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Week 40-All I needed to know, Day 4-I learned from my Dad

Did anybody else just realize that I have blogged for 40 weeks?!?  40!  I always knew I would see this project through to the finish, but it still amazes me that I’ve found the strength, and the material, to make it this far.  Also, when did it become September already?  I guess two days ago is the answer to that, but I feel like this year has FLOWN by!  I guess time flies when you start a blog, pack up your life, move to a new state, get a job, buy a car, make fabulous new friends, try to stay connected with old friends, travel, start grad school, and realize your life is really over.  But like my Dad always say, “If it was easy, everybody would do it.”

My wise, and goofy, Dad

That advice has gotten me through many a difficult time when I wanted to throw in the towel, and take the easy way out.  This has especially come in handy as I’ve started back to school…again.  I spent 8 straight hours in the lab today, but I know it was worth it.  I’m sure there are plenty of employees at the National Institute of Health, better known as NIH, who have spent more than one of their Saturdays in a lab.  The Foundation for NIH uses scientific discovery and translational research to improve public health, and make the world a better place.  FNIH just celebrated its 15th anniversary this summer, and they have proven that they lead the nation in high-impact medical research and collaborations.  As a budding scientist, they are also the place to go for training that will propel your career into and even beyond the future of world health issues.  And trust me, not everybody has that opportunity.  That little saying my Dad has also taught me how importance confidence is, especially as a women in the sciences.  The Honey Shine Mentoring Program is a part of the Alonzo Mourning charities, that encourages a balance of mind, body and soul for girls and women.  Balance is something I have to work towards on a daily basis over the past couple of weeks.  HS hold workshops twice a month, field trips, and four weeks of summer camp every year to help empower girls to shine as women.  Women love things that shine like diamonds and sparkles so why wouldn’t we want to shine like our accessories?

Foundation for the National Institute of Health Donation

Honey Shine Donation

So here’s to the wise words of my father!  Really he’s got lots of them, but this one makes my top of the list for me.  He never ceases to amaze me with all the useful and useless knowledge he continues to accumulate, and share with me.  It’s amazing what the Discovery and History channels can do for a person.  Thanks for showing me that taking the easy way out doesn’t pay, and it’s not as much fun either.

Keep your button, I'll take the good stuff.

Week 5-New Year’s Resolutions, Day 1-Travel

New year, same blog

As 2011 is getting closer by the day most of us are starting to think about what our new year’s resolution will be this year.  This week is all about being thankful for a new year of opportunities.  I have always loved to travel and see new places and lucky for me this year is starting off with a bang.  I’m thankful for all the traveling I was able to do because of my grandmother.  She loved to travel and even though she wasn’t here to see it, she made sure I was able to travel to my heart’s content.  I’m thankful for our move to West Virginia and for the all the new places, near and far, we will travel to in the upcoming year.

Scott and I love to go camping so I was SO excited when I found these Volunteer Vacations through the American Hiking Society.  Get out.  Give back.  That’s their motto, and I like it.  AHS has vacation locations from Alaska to the US Virgin Islands where volunteers spend a week building and maintaining hiking trails.  You can pick the date, difficulty level, location, and type of accommodations that you would like to experience and sign up!  Forget those trips to Disney World, this is where the real magic happens.  Okay so I realize that some people really do like to kick back and relax on vacation and not build hiking trails.  Well guess what?  You can bid on a vacation at BiddingForGood and help support a charity.  They have helped raise over 100 million dollars for charity by running over 10,000 auctions.  So now you can take that luxury African Safari you’ve always dreamed of and the proceeds will go to support Washington State University’s viticulture and enology programs.  Now you can feel even better about taking that vacation that you’ve worked so hard for.

American Hiking Society Donation

Bidding For Good Donation

So here’s to you traveling!  You take us to exotic places and help us make memories that last a lifetime.  You push us to get out of our comfort zones and try something new.  Here’s to traveling to new places in 2011 and helping others as we do it.  “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

Week 1-Food, Day 6-Water

Once again I realize that water is not food, but it is obviously essential to our everyday survival.  I think it is also one of the easiest things to take for granted living in America.  We walk right up to our sinks and wash our hands, rinse off our dishes, and fill up big glasses of water to drink.  I know lately I’ve been trying to drink less soda and more water, and today it hit me what a luxury this is.  There are close to a billion people across the planet without clean drinking water.  I don’t know about you, but I was genuinely shocked by this number.

Luckily there are lots of great organizations out there who are two steps ahead of me, but I’m going to focus on one in particular.  chairty: water was founded in 2006 and has raised almost $20 million dollars and funded over 3100 projects to bring clean water to 1.4 million people!  It’s easy to see why if you visit their website.  A single donation of $20 will supply one person with clean water for twenty years.  Or you can buy a sweet t-shirt, new year’s eve tie, next year’s calendar, or a gelaskin for your latest apple products to help give people clean water.  I have to admit I am totally obsessed with this charity.  The story of how Scott Harrison started the company four years ago was enough for me to well up while reading it.  I want to buy all of their lower east side inspired merchandise and wear them all at the same time to spread the word about charity: water.  But most importantly, they remind me why I wanted to write this blog in the first place.  They are changing the world and I want to support them however I can.  You can find the link to donate below and a few other links that echo charity: water’s mission.

charity: water donate

Water Aid donate

Water Charity donate

Tonight as I run my dishwasher, take a hot shower, and drink my Yogi Bedtime tea I will continue to be thankful for good, simple H2O.  Two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen, and always a part of life.