It's been a while since I Blogged. I am now at 53 Charity events that I have done. 53! On course to have 100 done way before the end of the year. This has been one of the most remarkable experiences I have ever done in my life. I had no idea when I started this journey that this would be so rewarding and educational for me. With every event that I attended, I met someone that has so much passion for the charity. Each person has a personal story on why they are putting so much time and energy to make sure the event is a success. Everyone has something that touched them that now all they want to do is raise money so that can find a solution for the cause.
I have done pet rescues, raised money for Cancer, MS, Down Syndrome, Pediatric Cancer and more. I've also done, Walks, 5K, MC'd event and just attended them. I have attended events that had 6000 people and did a Lemonade Stand where a handful of people showed up. One thing they all have in common is the desire to make a change or help others. To me that is what makes the world go around. The unselfish way that each person gives of themselves.
If you only watch the TV News, all you would see is the bad thing that happen in our country. Robberies, murder and violent crimes. You would think that the world could end tomorrow. What I have found out by doing these 53 Charities is that, this is the balance in life and it's not televised. The balance of people doing good thing vs people doing bad things. People that care enough to give up hour of their life to raise money for something they truly believe in. Passion that if you have never volunteer, you will have no idea what I talking about. A feeling that you can only get from "giving" Giving your time, your money or your knowledge. These people may never get written about or even seen on the News. The joy they get is the joy of making a difference no matter how big or how small.
I'm blessed to be apart of this and giving my time to 100 Charities. This has changed my life forever. I'm only halfway there and looking forward to the next 47. If you have charity event that is happening from now until the end of the year, please email the event to me. Johnnysproject100@yahoo.com. If I can attend and promote it , I will. I have been known to do 3 to 5 events in a day. It's the best feeling I have ever had and I have no plans to stop.
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The cruise is on again. This will be the 10th year doing it and I say the last. I'm always asked why do I do this year after year. It's kinda hard to explain but I will try. You have to understand that there are people that only see each other once a year and it's on the boat. People have made life long friend from this. There are only a few times in life where it's cool for an adult to act like a kid again. We have all ages that go on this cruise. They may start out as strangers but by the end of the cruise, we are like one big dysfunctional family. We are the largest group on the boat so every one wants to hang out with us. We eat together, club together, take over resorts together and get dressed up and hang together. Everyone feels welcome and no one is alone. Some people even book just one to a cabin because the know they will meet new friends on the boat.
WHY IS THIS THE LAST ONE?
This is the last one because it gets harder and harder to get the green light to do it. You have to understand it takes 100s of man hours to pull these cruises off every year. Unlimited phone calls to the port of call to set up private parties. Lot of calls and email to the cruise company we work with. (Scott and Adele are awesome to work with btw) Meeting here to get everyone on the same page. I personally had to hire an assistant just to work on doing cruise stuff (thank you Jami). After last year's cruise she quit because it was too crazy. She wants to go on the cruise but will pass on the behind the scene stuff. Year after year it's gets bigger and bigger and that means more and more work. So after this year, I am going to give it a break and see if I want to do it again.
THIS CRUISE IS CALLED THE REUNION
We are calling it the Reunion because we want anyone that has cruised with us in the past to cruise again. This may be the last one so everyone come back for one last time. If you cruised on the Doc and Johnny Cruise, Johnny and Jayde Cruise or now the Johnny's House Cruise, we want you to come back for this one. If you have never been this year is the year to do it.
Early Sunday morning my puppy woke me up to let me know it was time to take her for a walk. It was really early for a Sunday morning but the choice was to stay in bed and make her hold it or walk her. So being a responsible pet owner, I got up, put on flip flops and shorts and walked her. It was dark but she needed to go. I took her to her normal place to go potty but she wouldn't go. So we walked farther in the neighborhood. All at once she stopped in her tracks. She wouldn't move. No matter how hard I pulled on the leash she would move. I heard the sound of dog tags hitting against each other. There was a dog somewhere in the dark and I couldn't see it. Looking in the direction of the sound I saw eyes of a big dog. It was black and walking very slowly toward me and Sookie. All at once it started to run at us. I said "Sookie let's go" and we took off. Sookie had no idea why she was running, she just knew that we were. I think she thought we were playing a game on who could get to the house first. She a puppy but she was matching me stride for stride. I never looked back but I heard the dog tags getting closer and closer. I'm running faster that I have in years. My whole thought process was something was going to happen to my puppy. I don't think I worried about myself more of my dog.
We made it to the house with seconds to spare. I got inside and locked the door quickly. (as if the dog had a key Lol) Once she couldn't get inside she went away. My little dog is looking at me like "I love this race game, can we do it again" Little did she know, there was bigger dog trying to catch us for reason we don't know. The other dog could have wanted to play or just wanted us out of her yard. I didn't want to wait to find out.
Later in the day when we went for another walk, the bigger dog was no where to be found.
I love it when people tell me I can't do something. It really motivates me. I look at it like, how dare you tell me I can't do that. I think when people say that, they really need to know the person they are talking to. I use it as fuel to help me push myself harder. I don't do it to show the other person they were wrong. I don't show myself that I can. No matter what you do in your life, there will always be people to try to stop you from getting there. You can't let those obstacle get in your way and stop. You will spend the rest of your life thinking "What if." You have to make your own "What if." When all is said and done, you want to look back on your life with no regrets. There are things you could have done differently but that is just life.
Live your life without fear and do what is in your heart to do.