… your passion is… an interest, or an activity that fills your heart with joy, and it’s the dream most closely connected to your heart… when you immerse yourself in your passion, you will find your purpose. It will manifest itself in the way you choose to share it with other people. – Define Passion & Purpose For Me
If you’re just not able to reinvent your life at this point, or to start a side hustle that focuses on your passion, but you really want to do something in that direction, I came across an article that might help. In Gwen Moran‘s 10 Ways To Change The World, Even When You Think You’re Too Busy, she connects giving back to helping your favorite causes, and to making a difference, both of which figure hugely in the idea of purposeful work.
We talked about volunteer work in an earlier post, and listed a bunch of resources for individuals living in the Lower Mainland. Moran lists volunteering, as well, and specifically encourages people “to look at how you can devote a few hours of what you know you do well to an organization that matters to you.” The additional list items are as follows:
- Focus your giving: There are three general categories of gift giving, the third of which is “where your values and personal interests align.” Moran suggests evaluating where your gift giving dollars are going, and adjust as necessary for the biggest impact.
- Team up: Does your employer have a social responsibility team? This is a great way to give back, and encourage others to work along with you.
- Look at your ties: Ties refers to your network, the people you know. For example, “Making connections and helping organizations find the people who can assist with the advice and resources they need is invaluable.”
- Give a gift: Moran suggests a number of different ways that presents can become a “gift of giving back.”
- Check your organization: Will your employer match your donations? “You may find that each donation you give to a qualified nonprofit could be doubled.”
- Grow an endeavor: A few organizations finance business start-ups in developing countries. For example, since 2007, Kaytlyn Sanders has contributed to Kiva.org, and “has grown her investment of $548 into $1,650 and has loaned money to 66 women and groups.”
- Shop right: “Look for brands that give a portion of their proceeds to charitable causes or which have a ‘buy one, give one’ model.”
- Use your voice: Advocate. “Add your voice to their cause” through lobbying, letter writing, phone calls, etc.
- Give blood: “Giving blood is the ultimate pay-it-forward opportunity. It just may save a life.”
To read the entire article, please click here.
~ Debbie MacLeod
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