Until moving to New Jersey last summer my life had been in a state of flux for over two years. I didn’t know when I would moving or where I would be moving to but I knew I was moving somewhere.  I don’t have a sad story to share… but I can tell you that living life with the pause button pressed was mentally challenging at times.

With the move behind me and uncertainty gone I’m struggling to find the peace I was hoping for post move.  If I’m honest, I feel a little guilty to be lucky enough to live a blessed life and it’s time for me start giving back (even if it’s just a tiny step).

I have designated 2011 as my year to start paying it forward.  I have added a page to my blog where I will provide updates from time to time – don’t worry… I won’t preach/bore you with information but as 2010 comes to a close and my goal of running an Ultra Marathon is coming to an end I need to find a new focus.

After researching organizations to find the criteria important to me, I have found two that I want to support. The organizations below are grassroots/volunteer organizations – 90% of every dollar donated goes directly to the woman/community designated.

Women for Women International:  I am sponsoring a woman from Rwanda or the Diplomatic Republic of the Congo, I will introduce my ‘sister’ once I have her information. As part of this rewarding program I get to communicate with my sister after she learns to read and write – how exciting!

Mahila Partnership:  Angela (Mahila’s founder) is making the world a better place for women and children – I hope to start taking tiny steps in the same direction in 2011.

An example: while visiting Haiti shortly after the earthquake, Angela was told the local women didn’t have any personal hygiene items.  She delivered hygiene kits and coordinated the education needed to teach women how to turn a husk into a cloth type material.

Isn’t that amazing? Feel free to read more at my website at www.bookwormwithaview.com

2011 – Paying it Forward

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