So, guess who's sick? That's right...me! *sigh*
I don't have time to be sick right now. Josiah said that is why and when I always get sick...and he's absolutely right. Dang it....
I always have a tendency to WAY overdo it it, and then my body stops me like I hit a roadblock doing 90 mph. So? I guess I think I'm invincible and don't need rest...ever. So what?! :P
I think this one has been worth it though. The focus of a great deal of my energy this time has been on putting together an event for Big Brothers Big Sisters. It is this Saturday and it's called "The Amazing Little Race." The concept is based upon "The Amazing Race" on CBS. Twenty five "matches" (match=one Big with their Little) will compete in challenges at four different venues in Hampton Roads: Great Wolf Lodge, Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport, Virginia Air and Space Center, and The Norfolk Zoo. After these challenges, there will be a big "Finale Rally" at the Hampton Teen Center where the matches will all get medals for participating and the top three teams will receive trophies. It's also a way for BBBS to interact with the community and bring awareness about the organization.
This is a BIG deal. This event has the potential to make these kids aware of things and concepts they never even knew existed. It will teach them SO many things: creativity, good sportsmanship, critical thinking, compromise, geography, science, astronomy...the list is endless!
Plus, it might open the doors for BBBS to move to the Southside (where the organization doesn't currently operate). How awesome would that be?! These mentoring programs are SO important and would benefit the Southside kids AND adults greatly. I can assure you, to hear the Bigs talk about their Littles, this is is definitely a mutually beneficial program. I was going to sign up to mentor, too, but then common sense got the better of me. Single mom with three kids who's going back to school and is already volunteering...I can't take on mentoring, too. That's just not smart and I wouldn't be able to even dedicate the time necessary.
So the event is finally here...and I'm excited. I'm sick and exhausted, but REALLY excited. I'm all about community responsibility, and I really feel like that's what this event and this organization are representative of...community responsibility at its finest.
Do you volunteer? Do you overwhelm yourself like me? I'd be interested to hear other takes on this!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
So I think I'm Invincible...so what?!
Alissa Coburn is a lover of Jesus, the wife of her best friend, and of the mother of 6 beautiful children...whom she adores, but make her question her sanity daily. She also aspires to write and speak professionally, which she feels very deeply is her calling. "What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs." (Matt 10:27)