I cant make up my mind either.
What subject deserves the laborious task of inarticulately crafting words in my feeble attempt to communicate something? Let's see......
In the meantime, I cant help but share this analogy that has popped in my head over these last several weeks of trying to formulate something interesting for the few of you to read.
I am like a sponge. When given the chance I will soak up any interesting thing I hear or read. For example, I just devoured some legal criteria from the Department of Labor regarding the definition of an employee and a whole slew of commentaries on the ethics of unpaid internships. I was fully engaged in the heated controversy when I looked up and noticed that an hour and a half had gone by since I first googled. I listen to talk radio for 20 min. and before I know it I am fully sucked in and spend the next chance I get to search the web mulling over the content of related websites. Too often my determination to follow what seems to be an interesting lead in my ever pressing quest for mental stimulation lands me in a place far off from where I originally set out to go and thus renders me quite unproductive.
Before you think I am complimenting myself here, let me continue with the analogy. While I may be absorbent and able to wrap my mind tightly around the contents of my head, letting them out is another story. When squeezed (like in the attempt to write a blog post), my brian simply spills forth, sometimes in excessive quantities, a murky, diluted and unclear product, much like the water that is disembogued from an overused sponge.
So here you have it, your murky waters for today:
Did you see Idol Gives Back? Were you jealous of the judges and past contestants for the opportunity they had to do so much good and empower others to join them? I was.
I tend to think big when it comes to the things I want to do. I am often paralyzed by my inability to scale down my ideas to a conceivable size and in turn, do nothing. Such a great quality! I am attempting to change that. Starting here:
My MIL (yes! I love using the new vernacular of this generation - acronyms for everything.), who is an amazing woman of God, began a new ministry through our church. It seeks to make the needs of the local community widely known to it's inhabitants within the church. Being slightly technically challenged (bless her!) herself, she has turned to me for help with the electronic distribution of information. I am very excited about partnering with her in this effort to become more involved in my community and taking some small steps toward doing some good in the world right around me. I will be sure to keep you apprised of the happenings with this group as it takes off and hopefully gains some momentum.
For now, I decided to do something else to help further a cause that I am starting to believe more and more strongly in - and what else does one do when they want to further a cause besides start a Facebook page!? Introducing Shop Local - Woodland, Ca.
It is a commonly known fact among Woodlanders that there is VERY little in the way of shopping, restaurants and other businesses in our town. This is so different from the land of a billion places to shop, eat and do anything you can image that is Orange County, my beloved place of birth. While at times it can be frustrating, I can appreciate the simplicity of it. The problem is that the poor retail climate in general is making it extremely hard for even the few businesses out there to survive. Being a small business owner myself, although sadly not in my hometown (or maybe not so sadly) I have a new appreciation for the support of the local business and local economy. Did you know that dollars spent in locally-owned business have up to three times the impact on the community as those spent at corporate chains? This is just one of the many reasons to support your local economy by shopping locally.
There are actually some really neat neat place to shop in Woodland (I know because I am a shopper by nature and have the gifting to discover them) they are just a little unexpected and that is why I decided to start this page. Its mission is to help increase the livelihood of the local business community here in Woodland by highlighting locally owned stores, services and other businesses. Every week I will post about a different store, restaurant or other business that is well worth visiting. So, the work involved is not just the postings but I also have to visit these places. The first few dozen posts will be easy because, like I said, I already know of several little hole-in-the-wall spots that deserve some recognition besides their name in the phonebook (and that really is the extent of the advertising many of these places do!). But there are a few already on my radar that I have not yet shopped and I am excited about this project of having to get out and visit them and hopefully encouraging you to as well. The ultimate fulfillment would be if I spared just one person the remorseful experience of heading to target for just one or two things and dropping their whole months budget instead.
I hope to gain at least a small following. So far, I have one 'liker'. How's that for starting small!? (Thanks, Angela!) So, if you live in or visit Woodland, be sure to check it out and join me on this little journey of discovering and supporting our community in this way. (There is a badge just to the left on this blog that will link yo to the page OR you can click on the logo above.)
Until next time.........