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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

30 Things to Do in My 30th Year Update

Here's a quick update on my list of 30 Things to Do in My 30th Year.

Goal #8 Eat a guilt-free candy bar. As you can imagine, this took me about five seconds to accomplish :)

Goal #1 Be someone's miracle. I noticed a post on Facebook from a single, working mom whose regular daycare arrangements had fallen through. She was asking for a babysitter and I volunteered. I really saw it as a way to pay it forward for all the childcare help I've received from my family since I've gone back to work. I took my kids and the two boys to Willard Bay and we played at the beach. It was so nice to see the look of gratitude and relief in the mother's eyes. I'm so grateful that I listened to the Spirit.

Goal #3 Dance in the rain with the kids. Our chance came when it started sprinkling in the parking lot at Wal-Mart. It was truly uncharacteristic of me to break out in a boogie there in front of all those complete strangers, but my kids loved it and surprisingly, so did I!

Goal #14 Meet someone famous. Today I had the amazing opportunity to meet one of my personal heroes, Becky Douglas. Becky is a former Miss Georgia, a classical violinist, a member of the church, a mother of seven and also the founder of Rising Star Outreach. Her foundation offers microloans, mobile medical services, and educational opportunities for many whose lives have been touched by leprosy in India. She has been featured on Oprah, CNN and Larry King Live. My boss knows her and asked her to come speak for his Kiwanis meeting today. After the meeting, she came to our office to change out of her sari, then sat at my desk while she ate her lunch. She and I had an opportunity to talk about her work in India and about life in general. She was warm, approachable, very humble and I loved every minute I spent with her. I feel so blessed that our paths merged for half-hour or so. It was AWESOME!

If you want to watch some of the TV spots about Becky and her work in India or find out more about her foundation, go to www.risingstaroutreach.org


jnkeller said...

You're moving right along on your list of goals! How awesome are you! So glad you're letting yourself let your hair down! I need to make a list like that. :) I'm sure I could use more of that. LYLAS!

Can't wait to see you on the 28th!