Am I really 30?

Hello friends and family!

In case you didn’t know, I am turning 30 today! The big 3-0. The joke is that people are forever 29. And I have to admit, 29 has been good to me. I went extreme go karting, saw my favorite musician, Mason Jennings, in concert, bought our first pets (4 chicks), took a foraging class in SF, went camping at Big Trees, learned how to sew a zipper pouch (I know this is strange, but I could now make these things all day) and spent lots of time with my favorite people. And even with all of these good times, I am okay to move on to 30. I’m not afraid of the number, but only because I feel as young as I ever have. How is it that 30 no longer seems as old as it did when I got set up on a date with a 30 year old when I was 19?IMG_7880IMG_7406IMG_20150530_095943_571IMG_8030

So, I wanted to make it a meaningful occasion by doing things a little differently than usual. Sure, I could hope for more art supplies (you can never have too many), but i wanted something special to remember this birthday by.

In the past couple years I have read several books that have had a common theme and that is education…or the lack thereof in different parts of the world. It really hit me hard as I would read about people like Malala Yousafzai who didn’t just get shipped off to school in a bus every morning with no cares. So many kids, especially girls, do not have the same opportunities for education as I did growing up and this has made me extremely grateful for the education I so mindlesssly received. Homework was such a burden, but for these kids who have to fight to receive an education, this opportunity for learning would only be a huge blessing.

youngme(thee picture i had on my computer of younger me with my cousins and brother)

I somehow stumbled on the book “The Promise of a Pencil” by Adam Braun. You can read about his “for purpose” organization called Pencils of Promise on their website pencilsofpromise.org. They work with communities across the globe to build schools and create programs that provide education opportunities for children, no matter where they are born, or what resources they have. Pencils of Promise has broken ground on over 200 schools throughout Ghana, Guatamala, and Laos. I love how they counsel with the communities and the communities are responsibile for part of the cost, so everyone is involved and everyone values what is being done. I was so excited, reading about this that I immediately went into fundraising mode and thought of different ways I could help the cause. Dedicating my 30th birthday to this cause is one of the ways.

PoP

Nothing would bring me more fulfillment than to know that I am doing something to help a child receive an education. Education unlocks the potential in everyone. It is a powerful tool in changing the world. Please join with me by donating to these kids’ futures. I so appreciate your support!! Click the link below.

fundraise.pencilsofpromise.org/fundraise?fcid=468463

100% of online donations goes directly to the PoP programs!

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