23 Dec Deck The Halls With BAZItivity
Priorities are sometimes lost in the shuffle of day-to-day life. We are all guilty of not calling a certain relative once a week, cleaning our living space, or even writing in a blog as much as we’d like (yes my hand is raised on that one). As we get closer to Christmas and the New Year, it is more important than ever to properly prioritize. The strong emphasis on vacations, gifts, and parties may make it even harder to put what’s truly valuable first.
The recession has hit everyone hard, especially Reed Sandridge who lost his job at a non-profit. Reed’s loss didn’t stop him from turning lemons into lemonade. He decided that he wanted to give back by creating his own sense of community and responsibility.
“I looked at my finances and realized I had enough savings that I could go about a year and have a little leftover,” he said. “I thought, why don’t I take that remainder and give 10 dollars a day to a person I don’t know? Get out of the house, engage with the community, and make somebody’s day?”
BAZI decided to reward Reed with our BAZItivity Badge for giving $10 away to a different stranger everyday for a year, despite being unemployed.
Carlos Garcia, another BAZItivity Badge winner, has a favorite quote: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
Mr. Garcia founded Living Philanthropic. He has been donating small amounts to different charities every single day since April 22nd.
“I had to take a look at my finances, see what miscellaneous expenditures I could cut out to free up money to give back,” he says. “Look hard enough,” Garcia says, “and we all can find a little bit to give.”
Last, but certainly not least, we heard about BAZItivity Badge winner Eric Sheptock, a homeless homeless advocate. You read that correctly – there’s no typo in that sentence. Sheptock refuses to compromise his advocacy efforts by taking a 9-to-5 job.
“Too many homeless people have come to look up to me, and I can’t just walk away from them,” he says in a recent blog post titled ‘Tough Choices.’ He continues, “my conscience won’t allow it.”
Eric has been able to make a substantial difference by having a personal connection to the cause.
These BAZItivity Badge winners have inspired us to pay it forward. Keep emailing badge-worthy moments to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we choose your moment we’ll reward you with a free 6-Pack of BAZI Energy Shots. BAZI wants to help fuel someone’s next great achievement!