Hard Work Pays Off

For the last few months, I’ve been working my butt off.  A lot of things have happened recently.

First of all, the wonderful manager of WAR Chest took a well deserved trip.  So for the past 6 weeks, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to work in the store on Friday’s.  It was so much fun!  I absolutely love talking to people and doing everything in the store!  I can’t think of one thing I dislike. 

She has also asked me to help plan events for the boutique, which I am so excited about!  Event planning is one of my favorite things to do.  It’s challenging, keeps me busy and I love coming up with creative new ideas! 

Not only that, I’ve been taking some photographs of volunteers as models.  This is something so new to me.  I love photography, but I don’t typically take photos of people so I’m learning the best ways to pose people and how to direct them to create the perfect shot.

Through that work with the boutique, I’ve been contacted by a local fashion blogger to potentially take photos for her blog!!  I should be meeting with her soon and I am so excited!  Also, a volunteer wanted to hire me to take photos of her grandsons.  How exciting is that?  I can maybe start making a little extra money doing something I love and continue to perfect my skills.  With student loans to worry about, any extra income would be wonderful.

I’ve taken over the Instagram account for Feral Fixers, a local cat rescue.  I’ve also been working more of their events and trying to help with marketing as best I can.  They’ve been working so hard to place so many cats and kittens in a home.   If you live in the Chicagoland area (especially Dupage County) check them out!

On top of that, I’m still doing a fundraising walk with my sister, my best friend Kristiii and my sister’s friend for Mutual Ground and I’ve just signed on to run a 5k for Traffick Free.

Finally, my pride and joy.  The last few months I’ve been working on a seminar to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault.  I have been emailing back and forth with Benedictine University and finally scheduled a time and reserved a room.  They have been so immensely helpful, I can’t even put into words!  It’s been really long days and nights, scheduling photo shoots for marketing material, editing those photos, adding our information, writing event details, setting up accounts, sending out press releases hoping to be picked up by someone, creating contact lists and so much more. 

I’ve been working so hard to get everything together and it is finally happening!  So far 9 people have officially registered and we are hoping for many many more.  I am getting to the point where I am almost completely exhausted, but so excited at the same time.

If anyone is interested in coming you can register at www.1is2many.eventbrite.com

I can’t thank the people who have been helping enough and I’m so excited to see the outcome of this event! Keeping my fingers crossed!

♥ Meggie

October

This month is Domestic Abuse Awareness month.  The entire month of October, all 31 days are supposed to bring awareness to the danger, pain, suffering, fear and death caused by domestic abuse.  What do we hear about it?  Very little.

There are stickers and car magnets for most causes, there are Facebook messages with the theme of the month.  You always hear about Cancer and Autism and Heart Disease and things like that, which are wonderful causes to support.  Most people in my family have had cancer or heart disease or have been taken by either of those so you know I’m defiantly in full support mode year round and even more so during their specific awareness months.

To me these diseases differ from domestic abuse because cancer, heart disease, autism, other illness, for the most part are out of our control.  We can take preventative measure such as not smoking or getting regular check ups or things like that, but we still don’t know if that will help the individual.  People who smoke all their life might not get cancer or it might take their life.

I’m not saying the fight for a cure and awareness should ever end, but domestic abuse we can do more to attempt to stop it since the cure is here, it is us.  Abuse can be verbal or physical, the victims could be children, men or women.  The man could be the abuser or the woman could.  MEN aren’t the only ones who abuse others, gender doesn’t define who can abuse people.

Everyone needs to play a part in creating awareness of horrible things that go on in the world.  One voice can change everything.  The reason we have such wonderful campaigns for cancer and autism is because people spoke up, people said something, people banded together, people just like YOU did this!  You have a voice so use it.  I know I don’t have many people who follow my blogs currently, but just tell someone you love or a friend this is domestic abuse awareness month.  I’m sure you’ve all heard that if one person tells 2 people and those 2 people tell 2 more and it goes on and on and look how many lives you’ve just impacted.

Use your voice and spread the word.  There are men, women and children who are hearing word that cut through them like knives, destroying their soul, every word feeling like a physical blow.  There are men, women and children who feel fists land on their body, inflicting immense pain.  Some aren’t luck enough to survive and be saved, they are killed.  The worst part of this is that all of this is that the victims are being hurt by the ones they love, people who they are supposed to be able to trust more than anyone in the world, they are being mentally and physically destroyed by their family and no one should ever have to go through that pain.