I have  a lot of ideas rolling around in my head about where I want to volunteer this month.  I think I will keep it all local in January because there are some wonderful opportunities on the horizon for me.  My New Year’s resolution list is 13 items long (and growing) and I intend to accomplish all of them.  Although it is not the same as telling your birthday wish and it not coming true (or so I believe), some are personal and will be kept as such – sorry, no boring resolutions for you to read.  I will say this, I have several unfinished articles that will be submitted this year along with my nonfiction book.  However, I am only giving myself until June to wrap it up or chuck it – so either way, that resolution is as good as done!!

So here I go, full steam ahead, right into 2011!  I have decided to give myself a word of the year – somewhat like the word of the day or the word of the week or the word of the month except I only have to think of a word once every 12 months instead of daily, weekly or monthly.  Somewhat lazy, I know, but this is how I work.   I already had a small encounter late last year but  I know that by doing what I have set out to do this year, I will find what I am looking for.  Thus my word:


Serendipity is defined in the dictionary as:

–noun  1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.  2.  good fortune; luck

“Serendipity” is my word for 2011.  Plus, it is a fun word to say.  It might even be my favorite word to say right next to plenipotentiary.  Here is what I have in store for January.

My January volunteer plans include (but may not be limited to):

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January 17: Working with the Boys and Girls Clubs for: A day On – doing activities with at risk and underprivileged kids

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January 17- February 25: Building with Habitat for Humanity for their 40 Days of Peace MLK service project – Anyone have some REALLY warm Carhart gear I can borrow?? I will only be working on the build site once during this time but might have the opportunity to take pictures and document the process of the three houses that are going to be built.

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January-April: Coaching my daughters basketball team  (still undecided about this).  Volunteer coaches are needed in all sports areas to help mentor and teach physical well-being to youth of all ages.

I will be posting pictures and commentary about each event as it takes place.  Here I go 2011 – see if you can keep up with me!


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