GIVING BACK


“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”
Winston Churchill



The news is of worldwide chaos… we have unrest in our cities, communities and sometimes even under our own roof.  We have become a culture that has become obsessed with “self” and not in a healthy way!  These external forces are affecting my inner being...and yours, whether we are aware of it or not.

Are we happier?  smarter?  kinder?  

I don’t think so…When I feel my inner being spiraling down, I’ve learned from experience that the best medicine is to get out there and do something for someone else.


The "Can Do" Leadership Team for HFH Women Build


One of the things that has prompted me to write this blog is that I’ve had many “empty nesters” (and some chickadee’s) ask me how to get involved…  the answer is to look around, try a few, and find your passion.   God can’t steer a parked car!   Until just a few years ago, I had joyfully supported organizations with my time, treasure and talents.   Every dollar donated is precious to non-profits.  I gave my time to committees for a luncheon or gala, and of course through my art I have made countless donations to silent auctions for fundraising.   Not until I worked with Habitat for Humanity, did I realize how much fun it was and how rewarding it was to give back through “hands on” work.


9/11 Memorial Bench
placed by a family on walking path near my home.
"Team Blake" at the Impact a Hero 5K


I want to make “random acts of kindness” not so random!  To learn more about and participate in organizations that are making a difference in our world.  I don’t want to just wait for an opportunity to present itself but to become pro-active in this quest.


Romans 12:2 says

“Be Ye Transformed by the renewing of your mind”

So, I will choose to focus on the good, on others,
on gratitude and giving back.


Helping the Girl Scouts with landscaping at a Habitat home

Illustrations for a poem for a family
after losing a young mom to Breast Cancer 
Watercolor sketch given to new Habitat homeowner
with signatures and well wishes from construction workers

“I wondered why somebody didn’t do something.  
                        Then I realized, I am somebody”