I've always been passionate about giving back to the community and helping out when and where I can--this is a large part of why I love working for SPANX! Founder and Owner of SPANX, Sara Blakely, is an amazing philanthropist, and is always getting the company involved to help the community and give back. Last fall Sara gathered all SPANX employees and divided us into groups over several weeks to build a home for a lovely woman and her mother through Habitat for Humanity. I've worked with Habitat in the past and have always had an awesome experience, this time was no different!
So the picture above is super embarrassing but shows me at a time when I was out of my comfort zone so I wanted to share. Anyone who knows me well knows I am the LAST person to do pretty much anything in front of a large crowd (sober), let alone my coworkers...but when the Founder of your company asks you to come over and sing, you can't exactly say no. Thus, the picture above was born!
Everyone was working really hard and we'd been on site for a couple of hours. It wasn't quite lunch yet but Sara decided to amp up the energy and have a quick singing break. They turned on the radio and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' "I Love Rock N Roll" was playing. As soon as Sara asked for people to sing with her I pretty much went into panic mode, only in my head of course, thinking "Please, don't look at me and ask me to participate!". Of course she did but after it was over I was happy to have had the experience. Luckily I was familiar with the song and knew most of the words! It's not something I would have participated in otherwise and now, I'm not afraid to do it anymore. I even sang karaoke recently for the first time--go me!
It was a super fun impromptu experience, on top of the already great benefit of helping someone else, and forced me to step out of my comfort zone. I think that's really important for anyone's personal growth. After it's all over you realize you never really had anything to be afraid of in the first place. Laugh at yourself!
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