One Year To Love Wild & Free
Step One – Give Back To A Nonprofit
I recently got back into yoga. Yoga and I fell in love in a hopeless place and I have been practicing throughout the years. As I have deepened my yoga practice, I lost some weight. While practicing, I noticed a large lump in my belly.
This scared me and I was very worried that this lump could be cancerous. I don’t know if its fibroids or something else. I had a thought about my life one night. I was married for most of my twenties and I felt like I woke up to to be in my thirties. Where did the time go? I spent my thirties worrying about a boy cheating on me, not coming home, and me not following my dreams. I spent my time scared and worry all the time. I have two beautiful children who I tell everyday that they can do anything they put their minds to. Why didn’t I tell myself that? So, instead of worrying about these thoughts, I decided to start a project called One Year To Live Wild And Free.
I want to clarify, I am not saying that I am speaking one year left to live on my life. I have a list of goals that I want to accomplish within a year. What else am I going to be doing? Worrying about this damn lump? No!
So here is a list of some of the things that I am going to accomplish within the year. If everything works out as planned, I hope to give to a lot of people. I summed this up under Give Project. I do not want to list each item individually because I want it to be a surprise for people I plan to give to. The majority of the things that I hope to accomplish is geared toward giving and making the world a a better place. So while some of things on my list are crazy that I want to accomplish like skydiving, nascar racing, getting a date with a dream guy, many of the things I hope to accomplish are for other people.
First Goal: Give back to the nonprofit that helped me.
I went through a pretty bad divorce. I went through a lot stress and had issues during the divorce and also after it was final. I fell in and out of depression before the divorce was close to being over. I remember wishing and hoping that I could have some peace and for the divorce to just to be over. My youngest son has a compromised immune system. It is difficult for him to be around other children because his body doesn’t fight off germs very well. He was hospitalized several times before he turned three years old. I lost several jobs because he had to get serious medical care. I wanted and needed to be with him. He was on the verge of death many times. During this time, I did not know how I would make it through. There was a nonprofit organization that helped me one of the times I got fired from my job. This nonprofit became an angel to me when I needed the most.
This non-profit organization is called Saint Mary Magdalene. They are located nationwide. You can find their information through google or United Way 211.org, or calling 211 on your phone. Saint Mary Magdalene gave to me and did not expect it back. This is how we all should give. One day I was thinking about all the jobs that I had, and I have had many. I am happy doing two things, helping people who don’t like to shop find the right outfit and volunteering. If I could some how make a living by volunteering it would be perfect. This doesn’t make sense I know. But when I am helping people I am most happy. I am sure that the people who volunteer for Saint Mary’s feel the same way. There is a lot of work that goes into the getting things organized before they are able to go peoples houses to help them. All these volunteers donate their time and energy toward helping people and expect nothing back.
I think it was Denzel Washington that said that volunteering is the most selfish thing you can do because it makes you feel good. Contributing toward making someone’s life better is very fulfilling. To be able to put a smile on someone face brightens up a day.
True meaning of life ~ 14th Dalai Lama
We are visitors on this planet.
We are here for ninety
or one hundred years
at the very most.
During that period,
we must try to do
with our lives.
If you contribute
to other people’s happiness,
you will find the true goal,
the true meaning of life
Finding the right person to contact in order to donate to Saint Mary Magdalene was a two day challenge. I called several different phone numbers until I finally reached the right person within the non profit. She told me a few things that the church needed and they were out of laundry detergent at the time. She told me they usually purchase it at the dollar store because they can buy a lot more.
I went to Dollar tree and Dollar General. A lot of times major name brand’s make the knock off version of the product too. The items packaging is different, so, what does it matter if it is a knock off? This is not a brand deal but Dollar Tree and Dollar General are wonderful. I am an avid fan of dollar stores. You can save a lot of money and buy some pretty awesome things. If I were to buy name brand laundry detergent the cheapest is about $5. I would have only been able to purchase about 14 bottle of laundry detergent. I was able to buy a little over 70 bottles of detergent and some other toiletries.
Some people say that you should give in secret. I think that the climate of this nation and the impact of the news hurts people more than it helps. There are horrible stories about robbery, people being shot and killed for no reason, and other horrible stories can have a negative effect on a persons mood. Pharmaceutical companies are making billions of dollars by prescribing medications that help people to not feel pain. It’s a way to deal with the situation that you’re in. But a person needs a boost a happiness and to change the things that they are not happy with in their life. So along this journey my hope is to spread some love, kindness, and happiness in this world. Even if it this helps just one mom or one woman wanting a change or wanting to protect her kids and herself. I want to share that there is a way out and a rainbow on the other side of that storm.
Peace and love
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