What the holidays mean to me.

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays!

 

It is so easy to get caught up in the holiday hype of Christmas shopping, getting the decorations up, cooking the dinners, and all the other things we do to prepare for the holiday season. And don’t get me wrong, I enjoy all that also.

But how often to we stop and look around at what we do have this year compared to those who may not have it as good as we do?

Like most of the people in the world, I have my financial struggles. The job market is overrun with qualified people looking for work, loans are still difficult to get, and we are forced to do more with less.

But I also have much to be thankful for. A wonderful family that supports me as I face the challenges of running a small business. The fact that I HAVE a small business to own. Even the more simple things like a roof over my head and food on my table. There are people who do not even have that much.

So I urge you to take a moment this year to stop and look around at what you do have…. then look to see what you can do to help someone less fortunate than yourself. Something as simple as volunteering at a soup kitchen this holiday can mean so much to someone else.

Be thankful for what you do have and share it with someone who may not this year.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Some suggestions:

Donate to a local food bank – Find one at Feeding America

Donate a toy to Toys For Tots

Donate a Stocking to a Soldier

Send A Christmas Card to a Soldier.

And please pass this message along. Together we can make a difference this holiday season!

 

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Why volunteer?

I really liked this post. It helps explain why some people volunteer. People do it for all different reasons and this is just one view, but its a good one.

Haphazard observations

Recently I was asked to write down a few words on why I volunteer.  I have struggled with this question for a few weeks as my initial reasons to volunteer were extremely selfish.   I volunteer at two “places”.  One is a committee within my professional body for which I have just announced I am leaving after 6 years.  The other is for “Movies by Burswood”.  For those who don’t know who they are, it is an outdoor cinema where all profit is donated to charity partners.  It’s an extremely interesting concept and if you want to know more, check out their webpage http://www.moviesbyburswood.com/Page/About-Us

Funnily enough I joined both of these in 2007.  I had just finished another gruelling university degree while working full time and was looking for something to do with all that free time I had.

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Volunteering

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I’m always on here talking about my business and what works or don’t work. I never take the time to let people get to know about me as a person. So today I am going to change that.

I really enjoy volunteering. I was a volunteer Firefighter/Paramedic for 11 years until a medical condition ended that. It left a rather large empty space in my life. Then recently I discovered Free Geek.

Free Geek takes in computer donations and refurbishes the ones they can. Those are given out to local non-profit organizations that can not afford to buy computers themselves.

But, they are so much more. They also recycle the parts that can not be re-used. Why is this important? Cause so much e-waste is shipped out to other countries where they burn the parts down to get the precious metals from them. And they use children to do this. Check out this video to learn more about it. It is a huge problem.

Why do I enjoy volunteering? Cause I feel it is important to give back for the things you have in your life. No matter how bad you may feel your life is, there is always somebody who has it worse. Volunteering can help you not only realize this, but helps you to feel better that you are actually making a difference in somebody’s life. It is such a rewarding feeling.

So I encourage everyone to take some time each month and give back. You will not only improve the lives of others, but improve your own life as well.

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