“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” ~ Booker T. Washington
Do you want to live a richer, more fulfilled life? If you want to be happier, there is one thing you can do immediately to make that happen. Give. Your time, your energy, your resources, your ear, your shoulder, or whatever you possess that can be a blessing to someone else. When you shift your focus from building yourself up, you’ll find that building up others brings positive energy back to you anyway. A large focus of my life has always been service. So when I was writing my business plan and shaping how I want my business to look, community service had to be key. One of the core values of Restored is community. My goal is to intentionally seek out service activities that promote restoration and rebuilding of people and their communities.
Though product sales will not launch until October 1st, we have begun fulfilling our mission already this past week, in 2 big ways:
First, Restored Natural Body Care is a member of a Coopetition project of local area businesses and nonprofits in the Washington, DC area that promote arts education and performance. The project is facilitated by ArtsGroup, Inc. and is a unique group of artisans who share a common goal of promoting access to quality arts engagement, education, and performance. Each business brings their own set of gifts that are pooled together to create larger scale projects and have a larger impact. The main activities of the group will be held at the Maryland Arts Center, located in Temple Hills, MD, which houses state of the art audio and video recording equipment. The building has over 3,000 square feet of space for classes and workshops, performance spaces, and meeting spaces. In support of the Center, Restored partnered with ArtsGroup and the George Washington University’s Community Building Community Program (CBC) on August 27th and 28th. Groups of incoming freshmen from the university came to support much needed projects around the building. I was so proud to support because the area where the Arts Center is located has been neglected, but is beginning to see some new development due to the building of the National Harbor which is close by. There is no other place in the county that holds the quality equipment and amount of talented professionals in one place. The goal is to provide the access and opportunity of these resources to at-risk youth who need it the most. While the CBC volunteers were on site, we painted the steps and railings of the building, and did some seriously needed landscaping in the front of the building. Check out the pictures below to see the students’ hard work.
Secondly, on August 29th, Union United Methodist Church in Upper Marlboro, MD, celebrated its first annual community day. The event centered on health and wellness for the mind, body, and soul. There were fun activities all day including yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, zumba, free music and health screenings, and capoeira! I was a key member of the planning committee and helped to coordinate the entertainment for the event. All of the activities were provided as a free resource to the larger community to promote more balanced living. It was hard work, but so worth it! See below for pictures of the event!
Me hula hooping
- August 31, 2015
- Tiffany A