when I get to end of the year I can’t help but feel like I could have used my time better. Yet I am positive enough to know that if I focus on what I didn’t do, I will go crazy. So I am making the choice to focus on all I was able to accomplish in 2010. Here are a few of the things I have accomplished this year, completed dual enrollment course at community college, graduated high school with college credit and honours. Gotten into an amazing college with a full ride scholarship, earned my Girl Scout gold award, done numerous speaking engagements including speaking in Miami at a social media conference where the likes of Google were in attendance, launched my magazine, signed on with one of the biggest christian publishers in America and remembered to be thankful for all my blessings.

All in all, I’d say I’ve accomplished quite a bit and while I am proud of myself, I am mostly thankful to God for blessing me and for my family for always supporting me. Now I’ve told you what I am proud to have accomplished this year, why don’t you tell me what you are grateful to have accomplished in 2010.

Tomorrow it will be 2011 and I already have some amazing projects in the work for the new year. I am not going to list the things I wish to accomplish in 2011 because life has a way of screwing up plans. Instead I am going to make a committment to work even harder in the new year and continue to achieve my dreams. I hope my journey serves as inspiration for your own journey in 2011 and together we can make our lives quite beautiful. I promise as the projects I have in the work pan out I will keep you all informed but here’s a hint as to what I am working on, the re release of “The Guys The Roses and The Regrets”, numerous TV projects and the release of my second book, “Finding Your Inner Moxie”.

Alas, my friends it’s time for me to go get my party on and celebrate this brand new year that sparkles with promise and hope. I must say goodbye but before I do, I want to say one last thing. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Your support is a huge inspiration to me and one of the reasons I work so hard. I am so blessed to have your support. Everyday I get messages on YouTube and Facebook telling me how I have helped people achieve their dreams and I cannot say how wonderful that makes me feel. If I am helping even one person, then I am a success. So to know I am helping so many people is beyond amazing. I want you to know that without you, my dreams wouldn’t be possible so thank you, thank you, thank you and a million times over, thank you.

Until next year, be blessed, stay strong and never give up.

Happy New Year and God Bless,

Grace Hatton – Best Selling Teen Author



25 Days of Christmas – Finals, Freezing Fingers and Birthdays


Good Morning Blog Readers,

First of all please allow me to apologize for my weeks worth of being MIA. The reason for this is really quite simple, its finals week or more to the point in my school its more like two weeks of finals.

I have been working like a crazy person trying to keep up with everything I’ve had due these past couple of weeks and let me tell ya, it’s not an easy job. I am almost at the end of it though. In fact, tomorrow I have my two final exams, one after another.

I will be studying into the wee hours of the morning most likely and then possibly fall asleep on my desk like the snazzy photo I included. So I wanted to explain that but also wish everyone that is doing finals this week, good luck or if you did yours last week, I am sure you got straight A’s.

I am just praying for the best in my own exams and I am going to do something I rarely do right now. I am going to include a second image to go along with the post because when I was looking up images for ‘finals week’ I found this and it’s just too awesome.


Hopefully you can read that because it’s pretty amazing. I am not too crazy how about they call it dead week but then again all the text underneath is pretty much how the past two weeks of my life has been.  Full of tests, portfolios, essays, quizzes and exams.

Aside from that, the weather is Asheville has been pretty darn cold and my fingers are continually freezing even when I am wearing gloves. Does anyone have tips for keep these fingers warm?

Lastly I had my birthday on December 13th and I am now the grand old age of 19. That means only one more year to be a teen! I can’t tell you how freaky this is for me but at the same time I intending to make this year, the best year yet. Therefore I suppose I am excited and nervous about turning 19.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed this little blurb and as always let me know what you think. I am hoping to be back in the swing of things after tomorrow so look out for more Christmas themed posts,

Thank you so much for your support and I am off to study for exams,

Until next time, be blessed, stay strong and never give up,

God Bless,

Grace Hatton – Best Selling Teen Author

25 Days of Christmas – Snowflakes on My Eyelashes


Hola Amazing Readers,

It’s another day in our 25 Days of Christmas holiday blog experiment and today for the first time in a long time I experienced snowflakes on my eyelashes. Granter I was not covered in snow like the little girl in the photo I included but when I woke up in Asheville, NC this morning I was enthralled by the snow raining down outside by window.

Low and behold when I walked outside the snow was falling on me and when the snowflakes landed on my eyelashes I was in heaven. I forgot how wonderful it is to have delicate snowflakes on my eyelashes. It may be a simple thing but it makes me happy. Does it mae you happy? Let me know and if you’re in a state thats snowing right now how much snow are you getting?

I am curious. Until next time be blessed, stay strong and never give up,

God Bless,

Grace Hatton – Best Selling Teen Author


P.S – Want the perfect Christmas present for your daughter, niece, granddaughter etc then check out “The Guys The Roses and The Regrets”

25 Days of Christmas – Christmas Tonight (Your New Favourite Christmas Song)


Bonjour My Wonderful Blog Readers,

It’s day three of our 25 Days of Christmas holiday blog festival and today I want to share you my new favourite Christmas Song. A couple of weeks ago iTunes gave me a free song from a new artist, Dave Barnes and I fell in love with it. I thought no where his new song could be topped but low and behold when I was browsing YouTube I found another christmas song by David Barnes.

It’s called Christmas tonight and it’s quite wonderful. The song reminds me quite a bit of Baby it’s Cold Outside by Dean Martin which is another song I adore so for today check out this wonderful song and let me know what you think.

It’s also a really beautiful video and goes back to my theme from yesterday, simplicity. We can get wrapped up in going to big parties that sometimes we forget the best times at Christmas are when we stay here, snuggle next to a fire and just relax. That’s the perfect christmas night. Let me know what you think about the video and I hope your day is full of christmas cheer,

Until next time be blessed, stay strong and never give up,

God Bless,

Grace Hatton – Best Selling Teen Author

P.S – Want the perfect christmas present for your daughter, niece, granddaughter etc then check out “The Guys The Roses and The Regrets”

25 Days of Christmas – Food,Cheer and Song


“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

What’s up people!

Today is the second day of my 25 days of Christmas  Holiday Blog and I have to admit being in college I am currently more worried about my numerous papers due then my Holiday traditions but as a December Wild Child I can’t ignore the wonder that is Christmas time. This morning I was wondering what to write about today and then one of my good friends sent me this great quote by one of my writing idols, J.R.R Tolkien

Tolkein was perhaps one of the most influential writers of the 20th century and it turns out he was pretty smart. I thought the quote above was perfect for the holiday season. How about this year instead of fussing about who has the most gold a.k.a who gets the most expensive present, we focus on food, cheer and song a.k.a the simple things in life.  What if we valued spending time with our families, eating good food and if you enjoy singing, singing christmas carols or any other song you feel obliged to sing. Why don’t we value the simple things over our hoarded gold?

The simple answer, we’re humans. Which means we’re greedy and want the new shiny things but as humans we also have the capacity to change. So this year instead of your entire christmas season being about who got the best most expensive present why don’t we focus on good food, being cheerful and singing our hearts out. Just a thought.

Until next time be blessed, stay strong and never give up,

God Bless,

Grace Hatton – Best Selling Teen Author

P.S – Want the perfect christmas present for your daughter, niece, granddaughter etc then check out “The Guys The Roses and The Regrets”

25 Days of Christmas – The Beginning


Hello My Lovely Blog Readers,

So another year is almost over but before we can officially wave goodbye to 2010 we get to enjoy my favourite month of the year, December! Thanks to my birthday being in December, Christmas and New Years being in December its officially my favourite month of the year.

In honour of this grand month I have decided to do 25 days of Christmas. If you remember back in February I did 14 Days of Love and each day I posted a blog about something to do with love. I got great feedback on that little experiment so I decided to do again only for December and for 25 days. All the way up to possibly the best day of the year, Christmas.

I will be posting tips, traditions, reviews, randomness, videos and more. Think of this as part of your holiday entertainment. As always I love hearing your feedback in comments and it really does make it so much more fun.

So let’s embark on a holiday festival together and enjoy the 25 Days of Christmas. Look for another post tomorrow and until next time be blessed, stay strong and never give up,

God Bless,

Grace Hatton – Best Selling Teen Author