Crossing Off My List.
This weekend I’ll be completing #82 on my 101 Things in 1,001 Days List. It’s a pretty big accomplishment, considering how long it’s taken me to actually get to this point. But I’m already starting to think about what else I can accomplish. I only have one year left, and although I’m well on my way to finishing my 101 Movies List (I’m at 58 movies) and I’ll be visiting my third state (out of a goal of 5) this weekend, plus a few other goals that I’m currently in the middle of completely, there are still A TON I have yet to get to.
Since it’s crunch time, with just a year left (the end date for my 1,001 dates is actually September 28, 2010, so technically I have 13 months to go), I am trying to prioritize what I should work on. Next up on my list: sponsor a child in a third world country, give up soda for a month, attend an adult ballet class, and send one birthday card every month for a year (since I only have one year left, I better start now!). I also need to keep working on my 101 things that make me happy list. I started that, but promptly forgot about it! Maybe I’ll write something tomorrow.
I realize there are certain goals I have, like going to Israel or getting a cat, that I just won’t actually be able to do. Going to Israel is expensive. And it takes a lot of time. Money and time are two things I don’t have much of. Getting a cat means actually living in an apartment that allows pets. So far, no good. Not to mention Erik is allergic. I was not dating Erik when I wrote the list, so an allergic boyfriend wasn’t something I was thinking about.
This morning I have been surfing websites to see what kind of organization is best for supporting a child in a third world country. I thought it would be a fairly easy thing to accomplish, since the payments are automatically deducted. But picking an organization is hard! Recommended organizations have been Compassion, Children International, World Vision, EduRelief and Life for a Child.
Ideally, I’d like to give to a particular child, so EduRelief and Life for a Child are out (not that I won’t give to them, just that they don’t match my criteria for my goal). Children International looks great, and it’s affordable. Compassion was recommended by three people, and it’s a Christian organization, but it’s more expensive. I don’t know much about World Vision, but it looks good too. So many choices! Have you ever supported a child through an organization? I’d love to hear your stories and what organization you have had a good experience with. When I make my choice, I’ll be sure to share all the pictures and letters I’m sure to receive!