Hey guys! Lady Mack here once more, popping in to see how you're doing :)
It's early Saturday here, and I've been enjoying a lazy morning with my girls, getting some snuggles and Netflix in before we start our day. I don't know about where ya'll are reading this from, but winter is here, and it's here to stay! We have an abundance of snow and my kids are dying to build a snowman and get their toboggan on.
By the way, the running joke I have with some of my not local friends is this... if you don't get snow, I will gladly send you some. Just pay for express postage shipping, so that it doesn't melt before it gets to you. You can have as much as you want, LOL!
I kid, I kid. I know, that isn't very nice of me lol.
Anyways, I wanted to fill you guys in on something super awesome that happened earlier this week, because I know a lot of you aren't following me on social media. And um, excuse me, why not? lol.
I was asked to do a voice over for a radio ad for the YWCA that's going to run on the Wolf 101.5 in December! It was so crazy and cool and humbling and nervous and scary and amazing and honestly like every single feeling you can think of, I probably felt a little bit of it this last week.
Every since I opened that door about a month ago, and wanted to find some way to use my story to give back to others, a whole whirlwind of opportunities have presented themselves to me. I've been in the damn paper again, on the front page, and I've been asked to be a guest speaker at an event coming up in December which I am just beside myself honored over. I didn't realize how powerful what I had to share was, or how it could help so many people and make such a difference.
Did you know, that in most cities, your homeless shelter, and all the amazing things that are tied into that, food, shelter, clothing, court services, legal services, guidance, counselling, work opportunities, jobs, housing, those things are NOT primarily funded by the government? Over 60% of funding comes from people donating and raising awareness for funding.
Recording the radio ad really hit home for me. I have heard hundreds of ads for the shelter and for donating before, but never anything as close to home as this was. Only a year and a half ago, I was calling the shelter, reaching out desperately for help.
This winter, I am recording a radio ad urging anyone feeling stuck, trapped, abused, or confused, to reach out to get help, because the YWCA can help you build a better life, just like they helped me.
Hearing the radio ad played back to me, with such sobering music behind it, moved me to tears. I am so honored to be apart of this. I truly hope I can bring some hope, love and light to someone this holiday season. If you're out there, reach out.
Anyways, that's my random ramblings for today, which is what I have renamed my twitter handle, in case you weren't following me on there. I found this whole experience humbling and touching and surreal. Like, part of me can't believe how far I have come. Part of me can't believe this is where I am now, and that's where I was not that long ago. And part of me feels like a damn Rockstar lol.
Thanks for reading and being apart of my journey friends. Your support means the world to me, I could not have made all the changes in my life without your love and support.
If you're local to the Peterborough area, listen for me on the Wolf in December, on behalf of the YWCA shelter. If you're not local, or even if you are, maybe drop a phone call into the local shelter office, and inquire about what they may be in need of this holiday season. It's likely toothpaste, clothing, toilet paper, shampoo, toothbrushes, items that won't break the bank to donate.
And maybe, all you can do is share. Sharing is caring, and can make a huge difference in raising awareness for those in need.
Thanks once again friends, and have a fabulous day!!
Lady Mack, Author Carissa McIntyre xoxo