Feel Good, Local Love #LocalLove

by - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and Local Love and have received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.



I'm at a point in my life where I want to focus my energy on happiness

Happiness means different things to everyone, granted, but for me, happiness is that point, that instance, where my heart sings. The moment I relax and my smile is not only natural, it's perma. It's the events, the people, the morsels of food, the new collaborations, the laughs, the experiences that make me pause and sigh, "Yes, this is good.

Between the hustle and stress of life, parenting, marriage, mortgage and work (and everything in between), it's often difficult to find that happiness. And yet, you know it when you've found it -- it's a giddy excitement that can't really be described, but it CAN be replicated if we allow it. 

You know something that makes me happy? Helping people. 

Someone once asked me how I would like to be described. I had to think about that for a while. Of course, I'd love to be known for my talents, my skills, my friendships, my work ethic. But most importantly, I would want to be described as kind and helpful. Being helpful makes me happy. 

And so, when I learned about LocalLove.ca, I knew I wanted to be involved somehow. LocalLove.ca is a brand new website where you can find easy ways to live well and do good in your community. In addition to stories of inspiring local changemakers, you'll also learn simple ways to give back in your community. From Brampton to Bloor Village, King City to Kensington, Local Love will get everyone thinking about how they can do their part to give back to their community. 

Talk about happiness overload. 

As many people know, I've devoted countless hours to local initiatives like the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure, the CIBC Celebration of Hope, the Shoebox Project, Helpful Hands, The Purse Project and I'm always on board to help a friend or organization in need. With LocalLove.ca, I'm looking forward to learning more about some other programs in my community and meeting the people championing these charges. This way, we can focus on creating impact, and happiness. After all, it IS National Volunteer Week. 

I encourage you to subscribe to the Good News Letter which is delivered every week to your inbox. It's a welcome break from the scary (albeit important) news of the world and starts your week off the right way -- with good news and stories that'll make you want to make a difference. 

And if you know of someone making waves in their community --Vaughan and beyond -- please let me know. I'd love to learn more about these local initiatives -- after all, it'll make me really happy. 

Julia

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