Back in October I attended the Creative Alliance conference and had to proclaim my dream in a yurt in front of everyone attending the conference. (This freaked my freak -seriously.) I said I wanted to use this blog for doing good and inspiring others to do the same. And if brands or corporations wanted to ask me to be a part of their philanthropic endeavors or seek advice from me, well, that would be the icing on the cake.
Proclaiming this in that yurt in front of others made it real. The yurt became a symbol of this conference; it became a verb: to yurt. To me, this means making your dreams and visions become your reality. Saying this dream made me want it. And then it made me stumped as to how I could achive it with my All-Over-The-Place blog. I needed motivation and a purpose.
And I let this blog sit inactive for over a month. Way to get moving, Eileen.
While I let my blog simmer, I got inspiration from The Bloggess. In December, she pledged to donate a certain amount of money to folks who needed it and it turned into an avalanche of donations from others. Her generous act grew and grew and exceeded far beyond what she ever expected. People pledged money to help others across the country and it was tremendous.
This got me thinking about my blog and my dream in the yurt. Here’s what I’m doing: I will pledge to donate $10.00 for every blog post I write in the year 2011 (up to $500). I wanted to write at least one blog post a week. (I’m already behind this month and will have to make up for lost time if I want to get fifty posts written this year with this schedule. I know!) If I write at least fifty blog posts this year, I will bank $500 to give away in December.
This pledge gets rid of my worry about this blog having no focus. Now every post I write contributes to my dream. I can write about anything: my boys, the LOML, Big Adventures, flower arranging, planning parties, giving money to causes I believe in, my family, my friends, meeting new people, cars, chocolate, LEGOs, Park Day, a good joke, the Summer Cup, board games, traveling to new places, telling stories, classic movies, Pizza Night, decorating my home, wine, wineries, the California Central Coast, Australia, Italy, Ireland, the beach, hiking, musicals, live theater, cheese, bargain hunting, ice cream, eating out, pasta, spa days, kids and books. Oh! And art. How could I forget ART?!?
No matter what my content, it contributes to my focus of philanthropy. WAHOO!
By the time November rolls around I’m going to ask all three of you faithful readers to help me decide where the money should be donated. I will take suggestions and listen to sob stories. And I will sob, I’m sure. This will be a group activity with all of you. Perhaps if I keep to my goal, there might be five faithful readers to help me make the decision in December. A girl can dream, right?
So, with this post I start the long journey with a single step. I pledge $10.00 toward my goal of $500.00 by December 2011. I have no idea where this journey will end, but if the ride up to now is any indication, it will prove to be wild. Thanks for coming along.
*Where did I get that awesome necklace in the photo above? Why I’m so happy you asked! It was designed by Ellie Schoenberger. Her etsy site is gorgeous -just like her jewelry and her fabulous self. Go take a look ~you’ll be so happy you did!*