I have never been the kind of person to "wait for life to happen". I have always MADE life happen by taking on new adventures and keeping busy.
My sophomore year in college proved no different. In fact, I was involved in so many organizations that I would get 3 hours of sleep....only 3...every night...all year. I was the lead photographer for 3 organizations, President of GAP (Group Activities Programming which organized events monthly if not weekly), in Campus Ministry, a candidate for a scholarship which involved completing over 75 hours of community service, a full time student, a photographer on the side (outside of school) taking senior pictures, engagement pictures, etc. and a new girlfriend trying to impress her new boyfriend...
How I thought I could manage all of this? I couldn't tell you...
Half way through the school year, I got mono....lucky me.
I took care of myself for about... 5 days, then decided every other activity was more important than my health. So I carried on. Today, I still feel the impact of not taking care of myself by feeling extremely exhausted half the time. But I manage.
I felt like Superwoman.
Everyone was happy with me, because I couldn't say no.
I just learned how to say no this summer when the Apple guy tried to sell me stuff I didn't need. (I'm in sales now, I know those tricks ;) )
I am, and will ONLY be, involved in 3 things this year....
2. My current money makin' job
1. School::: My last year of college. Holy. Smokes. Where have the others gone?! I'm still deciding what to pursue...Counseling? or opening my own art shop for kids? (any input would be much appreciated)
2. My current job is the most relaxing job I could have. Peaceful music. Wonderful people. And an understanding boss. :) Love it.
3. mark. This one is brand new, but I can't wait to tell everyone about it. I made a pact to myself a while back that I would surround myself with people who I can learn from and become a better person from, and also to be involved in things that help others. mark. is a beauty and fashion line (two things I LOVE) that helps our world, not just us. In developing countries, it's common practice for farmers to be paid less than a living wage and for children to be forced into farm jobs in order to help feed their families. Each purchase from the mark. body care collection with Fair Trade Certified™ ingredients helps promote a different kind of farming, where fair labor conditions are mandated and farmers are not only empowered but are also given the support to help lift themselves out of poverty.
By choosing this Fair Trade Certified™ product, you are directly supporting a better life for farming families through fair prices, direct trade, community development, and environmental stewardship. www.fairtradecertified.org
Check out this video:
No only is mark. helping global farmers, but the m.powerment line is helping stop domestic violence.
STUDIES SHOW ONE IN EVERY FOUR WOMEN WILL EXPERIENCE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN HER LIFETIME.
m.powerment by mark. is dedicated to breaking the cycle of dating abuse and partner violence. All funds raised are awarded as grants to programs and organizations that are making strides in breaking this cycle.
At the launch of m.powerment by mark. in 2008, seven incredible organizations were chosen. loveisrespect.org, created their award-winning Love Mashup App with the funds they received. Another recipient, NYC Healthy Relationship Training Academy, has helped countless women through their counseling programs. Click below to listen to them answer commonly asked questions on dating abuse.
Since 2008 more than $725,000 has been raised and now 23 recipients at colleges nationwide have been awarded grants to support programs that will provide preventative training and education.
I've been the one in that statistic. But I'm doing what I can to help others not go through that. Although I don't have a million things going on in my life right now, I still feel like superwoman BECAUSE of being a part of mark. The fact that I can help with causes like these, makes me feel like I'm the impact this world needs to see.
I'm still Superwoman.
I challenge you to find what makes you Superwoman or Superman because I KNOW you are one. Everyone is.
If you would like to help with these causes, you can go to www.mymarkstore.com/amyrichardson
If you have any question, feel free to inbox me on Facebook or leave a comment here.
Much love this week is all you do.