Quote of the Day!

“Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives”.

                                                                                                                                    -Louise L Hay

 

Remember; Follow your Dreams.

 

 

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University Fundraiser

Hello,

On Saturday just gone, 16th November, I helped take part in a fundraising event with my university in order to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support as well as many local charities. Basically the university had arranged with a local shopping centre for us to have certain amount of floor space on the 16th Nov, then each course had to come up with their own ideas on how to raise money. For example, the sport degree aimed to travel the length of a marathon on a bike machine and a rowing machine. The IT degree held a robot fighting competition as well as a FIFA tournament. Our course decided to be Santa’s Little Helpers and wrap presents for people doing their Christmas Shopping.

The event was a HUGE success. Us students have still not found out how much money was raised in total, but I believe it is a lot. We had a target of £5000. I hope we beat our target.

I had such a great day. I am not great at wrapping presents so I left that to the other girls in my class, and walked around with a donation bucket and another student dressed as Father Christmas. The kids loved it!!

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I even had a go on the bike machine when one was free. You can see my little legs working hard on the picture, they are a blur. I was only on the bike for 15 minutes and my legs ACHED all day long. I admire the sports lads for doing that for 6 hours!!

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This next picture is a little blurry but this was me and my friend stood outside the shopping centre.

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It was a great day overall, and a huge success. I am looking forward to doing more events soon. If you have any ideas or thoughts on fundraising ideas then let me know, I’m open to anything.

 

Remember; Follow your Dreams.

 

Number 3.

Hey Guys,
I am so so sorry that it has been months since I last wrote. I just started back at university, and I spent two weeks in America. So I have had barely any time to blog.
However, whilst I was in America I was able to tick off Number 3 – See a Killer Whale from my bucket list.

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As you can probably tell, I went to SeaWorld, Orlando.

I can honestly say that one of my earliest dreams was to see a Killer Whale, I actually always wanted to ride one but I figured that was a bit too far fetched.. I guess that’s what you get for growing up as Free Willy being your favourite film.

Anyways, Killer Whales – which are actually Dolphins! – are such beautiful, majestic animals, and my all time favourite. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to SeaWorld.. at the time. Do not judge me yet.

I have always believed that captivity was wrong, but I have never looked too much into it, so I suppose I was ignorant to what was really happening at SeaWorld, which was by I felt so overcome by emotions when I finally saw a real life Orca.

On my final night in Florida I watched a documentary on CNN called BlackFish. For those of you who are not familiar with the documentary then I urge you to watch it. It really does open your eyes to the truth. Orca’s do not belong in captivity. It is disgusting actually, and I felt very emotional.

Have you ever read or seen something and it touched you that much that you cannot think of anything but that, and it becomes your life aim to raise awareness? That is how I feel about BlackFish. The things these poor animals go through, and to think that they even have a part of the brain that we do not, yet people treat them like this. It is sickening.

I now hate SeaWorld and feel beyond guilty about ever going in the first place, and for not knowing any better. Yet I do no regret it. If I had never been, then I could never understand for myself. I have seen these beautiful creatures in real life now, and it makes them seem a lot more real to me. You may not understand me, but my eyes are open now and its better late than never. I will never set foot in a place like that again.

What are your thoughts on BlackFish? Or SeaWorld for that matter.

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Remember; Follow Your Dreams.

Good Deeds Daily

Hey guys,

I stated on my bucket list that I would like to do good deeds. Not just one good deed but many. I put this on my bucket list, not as a challenge, but to make sure I never forget. I enjoy helping people, and sometimes I am at a loss of how to help people I don’t know, or how to make others feel good. I am not a very confident person, so sometimes I find it hard. So I turned to my good friend Google, hoping he would give me some answers. I came across an article on this website – Canadian Living. It has provided a list of 50 good deeds that you could do daily, or whenever the opportunity arises.

Here are the 50 Good Deeds;

1. Make a double-batch of something delicious and freezable and give it to an older neighbour who doesn’t cook for him or herself as much anymore.

2. Buy a bag of good groceries – high-quality coffee, whole-grain pasta, a box of decadent cookies or other treats you’d normally buy for yourself – and donate it to your local food bank or shelter.

3. Cut an armload of fresh flowers from your garden and bring them to your local nursing home so the residents can enjoy the smells of spring or summer.

4. Bring your well-behaved dog for a visit at a local nursing home. There’s nothing like a happy pup to raise someone’s spirits.

5. When out shovelling your walk or raking your leaves, it’s not too much more effort to do the same for a neighbour. Consider it good exercise as well as a good deed.

6. Hold the door for people behind you, especially if the person behind is carrying packages, bags or kids.

7. Volunteer at a local breakfast program. A warm smile and a friendly welcome go a long way.

8. Bring someone less fortunate a plant or some fresh flowers. This is something they might not want to spend money on.

9. Make soup for a friend recovering from surgery or an illness. Cooking is the last thing you feel like doing when you aren’t feeling 100 per cent.

10. Take your sibling’s kids out for the day – to the movies, apple picking, for a hike. The parents could probably use a break and the kids will love it.

11. Put together a basket of treats for a friend who had a death in the family. Deliver it after the funeral has taken place, when most friends have gone back to their day-to-day lives.

12. Drive your grandparents, elderly parents and their friends to church, doctor’s appointments or the movies. They (and their aging bodies) will value the gesture.

13. Volunteer for a charity. Pick a cause that’s near and dear to your heart and donate your time to them.

14. Sit down with your family and estimate what you’d spend on each other for gifts. Instead of buying each other gifts for birthdays or holidays, donate the estimated amount to a charity.

15. If you head out of town, drop off your monthly public transit pass at a youth or job centre. They’ll pass on the pass to someone who is in need of it to job hunt or attend school.

16. Take your neighbours trash to the curb while you’re taking yours. Imagine their surprise when they see that the chore is already done.

17. If you’re in line at the grocery store with a full cart, let the person behind you who only has 5-10 items go in front of you.

18. Offer to take care of a neighbour’s pet when they go away on a small vacation. They’ll be comfortable knowing their pet is in good hands.

19. Make dinner for friends with a newborn baby (or, if they’re far away, send a gift card for the grocery store or a favourite restaurant so they can pick something up).

20. Pay for the person behind you at the drive thru. It will make someone’s day!

21. Help someone who looks lost with directions. Most people are intimidated and feel vulnerable when they’re lost, offering to help them find their destination will relieve them.

22. Donate blood. One single donation can help up to 4 people – that should be inspiring enough.

23. Donate your used clothes and housewares to charity. By doing so, you can help people meet basic human needs. Your old sweaters will keep someone warm during the winter and your old housewares can help someone furnish their new apartment.

24. Around Christmas time, find a holiday angel program in your community. You can donate basic things like toothpaste, towels, sheets and pyjamas for a family in need to open on Christmas morning.

25. Take a CPR class. You never know when you might be in a position to put those life-saving skills into practice.

26. Help an elderly person off the bus or cross the road by offering to take their arm or carry their packages.

27. By joining a bone marrow registry such as One Match stem cell and marrow network, you could be giving someone a lifesaving gift.

28. Offer to babysit a friend’s kids one night so she and her partner can enjoy a romantic evening out. You friend will certainly be grateful for the night off.

29. Bring your old magazines to a hospital waiting room to make patients’ waits a little less nerve racking.

30. Write a letter or e-mail to a good friend or family member to let them know how much you value them. Can you imagine opening a letter of that sort? Go on, start the trend.

31. Volunteer yourself to walk an elderly neighbour’s dog once a week. Getting out for a walk isn’t overly easy for many elderly folk, so they’d most likely appreciate this gesture.

32. Instead of dropping your head and pretending you don’t notice (like the rest of the rush-hour crowd) someone struggling to get a stroller down the stairs, take a second and offer to help.

33. Offer an elderly person, a pregnant woman, a physically disabled person – or just someone who looks tired – your seat on the bus.

34. Help keep your city clean. Pick up plastic bottles and other trash you see around your neighbourhood and deposit it in its appropriate place.

35. Visit a nursing home just to chat with some of the residents, as many of them don’t get regular visitors.

36. They say that smiling is contagious. Pick a day to smile at everyone you pass on the street.

37. Pass on your books after you’ve read them for someone else to enjoy. Take them to a local shelter or give them to friends.

38. Next time you read an article about an author you know your book-loving friend would enjoy, pass it on to them. It will make them feel good that you think about them.

39. If you’ve discovered a great little restaurant or store, spread the word. The business and whoever you tell will both benefit.

40. Being angry at someone requires a lot of energy from both people involved, so go ahead and let go of an old grudge. Forgiving someone who hurt you will open the door for a friendship to be rekindled.

41. A few days before the holidays or a family member’s birthday, head over to your parents’ or grandparents’ home to wrap their gifts for them. They’ll appreciate your help and the company.

42. On a random weekend, surprise your unsuspecting spouse with breakfast in bed. It will make their day.

43. When you come across a two for one deal (which are popular at book and movie stores), donate your free product to a local shelter or youth group.

44. Allot yourself a set amount of compliments to dole out a day. Your co-worker will love hearing that she looks great in her new skirt.

45. Getting out and about isn’t so easy for some. Volunteer to do your grandparents’ grocery shopping for them every two weeks. Is it that much trouble to shop for someone else when you’re already making a trip to the grocery store for yourself?

46. Next time you’re at your favourite local pub or breakfast diner, leave your server a very generous tip.

47. Everyone knows how annoying it is to rush back to your car only to find a parking ticket sitting on your windshield. To make sure someone else doesn’t suffer the same fate, feed parking metres that you notice are about to expire.

48. Next time you do your grocery shopping, pick up a large bag of cat or dog food to donate to a local animal shelter.

49. Host a movie night for 10 of your closet friends. Charge $/£10 admission, provide the popcorn, candy and drinks, and donate the $/£100 to a charity you all decide on. It’s a perfect way to feel good about having fun.

50. After you complete your 49 days worth of good deeds, treat yourself to a mani-pedi, dinner at your favourite restaurant or those fabulous shoes you’ve been eyeing. And no matter what, don’t suffer from buyers remorse. After all your selfless acts, you deserve a little treat.

I personally will be trying out as many as possible from the list – I will keep you up to date with my progress. Is this something you are interested in and will try out yourselves? I would appreciate your thoughts. 🙂

Remember; Follow your Dreams.

Quote of the Day!

 

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

                                                              – Milton Berle

 

 

You should not wait for things to come to you. You need to take fate into your own hands. If you want to do something then do it. You do not want to look back on your life thinking what if.

 

Remember; Follow your Dreams.