It is a balmy 7 degrees in Toronto today. The snow has melted and it's been raining. It's grey and brown and none too pretty, and I've already seen a number of Christmas trees already tossed in folks yards.
Officially, Christmas is over.
Meaning of course that the stress, overeating, crazy busy period at work and my annual Christmas flu are almost over too!
The fabulous news though, is that my Christmas slough of events for Annex Cat Rescue (though exhausting!) were super successful. And we earned an incredible 1678.99$ over 7 weeks- 6 of them filled with an event! And over the course of 2010, and 11 events (including our first ever Volunteer Appreciation Party) we made a total of 4405.97$ for the kitties in need in Toronto. When you take into account that we largely only sell donated hand made crafts, ranging from 2-15$ that's an impressive total.
I myself, after 3 years of fostering for the organization, decided to adopt my last two fosters and take a leave after losing my beloved Topaz (the inspiration for this weekly post). Currently our furry family consists of 4 adopted Toronto street cats, three from Annex Cat Rescue and one from Toronto Cat Rescue. They are quite the little blended family, but there is a lot of love and I can't imagine my life without them, or them without each other.
So this evening, when you make the usual New Years Resolutions to eat better, or lose some weight (that's totally going to be mine), to improve your job situation or your relationship situation. Take a moment and think about something you're passionate about, be it animal rescue, the environment, homelessness or some other cause that sets you blood on fire when you discuss it; then consider making a commitment to it for the New Year. Either a new one, or just a bigger one then before.
Take it from me, at the end of 2011, when you're looking back on your year, sighing over the weight you didn't lose, the job that wasn't as great as you'd thought or the boyfriend that was a disappointment, the one thing that will surprise you and fill you with joy will be when you realize how that small commitment of you time has added up for a greater good far more meaningful then most of the other things you worry about from day to day. When you step back and realize you've done something that's created waves of difference, that have added to the waves others have been making and hopefully one day they will add up to a Tsunami of change in whatever area you've chosen to dedicate some of your free time to.
Happy New Year, and may 2011 be all that you want it to be!
From me and the furry kids- The Diary of a Bookworm, year 1.