These past couple weeks of starting a new job at Symbaloo has left me with a lot of online time at the office to network and reach out to new communities (yes, I get paid to do this). One of which I have found extremely active and helpful in just about everything I am interested in is Career Brazenist. I won’t bore you with the details but if you are in search of advice from respective peers, job hunting or just interested in meeting other young professionals this is a great site to check out. Somewhere between filling out my personal profile on the C.B. site and reading a blog piece from Monica O’Brien recapping 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, I realized that I am waiting to accomplish things in my life that are so simple. What am I waiting for, really?
Reflecting on the goals that I put in my profile made me realize that half of them can be accomplished NOW! Goal Numbers 3, 4 and 5: Become a “runner” instead of a walk/jogger, write a weekly blog post consistently and donate monthly to Kiva.org can all be done immediately with a little focus and determination. So this has been week one of trying to implement these small goals into my routine.
Week 1 Results:
In the past week, I have ran 4 consecutive days (yey me), written one blog post (this one) and donated my first (hopefully of many) $28 contribution to Kiva. I have never felt better. In fact, Hebert (the guy who I loaned the money) already got his complete $750 loan and will be purchasing a reliable car to help him progress in his delivery business. That make me feel better than anything else that is going on around me. I don’t even care if he pays it back, I just hope it really does help him in his entrepreneurial endeavor. They should rename micro-loans to mini-angel gifts/granters. When I filled out my Kiva application one of the questions they asked was why are you donating to Kiva? My answer: “I am selfish and it makes me feel good.” No really, I am, on both accounts, and I am ok with that.
My new goals are now to stay consistent in my efforts and make it a part of my routine and day to day life because doing these things makes me feel empowered and give me a sense of personal accomplishment aside from professional life.
***See how good giving feels, become a “Mini-Angel Investor” and click on the Kiva link in the right column of my blog to find someone who deserves a tiny amount of your money.***