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 thoughts on “Invest Your Time Freely

  1. Adjust The Focus says:

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. alittlechinwag says:

    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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  5. Michele Dennis says:

    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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  6. MELANIE EDJOURIAN says:

    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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Dale_TheMoneyGuy says:

    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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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