I’m not a big New Years Resolution maker, because I’m way too annoyed when I can’t make them happen. So the ones that I do make, I like to really commit to. One of my few steadfast resolutions for 2011, along with “walk Brody more” and “avoid PTA meetings” was “do at least one volunteer veterinary trip.”
There are no shortage of opportunities for veterinary professionals and animal lovers- World Vets, South Pacific Animal Welfare, HSTJ just to name a few. It is an incredible experience to see how, despite the many differences in the ways people relate to companion animals around the world, there is still so much common ground. And yes, so much need.
I haven’t gotten to participate in an international volunteer clinic in a couple of years, and I’ve been really missing the experience. One of the groups I have been pondering the most is Amazon Cares. I had talked about Amazon Cares with founder Molly Mednikow about the amazing group she manages at both BlogPaws events, but for various reasons the logistics of attending have always been just beyond my reach.
As it so happens, they have an upcoming trip to Peru in April that just happens to coincide with my daughter’s Spring Break- and she has already been asking to spend time at the grandparents. (Although I wouldn’t trade my life with my kids for anything in the world, the fact that one cannot simply board them on demand does make planning trips like this a complicated affair.) Maybe in a few more years they will be old enough to even come along and help!
I also lost my passport, which I’ve been trying to locate for a month now. As I was sifting through a pile of boxes in the garage realizing that maybe this just wasn’t meant to be, I mean as I was literally in the process of saying that to Brody, I lifted up a kindergarten art project and there it was. So to me, quite clearly, this was indeed meant to be. Besides, my husband is going on a guy trip to Canada to see some band this spring, and I figured this beat some spa trip on the “me time” scale.
Making life meaningful is about reaching out beyond your comfort zone, challenging yourself to be more and do more, to follow your heart and leave an impression on the world beyond that small bubble of your everyday life. So this is how I start.
I am so excited to do this and to share the experience with all of you. I have so many ideas- for example, my helmet cam which I have never gotten to use. You all know you want to experience the marvels of Dr V Peruvian Helmet-Cam. The possibilities are endless.
So all I need to do now is raise the travel expenses and I will be set to go! I mentioned fundraising yesterday on Facebook and a couple people suggested putting in a ChipIn or something along those lines on the blog. I know if I did that you guys would contribute, which is exactly why I don’t want to do that. I’ll save my exploiting of your goodwill for the direct benefit of nonprofits and the like, as it should be.
I toyed with the idea of selling something before realizing after perusing regretsy that my crafting skills are sorely lacking. So that’s out too.
Which leaves me with the tried and true method of looking for sponsorships. So if you are a company or know of a company who would like to work with an award winning blog (so nice to be able to say that, thank you) on a high profile project, or even just buy advertising in support of said project, I am open for negotiation:
- advertising, now or after the redesigned blog rolls out in the spring;
- sponsored posts (come on, you saw what I did with the cat litter, right? I can be creative!)
- advertising on the video posts documenting the trip
- Lots of public acknowledgement on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter
- Listing as an Official Sponsor of this epic blog event!
So there you have it! If you’d like to be a business sponsor, please contact me at drv (at) pawcurious (dotcom) and let’s figure something out! And for everyone else, Google “Peruvian Dining Delicacy” and reassure me I can survive this trip.