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Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day everyone! It is a beautiful day (feels like summer). I’m getting ready for a BBQ with friends and family (it doesn’t get much better than that), but I wanted to take a moment to update everyone on my current and upcoming projects. Since it is a holiday, I’ll keep it short and sweet. Here we go:

*This week on A Garden Party Florist I wrote about Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton’s recent wedding and offered some wedding ideas inspired by the country couple. Click here to check it out. Stay tuned for my next post about Sara Rue’s wedding.

*I started blogging for a Hampton Chef Society. This week, I wrote “Do You Know Where Your Blueberries and Cranberries Come From?” Keep an eye out for my next article, “Why You Should Eat Blueberries and Cranberries.”

*I got hired as a wedding blogger for Music by Design, a wedding DJ located in Chicago. In the beginning of the week, I should have my first article posted.

*As usual, I worked on some grants for Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide (CFW) and Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity (GCHFH).

This upcoming week, I will be writing more articles for A Garden Party Florist, Hampton Chef Society, and Music by Design. I will also be working on grants for CFW and GCHFH. When I’m not writing, I’ll be looking for more projects (such as grant writing and copy editing), but for now, I am going to enjoy the holiday. Happy Memorial Day!

What I’ve Been Up To

Well, another week has passed, and another weekend is halfway over. Time really does fly by when you’re busy (and having a little fun). So here’s a recap of what I’ve been up to this week, and what I have planned for the upcoming week.

I posted juicy details about Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton’s wedding and engagement party on A Garden Party Florist. Next week, I will share more details about the wedding and offer ideas for your own wedding or event. Check out my recent posts and upcoming posts on A Garden Party Florist.

I published an article about the best margarita recipes. If you need a great drink idea for your upcoming Memorial Day party, be sure to check it out.

My article “7 ways to Improve Employee Satisfaction” was published on Inc.com. I wrote this article for an online writing course, so I was excited to find out that the teacher published it.

I volunteered at Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity. I am helping the executive director write and submit grant applications. We have three more applications we want to submit by the end of June, so it is going to be a busy month.

I also started researching grant opportunities for Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide. Each month, I write and submit grant applications on behalf of the organization. Starting in June, I should hear if any of our applications have been awarded. I am crossing my fingers that our hard work pays off.

I took a copy editing test for a publishing company. Hopefully, it will lead to some copy editing work in the near future.

I wrote an article for the Hampton Chef Society. Check an eye out for my upcoming food articles.

In addition to all of the writing I’ve been doing, I have been actively looking for other writing work by bidding on projects posted online, contacting potential clients, and querying editors. If you or anyone you know has a need for my services (grant writing, copy editing, copywriting, blog writing, etc), please contact me.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Nonprofits Can Make You Happier

Over the past month, I have had the opportunity to work with Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide (CFW) and Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity.

I am currently working on several grant projects with both organizations. Grants are a major source  of funding for most nonprofit organizations. Without the support of foundations, governments, and corporations, nonprofits are unable to fulfill their missions, which usually benefit society as a whole regardless of target populations.

Although grants are a major source of funding , individuals can also help support nonprofits through donations and volunteerism. Research shows that charity work has a variety of personal benefits. According to Gretchen Rice, author of The Happiness Project, “Those who work to further causes they value tend to be happier and healthier, experience fewer aches and pains, and even live longer.”

After a month of working with two nonprofits, I agree with Rice. Not only am doing work I love (aka writing), but I am helping society at the same time. It is difficult to have a bad day at work when I know that  my services are going to help build a home for a struggling family or provide medical support to a sick patient. At the end of the day, I am proud of the work I’ve done.

Even if you don’t work for a nonprofit, everyone can feel this same sense of pride by volunteering or donating. I would love to hear what organizations you support and why. Do you think working with, donating to, or volunteering for nonprofits makes you happier?

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