Three years ago, my friend Bryn posted a book recommendation on Instagram. At the time I was in a professional slump and tired of working on things that didn't matter. I took his recommendation and read it cover to cover in 2 days. Those of you who know me understand I've never been a big reader, and this book changed my perspective on what interests me. I'd never heard of the Author, nor of the charitable organization he'd started at the time, but instantly was drawn to his passion and the social mission of the company, Pencils of Promise.
It starts with giving first
Being who I am, I quickly made my way to a browser to do more homework on Pencils of Promise (or PoP as everyone involved in the org calls it), and was immediately greeted with a slow, mildly secure and WordPress error-prone site. Not the best first impression for anyone to learn more, let alone donate. After reading up on the org, I really loved it's "for purpose" mission and the quality of results it's programs drove.
I thought the least I could do as a thank you to the Author for the take-away's I received in reading the book was to help them fix their site. I reached out to Bryn proposing to help them, he connected me and days later I received an open-arm welcome from the marketing team to help with some technical challenges they had.
It felt like in a matter of weeks we had the site running 5x faster, 100% secure, optimized for load time and error free. I was honestly overwhelmed by the love and thanks I received from the PoP team, and it felt so wonderful knowing that small offer made such a big difference.
Education Is Everything
I'm a big believer in primary education. It's what brought my daughter Olive alive and gave her the opportunity to thrive. It's also something I've been lucky enough to appreciate in my life, yet 250Million children around the world are illiterate. Seeing my daughters now in school, and how much it opens their minds and hearts to the world only re-enforces my passion for organizations like PoP that are working to provide quality education for those who need it the most.
Fast forward a few years and I'm proud to be part of the PoP family. I've been able to support the cause in ways that both challenged me, and pushed their data-driven focuses forward. We've done some great stuff together but really we're only getting started! And that's why I was so excited to be invited to Guatemala in March to take part in building a school and see the impact we create first-hand.
Here's to giving a damn, can't wait! ✏️