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MAY | JUNE 2019

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Each of these examples illustrates a different way to give—all of them valuable and necessary. How could you give in a way that sparks joy for you? What's your vision for your community or the world? Would you enjoy painting a playground? Volunteering at a food bank? Visiting residents at a care center? Supporting an animal rescue? Helping a neighbor with some household repairs? What do people in your community need? What are you passionate about? If your time is limited, you could research charities, fi nd your favorite one, and donate an amount of money that feels right for you. If money is a limited resource, donate unused items by asking the simple, yet powerful, question, "Does this bring me joy?" We don't hang on to things; we hang on to emotions attached to those things. Let it go. It is better to have fewer things that you love than many things you don't really like. Donate clothes, books, and supplies that you are ready to part with to classrooms, libraries, charities, or friends who really need them. If you have time and energy, you might consider joining a local volunteer group. Online volunteer matching services like VolunteerMatch or Idealist can help. You can search the sites by type of volunteer activities and by location. Once you fi nd an opportunity that interests you, fi ll out a volunteer application, and you're on your way. Is there something you feel grateful for? Could you turn your gratitude into inspiration? Perhaps you have wonderful relationships in your life and you know how much joy these connections bring. You could allow your gratitude for these connections to inform your desire to bring connection to others. If you have a unique talent or skill, would it bring you joy to share it with others? It is important, of course, to save and spend wisely. But giving—of your time, energy, money, and other resources—feels great and can make a real impact. If you have the resources, consider giving in a way that is right for you. If you want some inspiration, check out www.randomactsof Happy giving! Amy Andrews McMaster is a certifi ed coach who is passionate about helping individuals, teams, and leaders achieve success, face obstacles, choose courage, build trust, and lead with a growth mindset. She is excited to become a certifi ed Dare to Lead facilitator later this year. Contact her at The resources we have at our disposal shift constantly. When we are younger, maybe we have more time and energy. When we are older, maybe we have more money. EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week Each year, ABMP celebrates EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week (EBDMW). This year, EBDMW is July 14–20. Consider offering your skilled touch to those in need. ABMP members have access to printable customized marketing materials, images to use in social media and email campaigns, and the ability to rent an EBDMW banner. And when you share your gift of touch, be sure to share the good deeds you did (and images) with us at editor@abmp. com. You just might appear in Massage & Bodywork! For more information, watch our welcome video at July 14-20, 2019 July 14-20, 201 Ta k e 5 a n d t r y A B M P F i v e - M i n u t e M u s c l e s a t w w w. a b m p . c o m / f i v e - m i n u t e - m u s c l e s . 25

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