I try to ignore the big “shopping weekend” right after a day of thanks, but some years I do better than others. This year I spent my weekend sleeping in and binge watching Netflix for so long that I almost forgot about it all together! Actually… by forgot I mean that I even forgot to post a sale of my own on Etsy! But a day I really don’t like to miss? Giving Tuesday!
According to the website, “#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.” To me, this is a great way to show some extra thanks and give back after a truly gluttonous week. Giving Tuesday is a way for me to get back to what’s important, and between community events and companies with a mission to give, there are a countless number of ways to get involved.
147 Million Orphans is a foundation that was created to help children in underprivileged countries have access to food, water and medicine. From 147 Million Orphans, many outreach groups have branched out- one being Hearts2Honduras– a group I worked with personally on my trip to Honduras last summer. While I’m gone and my service trips are front and center on the blog, I thought I’d offer up another way that you can give back that has a direct impact to something I’ve been a part of in the past.
There are a lot of products you can buy through 147 Million Orphans to benefit the foundation, but the one close to my heart is the handmade Honduran Bracelets. They are made by women in the village of Mount Olivos, one of the places I worked with. Plus, they’re only $4.99!
What will I be doing on said trip, you ask? Well. I don’t exactly know. This trip is run through the university I work for and technically I’m a chaperone (hilarious. I’m a 25 year old baby! But completely reliable, parents!) I don’t “run” or “plan” the trips. A coordinator does all of the leg work and I get trained to go along for the ride. I handle money and emergencies but other than that I am part of the group, participating in all of the same activities as the students I’m with.
Some trips concentrate on physical service (like my mornings in Honduras last year) while others concentrate on the service of being present (similar to my afternoons in Honduras). This year, my trip is more of learning and being present with others. It’s a full immersion trip and I don’t know exactly what that means yet. I know I will be meeting people, hearing stories, and visiting important sights. I will be going to mass in the church where Oscar Romero was killed. I will be visiting a school that members of my college fund each year. All in all I will be learning and experiencing something unlike anything else and I am ready with all of my heart and soul. (Really. It’s only my suitcase that is currently empty.)
I’ll be gone for two weeks- but With Luck Blog will be running strong in my absence! I have a handful of amazing blog friends who have already written guest posts for me. I also got a little ahead of myself and wrote up some posts with some fun little things and a few inspirational quotes. I am amazingly excited for my journey, but I aim to please so I hope you enjoy the scheduled posts in my absence.
In the meantime, feel free to send me lots of positive vibes and think of me while you use real restrooms and drink from a faucet. Have an awesome two weeks!
(All unmarked photos are from my Honduras trip last year)