You see, when it comes to #charity or #fundraising of any kind, I will gladly put my complete heart and soul into any task at hand, and use my multi-passionate spirit to help pay it forward to those in need. I don't have to be perfect, or even close to good, there are no expectations placed on me, because it's for CHARITY!
Who's gonna hate on charity? Everybody wins!
When I take a moment to really reflect on how some of the most incredible moments of my life are a compilation of actions that I have taken for charity, it just seems like I am unconsciously playing small. I am alive but I am living with my own limiting beliefs, that have told me that I'm too old to follow my dreams, or that I am just not good enough to share ALL of me. If you know me, you know the all here is quite a lot.
Rather than "just do it", I'll just wait for the next charitable cause to live out loud, wait patiently for the next "charitable cause" where I can unapologetically and fearlessly "do me". Until then, society continues to teach me, to have gratitude, that it is selfish to want more, to manifest, to live abundantly.
I must hold it in, and keep calm and carry on, until charity once again affords me the opportunity to share some more of my sparkle, and to truly be HAPPY, doing what I was born to do, SHARE MY GIFTS!
For Charity, I have performed countless songs, and have channelled my inner rock star. How sad that it took Hurricane Sandy to remind this girl that her voice is not too shabby?
For Charity, I engaged in dancing with the teachers which was a complete #epicfail (but it was for charity so no harm, no foul).
For Charity,I've taught tons of fitness classes (still can't take money from my friends, it's ok, it's for charity, so I can mess up all I want, it's for charity).
Charity inspired me to finally write a book! (I'm not really an author, it's for charity!)
All of the proceeds go to help fight #Cancer and will be donated to #RelayforLife
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This book was written by yours truly and illustrated by my 4 year old daughter. It is all about #affirmations and #dreams (If the book is horrible, it's for charity, crafty right? but it is actually quite fabulous, especially the paintings).
My daughter loves art, therefore, she IS an artist, and I have taught her that she does not need to be granted permission, or told that she is good enough. In my utopian society, my daughter will not hide her art until she is inspired, by charity, to share it.
The time has come for mommy to do the same. What about YOU?
For Charity, I've done a few polar plunges, taught some tech classes, tortured some students with a few rounds of #Insanity @shauntfitness at #RelayforLife
For Charity, I did some modeling with the amazing @projectheal
For Charity I even ran a the New York City Marathon last November @nycmarathon
In retrospect it seems quite cowardly to wait for a "fun"draising opportunity to actually have some "fun" and #share my gifts with the world. It now seems quite selfish to only grant myself permission to live out loud if the idea of charity is attached.
Recently, I have been asking myself, why I hide behind the safety of charity? The only answer I can come up with is #Fear
So, yes, I am a high school special education teacher, and I have two beautiful girls and and one incredible husband. I will continue to serve others through charity, but first, I need to serve myself.
Will you come with me on my journey?
How can you share yourself?
What parts of you are you hiding from the world?
Do you have a talent to share, that has been burning in your soul for too long? Were you told that you were too old? Have you told yourself it's too late?
What is your biggest fear?
Please share your thoughts here or on the blog at www.thathappinessteacher.com
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My dream is to create a #tribe of women "doing it scared", who do it FIRST and foremost for themselves and then to pay it forward (don't worry the charity is still there)!
Be your own fairy Godmother and grant yourself permission to LIVE!
Please share your comments and feedback, I would be HONORED if YOU started the conversation.
With love and HAPPINESS,