Here we are, we’ve made it to 2022. That sounds dramatic but feels so good to say.
So often an overriding sentiment at this time of the year is something along the lines of “who knows what the new year will bring.” And it’s true, a lot about the coming year is unknown. As we’ve learned these past 2 years, many things happen to us that are out of our control, and we lean into our strengths and experience, and our community, to face them and get through them.
But to start off with this first message to you of 2022, I want to talk about something I do know this year will bring because it’s something I have decided to bring into it – GRATITUDE. As I’ve told you in the past couple of weekly messages, I’m now 50 years old (and loving it!). And, stealing the idea from two people I admire, Scott Osman and Shari Ciapka, I have decided to donate $50 to a charity each week of my 50th year. And the main reason I’m doing this is gratitude.
We are now in week 3 of my 50 for 50 giving campaign and I am grateful for the amazing response it has already gotten. I’m grateful for the charity suggestions I’ve already received from many of you. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to dedicate the 52 weeks of my 50th year to giving to and raising awareness for the many organizations doing good in the world.
My gratitude extends to my family, my friends, all of the amazing people who have supported me so far and continue to support me daily, and to YOU, with whom I get to share my thoughts and experiences every week.
You may be someone who sets a New Year’s Resolution every year, or not. Either way, I challenge you to ask yourself, “What will I bring to this new year?” and commit to not just letting the year happen to you, but to you making things happen!
50 f0r 50 Charity of the Week
Week 3: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
For those of you who know my mother’s struggle, you can understand why I’ve included this week’s charity, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Actually, I must credit my son who selected this as one of his Chanukah charities. This organization is doing the necessary work and research in finding more treatments and a cure for leukemia and lymphoma – which my mother had both! This week I donate in memory and honor of my late, amazing, and dearly missed mom, Margot – I hope you join me.