I went on an impromptu road trip last week to visit my parents in Arizona. My brother was driving out to pick up a new car, so he stopped in Texas for a night and Finn, Roscoe, and I joined him for the drive to Arizona and back. While on the way out there my brother was listening to Dave Ramsey. In addition to making me want to be all sorts of frugal and financially savvy, he said something that I totally agree with about how being generous with your money and giving is one of the most important things we can teach our children (in regards to money) and that there's nothing that makes you feel better than giving.
And while yes, I'd love to be rich so we could build our dream home or buy a boat, or just splurge on everything in the Pottery Barn catalog, I'd really love to be rich just to turn around and give all (err, a lot) of it away. I think that is my dream job - to be in charge of picking different charities and causes and then giving them money. It's already enjoyable doing it with your own money, I can't imagine how sweet it would be to do it with someone else's money! Any rich people out there need a hand?
My college roommate, Katie, and I ran the Herothon Half Marathon this past weekend in San Antonio. The Herothon was powered by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and since we both have close family and friends affected by both types of cancer, we decided we wanted to raise funds for LLS. And wouldn't ya know it, even though we asked for donations only two weeks prior to the race, we exceeded our goal by almost double. It was so wonderful to see the donations come in and it didn't matter the amount, because each one made a difference, and even though I can't take credit for the generous amount that was raised, it did make me feel good to be a small part of it. That Dave Ramsey knows what he's talking about - giving does feel really good.
We made signs for some of our family/friends who have battled both Leukemia and different forms of Lymphoma Those signs were along the course at mile 11, the Hero's Mile.