23 Jun 2013

3 months to 30

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3 months to 30
4 miles run with Lilo.
I was off the grid for a while. I was a little lost in space, trying to figure out what to do. Finally I am off from work for 2 months, and these last past couple of days I have been reflecting on things that I want to achieve before I turn 30 in September 23rd. 3 months to 30. It is a milestones for me, and I want to make the most of this year where I can still enjoy being 20 something.

Last year after fundraising for Search Dog Foundation, I was feeling like I am part of something big, I am helping people, helping animals, also helping disaster relief efforts. Since the beginning of the protests in my home country, in Turkey, I started to feel helpless again. I am so far away and my friends are doing something amazing for a cause they care, and they get brutalized for their opinions… Ah I cannot express how much I dislike the feeling of being helpless. So couple of us got together, used the power of social media and made some apparel to raise awareness and show our support.

Us, the “Creatives United” created these apparels and selling them online at cost or with an option of $5 donation. Check out Creatives United and support the movement.
While being busy setting this up, I have been talking to the Aruba and Bonaire animal shelters. I am planning to visit both islands, and I will be doing a quick fundraising for bringing goodies & medical supplies to the shelters. I am working on getting some prices for wholesale supplies and also trying to figure out with our vet what I can bring with me while crossing borders.

To finish tonite, I have something really happy to report. I will be visiting National Search Dog Foundation next month, and I will have a chance to meet the search teams in training while I am there on July 22nd. You guys were so great last year supporting my cause, and I cannot wait to share their stories and meet them in person.
Life means so much more when you help others, and work with others to come up with solutions to “bigger than us” problems. I have seen so much goodness in people recently, that I am hopeful for a better world.
Lots of love, happy Sunday. xo

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