I’m an advocate for authenticity, connecting with people, doing what you love, and trying to make the world a better place. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I could do to take these values of mine and make them an actionable part of my life. So far, Humans of Portland has been one of the best ways I’ve found in my life to express the things that are important to me, but to be honest, there are times (a lot of times!) when I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing, or maybe I have ideas about what I want to do next with this project, but am not sure how to go about it. I’m going to guess I’m not alone in feeling this way. Am I right?
I met with Megan earlier this week. Like all of my meet-ups, whether planned or spontaneous, I had no agenda or pre-conceived ideas about what we might talk about. I was pretty excited to find out about the organization Megan works for, called Idealist.org.
“We help people identify what their intentions are and help turn those into action. A lot of times people don’t know what they need to turn their ideas into actions, so we help identify those needs and provide resources to help bridge the gap.”
“Wow, I love that! Do you mind if I share it on Humans of Portland along with your portrait?”
“Um…sure! I mean, I guess…this is not what I expected!”
“Well, me taking your portrait was kind of a prerequisite to meeting, you know?”
“Oh, I guess I missed that part!”
Thank you, Megan!
(Find organizations, volunteers, jobs, events and other people looking to make the world a better place! Get out there and connect! http://www.idealist.org/)
ps. In case you were wondering, promoting this organization was 100% my idea and entirely unpaid.