Meghan Wood’s Journey:
I had a fairly privileged life growing up. The only real hard times I faced as a child were the usual: teasing, sleepovers and boys with an occasional zit or two. From these experiences, I knew I wanted to be a part of “the group”… part of what was going on. I didn’t know what that exactly meant then. I didn’t know it would include volunteerism or being a part of organized charities. I just knew I wanted the ”me” to be part of the ”we”.
Fast forward to now… over the past few years I have been volunteering with For One Another Foundation helping with the various events like the Taste of Loomis and FOA fundraising dinners. This work has fueled the spark that I was born with inside of me… a spark I believe we are all born with.
Each event and fundraiser has been kindling for the spark.
The result: a FIRE grew to the point where I had to have the conversation with Carrie about taking my volunteering to the next level. I wanted to go on a trip with her and this how I was so blessed with the amazing opportunity to go to Ecuador just a few weeks ago.
A few months ago I took my normal world of hair driers, designer shoes and jeans, makeup, happy hours, iPhones, hot showers, and prime time TV to a world of:
I realized that I truly was there to make a difference. I could make a difference.
That was a moment that changed me forever. I found
– my ethics
– my values
I connected to the “we” more than ever in that moment.I am not the change…. We are the change.
Someone once said opportunity is not a chance, it is a choice.
I made a choice to go on this amazing trip to Ecuador and now I have made a choice to share my experience.
My hope is that my experience has lite your spark and YOU will make a choice to fuel YOUR fire.