Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I don't usually participate in blog awards but I was so touched by Sylvia/Little Treasures by Sylvia's award this morning, that I felt inspired to pass it on.
However, when I sat down to try to decide exactly who I wanted to pass the award to, there are so many blogs and bloggers who have inspired, coached and supported me over the past two years that I just couldn't narrow it down to five. Rather than risk anyone feeling left out, I am not going to pass on the award. I will, however, take this opportunity to tell you five things about myself.
1. I live in Miami, Florida with my husband of 36 years. We have two children, both in their 20s, neither of whom is married so we have no grandchildren.
2. I left the corporate world 6 years ago due to a downsizing and wanted to do something meaningful with my life. So I have been through a series of part-time jobs since then and am still searching. My latest venture was to start up and run a mega food pantry for my church. We are currently providing food for at least 300 families each week. Unfortunately, I will attend a board meeting tonight when the pastor informs us that he has decided to shut the program down. So I don't know what my future will hold from here out (I may be unemployed come tomorrow!).
3. I am a big social justice advocate and have taught programs on Catholic Social Teaching. I do a lot of advocacy for those left behind by the economic system, both in our country and internationally. Ending hunger/starvation is my main focus (did you know that 25,000 people worldwide die EVERY DAY from lack of nutrition???).
4. We are FLORIDA GATORS. My husband and I plan to retire and move upstate to Gainesville, Florida sometime in the next 18 months. One reason is that we want to be near my aging parents, but we also love college football and basketball. One of our "bucket list" items is to attend a football game at every SEC school we play.
5. From my high school days onward, I have always been involved in some type of craft. I rarely take classes and just figure things out on my own. Paper crafting has been my biggest craft love affair to date. I work on some project for a portion of every day or evening, sometimes neglecting housework, laundry and cooking! (My saint of a husband tolerates that neglect with love and humor.) I approach card making as creating art. Every time I sit down to make a card, I don't want to just make a card. I want to make a thing of beauty that is more beautiful than anything I have made before. This artistic outlet fills a need in my soul.
Thank you for letting me share a little bit about myself. Since I am not passing on the actual award, maybe I could ask you to reflect on those who have inspired you in the paper crafting world and that you leave them a comment thanking them for how they have influenced your art.
And, thank you Sylvia for the honor you have given me!
POST UPDATE: Thank you, everyone, for your kind words. Those of you who asked about the fate of our food pantry, the decision was that we could continue to run a food pantry but we must move off church property. This is because we have a school and have had issues with my clients wandering around on school grounds. So I am now tasked with finding a warehouse that can be turned into a food pantry/outreach center and getting that going. Praise God, I still have a job and we can continue feeding people. Thank you for your interest and concern!
Posted by Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie at 12:24 PM