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Create relentlessly, love fiercely and do quiet, kind things for the underdog: an update on the 222 Foundation

“We never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint.”—Leo Buscaglia 222 foundation love

One of my greatest blessings is my inbox. Every day, I receive fist-bumping miracle stories, love notes and signs from the universe.

“Oh, Pam,” it often chides me. “You promised to do this… You agreed to write that.”

Today’s sign was an email from a reader wanting to know if it was too late to apply for the 222 Award. Which reminded me I vowed to post an update soon. So here goes:

I’ve chosen the first recipient of the 222 Foundation. Because of the short timing and the shock of all that’s transpired, I decided to dispense with the application process for this first award.

It will be given out February 22, 2019 and announced at Taz’s Celebration of Life which would have been on 2/22 except I’ve been scheduled to fly to California to give a workshop on 2/23.

I chose a group of beautiful women who live in Agra, India near the Taj Mahal where I left some of Taz’s ashes last month when traveling with the first Social Impact Journey of Tribes for Good.

Let’s just say the women I chose exude immense inner beauty, generosity and know from first hand experience that the world will never change if we spend all our time and money on clothes and makeup and society’s messages that there’s something wrong with our bodies, our looks and our strong voices.

Eventually, the 222 Foundation will be an incubator for original ideas with the potential to overturn the dominant paradigm.

The yearly grant will be given to innovators, artists, inventors and entrepreneurs who have a vision for creating a meaningful and generous world.

It will be awarded to go-getters and problem solvers who know that squeezing themselves into a big machine is a limited ambition and will never be as interesting and satisfying as creating their own thing.

As I wrote in Art & Soul, Reloaded, nearly everything we once counted on, invested in and believed in is, for all practical purposes, grinding to a halt.

The old life plan (go to college, get a job) worked for a long time. It created jobs and wealth and lifted people out of poverty. But turns out, the American Dream, a term coined by Fannie Mae to convince two-income, post-World War II families to take out mortgages, has a Dr. Jekyll lurking in the back closet.

The only way to keep the old system chugging along is rampant consumerism. And we all know that makes NO ONE HAPPY!

But giving of our gifts does.

Any donkey can tear down a barn. But how many of us are willing to build a new barn, create a new world, envision a beautiful world that works for all of us?

Speaking of beautiful worlds, here’s a shoutout to Torie Tiffany (that’s her artist name) who created the logo for the 222 Foundation, the one pictured on this blog. Isn’t it gorgeous??!!!

Finally, here’s the mission statement:

The 222 Foundation was started to honor Tasman McKay Grout who spent her 25 short years on the planet inspiring everyone who knew her to live and love better. Everything she did was some variation of this theme: create relentlessly, love fiercely and do quiet, kind things for the underdog.

Each year on February 22, a $10,222 grant will be given to an innovative project or person with a big idea to change consciousness and therefore change the world. We look for projects that support the following ideas:

1. A change in perspective is our greatest need. We believe all people (no exceptions) long to be generous and create beautiful things.

2. Today’s hopelessness is based on false premises. We look to defy the old story of scarcity, lack and the need to fight for resources. We look to prove that the universe, once liberated from no-longer-working paradigms of scarcity, is generative and endlessly abundant.

3. The us against them model is kaput. We believe all humans are interconnected and that even tiny actions have great significance.

A call for applications for the 2/20/2020 award will be posted the summer of 2019.

And, for those who have asked, there will eventually be a link to donate. For now, anyone who is interested can send a check to the 222 Foundation, c/o DCCA, 900 Massachusetts, Suite 406, Lawrence, KS 66044.

I also need to alert you that there is another 222 Foundation (again, I found out from a message that popped into my inbox), but it has a very different mission and is not Taz’s Foundation.

Thank you all SO, SO MUCH for your kind thoughts and messages over the past few months. Please know they have kept me going.

Like all relationships, my journey with Taz evolved over the years. First, I loved her as a baby. Then as a toddler, a teenager and finally a independent, free-thinking adult. And now, I’m continuing to love her as the unfathomable, unlimited spirit she always was and will always be. taz7 (2)

Here’s to a brilliant, inspiring 2019!

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, >Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

30 Responses

  1. Pam, I love you.
    Thank-you for your wisdom.
    Dr. Wayne Dyer is honoured to have you take the torch.

  2. I am so inspired by how you are living your life, Pam, and how Taz did and does.
    With so much appreciation and love for you both,


  3. Hi, Pam, Are you doing any other workshops in the U.S. this year (2019) aside from the one in CA in February? I would love to come to one of your workshops!

    Your books have changed my life, btw.

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!:) You are an inspiration like no other:)


  4. Hi Pam, I’ve been reading your emails and books for years. I felt so saddened when I read about your daughter’s passing. I just could not believe it and I felt deeply for what you were going through and the pain you were experiencing. You are an inspiration in the way you are living each day and sharing so much about her. I think of you often and I am sending you so much peace.

    All the best, Nicole

  5. Thank you so much for the amazing grace with which you continue to conduct yourself. I am absolutely inspired by everything you do and look forward to the day when your vision is the new paradigm for us all. Sending you so much love.

  6. I am so, so sorry to hear about your losses. Your work is a joy to read and even though you don’t know me, please promise me that you will take extra good care of yourself in this coming year. The way a person does this is to be a “good animal”. A good animal eats, gets the sleep it needs to stay healthy, exercises every day, plays and connects with other ”animals”. It may seem silly, but it saved my life when I was at my lowest point and still is posted where I can see it today—11 years later. Much love to you, friend.

  7. So very wonderful. I do have a story, a short, little story. It isn’t ended yet. We will see.
    About a week ago, I decided that I am very tired of having diabetes (I was tired long before, but…). So, I decided that my will power is enough to start the change; my mind is enough. I decided my sugar was normal. I ate like a pig that day. When I took my sugar that night – it was 121 – pretty dang normal! I have not been able to repeat the results, but that single one has me pretty upped that your mind really CAN DO miracles – Just need to focus and work on it. So, I am working hard at not worrying about my sugar anymore – did it tonight…and viola – 120. So, I fibbed, tonight I replicated it.
    Who knows – I am stoked.
    God, Law of Attraction, and Quantum Physics

  8. You are a super star, Pam
    The project is a Super Nova!
    Message is powerful, to the core
    Stay strong , beautiful living light🤗❤️darling human being. Thank you .

  9. Pam, Again, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how difficult it is.. Also, been refreshing parts of E2. It has brought events in my life that are remarkable. Kind of like the world I live in is actually my own mind. Thanks for much . You are truly an enlightened person. Sincerely, Dave

  10. 222 ~ Keep the Faith ~ has much significance in my family. It is the month and day of my daughter’s birthday – Feb 22nd. Your posts are rich and meaningful. With love and light; a joyful 2019!

  11. Thank you, Pam! I love reading your words. So happy you have found the perfect recipients of the first 222 Foundation award. I love the picture of Taz on her tricycle.

  12. Thank you for the latest “report” Pam! The logo is absolutely beautiful. I love your vision, your grace, love and light…….. Your words always manage to touch…and therefore inspire me to choose a better thought. What a gift you are! Continue to be kind and gentle with yourself, and look for the bubbles!!

  13. Pam, Feel as if I’ve connected with you over years! Never thought I’d email back to you and seriously don’t know what to say! Just feel connection! I’ve read your books! Can’t believe what you’ve had to go through….and would love to connect in some way with you. I present a radio show in Scotland, UK ….just feel I should be contributing….and I’m not!! Sending love, Liz xx

    Sent from my iPhone


  14. Your courage and love have no boarders. They teach and reach through time, space and worlds. You inspire me everyday! I think of you and your beautiful girl everyday! I talk to people about your beautiful books.
    Without ever meeting you, you are my dear friend.
    Kate in Carmel Ca.

  15. I’m still having a hard time reading your blogs, the tears well up so quickly and I can’t see to read. I have them filed and flagged, I will get to them. So much love from me and the chickens. Here’s to an amazing 2019!

  16. You inspire me in the most profound levels , thank you. I regularly make snow angels where I live in Halifax and send them to you in my heart ❤️

    Suzanne Balcom 1-902-300-2248


    1. I love the pic of Taz wheeling around on her tricycle.
      I have been thinking of you during this first holiday season without Taz in the physical form (since she was born that is).
      It is a New Year with new possibilities. Take good care of yourself. Much love.

  17. Hi Pam!

    Your emails are always uplifting.

    as much as creating joy in my life, I have learned to embrace my fears, pain and shadow all the while opening up to something infintely bigger and infinitely loving, and your books (I read 2) are always a reminder of the latter being in support of the former.

    I hadn’t read one in a while.

    May I ask how you lost your daughter (who’s not lost but always present with you)? I was surprised to read about it.

    Much love, and yes I too love the beautiful visionary idea of the 222 foundation.

    It’s brilliant and so needed.


  18. 222 just now, Pam! Thinking of you and Taz! Rocking through the Thank and Grow Rich Party Games!! Thank you for your brand of humour and wisdom and thank you for spreading you love everywhere! Many blessings to you! Out of the blue is totally a thing!! 😘

  19. I was just thinking of what charity or foundation to choose to give regular to

    Then I happened to see this…

    Would love more details on how to help.
    Thank you for your books, as you know they help immensely.

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