This past week, I spent some time in Washington D.C. with The ONE Campaign — the advocacy group co-founded by Bono of U2 fame, and whose mission is to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. I’ve worked with ONE for a little over a year now (the highlight of which was traveling to Kenya with them last year, to help tell the stories of the successes that were happening there), and it’s always so rewarding and inspiring every time I get together with the good people who work there.
Equally impressive is the team of parenting bloggers who make up the ONE Moms, women who not only devote their time to helping ONE with its mission, but also spend a lot of time in their individual lives using their skills and gifts to try to bring love and support to their own communities. During this week, we spent our time discussing how we would work together with ONE for the coming year; however, when we were off the clock, I also got to hear the successes each of them were having in the work they were doing to help the causes they were passionate about in their personal lives — things like empowering girls and women, and using social media for social good, and working with charities in their own hometowns.
And I have to say, I returned to Houston completely energized, but more importantly, completely grateful that I have people like this in my life to inspire me. It was a great reminder that despite news headlines to the contrary, there are awesome people and awesome organizations out there that help keep the world beautiful.
The trick is to spend as much time with them as possible.
I’m curious: What causes are you passionate about? Are there people in your own communities who inspire you to use your gifts to help change the world (or, at least, your world)?
And if you’d like to help support ONE in its latest campaign to begin the end of HIV/AIDS, please take 5 seconds to click here to join me!
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