This past weekend I along with hundreds of other Chivers traveled down to Austin, TX for the annual Green Gala event. This is my second year attending and it has been by far my favorite event. For those of you that don't know, the Chive is according to John Resig, is "a group of misfits trying to make the world 10% happier."
We organize fundraisers, we support causes that often get overlooked, we fight for those who can't fight for themselves. I am an admin for our local chapter, I get the pleasure of working on creative new ways to raise money, hosting events, promoting, and changing the world.
Most of the time, it is challenging and admins get burned out, it happens. We put in a lot of work and just because I get asked all the time, no, we don't get paid. I get the satisfaction of knowing I helped make someone's day a little better, and that is always more than enough for me.
But sometimes, it all becomes too much. I work a full-time job, I admin for my states Chive and Berry chapter, I write articles like this one you're reading once a week plus manage our social media. I am a busy woman, and sometimes I start to wonder, something gotta give.
Between being discouraged when event planning doesn't go my way or feeling like my co-admins aren't pulling their weight, I feel alone in this. I second guess myself and the value I bring to the Chive as an organization. Do I care too much? Do I not care enough? What could I be doing better?
Then Saturday night came along, and I met Grace. She is a Chive Charities recipient with an amazing story and an even more remarkable smile. Seeing her so happy, made me remember why I do this. I am here for her. I am working my ass off for her and other people like her. I am here to make her life 10% happier.
I was ready to give up, I was ready to walk away from something that makes me so happy, but how could I ever think that way when Grace smiled and gave me one of her bracelets and said: "Thank you." She reminded me of the bigger picture, she reminded me of my motivation, She lit that spark in me, She helped me remember why I started this so many years ago.
I am honored to do what I can to help people like Grace. I am humbled at the opportunity to help those less fortunate than me by no fault of their own. I am proud to be an admin for my Chive chapter and I will not throw in the towel as long as there is someone that needs my help.