Many of you who follow my blog know that I write a lot about living a lux life. I also include a smattering of information about careers, events, arts, culture, etc. The reality is that I have never wanted this blog to be too frivolous. There are soooo many blogs out there that share the latest shopping, clothing and lifestyle advice and I could probably never keep up, nor do I want to. Don’t get me wrong, I still love those things. However, I want to have a blog that reflects my values and beliefs.
Don’t get me wrong, I still plan to post a lot of really great lifestyle content. I have recently decided to shift a key portion of this towards philanthropy and giving activities. I’ve been writing about this for a while but there are a number of reasons why I think this is important right now.
We are facing tough times globally. Everything from austerity to Brexit to the recent US election has people in fear or elated or wondering what is next. This is a time to help each other and support each other. Whatever your political views might be, most people would probably agree that this is a time to step forward rather than stepping back.
Culture and Philanthropy
Moving from the US to the UK about six years ago meant that I had to learn some new ways of living. I had lived overseas as a child but this was different. One of those areas touched on the philanthropy world and how different giving is from the US to the UK. Becoming engaged in the arts and philanthropy world should be a rite of passage. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a business person or you’re backpacking through a poor country – this is important.
You may have guessed at some of this already. I have shared the hashtag #getMOREGIVEback on my social media pages and I am trying to share more of the cultural activities that I go to. You get a lot by giving your time, money and expertise to support others. In my personal life, I am engaged with two really great charities – Vital Voices, which helps support women leaders, and Children and the Arts, which supports arts education for young people in low income communities. The main photo on this post is actually a picture of me at the charity quiz night we held earlier this year.
Giving and Glamour
I also believe that you can look good, be good, do good, have fun, help others and have a great life at the same time. Look at women like Amal Clooney or Meghan Markle or Emma Watson and even (the woman who started it) Lady Diana.
I will focus on some of my own activities and steps that you can take to support the work you’re doing. A lot of blogs out there are for fundraisers, not necessarily people who just want to get involved. If you are not engaged with a cause or charity, I would encourage you to get started today. Take a look at some of my earlier posts (I put the links below). Please read, share and take action. I check the hashtag #getMOREGIVEback and would love to see how you’re getting along. Thanks so much!