Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tera -- Living My Five

It's that time of the month again, time for me to check in on my Living Your Five progress. And, despite the craziness of page proofs, bank card fraud, and helping out a friend with a crazy deadline and two little one, I think I did pretty well.

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

As I mentioned in my last update, my birthday was on September 10. When the topic of gifts came up in conversation with my mom I said, "I don't need more stuff. Just make a donation in my name to either the Red Cross, the Sierra Club, or Heifer International. Your choice." My parents chose Heifer (I think because they know it's the closest to my heart) and made a generous little donation, purchasing a goat on my behalf. Some struggling family is going to be very happy.

The Whooshy Toilet

Every since my apartment complex "fixed" my toiled a couple months back it's been making this whoosh sound 3-4 times a day, suggesting that it probably has some kind of minor leak. For a while I let it go, thinking it wasn't a big deal. But then I thought about my Five and how little things add up. So I called my complex. The plumber came by immediately, declared it a problem flapper, and replaced it. Only shortly after it left the toilet started whooshing 3-4 times an hour! I called back to my complex and the next day the plumber came back and fixed it. For good. Silence is golden ... and green.

Auction For a Cause Update

My eBay auction netted more than $7 for the American Red Cross. That may not seem like a lot, but I have six more things (at least) to auction before my move next month. Here's hoping each one nets another $7 for a total of almost $50. Now that will be significant.

So, there you have it. My Five update. How'd I do? Baby steps are still steps. And, of course, the more important question: How are you doing?

Are you ready to Live Your Five?



  1. Awesome job on your Five, Tera! How wonderful that a new family will be getting a goat on behalf of your birthday. (The goats program is my favorite.) :-)

  2. Heifer is my holiday go to gift--I always donate ducks, geese, bees, what have you, in each family member's name-it's fun & makes everyone feel good--a win/win!!

    So sorry about your bank fraud, but good karma coming is coming your way with all the goats, and the water saving, & the red cross donation--WTG!

  3. luv the idea of the goat program

    luv all of ur books those who are out and those who r going 2 b

    hope i win the contest on Women Who Rock

    happy birthday, tera