Check this out from People Style Watch - it’s cool to see some anti-trafficking efforts. To me, this is a huge issue, but also one that’s easy for people to sweep under the rug. The horrible reality of this global problem is one many would rather not speak up about. Hopefully, this is an issue that will rise to the surface.
In exactly one month today I will be graduating at my favorite place at Mizzou - the columns. It’s hard to believe these four years are over, but most of all, it’s hard to believe how much I have grown. I’ve found strength in myself, confidence in my talents, and grown more comfortable in my own skin. With a job lined up, my biggest concern is what I’m going to be doing with all of that “free time” I keep telling myself I will have.
3 major goals: Volunteer, run a half marathon, and learn to cook.
So… check in as I’ll be writing about my experience and my progress in each of these… I’m sure I will have some incredibly interesting and goofy experiences to share!
I was reminded tonight of the incredible experience I had this summer. Interning at Gateway to Hope, a nonprofit in St. Louis, MO did much more than allow me to test my public relations and communications skills. I was able to come in contact with some of the bravest women yet. Hearing their testimonies play over in my mind brings back the chills and inspiration that was absolutely contagious.
These women were not only battling breast cancer, they were also uninsured or underinsured. Their stories were all unique, yet each of them had an undeniable love for this organization that was arranging comprehensive breast cancer treatment with the best of the best oncologists and surgeons around.
One day, I aspire to have the strength and appreciation for life that these women did.
Visit www.gthstl.org to learn more about how you can help this organization, or if you or a loved one qualify for Gateway to Hope’s assistance.
Last semester, I was working on a project for Kraft Mac & Cheese in one of my Advertising courses. Anyone seen their new commercials? It’s a whole new target and emotional connection. The agency who handled the account, CP&B, tweeted today about the new voice of Kraft Mac & Cheese. Of course I was interested just because I had been so invested in their strategy over the course of the semester… but I never would have thought while watching the Today Show interview I’d have a smile plastered on my face the entire time. Check it out.
We’re all shopping the web looking for last minute deals and steals… but it’s important to remember that while our lists are filled with shoes, purses, and clothes (ok, that’s my list…) there are so many who wouldn’t even dream of asking for that.
My sisters and I have decided to nix a gift exchange this year and use the money to donate to a cause we really care about. Of course, we’re last minute about that, too, so the recipient remains TBA.
While searching, I found this post via Mashable. Pretty cool how easy it is becoming to donate to non-profits and cause-based organizations via social networks and the web! Check out Mashable’s article…
“If you don’t give back, no one will like you.” - Crowdrise
RT @Tomsshoes: We believe in “repeat giving”: we set up a schedule w/our #GivingPartners to give shoes to a community, & then continue giving as kids grow!
TOMS Shoes… one of the first sustainable cause-worthy organizations I ever fell in love with. Of course, with any good philanthropic attempt, many companies and organizations miss it. You can’t truly make a huge impact without sustainability. With TOMS bringing shoes to children, one for one, I’ve wondered what is going happen as those kids grow older, and their feet grow, too. Well, here’s my answer! I only hope TOMS can implement this throughout the rest of their efforts as well.
TOMS is inspiring me to keep sustainability top of mind while I work with my sisters to impact the world with the talents we’ve been given… and more details on that later!