Do Good.

My grandma Scott used to tell me that her goal every day was just to make one person smile.  She was a kind-hearted woman who smiled at everyone and they’d smile right back.  She had these amazing sparkly twinkly eyes, and she looked like she was smiling even if she wasn’t because her eyes smiled for her.  Spreading happiness, doing good, doing the right thing, being loving and being generous are circular and contagious in the best possible ways. 

In the spirit of my grandma Mildred aka Pinky (Mild Red :)), tonight I’m hosting a charity fundraiser at Sweet Revenge® from 6-10p for the Nat’l MS Society and am donating 20% of the proceeds.  I hope you can make it for cupcakes, wine & beer and loads of good cheer for this fantastic organization.  My dear friends Becs and Annette are racing up 66 flights of stairs at 30 Rock this weekend to raise money for MS.  Annette was diagnosed with it a little over a year ago.  I’m in awe of her spirit and determination. She’s going to rock those stairs and fight this awful disease in her own fabulous way.  With my patrons’ help, I hope to raise serious moolah for her cause tonight!

On Friday, I’m donating cookie bites & wine tastings to a fundraiser for I.Hug to help Ugandan children.  My good friend Lynn generously donates her time to this charity as one of its chairpersons.   Her event is going to be a blowout gala, and you’ll have a blast doing good for her truly great cause!

I count my blessings for the life I have and for the health of my friends and fam.  I know there’s a lot of hardship out there, with folks struggling with disabilities, sickness, financial hardship and major life challenges.  I see ads for charities that support clean water initiatives for 3rd world countries.  Manalive those make me stop and think every time I brush my teeth in all seriousness.  I have friends and relatives suffering in toxic marriages or through hideous post-divorce situations. They acknowledge they made really bad choices and the repercussions for them and their children are brutal and long lasting.  My childhood friend Em’s mom just passed away, only 61 years young.  She was like a second mom to me when I was a kid and she’d let us stay up late at our slumber parties eating junkfood, watching scary movies and playing with the Ouija board.  I’m so sad for Em and her family,  knowing what last year was like losing my step-dad Tom to congestive heart failure.  I remember how much I appreciated that Em, Ali, and my best friend since age two Dar were there for me at Tom’s funeral. Dear friends from Butler also came –  Susie, Laura, and Tigon and it meant a ton to me during that really sad time. I received kind notes from so many friends, and all that kindness brought me a little sunshine.  I’m heading home for Cathe’s funeral this weekend to be there for Em and praying for healing and peace for her and her fam.

The smallest kindnesses make the biggest differences. A hug or a smile, volunteering time and effort, donating money to a good cause — all of these things help make the world a little bit better.  Having compassion and making an effort mean something to those going through rough times. I appreciated the support and love of my friends and family when I needed it most last year.

“If you see a friend without a smile, give him one of yours.”  (Proverb)

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Cheers and blessings,

Marlo