I do not fear failure so much as I fear succeeding at things that do not really matter.
~ Erwin Lutzer

On July 14, 2019, I will turn 40.
Statistically speaking, it may be the middle of my lifespan,
so I intend to celebrate with passion and purpose.

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That’s why I’m raising $40,000 to give away in my 40th year of life.

Last July, on my 39th birthday, I was at the lowest point in my life. I felt so depressed and hopeless that I didn’t even care that I had made it another year around the sun. I was numb to any type of joy. It felt like everything I loved was being taken away from me and that I had been abandoned.

In that deep darkness, I needed to cling onto something that I knew was TRUE.

I have always wanted to give generously, but I had felt like I didn’t have the resources to do so. When I came to the end of myself, when I was longing for my own life to end, I realized that I still saw meaning in what others were doing.

I decided that NOW would be the WORST time in the world to do something so big -
but, if I hadn’t tried when I was in a “good” place in my life,
then why not try when i was at my worst?

By choosing to see the beauty in the world and doing everything in my power to support it, I was connecting to the best parts of myself. I was taking a huge risk, jumping into a monumental task - something BIGGER and BEYOND myself.

The best part is that NONE OF THIS IS ABOUT ME! Yes, it’s in honor of my 40th birthday, and yes, I’m the “spokesperson” for this awesome adventure. But at the end of the day, I’m building a COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DO GOOD.

Want to join me?

Learn more about the organizations I’m supporting below!

Learn more about the organizations I’m supporting below!

Preemptive Love  unmakes violence by waging peace in war-torn areas. Their radical hospitality provides relief, creates jobs, and brings enemies to the table. We’ve raised $5,000 to support social workers, specialists, teachers, and helpers for the  Kids Safe Spaces  in a camp for Syrian refugees.

Preemptive Love unmakes violence by waging peace in war-torn areas. Their radical hospitality provides relief, creates jobs, and brings enemies to the table. We’ve raised $5,000 to support social workers, specialists, teachers, and helpers for the Kids Safe Spaces in a camp for Syrian refugees.

Imani Collective  unleashes the greatness of Kenyan women through empowerment, opportunity, and community.   We’ve raised just over $6,000 to help provide a year’s worth of community meals. Help us reach our $10,000 goal by   clicking here to donate to Imani!

Imani Collective unleashes the greatness of Kenyan women through empowerment, opportunity, and community. We’ve raised just over $6,000 to help provide a year’s worth of community meals. Help us reach our $10,000 goal by
clicking here to donate to Imani!

Tandem  provides holistic care for in-crisis moms by removing barriers that prevent them from flourishing. I helped launch their  Education Program  and want to raise $8,000 to provide classroom materials and free childcare for these mamas. I’m so proud to share I’ve already given $5,000 to this cause!

Tandem provides holistic care for in-crisis moms by removing barriers that prevent them from flourishing. I helped launch their Education Program and want to raise $8,000 to provide classroom materials and free childcare for these mamas. I’m so proud to share I’ve already given $5,000 to this cause!

Instar Lodge  is a beautiful space that inspires courage, creativity and community through the arts. I want to give $3,000 to support their  Open Community Nights , which gather local artists and neighbors for socially conscious conversations and communal creative activities.

Instar Lodge is a beautiful space that inspires courage, creativity and community through the arts. I want to give $3,000 to support their Open Community Nights, which gather local artists and neighbors for socially conscious conversations and communal creative activities.

RestoreNYC  wants to end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign-national survivors.   We’ve given $5,000   to pay one month’s rent + utilities for 2 survivors living in the Restore Safehome, plus ESL classes for 20 survivors, and 1 month of Metrocards for 10 survivors.

RestoreNYC wants to end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign-national survivors. We’ve given $5,000 to pay one month’s rent + utilities for 2 survivors living in the Restore Safehome, plus ESL classes for 20 survivors, and 1 month of Metrocards for 10 survivors.

Print the Love  honors the dignity of each person through the gift of an instant photograph. $2,000 will provide cameras + film for Print the Love ambassadors to travel to 6 villages, gifting people in schools, orphanages, and hospitals with photographs that celebrate their milestones and special moments.   Give directly to Print the Love here  .

Print the Love honors the dignity of each person through the gift of an instant photograph. $2,000 will provide cameras + film for Print the Love ambassadors to travel to 6 villages, gifting people in schools, orphanages, and hospitals with photographs that celebrate their milestones and special moments. Give directly to Print the Love here.

Sandbox Theatre  collaborates with artists to develop relevant, insightful performance works that challenge current events and imagine new worlds. As a company member for 4 years, I was inspired by Sandbox’s collaborative spirit to be a better partner, parent, and human.   Help me raise $2,000 by donating to Sandbox here.

Sandbox Theatre collaborates with artists to develop relevant, insightful performance works that challenge current events and imagine new worlds. As a company member for 4 years, I was inspired by Sandbox’s collaborative spirit to be a better partner, parent, and human. Help me raise $2,000 by donating to Sandbox here.

Dressember  wants to create a world without slavery. In December 2018, I gathered a small team of women who wore dresses every day to highlight the millions of women around the world who are enslaved and invited donations to end this evil. In 2017, I raised over $2,000; this year,   my team raised $3,256   .

Dressember wants to create a world without slavery. In December 2018, I gathered a small team of women who wore dresses every day to highlight the millions of women around the world who are enslaved and invited donations to end this evil. In 2017, I raised over $2,000; this year, my team raised $3,256.

I talk about losing hope and making a bold choice to give on the    Let’s Give A Damn podcast

I talk about losing hope and making a bold choice to give on the Let’s Give A Damn podcast

I share my journey from depression to radical generosity on the    Moxie Podcast.

I share my journey from depression to radical generosity on the Moxie Podcast.

Want to get involved?

  • YES! What’s the easiest way I can give?

    Give at any of the links I’ve listed above (those will take you directly to pages I’ve created to track my fundraisers).

  • YES! I want to throw you a birthday party!

    Hey, thanks. :-) If you get excited about hosting parties for people you love and want to combine that party with a purpose, then this option is for you! Consider choosing one of these organizations and planning a party theme around it. Ask guests to give a donation, then show up and have a good time celebrating the impact you are making. Contact me to chat more about this!
    Note the party can be anytime in my 40th year, and I would love to FaceTime or Skype to say thank you to your guests!

  • YES! I Want to DONATE A PRODUCT OR SERVICE AS A GIVEAWAY PRIZE!

    During the 14 days leading up to my birthday (July 1-14), I’d like to offer 14 different prizes for people who donate at least $40 to one of the causes. If you have a product or service that you would like to donate as a giveaway prize, please contact me to chat more about this!

  • YES! I want to be a matching donor!

    I am so grateful for matching donors who have provided $15,000 to this effort so far. I am looking for generous donors willing to match up to $2,000 for Preemptive Love, the Imani Collective, and Instar Lodge. Contact me to chat more about this!

  • Yes! I’ve got my own ideas!

    One of my favorite things is co-creating something new! If you are inspired by what I’m doing and have ideas of how to partner with me, please reach out and let’s have a conversation!