Day 1- Help Make Someone Elseâ€™s Dream Come True
I have been incredibly lucky or incredibly blessed throughout my career. My goal has always been to get to the top. Hard work, the right connections, and my undeniable charm (HA) landed me a job in a TOP 10 Market at the age of 27. A feat I never believed would happen let alone at the age of 27. Every day I am living my dream and when I saw Oprahâ€™s Favorite Things Episode today I was inspired by one of the websites she was talking about… www.Kiva.com
Itâ€™s a site that provides loans for entrepreneurs across the globe trying to start a business and live out their dreams. It couldnâ€™t be more perfect. $25 and Iâ€™m helping make someoneâ€™s dream come true. You can to! Donate now www.kiva.com
Day 2: Sometimes Giving Means Getting Too!
I really needed a pair of flats. If you live in DC you know exactly what Iâ€™m talking aboutâ€¦a lot of walking, uneven roads, UPHILLâ€¦all Iâ€™m saying is heels are not your friend in a walking city.
While at the mall I was looking for different pairs of shoes when I found Tomâ€™s Shoes. Iâ€™ve seen the commercial for Tomâ€™s Shoes (and know how trendy they are) but hadnâ€™t ever shown any interest in buying themâ€¦or flats in general. Then I realized THIS COULD BE MY GOOD DEED! 2 Birdsâ€¦One Stone.
Everytime you buy a pair of Tomâ€™s Shoes, he donates a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One For One. I like this Tom.
Day 3: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse
To most itâ€™s a no brainer, but as a busy girl, I am all about convenience. Itâ€™s not right, but itâ€™s a fact. I donâ€™t do enough to help out Mother Earth so today I start giving back to our planet by recycling the water bottles/cardboard/cans that I use. Itâ€™s not a lot but if we all did a little, look at the impact we might have on our planet.
Giving isnâ€™t as easy as it seems. Iâ€™ve been trying to do different types of good work to prove that it isnâ€™t just about donating money or time. It came to a stop today. I felt like I was on my way to a very repetitive cycle SO today itâ€™s all about finding new ways and places to help out. I googled Volunteer in DC and a ton popped up. So I emailed the contacts and hope to hear back from them soon! Iâ€™ll let you know
Day 4: Itâ€™s The Little Things
I considered donating a coat, buying someone lunch, and many other things this morning as I was thinking about the challenge that I have taken on but sometimes itâ€™s not about forcing it. I went to Ace Hardware to buy some wood stain and as I was checking out the woman at the counter said, â€œAnd would you like to donate $1 to the Childrenâ€™s Hospital?â€ With a big grin on my face I said, â€œYes I would!â€
Rememberâ€¦Every dollar helps.
Posting everyday made me feel like I was cheapening the concept of giving. I would second guess if something was “giving” enough because I was worried about posting it, then I would get frustrated with the Quest, and it felt like I was doing it for the wrong reasons. I am continuing my journey and enjoying every minute of it. Especially the joy I see in other people’s faces when I help them.
Here are some other examples of things I’ve done in the past few days (and will continue to do) if you are trying to do something like this also.
It was cold out so I bought a bowl of chili for a homeless man when I went into the grocery store, gave flowers to a random stranger walking down the street (LOVED THIS ONE), gave a dollar to the Children’s Hospital as I was checking out at Ace, donated old clothes to a women’s shelter, and gave up my seat on the metro for an older woman.