(A short history of the genesis of this blog — but before you ask, I am no longer giving away $100 a day … sorry!)
Just because you decide to give away money, everybody assumes you must be totally loaded (in both ways) or just a philanthropic show-off. Hopefully, I’m neither. It just happened. In 2009, I went to see Julie & Julia, came home, and thought, “Gee, if I decided to blog for a year, what would I write about?” And the answer that came to me was, “Hey, I think I’ll give money away!”
I’d been looking for a way to do some good in the world for awhile but could never figure out exactly what to do – so I settled on a random shotgun approach of giving to anything that rang my chimes –which hopefully inspired other people to pry open their wallets and give as well. I used the money my dad left me to fund the venture – and since he and my mom were thrifty savers who were also passionate givers, it’s poetic justice that those hard-earned dimes and nickels were passed along to good causes. Dorothy Mae would have loved that—and say that it was about time I stopped buying so many darn shoes and did something for others.
I’m a writer with a long history of self-absorption, so I had lots to make up for. For 30 years, I lived the high life of a Creative Director in advertising– producing TV, radio, print and internet annoyances for some of America’s largest corporations: AT&T, Tylenol, Clorox, and many, many more. I’d also written two tragi-comic books on motherhood: I’m Too Sexy for my Volvo: A mom’s guide to staying fabulous (featured in a column by Liesl Schillinger in the New York Times and as one of the best self-help books in Oprah magazine); and The Agony and The Agony: Raising your teenager without losing your mind. That entailed TV appearances on Good Morning America Online, Fox News, and a slew of syndicated radio interviews with Lisa Belkin and Dr.Drew. among others. So, I’m a bit of a show-off, which served me well in this venture… and my next.
In 2012, I took my blogging passion to Heifer International and created Heifer 12 x 12 — visiting 12 countries (actually 14) in 12 months in 2012 as volunteer Global Blogging Ambassador. And now I’m just sitting around pondering other mysteries of the universe (and my navel).