Weeks 12-19: Even more fails, with some wins mixed in

Well, I am continuing to try not to be too hard on myself here. But to be honest, it’s hard.

 

I had a few friends (including my boyfriend) who encouraged caution with embarking on such a lofty goal as trying to do something good for the world for at least one hour a week. They were worried that if I missed the mark that I would be inordinately hard on myself.

 

Well, they were right.

 

But I’m also glad that I’m documenting this experience for myself. I’m fascinated to observe my own habits, my own priorities, what takes up seemingly all of my time, and how much motivation I need to get something done, front to back, January 1st to December 31st.

 

For the past few (7) weeks, I’ve travelled from Hawaii to Atlanta to Toronto, been injured and healed from a serious neck injury, reintegrated myself back into my work place, and decided to start a business in ernest, and to research buying and living in an RV for my remaining time on tour.

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None of this excuses missing my goal of volunteering once a week. But it does illustrate where in the heck my time went.

 

A few weeks I did manage to transcribe the book I’ve been working on for the Bureau for the Blind, as well as setting up a highly successful Goodwill campaign in Atlanta in my theater. One week I spent 45 minutes making and putting up signs around the theater, and then the next week I spent five minutes asking my dresser to bring it to Goodwill for me.

 

So it’s not all for naught.

 

But this is my mea culpa entry. I’ve missed the mark for a solid ten weeks of 52. Now, back to WORK. My mission is to get an hour of transcribing this book this week, and figuring out what more I can do to make the world better next week.

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Horse, I’m back on.

 

Let’s GO.

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Week Two: Goodwill Drive for another place of good-will!

Project: Donating Clothes

Actual Time Taken: 30 Minutes

Well three weeks into the new year and I’ve already missed a blog post.

Selena of 2013 is so disappointed in herself.

Selena of 2014 is understanding that she just moved from LA to Hawaii in the last two weeks, so anyone would be a bit behind.

But fear not. For at least my committment of volunteering was accomplished. (Just not the full hour. Sigh.)

This week was our last week in LA before our tour moves to Hawaii. At the end of every city we go through the ritual of packing up our stuff and realizing that we accumulated more junk than we meant to during the course of the city. This ritual is almost always accompanied with mild surprise and consternation at having to downsize quickly before leaving town.

Enter the Lion King’s “Goodwill Bin.” At the end of a city, we sometimes try to accumulate all of our gently used, unwanted goods to donate to the local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or in LA’s case, the local “Out of the Closet.

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This non-profit chain (who even has locations as far away as Florida and Amsterdam!) uses the revenues from donated items to provide free HIV/AIDS and STD testing. Some locations even provide counseling. educational resources, and medical services for HIV/AIDS positive patients.

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I got the word out at the theater on Friday and collected five completely full garbage and paper shopping bags by Sunday.

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It’s not pretty, but it’s good.

I dropped them off at the Sunset Blvd location of Out of the Closet before packing up the rest of my life in my Prius and watching my boyfriend drive it away.

So the irony in this week was I had more than enough time to give my bit of volunteering, but the project didn’t take the full hour, and I couldn’t find the to write this quick little blog. The learning curve continues…