Lets take a quick break on the Passion Interviews and talk about my birthday! I am turning 30 on Saturday and this birthday is a landmark one. This major life milestone I am so fortunate to be able to stress about is what led to this blog beginning in the first place. Do you ever get that unsettling feeling where you know you should be doing something else you just can’t? Well the last few years of my 20’s were a lot of that feeling. Feeling like I could do more and be more- for myself, my family, and my community.
I have spent the last year of my 20’s focusing on self-improvement and taking that energy into my house and community to continue to improve things for other people. I have recently started working with the Austin Alzheimers Association- The Longest Day. Their mission to help those affected and their caregivers and families is so awesome. I have seen the effects of dementia on some in my family and I have always worried that it would eventually strike even closer to home since there is still no cure!
At our first meeting we discussed everyone’s “why” for volunteering and it was very powerful to listen to all the lives this disease has affected. As we work to find a cure or a treatment- we can’t lose focus on supporting those who are living it. I feel like in our modern online world there is always a GoFundMe or another birthday charity to support and people have become desensitized. I personally feel like you need to put your resources where your heart is. If your heart lies with Alzheimers help and prevention this link will take you to their donation page. The Longest Day campaign is different because anyone from anywhere in the world can sign up and participate in an activity of their choosing to raise money. Organize a bike ride, a trail hike, a pancake breakfast, or a hula hoop contest.
I know this is a bit outside my typical content but entering my 30’s has changed my perspective on the world and my place in it. I am becoming more self assure and learning about my value, and part of that is working to help those in my community in causes I am passionate about. I have not done as much this year as previously but I also am involved with the PTA and the Williamson County Animal Shelter. So many amazing people working to increase the quality of life for everyone in the community. I am attaching a flyer below with additional information and I encourage everyone to find someone in their community in need and support them this year. Instead of asking for donations for my birthday this year I am asking everyone to look outside themselves and find people who they can truly help. Lets make #BeBetter a positive thing.