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Hey Picky peeps! I have a special pre-Christmas treat for y’all today. I partnered with the kind folks over at Rockstar Finance to give back during the holiday season. They used the Rockstar Community Fundย to send me $100 to spread good in the world! See how I spent the money during this great season of giving.

How would you spend someone else’s $100?

I felt a surge of panic after accepting Rockstar Finance’s generous gift of $100. In the spirit of the season, they gave 20 bloggers $100 to spread goodness to the world in any way we saw fit.

Y’all.

It’s stressful spending $100 of my own money. It’s 14 times more stressful to be a good steward of someone else’s $100.

Sure, $100 isn’t a lot of money in the grand scheme of things. But even a small amount can lead to change in the world. I felt like this $100 was my big chance to be a part of something wonderful.

Where should the money go???

I was so excited to participate in the giving project. That is, until it came time to select a charity. I want to give money to every damn charity that comes my way. I want to help puppies and kitties and the sick and the poor and women’s rights and so many other causes.

I decided to make a decision the only way I knew how: create a horrifyingly complicated spreadsheet. I spent several hours researching charities.

Yes, hours.

I wanted to make sure the money went to a cause I cared deeply about, of course. But it was also important to vet the charities thoroughly to ensure the money would have the greatest possible impact.

After filling my Type-A spreadsheet to the brim with charity accounting figures, audience reach, and more, I still couldn’t make a decision.

I had paralysis by analysis.

I spent so much time trying to make a decision that I made it needlessly complicated. I decided to go with a charity on my spreadsheet that I felt a personal connection with.

And the winner is…

I’m proud to say that I donated $100 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Founded in 1979, NAMI is one of the largest mental health advocacy organizations in the United States. They provide support not only to people with mental illness, but also to family members and loved ones.

NAMI offers education programs to help families, educators, and schools learn how to recognize and cope with mental illness. They also advocate for public policy that helps people with mental illness access treatment, resources, and support. Best of all, NAMI offers their free HelpLineย to people wanting information about mental health symptoms, job resources, treatment for loved ones, and more.

It’s my hope that 2018 will be the year that ends the stigma surrounding mental illness. According to NAMI, over 18% of adults struggle with chronic anxiety. Nearly 7% struggle with chronic depression. 43.8 million adults struggle with mental illness every year.

I’m not shy about my own struggles with anxiety and depression. It’s not fun! I can only imagine how difficult it is to struggle with this when you don’t have financial resources or a support system.

And that’s why NAMI is so important. We need to shout about mental illness because it affects everyone. The days of closed-door whispers are over.

The bottom line

I’m very proud of the charity I chose. It’s my hope that this $100 will help people feel supported on their journey to wellness.

We want to know: If you found a $100 bill, which charity would you give it to?


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