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KB's Journey: Can't Tell a Story Without a Voice

Okay, folks. I have a confession to make. In the past, I haven’t been good at fundraising for the causes closest to my heart. Now, I’ll volunteer all of my time and give my own money in a heartbeat, but I never really been comfortable asking others for their time or money. Why? Well, because that requires a bit of story-telling. You know, sharing with others my connection to the cause. And, until recently, I’d tell a soft story in a small voice. I’d simply say something like “Oh, my mom has/had MS.” Well, who does that really motivate? Who does that really inspire?

This morning, my mind drifted back to a conversation that I had with my uncle. A couple of summers ago, we were walking along the Chicago River, and he said that he couldn’t understand why his sister (my mother) had to live with this disease. He asked the question that we had all asked ourselves at one point in time, “Why her?” As the warm wind blew across our faces, I turned to him and said, “Through it all, she’s never stopped being positive, loving, or caring. God is using her story to inspire people.”

When my mother passed away at the age of 49, I asked myself a very serious question, “If I had only 25 more years left on this Earth, what is the story that I want others to tell about me?” Better yet, “What is the story that I want to start telling?” Once I knew the answer, I was able to find my voice. The unshakable, unwavering voice of a person who knows what she wants to say and won’t be silenced.

This year, I’m REALLY pushing myself to step it up as it relates to two issues: multiple sclerosis and young caregivers. I’m going to tell my story in hopes that it will motivate others to find their passion, follow their dreams, and support their causes. And, I refuse to let it stop there…

I know that we lead some very busy lives, but I’m challenging all of you to find a cause that you believe in and start thinking about how your story can make a difference. After all, you never know who’s listening or being inspired at that moment…

-kb

So, I Guess I Am Going to DC…!

As some of you knew, I swore off going to the inauguration. The traffic…the street closures…the probable lines EVERYWHERE…the thought of a ridiculous line at my faves (Ben’s and Busboys)…It just seemed like too much! Plus, my father/step-mom are going to like two balls (one official, one semi-official), and I didn’t want to be sitting in the VA apartment with them watching them get ready and feeling salty. LOL!

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Well fast-forward to yesterday…My BFF calls me and asks tells me that she wants me to come out to DC next week and volunteer on the Inaugural Committee. She set it all up so I will be jumping my behind on the next plane (well, on Wednesday) to DC to help out. And, to make it all better, I’m staying in the DMV until the 25th!!! So, I will get to experience my second home without ALLLL the masses *insert cartwheels here*

Email me if you’re going to be in DC!!! I hope to see you 🙂

-kb

KB's Journey: Scholarships with the MS Society

Last year, when my mother passed away, my sister and I decided that we wanted to make a donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s scholarship program, in her honor. The scholarships assist high school students who either have a parent living with MS or who have MS themselves. My mom was a very big believer in all things education, so it was such a natural decision!

Now this year, in addition to planning events to keep my Mom’s scholarship alive, I’ve been asked to assist the Greater Illinois Chapter with their scholarship drive campaign! I’m actually heading over to the Chapter office now to help craft a letter explaining why it’s so important to support these scholarships. The letter will be sent to various donors, so am going to really make sure that my voice/POV are heard in that letter! It definitely won’t be hard for me to think of reasons! I’m very grateful to have this opportunity and really hope the campaign does well!!!

To find out more about the MS Society’s scholarship program, you can click here!

I’ll talk to you all later!

-kb

“Will a Man Rob God?” – Giving In Church

Okay, let’s talk about something personal. Every year, I resolve to stay faithful and up-to-date on my tithes and offerings at church…and every year, I stumble and falter along the way. My pastor has been preaching on the topic of finances for the past few months, covering everything from faith-based philanthropy to Sunday’s topic, giving what you owe the Lord.

I’m not going to lie…I should probably definitely give more money in church than I do. Some of you won’t admit it, but I have NO problem being honest about that. So, the sermon was definitely hard for me to swallow. Especially when Reverend brought out the scripture “Will a man rob God?…” The answer? Yes. That makes me sad. I mean, how can you (I) rob God???? 🙁

Anyways, needless to say, this year, I’m going to stick to my guns and sacrifice what is owed and anything additional in church. Period. I give funds and attend special events to raise money for my favorite charities, knowing that I should’ve also put an extra $20 in the offering basket for the scholarship fund!

This year will be the year to get it right! Besides, I’m going to need all the favor that I can get!

Anyone else struggle with this?

-kb

Welcome to 2009!!!

 

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Happy New Year, folks! I hope your NYE festivities were safe and filled with those you love (or at least like)! I had an absolute blast with my ladies at The Art of Celebration Charity Gala. The venue was ultra-classy, and the free-flowing Ciroc/Don Julio/Nuvo certainly added to the “ambiance” of the night…Lol! 

As the year progresses, I promise to continue to expand and build the blog, to really fulfill the purpose and mission! So stay tuned, and thanks again for stopping by!

-kb

I’m Back!

Over the past 5 days, I’ve taken a much-needed break from life and my responsibilities. I very rarely have the chance to do absolutely nothing so I jumped at the opportunity. But, now I am back and ready to dig back into all my blogging duties. Let’s start the show…

KB's Journey: Living My Life in Pink

Hey, all! Last Friday, I went to Bright Pink’s “La Vie En Rose” event at Bon V and had a BLAST! There was pink everywhere, from hot pink balloons to pink rose petals. The night was hosted by Erica Cobb (of B-96), Susanna Homan (Michigan Avenue Magazine), Ginger Zee (NBC-5 Chicago), and Kelli Zink (Celebtv.com). The event raised $20,000 for Bright Pink’s upcoming awareness initiative with local ob/gyn offices. 

Lindsay Avner (founder of Bright Pink) and I

Lindsay Avner (founder of Bright Pink) and I

 

The picture above was before the effects of the open bar took hold on me. 🙂 Anyways, I’m looking forward to Bright Pink’s other upcoming events:

  • 10/23: Robert Rodriguez Fall 2008 Collection Showcase and Cocktail Reception at Neiman Marcus (737 N. Michigan Avenue). Donations to Bright Pink will be accepted at the door
  • 10/25: “Eyes Wide Open” masquerade event at the Crimson Lounge (333 N. Dearborn). Masks are required for entry and can be purchased at the door for $20
For more information on these events and more, you can always visit http://www.bebrightpink.org/events!
P.S. Happy Early 25th Birthday to Me!!!
-kb

KB's Journey: Back In Chicago!

Hey, all! I’m back in the Windy City, and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the nation’s capital! BillieAnne K. definitely kept me busy during my two day stint in the MS Society’s DC office. Despite a severe cold (complete with a fever and body aches), I helped laminate signs, stuff envelopes, file documents, make copies, etc! As you can imagine, there are a gazillion details involved with planning and executing a two-day walk. I’m just glad that I could help!

I was also able to sneak a swanky black tie gala into my schedule. I attended the Annual Awards Dinner/Gala sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. This event is the culmination of their Annual Legislative Conference and raises funds to support the programs of the CBCF and their annual scholarship program. Award recipients included the beautiful and talented Kerry Washington, NY Governor David Paterson, and (our next President) Senator Barack Obama. Can I just say that it was absolutely amazing to be in the same room with him? I mean, to hear his voice knowing that you’re under the same roof…Amazing! 

The room was a Who’s Who in African-American politics, the arts, and business. Here I am in my CBC gala wear, before the free-flowing wine got to me 🙂

KB in BCBG Max Azria

KB in BCBG Max Azria

Anyways, now that I’m back in Chicago, I’m ready for a busy week of blogging, “Examining,” and attending events. Catch me if you can…Peace!

KB’s Journey: DC + MS

Hey, all! Happy Monday! I’m in DC this week and very excited about hanging with friends and family (once they arrive from Chicago)! This week is looking to be a busy one for me. Today and tomorrow, I will be volunteering at the Capitol chapter of the MS Society! This weekend is the huge Capital Challenge walk, a two-day, 50 K walk to raise funds for MS research and programs. I don’t know if you remember this, but I was training to participate in this walk earlier in the summer. However, due to a scheduling conflict on Saturday, I won’t be able to join the walk! Whomp, whomp 🙁

I’ll be spending my days helping assemble rest stop boxes, organize signage, assemble walk packets, etc! I’m looking forward to my two days in-office, and really blessed that my company has a “Charity Days” program. Employees are allowed two days/year to volunteer at their favorite charity. Does your employer have a program like this? If so, I strongly encourage you to take advantage and use those days! A lot of nonprofits run on small budgets, so anytime they can have (free) help around the office…GREAT!

Alright, guys…I’m off to catch the Metro into the office (wow…I sounded like a true DC-er)! I’ll keep you posted on how my two days go!

-kb

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