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A Personal Summary of 2013 and my Experience as a Volunteer with Homeless



I want to share a little bit about my experience as a volunteer for Crisis, a UK charity that works with homeless people.
Every Christmas they conditioned a school in different areas in London to support homeless people through the Christmas period. The centres are open for nine days from 22 – 30 December, offering food, company and feel-good services such as hairdressing and massage, entertainment and fun, along with crucial advice and health services.

Volunteering has been in my mind since ages but for one reason or another (excuses) never did it. 2013 was a strange year for me, we all have ups and downs but for some personal reasons I had  moments where I felt  really down to the point of not having energy even to do simple tasks, when you are depressed you can only see a grey shadow in front of you and you can't see beyond that. I knew it was temporary but when you are like that it's painful and it was strange the fact I wasn't enjoying the things I  love doing. You have no idea how many times I wanted to stop blogging, but something inside me kept telling me to hold on, everything pass and now I'm in a much better state of mind and I feel so grateful for all I have and all the projects and dreams I want to achieve in 2014. I feel full of positive energy :)

One of the things I want to start doing is helping others. You don't have to do a lot of things or gave up a lot of your time to do it. I think little things help. So, for this Christmas I applied to help as general volunteer, it was only for a couple of days but I'm so glad I did and I will defiantly  do it again next year and also this experience has motivated me to do more things through the year too.

I think there is a lot of stigma with homeless people and a lot people think all homeless are lazy, drunks, junkies or crazy people. I would say the majority of them are people like you and me, they had a house and a job. I talked with a few of them and they were all intelligent and capable people who have travelled and for some reason the ones I spoke knew a lot about history. No all are living on the streets some of them lost their house but they are staying with friends or in a hostel, for one reason or another they lost their homes, a year of very bad luck and this could happened to you and me.

It is a shame the so many of us take so many things we have for granted and we don't see how lucky we are compared with others. Right now what I can do is to be grateful and happy of all the blessings I have in my life, I want to enjoy life and the beauty of the little things and for sure give a little back for all the love and beautiful things I have in my life right now....

Happy New Year! Love and Peace for the next year!




7 comentarios:

  1. hey girl, great post, i know how you feel, really struggled with same feelings these past few years. it's brave of you to write/blog about it, just wanted to let you know I also thought about stopping blogging/instagram/social networking all together, just wanted to hide under a rock. i've also unfortunately been able to relate to feelings of homelessness, never found myself on the street but only a very few steps away, and was able to get a roof over my head thanks to the kindness of close friends and family. i always give on the street when I can, and not just change, sometimes $20 bills if i can afford it. you never know if that moment when you are just a little bit kinder to a stranger can really make somebody's life just a little bit brighter and help them make it through the week, or even just the day. cheers to you hun and hope 2014 is a rocking year for you! ps (your blog actually inspired me to start blogging, because it was much more creative and different than most fashion blogs i had seen! and it's still one of the few i religiously follow) x Eline

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  2. also, I just wanted to add, and i hope you don't take this the wrong way, but it looks to me like you have an amazing life: a really sweet son and family, a beautiful home,great personal style, talent & creativity, and fashion people sending you cool stuff and going to fashion events and shows ;) i know it is hard to appreciate or see these things at times of depression but at least online i never would have known you were struggling hun <333 thanks again for sharing xo

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I agree there is no reason for me to feel depressed but sometimes you can't help it and happens to everybody but you always learn from bad situations more and now I feel more positive and in a good path, thanks o much for reading my blog it is people like you that I appreciate th emost! All the best to you too! x

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  3. I truly understand what you wrote. 2013 was the hardest year of my life. To be grateful and happy of all the blessings we have in our lifes sounds like the easiest thing to do but sometimes it is not. During Christmas I love making gifts through donations, I coudn't be a volunteer as you dis but I'd love to. I say to myself: be strong and rembember that everything happens for a reason! xo

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    1. Yes for sure Chiara life is full of wonderful things and hardships for everybody, I think is about to keep positive and see the beauty in the simple things and I know is easy to say than do but we can always try :)

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  4. What an amazing thing to do! I always say I'm going to do some volunteering, but then never get around to actually doing it (laziness probably!), this post has inspired me to actually get out there & give something back this year :)
    This year has had a lot of downs for me too, though I think periods of feeling like this have always been a part of my life. It's the curse of a creative mind I think, having strong emotions, extreme feelings & occasional dark thoughts. I hope this year is a better one for you :)

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    1. You should give it a try there is a lot of charities out there and just giving a couple of houres whenever you are free it would make you feel great :) and is probably much better than just sitting and watch t.v all the best for you too Steph!

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