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 turned 40.
Statistically speaking, it may be the middle of my lifespan,
so I celebrated with passion and purpose.

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

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 GATHERED a COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DO GOOD.

Imani Collective  unleashes the greatness of Kenyan women through empowerment, opportunity, and community.  We raised $10,000 for IMANI!!!  If you’d still like to,  you can donate here.

Imani Collective unleashes the greatness of Kenyan women through empowerment, opportunity, and community. We raised $10,000 for IMANI!!! If you’d still like to, you can donate here.

Preemptive Love  unmakes violence by waging peace in war-torn areas.  We raised $9,117 to fund The Friendly Center , a safe place for Syrian refugee children in their refugee camp.   You can still give by clicking here   .

Preemptive Love unmakes violence by waging peace in war-torn areas. We raised $9,117 to fund The Friendly Center, a safe place for Syrian refugee children in their refugee camp. You can still give by clicking here.

Tandem  provides holistic care for in-crisis moms by removing barriers that prevent them from flourishing.  We raised $7,163 for their Education Program!    You can still support Tandem by giving here!

Tandem provides holistic care for in-crisis moms by removing barriers that prevent them from flourishing. We raised $7,163 for their Education Program! You can still support Tandem by giving here!

Instar Lodge  is a beautiful space that inspires courage, creativity and community through the arts.  We raised $600 to support their work.   You can still give to Instar by clicking here.

Instar Lodge is a beautiful space that inspires courage, creativity and community through the arts. We raised $600 to support their work. You can still give to Instar by clicking here.

RestoreNYC  wants to end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign-national survivors.  We’ve given $5,138  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.  You can give here.

RestoreNYC wants to end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign-national survivors. We’ve given $5,138 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. You can give here.

Print the Love  honors the dignity of each person through the gift of an instant photograph.  We raised $1,050  to provide cameras + film for PTL ambassadors to travel to 3 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. We raised $1,050 to provide cameras + film for PTL ambassadors to travel to 3 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.  I’m proud to have raised $2,000 for Sandbox!   You can donate directly 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. I’m proud to have raised $2,000 for Sandbox! You can donate directly 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 $3,692  .

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 $3,692.