Back in April I made a promise to myself and my faithful readers (all six of you) that I would pledge $10.00 for every post I wrote this year. I promised I would tally up how many posts I wrote to come up with a total amount to donate (up to $500). I called the idea “Pledge-A-Post”. I hoped doing this would get me motivated to write here and my goal was to write once a week.
Yeah, that worked. (Sarcastica font.) I wrote only sixteen posts last year. Sheesh. It just didn’t happen.
What did happen is life: Taxi-ing, feeding, shopping, birthday-ing, traveling, painting, switching around rooms for the kids, more painting, wife-ing, basketball, soccer, hip hop class, cleaning, avoiding cleaning, running, PTA-ing, hiking, sleeping, snuggling, reading, aunt-ing, volunteering, remodeling, homework helping, gardening, sister-ing, eating, cooking, doing dishes, friend-ing, working, and mothering. It all happened. Lots and lots. Sometimes most of these things happened in one day.
I know. I know. Plenty of you do all of these things AND manage to post on your blogs every single day -and your blogs KICK A**. And you work, and cook, and clean, and sew, and grow your own food, and make your own bread, and have time to brush your teeth and comb your hair and wear clothes that match and don’t look like you slept in them. HOW IN THE HECK DO YOU DO THIS?!?!? I clearly don’t know.
You people are amazing. Any tips or advice on how I can be more like the folks who exist like that last paragraph will be gladly appreciated.
Anyway, I didn’t post here as much as I wanted, so I didn’t have as much money pledged as I wanted. But guess what? You’re not the boss of me (and I know you didn’t say you were) -and this is my blog and I can do whatever I want.
So I’m donating $500 to charity. And I’m saying it’s because I posted here AND on momcentral.com as a part of my Pledge-A-Post promise to myself. Because if you total up all those posts, I DID write a post at least once a week. So WAHOO!
Plus -here’s some really awesome news -I got a matching dollar amount. Stacy DeBroff gave me matching funds to add to my Pledge-A-Post total because she knows how much this process meant to me all year. So WAHOO…AGAIN!
This means I have a total of $750 to donate and YOU get to tell me where to go…and spend it. That’s right. My faithful readers, YOU get to help me decide.
So, tell me the non-profit organizations near and dear to your heart; share their links, share their stories and why you feel connected to them. You know I feel passionately about supporting survivors of suicide, progeria, Stand up for Skateparks, brain tumor research, Make-A-Wish, creating parks for kids to play in, heart health, cancer research, charities for and about kids, reading, and art therapy. What organizations do you feel passionately about and why?
No, I won’t donate to the Human Fund. Don’t ask. (Or you can ask, because that would be funny, but I won’t donate there.)
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving -I’m so grateful to everyone who reads this blog and shares their thoughts with me. I’m grateful for my family and friends and have so many blessings in my life. While Pledge-A-Post didn’t get as huge as I envisioned back in April, I’m thankful for the chance to give and look forward to you helping me.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Blessings all around.