But if I'm honest with you...kindess and compassion haven't always been part of my vocabularly. But when I set out to improve myself, it wasn't just about improving my health or my mindset. I was determined to become a better person in every aspect of my life and then get out there and change the world.
It involved a lot of unlearning and relearning, and required consistent practice at being less selfish, more open-minded, and more compassionate. Volunteer work was something that helped me on this journey.
I started by volunteering at a local community center teaching retirees how to use the internet. I developed a simple course that the center could teach and implement. When we relocated to Madison, Wisconsin, I painted fingernails at a local care facility. I was definitely in it for the stories I heard while doing a manicure.
Once we had our own place and a yard, I dove headfirst into volunteering with a local dog rescue. Over the course of two years we fostered, rehabilitated and rehomed 14 dogs. I then spent a year as a volunteer at The Crisis Nursery in Minneapolis caring for at-risk children.
P.S. Like the t-shirt? Me, too. You can get it here. It's for a great cause.
My Personal Pledge in a monthly donation that I make directly from my personal income to an organization, person, or family in need. I started this monthly action almost 2 years ago. I've been able to increase the amount each month, and will continue to do so as my business grows. I have a network of activists and clergy that connect me with those in need, but you can also send me an email if you'd like to nominate someone.
I used to write these donations down in a notebook that I kept in my desk, just as a reminder of why I wanted to build my business --- the more my business grew, the more this fund could grow, too. Donation recipients and their stories are always anonymous. Below is a log of my donations to date, with names and details removed. I'm sharing this as a form of accountability to those who support my business and efforts. You helped do this, too. Thank you for helping me make each one of these actions possible.