The Joy of Philanthropy and Supporting the Arts.

25 January, 2017

I just started working with a new Business Coach Jayne Blumenthal, which has led me to become very excited about making even more of my dreams a reality. Her motto is – Change your Mindset, Change your Patterns, Change your Life.

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Joy of Philanthropy

Written by: Betty-Anne Howard with....

I just started working with a new Business Coach Jayne Blumenthal, which has led me to become very excited about making even more of my dreams a reality. 

Her motto is – Change your Mindset, Change your Patterns, Change your Life.

This approach resonated because I can see where my mind tends to revert back to old patterns. Like most people, fear & self doubt surfaces whenever I am facing challenges that I believe are beyond my control or just seem way too big to tackle on my own. 

Jayne has reignited the dreamer in me and she started this process by, among other things, asking me to think about my vision for me, and my business.  More specifically she asked me to complete this sentence...”I am so joyful and grateful that...” and then I was to come up with 50 things I’d be doing, describing both my goals and what my life would look like, as though it were actually so, happening right now, in the present and to be as specific and simplistic as possible. 

I thought it’d take me a long time to complete this exercise and surprisingly I finished it in less than 30 minutes – and yes, I was on holidays so that certainly helped provide me with the space and time to do this.  When Jayne first gave me this assignment I thought she was asking for too much, too many. I couldn’t imagine the flow of dreams that would come pouring out of me when I sat down to think about my passions in life,  what I have yet to accomplish, my burning desires for me and my business.

One of those desires is to..Raise a million dollars for the Thousand Islands Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Simon Sinek says you have to start with Why so that’s where I’d like to begin.  

You may be asking yourself why I want to raise $1,000,000 for a theatre group when there are so many other worthwhile causes to support – hospitals, social services, education, health services and the list can go on and on.

If you had a chance to read my blog about why I support the Arts, you would understand. I believe that theatre is not only entertaining and can be fun, as a child growing up in  a working class home, living below the poverty line, experiencing live theatre actually made me come alive.  What I mean by that is given I was living, as a child, in pure survival mode, theatre opened a door that had remain closed for a very long time lead me to discovering new possibilities in my life resulting in a profound positive psychological and emotional impact that no other experience could.

Recently I had a meeting with Brett Christopher and Melissa Pearce at the Thousand Islands Playhouse (TIP) in Gananoque to bring them a cheque from Fidelity investments that was part of our overall charitable donation campaign in December we incorporated into our Unique Gifts Open House (thanks should also go out to Franklin Templeton, Oceanrock, Northwest Ethical and Ashton tax for their generous donations). We discussed their experiences with youth and what a difference theatre can make in the lives of young people, helping to build their self esteem and find enjoyment in life outside of social media and recreational drugs, for example.

Brett shared some very poignant stories with me based on his passion and therefore drive to make theatre an integral part of young people’s lives and many of his successes in doing so.

I hope you will join us in whatever way you can to help make this dream a reality. Next week I’ll be sharing more of my Why with you and from there we’ll start talking about the How.

today I will choose you