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30 years old and giving back

The big 3-0 is looming in my very, very near future.  Certain birthdays cause people to reflect more, particularly birthdays that end in a 0.

I don’t feel a frantic panic at the idea of rolling into my 30’s, and I’m comfortable with leaving my 20’s behind in the dust.  It was a great decade, but I’m at a point in life now where I am much more interested in Elmo and Martha Stewart than I am in college parties and tailgates.

I have a beautiful daughter, an awesome husband, great friends and a wonderful family.  We are so lucky to all be healthy.  But as reflection tends to do, sometimes you look around and wonder what else should you be doing?

I periodically volunteer.  I donate clothes to the Goodwill, and I’m happy to throw cans into the bin at a canned food drive.  But as I think about my daughter and the example that I want to set for her, and the mark that I personally want to leave, I don’t feel like I’m doing enough.  That said, I’ve decided to take on a personal challenge for the next year.  One of many things I took away from one of my breakout sessions at EVO was that if you want to do something in your life, you should tell others about it and make it happen.  So that’s exactly what I’m going to do…

Each month (starting in September) I’m going to give back.  I’m going to pick an organization, and I’m going to volunteer, or collect items, or even write a check.  Now on a side note, it’s not going to be a big check.  But I know we have all seen information stating all that your $15 can do to help.  And I’m going to hunt down the place that is going to get the biggest bang out of that $15.

Each month when my mission is accomplished, I’ll come back and write about the organization that I picked and why I chose to contribute in the way I did.  You are now officially all my witnesses. Stay tuned, it’s going to be a great year.

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  2. Jen Crozier 09/14/2010 at 9:07 pm

    Good on ya! That's so great…at any age. Can't wait to read your giving posts.

  3. Shamaen 09/13/2010 at 5:49 pm

    Kudos to you! I am on this personal journey as well and one the organizations I like to share with you is http://www.strongheartfellowship.org/ I believe most of the donations goes directly to people helping people! I wish you the best in your journey.

  4. Breanne 09/08/2010 at 2:30 am

    Loved Shannon from the moment I met her! It obvious she is good peeps!

    Can't wait to support and read about your journey and evolution. Also, I hope you are coming to evo 11 and we must be roomies again!

  5. Breanne 09/07/2010 at 8:30 pm

    Loved Shannon from the moment I met her! It obvious she is good peeps!

    Can't wait to support and read about your journey and evolution. Also, I hope you are coming to evo 11 and we must be roomies again!

  6. Shu 09/07/2010 at 8:32 am

    Great idea Shannon. We need more people like you. We all need something to believe in. I found a way to live a legacy not leave one behind when I'm gone. When I'm gone I want to know I made a difference. I do something similar like you. Last week I helped an Autistic 14 year old boy talk in sentences for the first time. Then the same day I got a call from a 30 year old girl saying thank you, her doctor told her her numbers showed no more breast cancer. Have a blessed day,Shu

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  8. erinoltmanns 09/01/2010 at 9:41 pm

    This is a great idea! I can't wait to read your monthly “mission accomplished” posts.