At this time of year amazing people, doing amazing things, seem to come into my range of vision all the more clearly. I know they are actually doing the hard yards all year long yet for some reason as Christmas starts to rock closer these amazing people and their stories come to the forefront. People who are creating real change in the world around them. People who see a need and then take action.
If you’re anything like me then you often see the need but often don’t know how to create a change. While I volunteer and donate where and when I can I definitely don’t put in the amount of work these amazing people do. They are the life changers, the ones that bring a ray of hope to others.
Money is tight at the moment all around the world for sure so it feels like these groups and individuals who are doing for others are all the more important to invest in. The reality is that some of us (myself included here) are better off than others. Some of us are able to give more yet we prioritize other things. It’s understandable … we need to look out for our own before we can think about others. We are a pretty minimalist and frugal family it has to be said but I have never had to worry about a warm roof over mine or our kids heads … thanks Mum and Himself. I can shop without worrying what I may have to leave out. We have hot running water inside and when the weather turns bad we don’t have to think twice about putting on the heating. For that I am extremely grateful. Many others are not so fortunate.
So in the week before Christmas when my spending on ‘stuff’ can go overboard I like to try and remember all those amazing people and those they are impacting. I like to give a bit more to them instead of to ourselves ….. an extra can into the food bank, a $20 donation for the Women’s refuge to provide a bed for someone, a de-cluttering donation of items we have ‘grown out’ of or a small donation of time.
Obviously we all have our own priorities but I encourage you to consider (if you’re in a position to) giving a little something to some of these amazing people so they can spread it around; be it a can of food, a small donation or your time. Even ringing someone you know needs support may just help another support network have less pressure put on it …. every little bit counts more that we know. One of the best bits is that both you as the giver and the receiver benefit!
Below are some of my favourites in New Zealand but I’m sure you’ll have your own local and international ones 🙂
Last week I decided to take a few of those little, scary steps towards making one of my dreams real. It has been a heart-beating journey each day I can tell you! I’m really good at keeping busy and getting through lists just not so good and bringing my gifts into the world with confidence.
I often get inspired and all enthusiastic while out running in the mornings only to find that by the time I have showered and begun the day’s chores all that energy has disappeared. It is then that the doubts begin to creep in and remind me of all the reasons I shouldn’t do things! Over the weekend though I decided to begin taking a few of those little, scary steps. I have tapped a lot since then, procrastinated a lot, meditated a lot and had quite a bit of Bach Flower Remedies I can tell you!! However here I am about to share 🙂
I have had a dream – for the past 8 years actually – to be able to give big to a charity which works with women. It all began with a book filled with quotes from parents giving advice to new mothers away from their support network and, with a few other books in between, has lead to me creating an e-course dedicated to helping busy Mamas create the lives they dream of by reducing stress, regaining balance and really giving time to themselves.
I’m really proud of my Magnificent Mamas e-course which is a complete life coaching course and has everything in it busy Mamas need to can create fabulous, healthy and happy days while powerfully taking the reins of life. I have included lots of goodies and my big dream now is to sell 1000 copies of Magnificent Mamas e-course so that I can give a huge old donation to Women’s Refuge!! Currently I’m working on converting it into an epub document so that I can sale in online bookstores and until then it is SALE time at Becoming Healthy 🙂
I have made Magnificent Mamas super cheap and discounted it by 75% so that is it now only $5. The reason?? Because I know that everything in it works and I really want to get it out there and share. You can also buy Magnificent Mamas (the PDF) on Lulu without the extras 🙂
It feels so big and scary! In fact it terrifies me to put it out there and promote it however if I don’t then loads of women who need an affordable life coaching course they can do from home with miss out. I would love your support and help to get the word out. You don’t have to buy it for you …… it could be a fantastic gift for a loved one….. just sharing and passing the word on would be wonderful.
Hope this finds you Magnificent and taking your own little steps forward.