Recap of Basket Brigade 2014

To make up for missing a post yesterday, as I was distracted, I wanted to post a second time today (apologies to those whose inboxes are getting filled up, the 30 Day Blogging Challenge is very nearly over, I promise!)

It was Yes Group in London yesterday, which I wasn’t able to attend, but they posted this video of the Basket Brigade day that I took part in just before Christmas. Here it is:

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It was a fabulous day, and I would recommend getting involved this coming Christmas. Another wonderful organisation, which is run by the amazing Anita who used to run Basket Brigade, is Anita’s Angels. They distributed bagfuls of items to homeless people all around London in December, they are distributing red roses to people in elderly care homes and at Easter they’re distributing Easter Eggs to children who would go without. Check it out, and if you can, take part. And if you can’t take part, they love donations.

Acts of kindness are what make life worth living.

Just my opinion.

 

Asking for Help

I know that the inability to ask for help is a common problem for Earth Angels. We are so independent, so determined that we can sort everything out for ourselves, that the idea of saying – I need help – seems too hard. Because we came here to help others. We came here to assist with the Awakening, to help other souls figure out their mission, and understand their own purpose.

But the truth is, we cannot do everything by ourselves, nor do we need to. If we all helped each other, then we would make things a whole lot easier. I have had the help and support of many beautiful Earth Angels over the years, and I am so grateful to them. They have believed in me, they have encouraged me, and they have loved me. But even with their help and support, the truth is, for the last few years, I have been hanging on by a thread financially. I have been trying to get my business and my books off the ground and into the world, but financing the publication of eight books, and only having a sporadic income, has meant that things have spiralled out of control.

I have tried to make it all work, but honestly, I am no good with finances. I hold my hands up and completely admit to that. I’m not. But this is the year that I am changing all of that. I will not let myself go around in circles, or continue in this cycle. I WILL find a way that I can sort it all out.

In the meantime, I need help. There. I said it. In order to publish my next book, which I have already written, and to buy more stock for shops and Mind Body Spirit fairs, I need to raise some money. I have started a campaign on Go Fund Me, and if you have enjoyed my books, and you would like to invest in the creation of the next book, every single penny helps.

My plan for this year is to write as many books as I can, and to start making a living from my writing. Because every time I have to abandon my writing in order to make money, I feel as though I am just sleepwalking, as though I have abandoned my purpose on this planet. And I have done that too many times now. 2015 is the year to truly go for it. And if there is something that you were put on this planet to do, but you’re not doing it, I would urge you to do it. Now. It’s not easy, and sometimes it feels like a crazy decision, to follow your heart, your passion, but I promise you, it will be worth it in the end.

That’s what I’m counting on, anyway.

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Thank you for your help, I love you.xxx

My Volunteering Experience

For Christmas 2014, I decided to spend three days giving back to others, alongside many other amazing people. On the 23rd December, I joined 400 other volunteers to create food hampers for those in need all across London. After not making it to Basket Brigade in 2013, I was determined to do it this time round.

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It was a crazy, fun-filled day, which I spent hefting sacks of potatoes and carrots, picking up litter and mucking in wherever needed. We had some great entertainment throughout the day, as volunteers took to the stage to sing, dance and beat-box! There was a great DJ and spirits were high, even when there was a shortage of parsnips and puddings. Ketan made an awesome video of the day you can watch here. (See if you can spot me at the point where it says the arrival of the Christmas Angels!)

I joined two lovely volunteers, Faisal and John, to distribute five of the baskets. A couple we had to leave on the front door step, but when people were there to receive it, there were questions and confusion, but we had been instructed to simply point them to the note enclosed and insist we were just the delivery people. One of the recipients was a very elderly lady, and because she was unsteady on her feet, I carried the heavy basket inside for her, and then she directed me to the kitchen to put the chicken in the freezer, which was so small it needed a little rearranging to fit!

Once they were all delivered, we found a pub and had dinner, and celebrated Christmas, new friendships and playing our part in helping others.

Then on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I volunteered from 10am to 7pm at one of the Crisis for Christmas centres. I was there primarily as an Arts and Crafts Volunteer, but pitched in to help with whatever needed doing, and did my best to make the guests that I interacted with have a good Christmas. I made cards, put sparkles in hair, played scrabble and on Christmas Day was in charge of the cinema. Despite the moaning, Mamma Mia went down very well! (Not my choice, by the way, though I do love the location where it is filmed!)

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Got beaten at Scrabble!

I walked to and from the centre on Christmas Day, (no public transport) and though I was surprised at how many cars were on the road, I had a lot of fun greeting strangers passing by with a cheery ‘good morning!’ and ‘merry christmas!’ It seems that it’s acceptable to do so in London only on very special occasions!

I set up a sponsorship page so that my friends and family could sponsor me to volunteer, and I was blown away by the response. The total stands at £307.62, and is still open for donations at the moment. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored, it really is amazing.

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Rocking the paper chain crown!

Christmas 2014 is the first ever Christmas I have had away from family and friends, and in London, and I have to say, the experience was so very worth it. Seeing the guests being transformed by haircuts and conversations, and having time to relax in a safe place was amazing. I did my best to direct any homeless people I met on the street to the Crisis centres, so they could get some food and somewhere warm to be over the holiday.

So if you have ever thought about volunteering, all I can say is – do it. It’s fun, it’s rewarding, and it might just change someone’s life for the better. (And it will definitely change yours)

 

Merry Christmas!!

Or Happily Holidays!
Just wanted to post a thank you to everyone who follows and reads my blog, to all the fans and readers of my books, and to all my friends and family.
I had an amazing day yesterday, taking part in the London Basket Brigade, which made sure that 4000 people across London will have a decent Christmas dinner. It was amazing to see so many of my fellow firewalkers, and to meet new friends too.

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Today I’ll be volunteering at Crisis, and thanks to the incredible support of my awesome friends and family, I reached my target, and my total stands at £307.62! Which will pay for 14 people to have a great Christmas. Huge thank you to everyone who sponsored me!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and an awesome new year, love and light to you all. Xxxx

Only 4 Sleeps to go!

Not long to go! I have been busy coming up with activity ideas for the two days I am volunteering for Crisis, and I’m pleased to say that my sponsor total is now £256.62! I have now set a target of £302.68, only because that will provide 14 people with a place at Crisis this Christmas.

Thank you so very much to all who have sponsored me, you are all awesome!!

There’s still time to sponsor me if you’d like to, the address is: virginmoneygiving.com/michellegordon7

Here’s a new video, found this today, made me smile 🙂