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Big Shoes: A Young Widowed Mother's Memoir is not just a story of death and loss, it is about prevailing and finding true happiness, not in spite of what happens to us but because of what happens to us.

All profits from the sale of Big Shoes benefit The DON'T WAIT Project®.

The whole idea for The DON'T WAIT Project® came when Lisa Bradshaw, DWP founder, sought happiness in the midst of the hardships she'd faced in her own life after the death of her husband and while writing her second book, Big Shoes: A Young Widowed Mother's Memoir. What began as a hope and dream for helping others discover their own fulfillment has become a platform for storytelling, sharing the many ways that DON'T WAIT applies to everyday life.

Over the years, the DWP continues as a voice for awareness campaigns already in place, including
organ donation, and we have also developed a few campaigns and programs of our own, such as DON'T WAIT to UnMake a Bully™. Take a look at our use of interviews, videos and other media encouraging and supporting people in their effort to live a DON'T WAIT kind of life.​ You'll discover that sharing negative media isn't in our job description.

If you'd like to share your DON'T WAIT story, please
send us an email. We'd love to hear from you.


Mission & Programs

The DON'T WAIT Project® (DWP), founded in 2011, is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to raising community awareness about how positive life choices can impact the health and welfare of individuals, organizations and communities. The DON'T WAIT Project® encourages us to revisit the people, places things and ideas that bring joy and fulfillment to our lives, like calling an old friend, using your grandmother's cherished and rarely touched china, and saying "I love you". It also encourages us to explore the no-so-comfortable aspects of our lives that may need more nudging, like seeing your doctor, calling an old friend or revamping your resume when it's time to move on in your career. We all have a DON'T WAIT story. What's your DON'T WAIT?™ 


for peace


the earth


those in need

              ​  Say I love you.                         Call an old friend.                     See your doctor.                          Go explore.                               Become an organ donor.      


​​​​From local community leaders to Oscar® award-winning actors, Project Founder Lisa Bradshaw has interviewed people from all walks of life who have thought-provoking and life-changing stories. Beginning March 19, in partnership with Town Toyota, Bradshaw launches a seven-state tour in search of people living DON'T WAIT lives. In a Tag XL trailer, provided by Apache Camping Center, Bradshaw travels throughout WA, OR, CA, AZ, UT, CO and ID. The mission of the tour is focusing on DON’T WAIT stories and, through those stories, inspiring people to revisit the nouns in their lives: the people, places, things and ideas we sometimes give up on along the way.

To submit your story,

If you are a member of the media and would like to schedule an interview with Lisa Bradshaw along the tour,
LET US KNOW. To view the
 tour press release, CLICK HERE

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