Sunday, December 30, 2012

My 2013 Wish For You

For 2013, I want to wish you all the help that you need, but have been afraid to ask for. 

I know, from experience, asking for help is hard.  

It makes me feel weak and many times like not I am not enough, but there is also a funny thing about asking for help.

As crazy at it may sound, when I ask others for help I discover how much others are willing to do and how much more I am capable of because of their support.  I don't feel so alone anymore.

I didn't know it when I first got to Pyramid Atlantic and asking for help was the last thing on my mind. I was going to do it all by myself.  Its 5 years later and it is not because of me, but because of staff, artists, volunteers, board members, elected officials, interns, donors, members and people like you that we have succeeded.  

Our success is not because of anyone one person, but it is because of this collection of greatness that you are a part of.

If you have not done it yet, please make a $100 tax-deductible gift to Pyramid before December 31, 2012. Click here to donate onlineIf you have already, thank you, thank you, and yes, thank you.

I don't know what's best all the time, but I don't have to because I have great people like you to learn from.  

In 2013, my resolution is to start "Coffee with Jose" once a month. This will be an opportunity for you to tell me what I can do better and how Pyramid can be better.  

I thought asking for help was a sign of my weakness, but I have learned its actually a sign of strength.  I thought being a leader meant that I couldn't ask for help and I learned that asking for help is what good leaders do best.

Ask for the help that you need, but have been afraid to ask for in 2013. I asked for help and it changed my life.  It can change your life too.

Happy New Year


PS: Contribute today AND you help us raise an additional $5,000 thanks to a challenge grant from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation!  The Cafritz Foundation will match, $1 for $1, every donation you make until we reach our $5,000 goal.  So don't wait,do it today!

Photo of Erin helping a young artist taken by Marty Ittner 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Make and Take: Advent Calendars

Whoo! Make and Take was so fun, there were many activities that inspired both creativity and thoughts on how the little things can make a big difference! It looked like everyone had a blast- from letterpress to screenprinting. 
 Seeing people's advent calendars come together was very exciting! Putting together a nice collage as the first page of the calendar was a nice way to personalize the how thing.
 Looking good, ladies. Loving how different the calendars can all be!