Mar 28, 2011

Time to give back

For the first time that I can remember, I seem to be questioning how I spend my time.  I'm finding myself watching terrible TV (I think this feeling was sparked with the return of Real Housewives of Orange County - I feel a little shame admitting that I've watched every season), getting antsy and just needing to fill a void a little bit.  I've always had a full plate, but now I'm finding it about 75% full.  Don't get me wrong, I love that I'm not stressed out and overloaded, but, well, I've only got one life.  I need to make the most of it. 

I've also recognized that for the first time in my life I'm not giving back in any way.  Sure, I put money in the collection plate at church every week and I volunteer every once in awhile, but I don't feel like I'm really doing that much for the greater good.  I didn't realize how much I valued my work with philanthropic events when I lived in Atlanta and how much I feel like that same opportunity hasn't presented itself here in Indy. 

So, I need your suggestions.  Have you had a regular, on-going volunteer experience that you've loved?  I'd love to find something that is 4-5 hours per month and preferably on weeknights. 

I feel like that was kind of heavy.  I'll work on something less heavy later this week!


Leanne said...

I found a great volunteer job with a local animal shelter. They are happy to have people come in and play with the animals and have been willing to work within your schedule. It's hard to not bring all of the animals home with me.

Laura said...

Great suggestion! Thank you!

Sarah said...

Mike and I volunteered w/his co-workers at Second Helpings. If you'd want to check it out I'd love to tag along! We spent 4ish hours doing kitchen prep and turning donated food items into culinary masterpieces to be served up later that week. It was actually really fun!