Friday, November 13, 2009

Thanks Giving

My exams and flash assignments are over until the beginning of December and boy is that a huge relief! Exams really are no fun, especially when my type-A personality starts to creep in.
I tend to get stressed out about exams and deadlines and overwhelmed with all the things I schedule into my life that I just need to remind myself to step back and remember how amazing my life is. I have so many things to be thankful for!
  • I have a family that supports and loves me and gives me whatever I need. They're always a phone call away
  • I have amazing friends all over the world. Friends I grew up with, friends I go to class with, friends I live with, 'blog friends'... I try to surround myself with those who inspire me,who uplift me, and who are always there for me.
  • I'm healthy and happy. I just ran my first marathon, my days are usually energy-filled as I run around with 100 million things to do, I love the way I feel eating a vegan diet, I don't get sick often, and I laugh often.
  • I live a very comfortable life in boston-all my needs and wants are fulfilled. I am able to buy organic food and pay for yoga classes. I can take advantage of what the city has to offer!
  • I have a job with the best coworkers boss and managers I could ask for
  • I'm on my way into a field I love-Nutrition. While classes can be tough overall I love learning about food and our bodies (and a dash of business management on the side)!
Since this is the season of Thanks its important for me to take a step back from my life and give a little. Since everything else in my life revolves around food and exercise, I continue the trend and find great joy in feeding those who aren't as lucky as I am. Did you know that 11% of American Households are Food Insecure-not knowing where their next meal will come from? In the land of plenty, they are some of us who are much worse off.

Every week have I have been collecting food to give to a pantry as Nicole at Project Feed Me suggests. My mini pile is growing in the corner of my room. I also just applied to be a volunteer at Boston Medical Center's Food Pantry-the countrys only preventative food bank. They are selective of the food they give out-no junk food is distributed and dietary needs and restrictions are taking into consideration to make a individualized package!Its a great program and I like having the personal connection of actually feeling like you are helping rather than dropping a bag of goods off at a bank-(not that that ISN"T WONDERFUL!!)

So you wanna be a superhero???
This is the season that hits poor families and food banks really hard. If you're interested in helping, I highly recommend that you call around to find out if your local food bank or shelter could use a little extra help. I guarantee that they will not turn you down! Even just donating a few staple items to your food bank would make the world of difference to a family in need. I also highly recommend that you check out Project Feed Me. Every little bit helps!

What are you thankful for in your life?? Any other ways to suggest to help those who are hungry this holiday season?

Have an excellent Friday-my big-hearted friends!!!


Jess said...

I love yoU! You are always so upbeat and make all your blog readers think about how important it is to be part of the bigger picture.

You rock!

El said...

Great post. Congratulations on being done with your exams for the time being. I like this organization: Community servings makes and donates meals to people who are sick.

LT in Lander said...

Found your blog, thanks to Mei, read thru a lot of your entries, what an awesome creation and what a lovely life you are creating.... am proud to know you and am cheering you on to wherever you go. You young friends teach me stuff every day. Thank YOU! Keep it up and I'll keep reading!

Cora said...

Thanks Elizabeth...reminding me of everything I have to be grateful for and of course for discussing an AWESOME organization...You rock!

Pure2Raw Twins said...

Glad that school and life is goign well for you :) I am grateful for so many things... family, friends, running my own company... being alive everyday! ;)

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Live(& Eat) Abundantly said...

Whoo Hoo! Look at you go, girl! Great thanks giving post. Its always nice to take a look at all the good things in life. You make it easier for me to be a born again optimist!

And awesome to mention sure a great organization-- good time of year to reach out.