The devastation in Haiti is ongoing. So many lives have been touched by their suffering and an out pour of support has been flooding in. Last week as I watched their horror unfold I felt so helpless, wishing I could do something more than simply texting in my $10 donation. Well I’m the kind of person who truly believes in “when there’s a will, there’s a way”.
My work sponsors a SHINE committee which often holds charitable fundraising drives as well as employee appreciation events. And the president of this committee just so happens to be none other than me. So last Friday I put my thinking cap on, held an emergency meeting with the other members of this committee and put my thoughts into action.
This week the SHINE committee is selling lunches at work, along with baked goods, collecting cash donations and holding a raffle this coming Friday. It’s a very simple event that enables us to raise a lot of money in a short amount of time. For example, today alone we raised over $300. I know it doesn’t sound like much compared to the millions of dollars other organizations are raising but we are working with what we have and our very proud of our efforts. It’s the small part that we can do to help make some sort of difference amidst this horrific event. My hopes are to raise over $1000 through the course of this week. And so far we are on track.
I can’t express how amazing it feels to be involved in something good and selfless. Unfortunately, this is a pretty selfish world we live in and we forget to do our part for those less fortunate and far more deserving. And what a shame that a tragedy has to happen for us to be reminded. So my promise to those in need is to remember them more often than not. And I hope that you do the same.
I got a wild hair up my butt this morning and decided to make chocolate chip pancakes. I think Nik was more excited to see me in the kitchen than about having pancakes for breakfast. But pretty soon it turned disastrous. Let’s just say I’m no domestic goddess. There is an honest to god sign hanging above my stove that says “I kiss better than I cook”. It’s true.
Nik said that I got the skillet too hot and that’s why the first batch was a burned, crappy mess. I then began whining that I am horrible in the kitchen and that my future children will be deprived of pancakes. Nik told me that I should keep practicing then. So two skillets, a stick of butter and a 1/2 hour later I managed to make 4 decent pancakes. As unimpressive as that sounds at least we didn’t starve. : )
I’m become obsessed with the tragedy of Haiti. My eyes have been glued to the television, flipping back and forth between CNN and and MSNBC for the past 3 hours. If you haven’t already please donate. I did.
Here is my first blog so I’ll keep it short and sweet.
I’ve gotten out of the practice of writing (for shame!) During 2009 I began diving back into things that I once enjoyed; theatre, volleyball, reading, working out outdoors, etc. That is one aspect of last year that I’m going to keep up in 2010 and continue to explore old pursuits that once made me smile. So my goal is to TRY to blog at least once a day. Could be a short little saying, could be a long ass story. Could be a picture or a quote or what have you. My hope is for this blogging exercise to help open up my passion for writing and perhaps something inspirational will come out of it and I’ll burst with ideas on to paper!