Thursday, January 31, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
We Must Engrave It In Stone Where No Wind Can Ever Erase It."
Posted by Claire at 11:26 AM
Friday, January 18, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
...seems like a lame way to spend a Saturday. But surprisingly- it's not! I had my second workshop for the Literacy program on Saturday and it is going great. I really like learning the phonics program, but more than that, I like learning about the different learning disabilities that people have. I like learning how the teacher can overcome these to help the learner. I was always a good student growing up. I understand that I was very lucky in that way. I have the kind of memory that just retains what I hear and read without a lot of extra effort. To be able to see and understand the world through someone else's eyes is an amazing gift. To take that gift and hopefully use it to help someone is so rewarding. I can't wait to meet my learner and begin this amazing journey.
Posted by Claire at 10:49 AM
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I did a lot of soul searching over the holidays this year. I have been trying to grow more... rediscover who I am anymore, who I want to be still. More on that later...
For the past 5 years, something that I have consistently said is, when I don't have to work anymore, I am going to create a foundation that helps people. Usually I work up some kind of homeless outreach program, briefly discussing how change is something that has to be desired. You can't make someone change... but when they're ready- I'll be there for them. That's what I say.
So, back to the soul searching. I realized, when looking at my life... that although my life's desire is to start a charity foundation, there is very little volunteering going on currently. So I googled volunteering in Burbank and found the website VolunteerMatch.org.
That is how I found the Literacy program that I will start volunteering for tonight at the Burbank Public Library. Tonight I will attend a 3 hour workshop to introduce myself to the staff and to begin learning the Phonics program that I will teach. I am nervous because this is stepping out of my box, meeting people I might not have before. I am excited because I believe this is something that will help give my life more meaning. I believe that when you help others... when you give of yourself to someone else, enriching their life will also enrich your own.
Posted by Claire at 2:53 PM
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
This will be my first entry. I have never had a myspace. I have never kept a diary for more than a few days at a time. This intimidates me. Opening my head and my heart and putting it onto paper... or screen, or whatever. I hope that I have something worthwhile to say. But even if I don't, I will take this chance. I will climb aboard, thinking, feeling and leading... no longer just along for the ride.
Posted by Claire at 1:23 PM