I’ve been looking for an excuse to get back into the blogging game, and after many, many months, I’ve finally found one.
My best friend Stephanie has this amazing blog called Loving Central PA, on which she mostly writes about her experiences living in York, Pennsylvania. Yesterday I saw a new post from her pop up on my Google Reader and, while I usually really like her posts, after reading this one, I felt totally inspired! In order to get herself back on track after a rough year, she committed to 25 Days of Giving – either donating money, time, or resources to various organizations or persons. What an amazing idea!
Overall 2011 has been a great year for me, but lately I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired – I’m still unemployed, wedding planning is over – these days, I spend WAY too much of my time on Facebook and perusing the interwebs. While I’ve been keeping really busy with activities like reading the classics, cooking, and trying new things in general, I sometimes feel like I’m not contributing as much to society as I’d like. It’s good to get out and feel like you’re contributing to the world around you. And there’s nothing like giving to others to help inject some inspiration and good feeling into your own life.
So today I called Steph to tell her how completely inspired I was by her idea and that I wanted in! We spent about two hours on the phone sharing ideas to come up with 25 ways to give. I’m really excited about it and think that it’s the perfect way this holiday season to keep perspective on what’s important.
If you’re inspired too, feel free to join in if you want to, or help me (or Steph) support some of the causes we’re excited about. We’ll both be blogging about it every day until Christmas, so stop by here or over at Loving Central PA.
So without further ado:
Day 1 – December 1st
Even though it’s already the 2nd, I’m luckily not already behind because I already spend an hour every Thursday volunteering with an amazing organization called Reading Partners. I spend the lunch hour working with a student at a local elementary student helping her with her reading skills. She’s actually a great reader, and does really funny voices when she reads aloud, but she’s just a bit behind on her comprehension skills. Since there’s nothing I love more than a great book, it makes me so happy to encourage her and help her establish great reading habits and skills. Yesterday was a huge breakthrough day, because of after trying to convince her all semester that “chapter” books really are awesome, and not scary, she finally agreed to give one a try. Sweet!
If you’re based in San Francisco and want to become a Reading Partner, let me know and I’ll hook you up with the program coordinator. They also take donations of books – reading levels k-5 – to give to the students to keep. I can get you info on that as well.
Day 2 – December 2nd
Long-time friends of my brother and sister-in-law, Andy and Michelle Arnold recently went through a terrible experience: the loss of their baby daughter. Myah Rene Arnold was born on October 11, 2011, when doctors discovered that she had developed a rare malformation in her brain, and she sadly passed away on October 12. My sister-in-law helped plan a fundraising event in her honor to support the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and St. Joseph’s Medical Center, where they raised an astonishing $5800. Amazing. Since I didn’t get my sh&t together to send a check prior to the event, today I’ll be mailing our donation in little Myah’s name to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center to help them continue the amazing work they do treating children, so that hopefully one day other parents don’t have to experience what Andy and Michelle are going through.
So there you have it! Feel free to leave comments with ideas or suggestions of other great causes to support. Since I’m unemployed, I’m short on cash but long on time, so ideas that don’t cost money are particularly welcome! Also please share the ways that you’re giving this year too – I’d love to hear them. Happy December!