Ryan with his Grandmother and some of her knitting.
This Christmas when we went back to New Hampshire, we got the chance to see Ryan’s Grandmother whom we don’t see very often. She gave us both hugs, then asked us immediately if we worked for Goodwill. When we said “yes”, she showed us two huge plastic bags that were brimming with hats and scarves she had knit to donate.
I was in awe of her work and her generosity. Then she went on to tell me why she felt so fondly toward the organization of our employment, and I was brought to tears to hear it all. She let me type it up to share on the Goodwill blog, and I’d love for you to have a chance to read it, too.
It feels so wonderful to work for an organization that is focused on bringing happiness and security to others who have challenges in their lives. I come home from work every day feeling very tired, but also knowing that I’ve done something good for someone else, and that makes all the difference.
Click here to read Annette’s story, and don’t forget to support your local Goodwill by donating when you can, and buying from their retail stores. You’re not just cleaning out unwanted items from your home, or buying things you need, you’re helping real people in your area find assistance where they might need it.
What will you do when you have no fear of failing?
There’s a saying I once heard that I’ve always kept in the back of my mind: Keep true to the dreams of thy youth. When we’re children, we dream big. Reality hasn’t yet clouded our perception of the world, so we don’t fear the outcome of our desires. We believe in ourselves and in our abilities. The Failure Club asks you to embrace that childlike inspiration to accomplish a goal that seems nearly impossible.
Our friend Kaylon is organizing a group of people to each pick their own impossible dreams, and together we’re going to hold each other accountable, and pick each other up when we fail, so we can each accomplish an important personal goal. He suggests that we choose something we’ve always wanted to do — a dream that we’ve had for a long time, but never thought was possible.
I love the idea of this group, and I’m excited about the outcome. We are aiming for a January 1st start date and will have an entire year to accomplish our goals. Problem is, I have to choose something to do! So, I’m asking you to help me decide. Which of the following should I try to do in the next year, without fear of failing?
If you had asked Little Julia what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would have said either Writer or Artist. These umbrella terms offered a certain comfort to me because I knew that they were creative pursuits. I never identified what I’d be writing — poetry, novels, articles, children’s books — or what I’d be making as an artist. Would I be a painter? A sculptor? Who knew! I certainly didn’t. I just always knew that I would have to be doing something creative. I don’t feel like me when I’m not.
So, here’s your chance to vote on my future. Shall I be a published author? A sponsored blogger? A full-time maker? Help me decide!