Here's to Giving Back to Thirty-ONEderful Years!

Here's to Giving Back to Thirty-ONEderful Years!

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Today is my 31st birthday! It feels good being thirty-one. Actually, It feels the same as thirty. In all honesty, I wake up and still feel like I am seventeen most days. 

In honor of my birthday, I am calling it, "The Year of Thirty-ONEderful." In my first thirty years, I have had a lot of wonderful people, moments, and experience so it's time to focus on giving back. This year, in order to make it Thirty-ONEderful, I want to make life wonderful for others as well. I want to start by giving $31 to a charity/good cause on the 5th of every month. 

I've already decided on my first charity because it's REALLY personal to my life... First, let's take a look back at my wonderful year of being 30!


Last year I turned 30 on the beaches of St. Marten!



I also got to see Dolly Parton perform.

I will always love you, Dolly.



Let's not forget... bought a house!


And, we kept the fun going all year with concerts, Arkansas Derby Day and hanging out with friends.

My Thirty-ONEderful Charity Donation Goal

I am so lucky in the life that I have that I feel like it's time I do more in giving back to things that are important to me. Because what's the point of being on this great big planet if I don't give to help others have the lucky life that I do?

Here is my personal declaration: For the next year, on the 5th of every month, I am going to donate $31 to a charity/good cause that I believe in. 

My first birthday charity is Heifer International. 


This is really personal to me because this is where I work full-time. The mission of Heifer International is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. The reason that I chose this charity (besides it being where I work) is because I actually have SEEN the work in Kenya and Zambia and know how it impacts families in need.  

We just started a new School Milk Feeding program in Tanzania. Now you can provide fresh milk to students in need. If you want to learn more about this program, check it out here: http://hefr.in/2skIidN

I can't wait to see what Thirty-ONEderful will bring. If you have any suggestions for future charities, let me know! 


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  1. Oh seeing Dolly sounds amazing! Happy birthday!

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  2. It sounds like you really made the most of the past year! That's so great that you're committing to giving back. I hope I can do that one day!

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  3. Sounds like you had a great year! I love that you want to be apart of that charity!

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    1. Sounds like you had a pretty awesome year! Congrats on your 31st birthday xx I think it is awesome you are choosing to donate every month!

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  4. That's amazing that you're making a donation every month. Happy belated, lovely!!

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  5. Wow what an awesome year! I love that you work for Heifer International - my aunt always "gifts" my family an animal through Heifer International for Christmas. I hope you have a great birthday / thirty-ONEderful year :)

    Hannah | the swirl | http://theswirlblog.com/

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  6. I love that you're donating each month, what a special way to celebrate your 31st year! And girl, you definitely don't look 31 at all!

    xoxo, SS


    www.SouthernAndStyle.com

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  7. I love how you're turning something so simple into such a positive thing <3 good luck and appreciate you sharing <3

    http://thesophiadiaries.com/bujoinspiration/bujo-ideas-pinterest

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  8. Sounds like your 30th year was amazing and I wish you the same for your 31st! Happy belated birthday!

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  9. I am so jealous you got to see Dolly! Tickets here sold out too fast!

    xx,

    Lacey

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    1. Dolly was AMAZING! Still one of my favorite concerts!

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  10. I love the monthly donation idea! Such a good monthly reminder about how important it is to give.

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  11. How awesome! Happy birthday!

    -Alix

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  12. Happy 31st Birthday! I love that you are living the year of 30-wonderful, you have such a sunny and positive outlook. It's amazing you are giving back to a new charity every month, I need to set that kind of goal for myself (:

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    1. Thank you! Life is always about an outlook!

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  13. Happy 31st birthday!! I love how positive you are and that you do so much to help others. Kudos to you! Enjoy your birthday week :)

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  14. Happy 31st! How fun that you got to see Dolly!

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  15. Happy birthday! I hope year 31 is even more amazing than year 30, although it is hard to beat buying a house and seeing Dolly Parton! Also, what an amazing way to give back! I love that you're donating to a charity each month. That's such a beautiful way to celebrate. As far as charities go, you should look into Family Reach. They provide finances for families with children with cancer.

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    1. Thanks, Tiffany!! That sounds like a great charity that I need to look up!

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  16. Happy Belated Birthday!! I hope this year bring you more and bigger adventures!!

    xoxo
    Oby Grace
    http://www.obygrace.com/

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  17. How fun! I hope you had a wonderful birthday and love that you're donating every month. What a great way to give back!
    xoxo,
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

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  18. Happy 31st, pretty! You make me excited for the 30s!

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  19. My grandma always donated to Heifer in mine and my brother's names when we were little and we were so excited to have "gifted" a cow to people in need! Really love that you're making it a point to donate so much this year, I hope you are able to keep it up for all 12 months! Happy birthday!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

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  20. Girl, I hope I accomplish all you have by the time I'm 30! Your house is so cute :) Congrats on being a home-owner! And St. Marten is a beautiful place. I wish you nothing but the best in your future! Happy birthday!!

    xx Carly | www.thecarlycollective.com

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  21. That's such an awesome way to give back! Happy belated birthday!

    xo
    Sami
    The Classic Brunette

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