New Years Resolutions: Got Resolutions? Ladies In the Pink Blog Have the Right Idea
A new blog from a colleague has emerged and quite frankly I am happy to feature it and feature it on this very propitious day. This is the first day of 2011 and it’s the new year.
What resolutons have you made for yourself?
1) going to lose weight
2) going to start working out
3) going to get more organized, a new job, “fill in the blank” here.
No matter if you are working full-time, part-time, out of work, WAHM, SAHD, retired, unless you are bed-ridden, you can do something incredibly proactive right now. It might take you an hour or so to figure out what or where you can do this, but you can do it.
You might be wondering, “what is she talking about?” or some might wonder ” what have I been drinking or smoking” (answer: water and I don’t smoke) .
Lindsley Lowell came up with this really interesting spin on a blog. She’s newly married, happy as can be, and while working could be just focusing on the nesting instinct that newlyweds have. However she’s going beyond that — and kudos to her to not waste her a lot of time on facebook or twitter. Don’t get me wrong. I love FB & twitter and contribute my time to it, but there is more to life than tv, emails, blogs, and social media.
Her Ladies in the Pink Society blog is really a different spin on blogging and she’s putting out there an idea, thought and even a challenge that I think that you should be aware of and maybe not only think about getting involved but actually doing something.
Here’s Lindsley’s first post that got MY attention! Don’t worry, it’s just a snippet. I know you can click the link and read the entire thing.
But I have decided that if others can find the time and energy to help people than so can I dammit. My friend Jerry just told me that his friend cooks food every other Sunday and a charity picks it up for the homeless. Every other Sunday. Talk about commitment! Now that’s a decent human being. And next weekend I will go to a holiday party that benefits Project Angel Food. My friend Edd does it every year and they raise thousands. So here I am, ready to do something. I found a great organization here called Orangewood Children’s Home for abused and neglected kids. In February, I will go and begin mentoring. My husband, when I told him I would mentor a child, joked “Poor kid.” I almost killed him. But then I laughed. He’s funny.
I also am going online now and donating some money to some charities. I don’t have much to give but I believe that if everyone gave $10 to a charity, it can quickly grow to thousands, even millions. I’m telling you this not so you can give me a big pat on the back and go “Oh Lindsley, you are such an amazing person!” and worship the ground I walk on. I’m telling you because I hope this inspires you.
WHAT CAN YOU DO:
A million charities need money. Go online and donate. Even $10 helps. I like Food Network’s campaign for Share Our Strength – www.Strength.org. Or help your fellow female – www.WomenforWomen.org
What Lindsley is talking about is contributing and giving back. I love that! I wish more people would volunteer. I have spent a chunk of time volunteering at schools and women’s programs most of my life. Giving back often gives me something in return that is the bonus lesson and actually more valuable about making me a better human being.
Here’s the other post that I thought was really funny and also thoughtful:
Two days until 2011 begins and it is a time we can all be thankful that we made it through another hectic year. Some of us may be very excited for what the new year holds. Some of us may be facing some new challenges and feel stressed about the unknown. That is okay. The most wonderful (and terrible) thing about life is that it changes. If things are just awful right now, they will get better. Have faith in that. If things are amazing right now, they could not always be that way. So enjoy it to the fullest!”
You may be thinking to yourself – what the hell has Lindsley been drinking?? She has never been BFFs with Jesus so WTF? Well, what I am talking about is WHAT WOULD JIMMY DO? As in Jimmy Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This movie is so inspiring and every single time I watch it, I think “Why can’t we all be more like Jimmy Stewart?” He gave money and help to poor people. He protected his buffoon of an uncle no matter what. He always had hope no matter how bad it got. Everyone in town loved him. So I say to thee my Ladies in the Pink – with your actions and thoughts, just think WWJD and I guarantee you will be uplifted to a better way of life. Here are some ideas:
There is so much more to this second post. It’s hilarious but also incredibly relevant. You can make a difference in someone else’s life– and your own– by doing small things that might take about an hour. Heck you could volunteer in your local elementary, middle or high school for an hour to work in computer lab or assist in special projects.
What you get out of 2011 is what you put into it. I am with Lindsley here– because while the economy still isn’t so good, (particularly in So. CA where we have greater than the national average of unemployment), you can sit there and whine about it or you can volunteer a reasonable amount of time and put that on your resume. Because no matter what education and work history you have, it will be a bonus to show a prospective employer, recruiter, reference or even your friends that you are doing something that not only helps others, but inspires even more people
Thank you Lindsley Lowell! I would have run all of each post but she’s pretty funny and there’s content there you have to read in her own milieu. She makes me laugh– and also realize how incredibly lucky I am for what I have, for what I can give and what I can do.
If you think this is the last you are going to hear about this blog, you are wrong. Just like the Minimalist OC, there will be snippets, bits and bites that will make you think.
2011 is the year of change. This one is going to make a difference in your life.
Stevie Wilson, LA-Story.com
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