Invest Your Time Freely

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”- Winston Churchill

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As I continue on this journey of becoming a better me, I once again stepped outside of my comfort zone. This time, I did it in the form of volunteering. The reason I considered this experience stepping outside my comfort zone is because I am very specific about what I give my time to. I usually spend my time doing things that affect me directly, but when I received an email requesting for volunteers, everything in my body said “yes”. My desire to want to help prevailed and I replied back to the email committing to volunteer for the event.

Even though volunteering usually involves helping a cause, there are a number of personal takeaways from being a volunteer. One takeaway is volunteering provides new experiences. These new experiences could help build new skills. Another takeaway is that it provides a space to meet new people. The new connections made could foster into either personal or professional relationships like partnerships, mentoring, friendships, etc. However, the best takeaway could be the feeling of accomplishment.

The event I volunteered at was stellar. Rah Digga, Hip Hop Legend compelled the audience with her experiences and poise. I enjoyed the event so much, I forgot I was volunteering. Volunteering is essential because it provides an opportunity to be selfless, but the secret is that being selfless brings one of the best feelings. I encourage everyone to dedicate some time every once in a while to working for free (I know I will). Although you don’t get paid for volunteering, the experiences are worth more than currency.

What type of volunteering are you currently doing?

 

XO

Katherine

 

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49 Comments Add yours

  1. Deserted_Queen says:

    I am volunteering with an NGO. However, it was great to read about you. I found it really inspiring.

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    1. Thank you – I hope your experience is amazing!

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  2. Very inspiring post I really enjoyed reading about your experience, I’m hoping to start volunteering soon myself, they say the best things in life are free, and I believe that is one of the things because the feeling you get afterwards is truly amazing! Thanks for sharing this 🙂

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    1. Thank you for reading and I hope your volunteering experience is amazing!

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      1. You’re welcome and thank you I can’t wait to start! 🙂

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  3. Tyrell Gamble says:

    A journey far from over, you’re motivating to me and alot others 💙

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  4. Geraline Batarra says:

    Nice post and really love reading about your experiences. You are such an inspiration for all us and you motivates me to goodwill to other people.

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  5. lexafish says:

    I love reading about people volunteering. I just recently ended my volunteer contract through Americorps and while I still volunteer here and there, I miss it so much! Thank you for spreading the word about how great volunteering is!

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    1. Thank you for reading and it’s amazing to hear that you too love volunteering!

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  6. laura dove says:

    Oh I love this, volunteering is a great way to pay it forward. I used to volunteer as a bereavement counsellor.

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    1. That is amazing to hear, thank you so much for reading!

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  7. Elizabeth O says:

    You are doing an awesome job. Volunteering is such a selfless thing to do so kudos to you.

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  8. I don’t do much volunteering but I do a lot of stuff at work where I help members of my team in my spare time to manage theirs better. Good on you for doing volunteering x

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  9. Dee says:

    Well done you, volunteering will make us a better people and it feels so right.

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  10. Good you are volunteering. I am hoping to make some time for that soon.

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    1. Thank you for reading and best of luck with your volunteering endeavors!

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  11. I try doing more volunteer job lately because I can and feel I need to. To give back to society to help people. It just feels right to me.

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    1. I totally agree – keep it up!

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  12. thestyletune says:

    Ah so true being selfless is so full of joys!! I would love to volunteer myself, great going!!!

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  13. Yes!!! Love this post. Volunteering is great. I have been doing it since i was about 15. It really develops your character and creates an opportunity for you to give back to the community. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Thank you so much for your feedback and I commend you for your volunteering for all these years!

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    1. Thanks. I’ll check it out.

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  15. This is awesome! Being involved and volunteering is so important and can be so rewarding. I was an amassador for Thrill The World and founder of Thrill The World North Port for 5 years. I spent those 5 years teaching not only my children but children of all ages in my community how important and fun volunteering can be!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and how awesome was that of you!

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  16. This was a great post, it’s lovely to hear you are helping others. I think that volunteering can be very rewarding and can really help and there are often not enough people offering their services / help.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and I completely agree!

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  17. Marysa says:

    I really have no free time for volunteering, but we do volunteer work as a girl scout troop and do charitable things as a family when possible. It’s great to be able to do this and I know as my kids get older I would love to volunteer at an animal shelter or as an animal foster.

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    1. That sounds amazing! Thank you for reading!

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  18. Karen Monica says:

    Such an inspiring post. It’s always great to help others. I volunteer whenever I can. I wished I had more free time to spend it at helping others

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    1. Thank you reading and honestly you do what you can!

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  19. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    Me and my kids love volunteer work! However, we have had family members falling ill that we have to attend to them and give them most of the time we have. We will join our village officers in organizing a children’s Christmas party and invite some medical personnel for a free medical mission in our area.

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    1. That sounds amazing! You honestly do what you can do keep up the good work!

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  20. Sounds like you had a great time volunteering. I have learned from all the volunteer work I have done that I receive more joy and satisfaction that I am giving. I’m not affiliated with this group, but a great resource I have used for volunteering opportunities is JustServe.org

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    1. Thank you for sharing your feedback. I’ll be sure to check out that site!

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  21. bushrazblogs says:

    Really nice article… 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experience. I totally agree with your statement “Although you don’t get paid for volunteering, the experiences are worth more than currency.” Keep it up!

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  22. Jean says:

    I’ve only ever really volunteered at a girls’ group a few years ago. Life is busy at the moment after recently having a baby but I would love to volunteer again in the future.

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    1. I wish you the best with volunteering in the future

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  23. I’m currently teaching children on how to eliminate online sexual exploitation. I do it every Sunday. It’s fulfilling!

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    1. That is amazing!!! Keep up the great work.

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  24. M.A. Bell says:

    I have been volunteering for three years now at a therapeutic horseback riding centre. It is amazingly rewarding to see the progress the clients, mainly children, make in their lives.

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