Well November has now come and gone and it was a long but a quick month. Although Halloween does feel like ages ago. It is time to check in on my 2013 Resolutions even though 2013 is nearing an end. My first resolution for 2013 was to lose weight. I had some good success in November and it was a direct result of working out and a better diet (hashtag, go figure). On Thanksgiving, instead of just waking up and starting to eat and drink we ran a 5k and I finished under 40 minutes! It is a great baseline for the 10 mile race I've signed up for in May! The second resolution is to get a hold on household finances and we did well in November. Christmas is always a tempting time so it is going to take discipline and control to close out the year well. My third resolution was to be more professional about blogging and to engage in near-shameless self promotion. In November I co-hosted another happy hour, hosted a DIY night at Langford Market, and am part of the team which has founded the Windy City Blogger Collective. I've been better about writing posts ahead of time but I'm not scheduling content as far ahead as I'd like to be. But I am proud of the content I am putting up and I hope you like it too! My final resolution is career driven and I made a lot of progress over the course of 2013, and especially in the last 2 months to learn more about what my best skills are and which roles will be best suited for me in the future. My mini resolutions are probably in the need of the most attention. My dresser top is a mess which means I haven't gotten back to "set" in a while, I've been good about washing my face but not perfect, but my hair has definitely gone into a bun more than it has been dried. With just one more month to go in 2013, I have already started to think about 2014 and what my resolutions will be!
After a day of giving thanks and two (maybe five) for getting deals today is the day for giving back.
It is #GivingTuesday and it is the perfect time for you to make a charitable contribution to the organization or organizations that mean the most to you. I'll be supporting a few today! EGBOK MISSION Everything's Gonna Be OK
EGBOK devoted to connecting young adults with their potential as hospitality professionals. They teach, train, and prepare their students the ins and outs of the service and tourism business and the impact is immense. Each student has the potential to bring home more than 3x the national family income average in their first year. This is a life-changing program for these students and their families. Visit EGBOKMission.org to learn more and to support their incredible program!
This scholarship is just being created now and it will go to honor the memory and spirit of a true Dayton Flyer at the University of Dayton forever. Evan was my cousin and a dear friend to countless classmates of mine and left a trail of smiles behind him everywhere he went. He unexpectedly passed away while volunteering in Cambodia in 2009. And this community of friends and family has begun this scholarship as a way to preserve his memory. It is difficult to believe this April will be 5 years without him in our lives. Although, we all know he is really here with us in spirit. You can support by visiting givenow.udayton.edu and selecting Scholarships then Evan Roy Witty Memorial Scholarship in the fields next to "Direct My Gift To". Giving Tuesday image via npEngage.com