Am I the only person who has no recollection of September?
I’m not entirely sure what happened between the kids starting school and now, but I’m pretty sure I was doing mother- and nonprofit-type things. I probably wrote stuff too. That’s always a good bet.
I’ve done a lot of writing this past year, and I’m finally going to get to share the fruits of my labor at the end of the month. (And, no, I don’t use the term “fruits of my labor” in said writing. No worries there.)
Simple Giving will be released to the public on October 27, 2015. You can preorder it now.
I got the final version of the book, complete with French flaps, in the mail this week. It was amazing to hold.
Not quite the same as holding my boys when they were born, but not all that different either.
The month of October also brings Socktober, a movement launched by Kid President creator Brad Montague to get kids and grown-ups to help the homeless in an easy, fun way.
As the director of development for a nonprofit that works every day to find lasting solutions to homelessness in midcoast and central Maine, this year’s Socktober is even more meaningful to me. Last year, my simple giving-minded gym participated in Socktober. We had a bin where people could put their sock donations throughout the month of October. At the end of the month, the socks were delivered to a local nonprofit. This year, Tedford Housing will be one of the recipients of the donations.
I love this video because it asks three super simple questions to help you see how you can change the world. Socktober is a spectacular example of how anyone can be a simple giver.
I mean, how hard it is for me to pick up some socks while I’m at the store and throw them in a bin when I’m at my gym?
In the words of Kid President, “doing nothing is a great way to change nothing.”
Through my book, this blog (particularly Fridays) and events like Socktober, I hope you realize just how easy it is to make giving a part of your daily life.
How will you give back this month?
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