When I was 7 I sold girl scout cookies. That was as close to charity work as I got as a kid. Sure, my parents donated
all their crap to American Vets, but I don’t have any memories of much else.
So for 23 years I did nothing.
There was always an excuse. I don’t have enough money. I can’t make a difference. Blah, blah, blah.
Two years ago, I had just undergone my second bowel resection after being in the throes of a full blown Crohn’s attack for 9 months. I was angry at my body for failing me. For robbing me of the joy that is supposed to be creating life. And I decided I needed to do something.
Shortly after, I received a timely piece of mail from the CCFA (Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America). I looked at the glossy brochure with people running and cheering and I thought, “I want to do that!” Then I read further… And saw it was a half marathon… In Las Vegas…
Immediately, my heart sank. I figured there was no way I could accomplish that. I’d never run before. Let alone 13.1 miles. Six months post-op? That was crazy.
But I nervously went to the informational meeting anyway. I was surrounded by people affected with the same illness. Wanting to make a difference. It was empowering. And I signed up.
To this day, it was the most important thing I’ve ever done for myself. I walked 13.1 miles in 4 hours and 14 seconds. Raised over $2700. And made some amazing friends. Total win.
That experience changed my perspective on giving. If you think that $5, $10, or $20 doesn’t make a difference. You’re wrong. The generosity of so many touched my heart. And made me want to pay it forward.
Shortly after the devastating tornado in Joplin, I knew I wanted to help my fellow Missourians. So when I read about Bloggers for Joplin, I fell in love with the idea and wanted to contribute. I have to admit, I was a little nervous. I had been reading Taming Insanity for a while, but I was a little intimidated by advertising my little baby site on a celebrity blog. But KLZ was so kind and welcoming, she immediately put me at ease. And when she invited me to guest post?! I almost peed myself with excitement!
So, pretty, pretty please stop on by Taming Insanity and check out my big time debut. Here’s hoping I didn’t embarrass myself too much.