It’s that time again! I’m here to report about my #52weeksofgenerosity project. February proved to be a bit challenging due to a very busy schedule, but I learned a good bit from the experience. March should go much more smoothly.
So, here’s what I did:
Week #5: Organizing a Green House
For this week, I wanted to be of service by donating my time and energy to help with someone else’s project. My friends MaxZine and Spree have a greenhouse attached to their home. I suggested that I would love to come out for an afternoon to rearrange the front portion of the space in order to make room for a walkway, a sitting area, and more plants.
The first thing I did was to clean the place up by sweeping the floors and removing all unnecessary items. Then I rearranged several large planters and pots to get maximum sunlight. Lastly, I found a cushioned, green, and metallic bench that fit perfectly in the sitting area. I topped it all off with some lighting strewn up on the ceiling to add some warmth during the evenings.
The greenhouse looked more spacious and had more function by the time I was done with it. I hope to go back to work on the rest of this very cool space.
Week #6: Helping a Friend with Craigslist
I have a dear friend who has a sizable collection of household items that she amassed during her travels all over the world. She has been wanting to pare down all of her belongings and asked me if I could give her a tutorial on how to sell her items on Craigslist.
I first started with the vintage BMW that she wanted to sell. I taught her how to play with the photography settings on her iphone in order to post photos that made her items look more attractive to a potential buyer. Then I went through each step of posting an item for sale directly on the Craigslist website.
In addition to the BMW, I staged several furniture pieces into a living room format and took lots of photos from different angles. Lastly, I used chalk to create artwork for a wall in her guest bedroom.
Needless to say, we got a lot accomplished over a lengthy afternoon. We even managed to drink wine and reminisce about all kinds of memories. I’m proud to say that the BMW I posted received a HUGE response from buyers. Over 70 of them made inquiries within the first few hours after the post went live. I was very happy to help my friend with this.
Week #7: Nashville Rescue Mission
I had a very hectic week and decided to make another food donation of canned goods to the Nashville Rescue Mission.
Week #8: A bicycle for my Sister
My sister Lette’s birthday falls on the last week of January. For the last year, she has undergone aggressive treatment for breast cancer. To celebrate both her birthday and the recent diagnosis of being cancer free, I made a plan to get her a bicycle as a gift. I could have gotten her a gift certificate to some trendy store or even taken her out to lunch like I have in the past. This time, I wanted to give her a gift that came with benefits. A cancer-free bill of health creates an opportunity to live a better life. A bicycle provides lots of exercise, time outdoors, fresh air, exploration, and easy transportation. I wanted to give her all of these things.
So, I did a bit of research and even took her to a local bike shop to get a sense of what kind of bike would work. In the end, I had a friend who lived in Murfreesboro who was selling a bike that accommodated my sister’s height. It was a vintage Gary Fisher mountain bike, and my sister has been riding it in her neighborhood ever since.
So that’s it for February. More generosity beckons . . .