Give Thanks on #GivingTuesday
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Thanksgiving was a few days ago, and it was my first ever Thanksgiving away from home. I filled my time with fun activities, even if it meant doing them alone. I started by treating myself to a movie last Tuesday, without realizing was Coco‘s opening night! I also had no idea just how good the movie was going to be. If you haven’t seen it yet, you know what you need to do! 🙂
#Coco is an absolute delight. Some of the most stunning animation Pixar’s done in years. It’s got some complex themes of life, family, and legacy, but it sticks the landing. pic.twitter.com/4aHyclmsTz
— Daniel Howat (@howatdk) November 23, 2017
On Wednesday I finally took a day trip to Sausalito, a cute little town on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. I wanted to go all summer, but the weather was always too cold, ironically. Back home, Thanksgiving was when it started getting super cold and all the leaves have turned red. However it just doesn’t really feel like autumn in California. There have been some cold days, but last week it was close to 70°F (21°C) every day.
Sausalito is famous for its floating village – where houses are built right in the water. It’s like someone *copied* the pastel houses in San Francisco and *pasted* them on the water. The water is also super clean. One of the perks of autumn in California is that there are some clouds in the sky, which means better lighting for photos. Goodbye glare!
The vibe of downtown Sausalito is Mediterranean. I think when I posted an Instagram story some friends actually thought I was in Europe. 😛 The houses are either built waterfront or clinging onto the hills which reminds me of Italy or Greece. Unfortunately you can still see San Francisco in the background so that illusion only works if you don’t look. 😉
I know a few people who stayed in the city for Thanksgiving and got together to hang out, but I couldn’t go because I twisted my other ankle – the one I didn’t sprain – by tripping down the stairs, then stressed it by walking too much in Sausalito. I was in pain and bedridden for one day, so I had more time to video chat with three close friends from New York. I’m super thankful that we made the effort to catch up when daily life just slips by so fast and you realize it’s been months since you’ve spoken. Yet, there’s a comforting sense of familiarity and you pick up where you left off!
Luckily, this time my ankle wasn’t a serious injury and resting the muscle for two days was all I needed. It feels fine now, and my originally sprained ankle also feels great! I think I’m just in a thankful season right now. It comes after a few emotionally and physically tough seasons, but right now I’m feeling better. The air is also fresher nowadays with the rain, and flowers are blooming. It’s a perpetual spring!
Now that Thanksgiving is over, today is #GivingTuesday, a newer tradition of spending even more money after all the shopping, but towards charity. I want to look at the concept of giving – so many people, including myself, grew up used to “doing good” because our parents probably set that example. If you’re anything like me, you may have at some point questioned how you can make a difference, when there’s so many different types of needs and you have limited resources.
One of my beliefs is that our experiences equip us with more than just the money + morality to give. There’s a personal touch in each of us that can be directed towards something specific. I think that will help us understand why we are giving, and not feel we just do it because it’s the trend.
Grace. This 5-letter word is so much more powerful than we think. It’s so easy to believe I can earn the right to call myself “good” by doing good things and comparing it to what others do. For this #GivingTuesday, I challenge you to give (if you can) not out of charity obligation, but from your heart. What is a cause that hits you close and why? 💘 For me, it will prob be an organization that rescues girls from being sold in poor countries. I don’t think crime is the only culprit – there is also cultural belief of the value of girls at play, and it’s a culture that I’m too familiar with. After struggling with my worth as a girl to woman for 23 years, I know it’s only amazing grace that has always protected me from the harmful things I once believed in. 🙌🏼 #flowershop #floral #bloom #freshflowers #bouquet #lifestyle #weekendvibes #thatsdarling #brightaesthetic #flashesofdelight #pursuepretty #seekthesimplicity #colorful #colorsplash #acolorstory #reflection #spiritual #worship #prayer
So, do you have a target for #GivingTuesday? If not, I would love to recommend Chicktech: Bay Area to you, especially since most of my readers are superwomen in tech! Last month I joined the San Francisco team as the Design Lead. The organization is all volunteer based and has chapters throughout the country working to create educational programs for girls in tech. If you donate to my team, your money will go towards funding monthly workshops that teach girls different tech disciplines. We are trying to raise $5000 for the new year, and the more resources, the more workshops there can be to cater to each girl’s special talents. Click here to donate!
I hope your Thanksgiving was enjoyable and relaxing! And again, please change your links to livperspective.me!