Monday, August 1, 2011

A Penny For My Thoughts

August 1st is my "half birthday." Now before you go assuming that I'm some sort of egomaniac, I consider it to be more of an observance than a celebratory holiday. However, life is short. If you want to throw a party at any given opportunity, I say go for it. I'm currently 25. I like even numbers; even though it's technically odd... you get the point. I'm not really looking forward to turning 26.

But when I woke up this morning, the first thought that came to mind was this saying/proverb/quote...

"Never resent growing older for many are denied the privilege."

When I got to work, one of our interns shared with me a news story that she heard on television about a little girl named Rachel Beckwith who was tragically killed. She had just celebrated her 9th birthday but instead of asking for presents, she attempted to raise $300 for a charity that supplies water to children living in countries where most don't live to see 5-years-old. I remember my 9th birthday vividly. It was one of my best. I got a dog that was my best friend for 15 years, a beautiful jewelery box that I still have in my bedroom today and a ton of CDs that are still in my collection. This little girl wanted to help others. It was such a noble thing to wish for yet she did not live to see her goal met. Following her untimely passing, thousands have sent money towards her fund for clean water. I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. This little girl's death did not go in vain. Because of her passing, countless others will live to see a brighter tomorrow. 

What started as a little girl's hope to raise $300 has turned into an overwhelming display of the goodness in humans. At last count, the fund has reached nearly $800,000. If you have yet to donate to this worthwhile cause, please consider it! 

For more information on how you can help, please follow this link:

Now Playing:  "Who You'd Be Today" by Kenny Chesney
*This song is very close to my heart.

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I'm living life in beautiful Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I hold a journalism degree from West Virginia University. I have worked in television news, fashion marketing, PR, and cosmetic sales. My love for writing and sharing with the world my various passions is strong. One of my many ambitions is to be published and continue creating in the fields of digital and print media, literature and film. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, going to concerts, reading, following Pittsburgh sports and traveling as often as possible. Some of my favorite things include beauty, style, architecture, books, tarot and astrology, thrifting and my shih-tzu, Ireland. I’m engaged to the love of my lifetimes and we look forward to starting our next chapter together. If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you!