How did you volunteer your help last year? What will you do this year?
I spend a lot of time volunteering. My mother would say I need to say "NO" more often, and I try, I do, but I laugh when she says it, because I learned my behavior at her knee, to be sure. It's a family thing. A habit. My sister and I founded a non-profit about six years ago to build playground, and the organization grew into such a time-gobbling monster, with preschool classes and music festivals and 5K fun runs that we finally did have to say "ENOUGH," and lay that baby to rest a year or so ago. So I am trying to curb the number of hours I donate, and find a happy balance between time for myself, time for my family, and time for the community. Happily, I can often accomplish all three with the same activity. These days, I primarily give my time to our local community theater, as a director and teacher and Facebook moderator, and that seems to take up just the right amount of time. I will continue these activities into 2014 and beyond, I imagine.
As rewarding as my theater time is, though, I think what I will remember the most about 2013 is the time I really, truly, helped a friend. A friend who was facing an unimaginable situation, and I was able to be there for her and her family, in body and spirit, and in some small way make their journey easier.
If I can match that experience, or even come close, in 2014...well, that would be, if you can indulge a theater geek for a moment, a blessing on my head.