I have a lot to talk about. The last three weeks have been a juxtaposition of living. From a retreat to work on me and my writing and my(our family) goals, and to rest my spirit and soul, to running a marathon and setting a PR(more on that later), to hopping on a flight to Haiti to serve a mission right after the marathon.
In between there was the schedule making for family, the making sure everyone would get where they needed to be in my absence, the worrying about my kids, the missing of Jed, and making sure the girls knew how to use the hair straightener for school picture day.
And I’ve found that motherhood doesn’t end even when you are thousands of miles away because last night while I face-timed my family I had to sing happy birthday to my cat because I missed his birthday.
So when I return I will write about all of it – Costa Rica, rethinking future plans and business and writing, the marathon…but most of all Haiti. Which will live in my heart forever.
But for now I feel I need to talk about this. And you can go ahead and ignore all the 200 hundred words above this line – and only focus on the below.
If you want to do good or you need to do good or you have a feeling of needed to give more of yourself – whether through time, money, travel, prayer, etc…. then just do it. Volunteer at a local school, a local shelter, at a local elderly home. Bring meals for a neighbor in need or take a friend’s kids in so she can have some time to breathe. Your actions may be what you think are small and local – but they are important. Serve the person in front of you.
And if you feel called to do more – to travel overseas to a humanitarian mission to help in the poorest areas of the world – then DO IT. Research, plan, really think about why you want to do it, and then do it.
One of the biggest questions I’ve received this week is how other bloggers can get involved on a Social Good mission. How do they get in touch with someone who coordinates these ‘things.’
So lean in close and let me tell you how this happened….
I made the call and thought long and hard on how I wanted to help. And then I signed up, paid my own money, contacted family to see if they wanted to help with donations, and then I went. On my own. This trip to Haiti has nothing to do with my blog. It was something I felt called to do – and I did it on my own accord. I want to be very clear on that. And YOU can do that too – at anytime that you want to. And what you will find is a very generous family and friend network who also wants to help you if you feel that strongly about how you are helping and know in your heart it’s the right thing.
And if through my journey and time here I can share some stories of Haiti on my social media platforms – then I’m doing that on my own free will – not because I was paid to do this. I’m doing it because we all need to know about those in need at home and around the world. I will share their stories so that maybe their stories will touch even just one more person to do more.