Okay, technically 2016 was the year of realizing stuff (just ask Kylie), but I’m a slow learner, so 2017 is my year for it. It’s about to get all kinds of real in here…
Sometimes I get so stuck in my piled-up list of to dos that I forget that I can change things at work that don’t feel right. One of the (many) benefits to making the rules! So, this year I’m making a change that I’m equal parts excited and proud to kick off…donating a portion of my profits from this blog to charity in 2017.
Here’s the backstory… Last year, I was feeling so caught up in my own world that I started to feel a little icky towards the end because I wasn’t doing anything to give back or make a difference, and it all just started to feel a little pointless, if I’m being honest. Don’t get me wrong, I am utterly grateful to be doing what I’m doing, and with the exception of the very crazed holiday season I really enjoy doing it, but I’m not exactly saving lives over here…or planting trees…or giving back to the community with my glue gun in hand. And it really started to wear on me.
Couple that with the fact that I literally felt like I was losing my mind in November and December trying to get all of my work with sponsored content taken care of (which allows me to do what I do here – so I am of course very grateful for it – but it was still very, very stressful), AND being down a person for some of that time because my dear Amelia, who has worked with me at Paper & Stitch for over a year has moved on to bigger and better things in New York (miss you girl), and well… it was all starting to feel like a ‘what the hell am I doing with my life?!’ kind of moment.
And THAT is not something I want to feel ever again.
Anyway, all of this stuff had just started popping up in my head around the time that I went to Texas for an event and tacked on a visit to see my brother and Ashley. And on a rainy day, at a (random) bar in Austin called the…well, shoot – I can’t remember what it’s called…Ash and I talked over very cheap mimosas for more than an hour about how we both wanted to do something bigger than ourselves in the new year. So, we’re doing it! And we’re holding ourselves accountable for actually following through by sharing it today on both of our blogs. Read Ash’s story and what she’ll be doing here.
SO, in addition to (attempting) to be more cautious with what I take on in 2017, I’m also working toward something bigger than myself and donating at least 5% of profits from the entire upcoming year to charity. It’s a small start, but it’s something. And I hope it will turn into much more. I’m also planning to donate my time, in addition to the money, because I know there’s more to it than just handing over a check at the end of the year. But that’s probably a whole other story, so I’m going to stay focused on the donation stuff today.
What charity am I donating to? Well, that’s a valid question…one that I haven’t fully answered for myself yet because I really want to make an informed decision and there are SO many worthy causes out there that could use the money.
My biggest passion personally, that I’m currently leaning towards, is for animal rescues, since all of our animals have come to us via a shelter or, in Luna’s case, actually removing her from a ‘bad’ home. I truly believe that rescues make THE best pets on the planet, quirks and all, and those shelters and rescues desperately need money to stay afloat. BUT I won’t bore you by going on and on about it because animal people can be as annoying as vegans (and I was a vegetarian for five years, so I say that lovingly vegans, I really do).
I haven’t decided one way or the other just yet though, that’s just what I’m steering towards at the moment. So, that’s where you come in…
What I would like to ask you to do is to share any worth while charities or non-profits that could use a leg up. They don’t have to be related to animals either. It can be anything that you think would be worth me looking into. Just leave the name and (of possible) a link so I can look into your suggestion further. I would love to find something that has meaning to not just me, but to you as well. So let me know!
That’s it for now. If you have any questions for me about all of this, feel free to ask. And be sure to head over to Sugar & Cloth too, to read Ashley’s story and what she’ll be doing to give back this year.