Keep Pedaling

1351011551ud4zbNothing in life is worth doing if you’re not passionate about it. And if you’re passionate about it, it’s always worth it. The simplest job can be a wonderful experience if you can expand your mind enough to see how it fits into your bigger picture and appreciate the skills and experiences you gain from it. Every step we take, professionally and personally, is part of an overall journey of discovery. Make the most out of your journey by keeping an open mind and fully engaging in every experience.

It’s easy to be distracted by everything that life throws at you, but the people who achieve the most success are the ones who stay focused. Achieving your goals requires more than just effort; it will require consistently putting one foot in front of the other while maintaining confidence in your own agenda (even – and perhaps especially – when it differs from what others might expect from you). Think of the effort it takes to make that first push on the pedal of a bike: the first push is the hardest, but then, as long as you keep pedaling, you keep moving forward. If you stop, you have to give it that big push all over again. So stay focused – and keep pedaling.

Don’t let momentary setbacks keep you from seeing both the progress you’ve made and the view up ahead. Sure, you’re going to have rough times. You’re going to change directions, question yourself, and worry that every step you’ve taken is wrong. If it wasn’t hard to get there, you wouldn’t appreciate it nearly as much as you will. And one of those things you may have to learn with time is that even when the road has a lot more curves than you expect, you’ll eventually look back and love the journey you took to get where you’re going.

Make a Difference with Your Spare Change

Guest Author Kira Bruce

We all have a favorite cause that is close to our hearts. Somewhere along the line we have been faced with a dilemma and nonprofit organizations have been there to help. We would love nothing more than to give back abundantly to our favorite organizations, but we often feel that we lack the funds. Difficult times force us to cinch all our spending and regrettably that includes what could have been donation money. Looking directly at your check book it is difficult to see where you could find spare finances. Fortunately, SwipeGood makes it easy for you to support your favorite nonprofit organizations.

SwipeGood is a platform that makes it easy for you to support your favorite nonprofits with your spare change. As a result, we’re very interested in learning about the inspiration people have for giving every day. To find out, we’re  running a special contest asking people all over the country to share stories about their personal motivation for giving to charity.

We will pick the most inspiring of all the stories sent to us ( on 7/7/2011 and give the winner a fashionable pair of TOMS shoes and TOMS sunglasses.  Additionally, we would love to feature the winner’s story on our blog, as well as an interview with the author.

Collecting spare change used to be so simple in the days of only cash and no credit. At the end of each day it was so easy to empty out the change into a jar from the dollars you had spent. Before you know it you have collected a decent amount of money. A few cents here, a few cents there, and all of a sudden you have at least ten dollars in that jar, maybe more. You never think of that spare change amounting into something sufficient but sure enough it eventually does. However, this was all back in the day when people used cash. Hardly anyone spends a dollar anymore. At the end of the day there is no change because everyone has been swiping their little piece of plastic, and when you check that bank account it feels as if there is no money to spare. This is where SwipeGood comes into play.

SwipeGood is an organization that creates a simple avenue for donating to your favorite cause. Once registered online, SwipeGood rounds up all of your debit and credit card purchases to the nearest dollar and allows you to donate the difference to a charity of your choice. This captures the effortless idea of emptying the spare change out of your pockets each day and brings it to the modern world. Each time you make a purchase you will be donating to your favorite charity without a second thought, and you will not even realize the support you have given until the end of each month. You will be shocked to discover that you have averaged more in donations using this technique than you would have if you had written the check yourself. SwipeGood is one of the most fulfilling methods of donating because you are giving back with every purchase you make, without making a visible dent in your own finances.