What does being Purpose Driven mean?
The way I think about ‘making a difference’ has really changed over the years.
I used to think in order to make a difference you had to be one of 3 things: really wealthy with tons of money to contribute, give up any hobbies and spend all your extra time towards a cause or be someone who works for a charitable organization.
Back in the day, I worked for a few corporate organizations and there was always a giving back component but not always did it feel aligned with the business, people or cause.
Once I started my own Interior Decor Business (E-Decor) is when I first started to figure out how I could be connected to making a difference.
Like with everything, it starts with putting the idea out there and making aligned choices.
For me it was being inspired by purpose driven local businesses, by reading the incredible book Pencils of Promise where I learned the term “Purpose Driven Business” and seeing documentaries such as Half the Sky (everyone needs to watch this!) which led me to realize where my frustration in the world was and thinking how I could make an impact.
Warren Buffet has been quoted as saying “If you were born in North America, you’ve won the ovarian lottery” and that is our responsibility to assist the rest of world.
For me that means giving back to empower women and girls around the world with education being a key to change.
How that looks in my life is that for every E-Decor I design a portion goes to an organization that supports these causes.
I have 2 daughters and to see how girls the same ages as them are living is truly heartbreaking, especially knowing it doesn’t take a lot of money to make a huge change for these girls. A small amount can mean a year in school, clothes, food, or supplies.
There is an event happening in Vancouver that I really want you all to know about and if you can attend or donate.
I’d invite you to join me on April 21 when I attend the second annual #IWant2Be fundraiser at The Imperial in Vancouver.
One Girl Can is a Vancouver-based charity that empowers young women in sub-Saharan Africa.
Last year the inaugural #IWant2Be – One Girl Can event raised $100,000. They aim to double that this year with proceeds going directly to help build or refurbish 4 dormitories and 3 washroom facilities for students at Ganze Girls Secondary School in Kenya. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest dropout rate of girls in secondary school due to poverty and cultural norms that favour education for boys over girls. One hundred percent of the girls enrolled in this school board there, because the risk of them not returning once they go back to their villages is extremely high.
The event will be two fun-filled hours, from 6-8pm, will include a silent auction with contributions from Vancouver’s top brands and a live auction of unique experiences, including two African safaris in Kenya and South Africa. Guests will enjoy a complimentary drink and appetizers from No Fixed Address Social Catering, and a gift bag of AG Hair products worth $68 as a thank you for attending.
Tickets are $65 and are available for purchase online. Anyone unable to attend the event can still support by donating funds to purchase key necessities for One Girl Can students, including a mattress, bunk bed, a toilet or a shower stall. Visit https://www.iwant2be.eventbrite.ca to purchase tickets or to make a donation.
I hope to seen you there and thanks for letting me share my journey on one of the things I’m most proud of in my life and can inspire you to be of service for change.
Decor with Love,