Happy New Year, everyone!! Hope you aren’t feeling too rough this morning! We stayed in most of the night, except for a trip out to see Saving Mr. Banks (Loved it! Highly recommend!), so here I am being the bloggy early bird. 🙂
While so many blogs have been reflecting on 2013, I was eagerly awaiting the New Year’s countdown. I won’t go so far as to say that I had a terrible year, but if I had to sum up 2013 in one word, it would be “disappointing.” We don’t need to rehash the details, but suffice to say I’m ready for a clean slate and for 2014 to bring bigger and better things. Which brings me to today’s topic: The New Year of Social Giving.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like an awfully self-serving person. As I’ve been going through my Household Detox (more on that later this week!) I see all the STUFF that I’ve accumulated and I’m thinking “Seriously? Why? Who needs this much?” Apparently I do. Or, I did. I have filled my life and my house with an excess of stuff – clothing, makeup, books, kitchen gear…STUFF! And the worst part is that the vast majority isn’t even representative of friends or family, feelings or memories. It’s just empty stuff. Which is why I’m having a pretty easy time with purging it all. I have a huge stack of bags ready to be donated to the Calgary Drop In Centre, and I’m not even finished yet.
So, I’m kicking off 2014 with a donation to my local community. That’s great, pretty straightforward “giving.” But what does giving mean in the context of Prairie Princess Runners?
It’s easy for social media to be self-serving too. Many studies show that when we post, receive likes, comments, and tweets, our brains receive a rush of feel-good endorphins. We crave this emotional high, so the more social “stuff” we can acquire, the happier we can be. Right? Maybe…
This year, I want to flip that trend on its head. Instead of taking from my social community, I want to start giving more: writing more, reading more, following more, and commenting more. It’s fun, enlightening, friendly, FREE (one of my favourite ‘F’ words!), and it makes other people feel good. And as a believer in karma, I’d be happy if a fraction of any of that came back my way.
If you’re in a giving mood too, why not check out some of these people who have been so kind and sweet to PPR in 2013, our inaugural year: