Inspiration Friday Lifestyle
Light the World [Ideas Days 2-21]
December 2, 2017
I absolutely LOVE the Light the World theme put on by the LDS church. It helps me get outside myself and really focus on what matters for Christmas. As I was looking through the different days this year I felt like I just needed more resources! So, I compiled a list here of different organizations and ideas I had for the first 20[ish] day. If you like it…. great! If you don’t like it…. great! I just wanted to put a bunch of my ideas in one place and here they are!
Day 1: Is Over….soooooo….. good luck to you and me, ha ha.
Day 2: “I Was Thirsty & You Gave Me Drink”
There are a ton of really cool organizations that help with sustainable development in other countries. Charity Water is one that I researched that tracks where your money goes and shows you where they are developing sustainable water… cool!
Day 3: “Use Your Talents”
The United Way is a hub of resources and volunteer opportunities! They have short and long term opportunities for a variety of organizations. The LDS church has also put together a REALLY cool website called “Just Serve” with volunteer opportunities as well. Take whatever talents and time you have and go help someone!
Day 4: Neighborhood Love
A great way to share love with your neighborhood is to get involved. Go to a city council meeting, join a community committee, support a locally owned business or attend an event in your city. Since I live in Orem I have put a few links of ways to get involved in that city though other towns have similar links/opportunities.
Orem City Volunteer opportunities
Orem City Boards/Commissions
Orem City Calendar (Find City Council/other meetings here)
Day 5: Parents
When I was a kid, after my Grandma died my Grandpa came over every Sunday for dinner. Honestly it was one of my favorite things and I’m grateful for all the time we got to spend with him! Brandon and I still go over to our parent’s each Sunday and we are grateful for that. So if you live close to family, have them over or go over there! It’s a great opportunity to see each other.
Day 6: Other Perspectives
Since my master’s degree is in the political science field and I teach a lot about current events/politics I spend a lot of time trying to understand different political perspectives. These are two quizzes I have my student’s take to understand where they are politically. Then AFTER that I have them research the opposing views side of their most passionate issue and tell me the strengths to the opposing argument. It’s a helpful way to humanize the “other side” and be able to have more productive conversations.
Pew Research Center Political Typology
I Side With [Be sure to click on “learn more” to understand the issue better]
Day 7: Ways You can Help Children
Donate to your local school! Teachers do so much and spend a lot out of their own pocket. Help a teacher and their students out! A lot of the time you can designate exactly who/where/to what it goes to.
Alpine School District Donations
KSL Quarters for Christmas is another great charity that helps kids.
Day 8: Show Love for Everyone
This is a great resource hub for stopping bullying or donate/volunteer at a domestic violence shelter like:
The YWCA (Salt Lake City)
Family Support/Treatment Center (Utah County)
The Center for Women & Children in Crisis (Provo & Orem)
There are almost always locations like this in communities so find your local one and see what you can do to help!
Day 9: Help the Sick
I cannot even explain how hospitals and organizations need blood donated! My dad does such a great job of donating blood and they call him ALL the time to have him come in.
Look up a blood drive near you here!
Day 10: Scriptures to Uplift
Buy some scriptures for a child or family in your neighborhood! You can usually get their name put on it for fairly cheap or free and it is a great way to personalize it!
Day 11: “I Was a Stranger”
I am SUPER passionate about humanitarian work and helping refugees and honestly the I Was a Stranger program put on by the LDS church is so great. Visit IWasAStranger.lds.org to get involved.
Day 12: They That Mourn
One of the ideas to help those that mourn is to help those in need of a job. I REALLY love UVU and one of their amazing resource centers is their small business development center. They do free appointments and trainings…. awesome!!
Day 13: Golden Rule
Another of the ideas the LDS church talked about was helping those that are being bullied. In Utah the suicide rate amongst teens recently increased over 140%.
That is absolutely heart breaking and unacceptable! If you or a teen (or anyone) that is struggling with suicidal thoughts or other mental health challenges know that there are so many resources to help!
There is an app called “SafeUT App” that anyone can download. There’s places to talk or submit tips about those that are struggling on the app.
Day 14: Treasures
Give to a scholarship donation! I love UVU so I’m just gonna say donate there….. go Wolverines!!
One of the toughest challenges is to have a family member sick or in the hospital during the holidays. Volunteer at a hospital, give supplies, or find someone in your neighborhood that is in need and shovel their walk, bring dinner, or put up Christmas lights for them! The Utah Valley Regional Hospital serves thousands of families each year and has a ton of service projects that you can do!
Day 16: “I Was Naked & Ye Clothed Me”
The police and fire departments spend a lot of time taking care of people in their most challenging times. Buy a pizza and have it sent to the department for dinner, see what donations they’ll take, or write them a thank you for taking care of those in the community every day that need help!
Orem Police Department [Also, for the record their Facebook page is HILARIOUS]
Day 17: Bring Your Neighborhood Together
I live in the unique [and sometimes odd] world of Utah County. I think a great way to reach out to the community is to attend events different than your own! Go to a Catholic Mass [link is for St. Frances in Orem] visit a Muslim Mosque [again, Orem location] or any another church service and go simply for the sake of going and building relationships! Invite a neighbor over that isn’t of your faith or take them a treat! Get to know those outside of your own circle and amazing things can happen!
Day 18: Forgive
Write a note or letter to someone who’s hurt you or who you’ve hurt! Take the time to apologize or to see how they are. It can go a long way 🙂
Day 19: Celebrate Someone Else
Did you have a teacher, mentor, or neighbor that changed your life or helped you? Write them a thank you note! They probably have no idea what they meant to you and that note could make their day! [Trust me, I’m a teacher ;)].
Day 20:Donate Your Extras!
You probably know about your local thrift store but have you ever thought to donate to Habitat for Humanity? They will take your old tools, flooring, and building materials and use them to build homes for local families and help those in your community!
Day 21: Help the Hungry
Donate to a local food bank! The Utah Food Bank
is an EXCELLENT place to start! I also recently learned that Even Stevens sandwiches
(which is DELICIOUS by the way) and they donate food for every sandwich you buy. So go have a fun holiday lunch and know that while you eat you are feeding other people too!
Alright, those are my ideas for the first 21 [random number] days.