What Makes You Feel Gratitude? (Happy Birthday to Me!)

While it’s been a week of high emotion for many of us on the national front, I’ve had several opportunities to celebrate over the past week.  Another trip around the sun means gratitude for me. I wrote about that last week in Gratitude.

But I’ve got one more way to celebrate, with a little help from you.  Read on about doing good for others.

There are many organizations that ask for our resources – we’ve all got a list that we believe in and help to the extent we are possible. I’ve got one I’m going to make a donation to in one reader’s name is one more way to celebrate my birthday!

I thought long and hard about which nonprofit I’d share this love.  I found that, just as with other things in my life, by paying attention and setting an intention, I can better ensure I’m acting in ways that make me feel good about doing good.  It’s not always easy, but thinking about what’s really important and how I want to feel makes decision-making easier. (Want more on this – try Hilaria Baldwin’s book The Living Clearly Method where she shares her five principles for taking care of body and mind. Spoiler alert: she talks about attention and intention!)

In the past year, I’ve become a consultant with Beautycounter, whose mission is to get safer products in the hands of everyone.  We do this by advocating for safer skin care, safer cosmetics through educating consumers and lobbying to help make sure we know what goes into the products we use every day.  One of the things I admire most about Beautycounter is that it’s a Certified B Corp – meaning they have verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems.  They are a company using people and business as a force for good.  As part of that, Beautycounter has three trusted partnerships with non-profits who share this vision, on of which also looks out for the interests of children.  With attention and intention, it became crystal clear that’s where my gift is going!

Healthy Child Healthy World is an organization that empowers parents and caregivers to protect children from harmful chemicals.  Why is this important to me?  The first decade or so my teaching, kids were rarely sick but what I came to notice in the second decade and beyond, is that more and more kids are now diagnosed with allergies, cancer, autoimmune and neurological issues.  Sure, medical advances may play a part in this, but it runs much deeper.  As caretakers, we need to know what’s in the products we surround ourselves with so that we are empowered to make choices that impact our health and our children’s health and well-being. We need to put our attention on our children’s health and act with intention.
Want to help me on being a force for good as part of my 50th birthday celebration?  It’s just 3 steps:

  1. Sign up to stay in touch with Wonder of Children. Just gaze up to the right and find where it says “Subscribe to our Newsletter.”
  2. Leave a comment about something or someone who allows you to feel gratitude.
  3. Share this post on your social media networks.

That’s it.  Come February 1st, I’ll let you know in whose name I make the donation in honor of… and then  I think that’s the end of the celebrating, at least until next year!