Supporting kids, parents and families

We had a third challenge this month for Go Fit Girl’s June Monthly Challenge.

A challenge of the heart with a donation, preferably focused on children. But any sort of charity giving (whether monetary, time or material [clothes, books, etc.] donations) is awesome.

Brighter Beginnings is a local charity Curt and I like to support. We normally make monetary donations to them for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and usually around Christmastime.

The website states: Supporting healthy births and successful development of children by partnering with parents and helping to build strong communities. Brighter Beginnings tagline is Every Family Matters.

I love supporting Brighter Beginnings. It’s a great organization. And we are helping so many children grow and develop (along with a few other charities we support).

(I probably shouldn’t even say this, but well, I am going to. I have had people call me selfish for choosing to not have children. Hmmm, it’s selfish to know you don’t want kids and not have them while being able to support so many other kids. Selfish?)

Every time I make a donation to BB  they  call me to thank me for my donation after it is made. And they are just … Continue reading

National Day of Service

As I am typing this post I am watching the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

I feel lucky to have today off to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and to have the opportunity to watch the inauguration.

I still remember President Obama’s first inauguration. I was at work and the area I sat in we all agreed to crank up the volume on our computers and watch the inauguration of the first Black president of the United States. We were proud and giddy. It was pretty awesome.

But today is about honoring another great man. Martin Luther King Jr.

And I recently found out about National Day of Service. How did I not know about this before?

Click the link above for more information on National Day of Service to read more. But this is a brief summary: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.

Is there anything more flattering than people helping others in your honor? I think not.

I am always honored when someone … Continue reading

Grateful for new recipe

Today I am going to share a recipe with you, which was shared with me by my friend Monica.

Monica had lunch one day recently with a friend who replicated a recipe from Cafe Gratitude.

Cafe Gratitude is a restaurant in Berkeley. (And has a couple of other locations.) All of their food is organic and vegan and they specialize in gourmet raw and cooked cuisines. I have eaten there once years ago. Whatever I had was pretty good. I am wiling to try different things.

As I started to do research on the restaurant and the recipe I am going to share with you I found that this recipe: I am Grateful has more meaning than just a healthy, vegan meal.

According to the website where the menu is listed the I am Grateful bowl is a community supported grain bowl. Shredded kale with local brown rice, black beans and tahini-garlic sauce. They created this bowl to allow for those in financial need to have access to organic vegan food. Payment for this bowl is by donation. No one is turned away. The suggested value is $7. You can feed yourself and someone in need for … Continue reading

Why I am Child Free By Choice

I think being a mom is the most important job in the world. The second most important job is being president of the United States.

I don’t want to be either.

This post is about why I, along with my husband, have chosen to be Child Free By Choice. It is not a reflection on or judgment  on anyone else. This is about ME.

I don’t ever remember having an overwhelming desire to have a baby.

At some point in my 20s I decided if I was still single at 30 I would adopt a baby.

By the time I was 30 I was married. When Curt and I got married I figured we would have kids. Because that is what you do, right? Get married … have kids …

A little more than a year after we were married we moved to the Bay Area. We were no longer in newspapers, which meant we were no longer working nights, weekends, holidays. We had the same days off and could actually do stuff together. What an amazing concept.

About six months after moving to Berkeley my temporary gig became a full-time job and money was starting to be less of … Continue reading

Giving, knitting and feeling good in new year

As I sit here and type this post I am missing the New Year’s Day detox workshop at my yoga studio. Man, am I so bummed about that.

With the cold being in my chest and me coughing I just didn’t think it was a good idea for me or fair to others attending.

Even though I don’t get to benefit from the workshop others do. All the proceeds go to the Alameda County Food Bank. So something good still comes out of this.

I am a huge advocate of giving to others, especially charity. I feel that I was put on this planet to help others. I get a great sense of good feelings and warm heart when I help and give to others.

I also enjoy knitting. I make scarves, hats, slippers and blankets. (Though I am so over blankets. They take so long to knit.) And for the most part I enjoy making them for others.

I have participated in knitting hats for the troops with The Ship’s Project. (I have made a couple of troop hats for friends’ husbands.) I have knitted scarves for the Red Scarf Project. I have knitted hats for premie … Continue reading