This post is written in collaboration with Kids Business for Camp Quality. All opinions are my own.
In those dark times, while looking for gaps in the clouds and a little respite for my mental health, I went to the library to start doing some research.
What would it take for me to recover?
I picked up a book of personal accounts of people suffering from mental illness – discussing diagnosis to where they are today with their specific conditions.
While each story was somber, they were also inspiring.
There was one particular story of a lady who, in her journey of severe depression and anxiety, she took up volunteering work as a way to give her redirection, placement and a sense of belonging.
The story stayed in the forefront of my mind for a very long time. Unfortunately, it didn’t go further beyond that.
I understood how personally rewarding volunteering and charity work could be but I was still yet to overcome my own hurdles before helping others.
It’s taken me two plus years to finally get my ass into gear and while there is a slight tinge of regret of not acting any sooner, I always look forward to Thursday.
It’s my day to give back; to act on what I feel passionate about.
Coming from a less than privileged background, I see great importance in helping women of disadvantage to be self-sufficient and above all, financially independent.
The bittersweet of being a volunteer is while it’s so very rewarding, you also quickly realize how never ending it is.
There is always, always someone in desperate need.
If it wasn’t for the Bloggers Brunch 2 years ago – where I first heard Liz Montgomery from Fitted For Work – it would’ve taken even longer to open my heart and offer my time to a worthy cause.
At the Bloggers Brunch last month, Camp Quality took the floor.
Committed to their purpose in creating a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia, Camp Quality holds a wide range of programs, focusing on family support, hospitals, education and recreation.
Trying to keep optimism and happiness at the front line, there are also programs that offer support at each stage.
Whether it’s the kind we experience ourselves or of those around us, there’s undoubtedly a lot of sorrow, pain and struggle in this world.
At the very least, we know that there are plenty of opportunities for putting compassion and love into action.
There are so many amazing, determined organizations like Camp Quality to who would welcome our help.
Kids Business Communications hosts the Bloggers BBQTM series of events where bloggers and brands meet and mingle. These events also raise awareness and funds for different charities. For more information www.kidsbusiness.com.au
Are you involved with a charity or non-profit organisation? If you had all the money and time in the world, how would you feed your passion?
Joining Essentially Jess for #IBOT