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NOT Keeping Up with the Joneses (COMMUNITY)

Two clients of LETMESAIL at the Hoe Down Dance.

Two clients of LETMESAIL at the Hoe Down Dance.

Part 11 of the 12 part series on balancing your life.

When you are a business owner, it is important to give back to your community. You can do time based service, product donations, or fund raising events. I place this as the last item of the 10 items to consider when working towards a balanced life because you cannot, or should not try to get involved in your community until the other areas of your life are balanced. Once they are you will be in a much better place to give generously and without pretense. Don’t get me wrong, I think everyone should be giving back in some way at least once a month. It should be worked into your Monthly Method of Operation (MMO.) However if you are still trying to balance your life think on a smaller scale. Donate an hour of your time to a local organization needing volunteers, photograph a family portrait for someone who is flat broke, give a gift certificate to a local fund raising event. There are any number of things you can do. Once  you feel like things are going fairly smooth in your life and career, then start to think about hosting your own charity event. They take a lot of hours, but if done correctly and with some sort of memorable twist you may find yourself in a position to raise quite a bit of money for whatever charity you are interested in helping. Right now I am in the middle of organizing a shootout for charity. I host these shootouts all the time and this is the first time I have decided to raise money for my charity. I’ll be sure to let you know the outcome. My charity is LETMESAIL, a local organization dedicated to helping the disabled and their families. The above is a photo I took of this summer’s Hoe Down Dance for the clients of LETMESAIL. If you want to find out more about the event I am hosting in May or would like to make a donation, please check out the website HERE or shoot me an email.

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Beverly Hills Wedding Photographer, Jen O’Sullivan is a boutique wedding photographer who specializes in portrait journalism.
Jen O’Sullivan Boutique Wedding Photography | 357 South Robertson Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California, 90211 | 310-494-6547
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NOT Keeping Up with the Joneses (CONCLUSION)

Right after I taught JT how to climb the wall.

Right after I taught JT how to climb the wall.

Part 12 of the 12 part series on balancing your life.

I don’t know about you, but life can get pretty insane. The point of this all is to encourage you to slow down. Take a look at your life. No, really, take a day to evaluate your life and how you are living it. Prioritize. Make a list and tack it up where you will see it daily. A friend of mine once told me to write up my own obituary. While a bit morbid, I think this is a brilliant idea. What are the things you would want it to say. Take it a step farther and write up a second one about what it would actually say at this very moment. Compare the two and start making adjustments to your life to get your current obituary to match your ideal one. Start today. Take small steps. Once you are on that path, keep going.

I’ve got a lot of work to do in my own life so I thought I would share with you my two obituaries. I wrote them from my kid’s perspective because that is what is important to me.

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My momma was fun and crazy. She always played pretty hard with me but it was fun. I liked it when we played in the backyard and she let me get her wet with the hose, but sometimes she got mad. She worked a lot. I got to play with Izzy, Patti, and grandma CC too while momma worked in her office. I wanted her to play too but she was working. I loved it when she came home from being gone for a while. She always gave me a big smile.

Ideal
My momma was fun and crazy. She helped me learn lots of things and helped me understand how to be good. She was loved my many people and helped them a lot. She always had time for me and she took me on great adventures. Someday when I grow up I want to be just like her. She loved my Dadda so much and we got to play a lot together too. I want to marry someone  just like my Momma and I am going to be a good husband just like my Dadda.

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Copyright © 2010 by Jen O’Sullivan http://www.jenosullivan.com
Beverly Hills Wedding Photographer, Jen O’Sullivan is a boutique wedding photographer who specializes in portrait journalism.
Jen O’Sullivan Boutique Wedding Photography | 357 South Robertson Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California, 90211 | 310-494-6547
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