This is a statement that I have shared with my kids as they have grown into young adults. “When you do good, you feel good; and when you do bad you feel bad.” It’s very true. I also use this statement as a gauge to help me know if I want to move forward or away when making decisions in my own life. Listen to your gut. This year I hosted my first charity even to raise money for a domestic violence support group. I’ll be honest it wasn’t easy but I learned a lot from the experience and at the end what I received was more than I could have imagined.
“Planning any event is challenging, but planning something from start to finish in less than 90 days is really raising the bar. This was really uncomfortable for me and I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. “
The idea came to me shortly after I was a guest speaker for the group. I was really inspired and genuinely moved by the people of the group. They are single moms setting out on new adventures and doing their best to make everyday count and be there for their children. Honestly, if it were up to me I probably would have put the event off to early next year, but I felt divinely appointed to move forward and plan a fabulous charity event in less than 90 days. I’ve planed many events in the past and most of them were plan 6-12 months out. Planning any event is challenging, but planning something from start to finish in less than 90 days is really raising the bar. This was really uncomfortable for me and I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. However, I felt that I needed to follow the prompting in my heart and truly went on faith. I had plenty of doubters, including myself, and it was more work than I have done in a long time. I worked day and night on promoting, recruiting and planning.
The day of the event arrived and everything went like clockwork. Women were inspired, vendors were happy and we raised awareness for the group, not to mention some money! While I was completely exhausted by the end of the day; I was satisfied with how the day went, even though I didn’t raise the amount of money I had originally hoped to raise. I decided, not to beat myself up too badly because overall the day was a huge success. The next step was to set up a day and time to present the check to the organization.
About two weeks later I went back to the support group. The women had no idea what I was going to be doing and I hadn’t disclosed how much money was actually raised at the event. It was time for me to do my thing and I shared a little about the event and why I did the event in the first place. They were all paying attention and interested in what I was sharing. Then I said, “it is an honor to present to you a check for $500 that was raised to support your work and the group”.
“…on their feet, dancing, cheering, and celebrating with gratitude! In that moment alone, I felt…”
Instantly, the women were on their feet, dancing, cheering and celebrating with gratitude! In that moment alone, I felt so empowered by them. It was as if time stood still for a moment and nearly brought me to tears. All of the long days and nights were totally worth it. Alone, I cannot stop domestic violence, sex trafficking, or sexual abuse; but I can do my part to help the people who want to make positive changes and get out of otherwise bad situations. I can host a charity even that will bring awareness to the community and support the groups that have the tools, time and resources to make a difference and stop the cycle one person at a time.
You can too. Small acts of kindness go a long way. Get out of your comfort zone. You don’t have to host a charity event to make a difference; you can make a difference with your smile, taking the time to have a real conversation with someone, donating money or goods, and the list goes on and on. When we do good, we feel good. It feels good to help someone else and to put their needs before our own. As you begin to look at what you hope to happen in the year ahead, intentionally plan some work each quarter to support a charity or organization that brings you joy. I promise, it won’t be easy or convenient, but it will feel really awesome!
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