A big thank you to everyone that has joined me on my new blogging journey! I spent the last few days in Boston, MA celebrating my 24th birthday and to say I’m lucky is an understatement. I met a former mayor, I went to a bar made out of ice, a Red Sox game, Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, Wahlburgers, Sam Adams, Harvard, the Mapparium, and even to Salem for a day trip…it was quite an adventure!
No matter where I go, though, I’m reminded that it’s important to recognize our blessings and to try to see the perspectives of others that might not be so lucky at the moment. I say “at the moment” because we all have a lot to be thankful for and we all have ups and downs. Our good days might not coincide, but a few bad days doesn’t make for a bad life. As a society, we’re only as up as our lowest is down. So let’s all get along, make the most, and hope.
With this blog, I plan to post a lot more than about my time volunteering on the 13th of every month. I want to spotlight different local charities. I want to pass along volunteer opportunities that I think y’all might be interested in. I want to feature the good that others do. I’m very excited for this new opportunity and I can’t wait to see the next twists and turns this roller coaster of a life has ahead for me.
May 13th, 2016. My birthday. With every year, I find myself reflecting on the preceding year; I tend to get emotional in the days leading up to my birthday. But why? The positives always outweigh the negatives by a landslide. I have an amazing family that supports any and everything I do (except maybe the tattoos – sorry, Mom and Dad!). I have my cat, Salem, whom rescued me just as much as I rescued him. I have a nice apartment in the best location with my cousin, who’s more like a sister, Rachel. I am fortunate enough to say that I am a graduate from The University of Houston. I have 13 wonderful, loving best friends – Kaylor, Lauren, Mindy, Sammi, Loary, Monique, Johnathon, Jon, Adrian, Kayla, Michelle, Nafferz, and Jessika.
And the bad? The bad doesn’t even matter when you really take a step back and count your blessings. There will always be people that have it better than you, and there will always be people that have it worse than you. With this blog, I hope to share my journey over the next year of trying to bring some light to others.
I will be volunteering on the 13th of every month. I hope to find a different local organization each month and spotlight them. If I can introduce a charity, even just to one person, then I’ll be happy. If this inspires anybody, even one person, I’ll be happy. I can promise you that this is not going to be the best blog you’ve read, but I hope you follow along with my journey. And I would love to have you join me. 🙂