I had to catch an early flight from Louisville into Baltimore, by way of Chicago. Now, I never sleep well before travel, I'm restless, filled with all sorts of nervous energy. No matter how many times I go over my packing list, I'm certain I've forgotten something, and even though I know that there is a store where I can purchase pretty much anything I've not packed, I still go over that list in my head a thousand times...and thus don't actually sleep. So being "awake" at 4 am for my flight wasn't a problem. It just meant that I would need to make sure I had all my "stuff" together so I could stay focused on the journey ahead.
|The last time I sat down for the entire seven days of my journey. No joke.|
- Being at Coterie (a huge fashion event, and felt even more socially awkward attending as it is evident I am more a Glamour Don't than a Glamour Do) and meeting Phyllis Wiener of "Love Quotes" a company that makes scarves and donates 10% of all proceeds to international children's charities. She spoke about how each scarf is infused with love and we talked about the work I do on behalf of Shot@Life. She generously gave me one of her scarfs, telling me to pick just on instinct. I chose purple (what is with that I wonder, every scarf I own is purple!) and called "mystic." I haven't had time to figure out what the significance of that is yet, but I'm sure it will come to me at some point.
- Having dinner and meeting Joe Diaz and John Galante of AFAR Media and talking about how they believe in connecting students with off the beaten path travel opportunities and provide scholarships to help to that end. Again, talked about connecting media with social good causes. And had delicious sushi too boot.
|Building community: Anaupam Chakravarty, Carrie Lee Ferguson, and Teddy Ruge. |
Looking forward to what their community will do for social good.
"I guess that's what it really comes down to for me as to why I left my family (who I absolutely adore) for a week: I am going to do everything in my power to make this world a better place, and my part may be a small part, but at least I can say I did my very best. So to answer F (my daughter) who asked me the night before I was leaving, "do you love the children of the world more than me?" No, I love you so much that I want to make sure you get to meet the children of the world and that you all have an incredible world to live in, where everyone is healthy, where everyone is respected, where care, compassion, and concern towards and for our fellow man are what guide us in the direction of our days. I've written this so many times, it really gets down to the basic golden rule: treat others how you would like to be treated."
And one of the very best things we can do is dwell in possibility. Turn a tweet into an action, an action into a movement, a movement which can change the world. And you don't have to do it alone, trust me, a community is out there waiting for your voice, time, talent, and energy. Don't let the digital divide you from those around you.
Because everything is possible.