I joined the New York Junior League at the beginning of this year with two hopes: 1) to do good work in my community and 2) to make life-lasting friendships. I'm happy to say it's delivered on both fronts. I've met wonderful, quality girls; I even won an award. And now I have a chance to make a difference in New York City.
Every member of NYJL is required to serve on a committee once she has graduated from her Provisional Period. Some committees do fundraising and put on philanthropy events and cocktail parties. Other committees go out into the community. Mine does the latter. Our mission is to teach underprivileged families about cooking and health. We make easy, affordable, healthy meals and do simple fitness activities with them. The residence we are working with now provides the families with housing and job training to get them back on their feet.
Tonight I got to interact with some of the kids and tour one of the apartments that the families live in. It really got me thinking. I make no apologies for who I am and what I have, but I am so unbelievably grateful to be in a position to be able to help others. I am so thankful that I am able to write checks to support amazing causes that I truly believe in, and I am even more delighted to give of my time.
I am happy to be chubby, because it means I am well-fed. I am happy to have little things to complain about, because it means that I don't have big things to complain about.
I love my family, my friends, my home, my job, and a few other things. Sometimes I need a slap back down to reality, and tonight was just that. It was heartbreaking and gratifying all at once.
Life is good.