A big part of my job is networking with high impact organizations that are aligned with Kiva. One that really inspired me was HandUp, an organization that is fighting homelessness. I really love their model and encourage you to help them out. It feels good to help fight homelessness in such an impactful way.
One year ago I spent 4 weeks in Little Rock Arkansas. I went on a whim, with no contacts, no real game plan. I had 4 weeks to build Kiva Zip's presence in Arkansas for an event with Bill Clinton. It was a pretty gnarly challenge and one that I will always feel grateful for because it really influenced by future with Kiva and set me on my course. I wouldn't have been able to do what I did in Arkansas without the help of strangers that believed in what I was doing. One of those strangers was a guy named Bo. Bo was the produce manager at Whole Foods and super connected to the local food movement in Arkansas, he connected me with loads of inspiring farmers, food producers, and influencers in Little Rock but more importantly welcomed me into his circle -- inviting me over for Settlers of Catan (Star Trek version was sick!) and encouraging me regularly.
This month I was able to help Bo out. He started a juicing business in Little Rock and needed funds to help him grow. As a Trustee at Kiva, I was able to recommend him for a loan and help him out. We hustled together to get the whole loan funded in four days from 133 people -- lenders in Sweden, New Zealand, Spain, and the Philippines too! This was a fun project for me and allowed me to jump into the action and see how Kiva Zip worked as a user.
Bo's loan -- https://zip.kiva.org/loans/3088
The farmers that Bo introduced to me (filter by status "all") -- https://zip.kiva.org/trustees/332/loans
It feels good to help others.
I saw this post on Facebook and wanted to share in case you want a fun exciting challenge:
I’m participating in a Pay-It-Forward initiative: the first five people who comment on this status with "I'm down", will receive a surprise from me at some point in this calendar year - it might be a ticket, a visit, a postcard, or something completely different ... absolutely any surprise! There will be no warning and it will happen when you least expect it ... These five people must then make the same offer on their FB status... Simply copy this text onto your profile, (don't share) so we can pay the ripples of kindness forward!!
Excited to surprise five random people in my network with something super awesome.
A Dose of Inspiration
Don't know how you can not be happy after watching this. Love this dude, what a winner. I want to jump on the road to awesome.
I've been journaling every morning before work and I love it. Been doing it for over a month and I can tell it's making a big impact on my attitude and mood. Starting the day off right. I start writing down three things that I'm thankful for and then I'll do a few extra minutes on one of the three. I really encourage you to do this!
Day Light Savings
Next Sunday (ONE WEEK!!!) is Day Light Savings, which is a really awesome thing. Going to start a new 7 day challenge of outside activities to start me off right. When the suns out, it's my favorite time of year -- going to be playing LOADS of frolf, hikes, basketball, yes yes yes!!!!! I'm so excited.
Stay Positive, Holla.