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50 for 50 Day 30: Impact Personal Safety

June 16, 2011

A lovely round kick

Thanks for stopping by my 50th Birthday Celebration, Day 30. Fewer than three weeks to go!

Again, here’s my story: because I feel so blessed and have pretty much everything I could ever need, I am asking people to get involved with charities, if they are so inspired, in lieu of any fabulous birthday presents you were planning on sending me (or not).

I am featuring a different charity every day for 50 days leading up to my 50th birthday to give you plenty of chances to get involved. I started on May 18. I wanted to give a voice to different good works around the globe. If you ARE inspired to take action, please leave me a comment and let me know that you did. This is all I want for my birthday – to spread some love and kindness. Thank you, my dear friends.

As you can see from the photo above – probably my favorite photo of me, ever – I took self-defense classes. I think everybody should. Knowing how to fight, and fight hard, doesn’t make me less careful about my personal safety. It just gives me a better idea of how to pay attention and what is a real threat and what isn’t. I feel more relaxed AND more aware. I also feel stronger and more confident.

We’ve all heard the statistics about assaults on women. And men are victimized all the time, too. So learning to fight is just a great idea.

Impact Personal Safety is a super-effective course for learning to protect oneself.

Donations will help give scholarships to at-risk youth, survivors of domestic violence and others that can’t afford the classes. Go read the success stories and get inspired.

Previously featured organizations:
Kristin Brooks Hope Center
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
Light Up the World Foundation
Planned Parenthood
Doctors Without Borders
Heifer International
Team Rubicon
The Carter Center
Bikes Not Bombs
Friends of Maddie
Surfrider Foundation
United Through Reading
Operation Shower
The Liz Logelin Foundation
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Kids Vs Global Warming
Help a Mother Out
Direct Relief International
Accelerated Cure for Multiple Sclerosis
Women for Women
Epic Change
Amnesty International

  1. Jen permalink
    June 16, 2011 10:49

    Thank you for featuring this as one of your many worthy causes. I am a domestic violence survivor, and took a class like this soon before my abuser was released from prison, as part of my safety plan. It was a difficult experience for me emotionally, as the attacks are fairly realistic, but helped me to feel much more confident and secure in a very anxiety-ridden time. My children have since taken a youth version of the class. It was an extremely valuable experience for us, and I would recommend it to anyone.

    • June 17, 2011 22:08

      I’m glad the class helped you. It taught me a lot in many different ways – how to value myself, how to fight, but also about how many women (men too) are walking around carrying the emotional scars of abuse. It gave me new compassion.

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