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Mani & Pedi Pledge Drive for Earthquake Relief

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Walking on the beach.For the month of April, 2011, I am offering mobile mani’s and pedi’s by donation and the proceeds will be given to the Canadian Red Cross.

The cost of the manicure or pedicure is up to you. My goal is to raise at least $500.

The idea for this mani and pedi pledge drive came to me in bits and pieces. For the last couple of months, I’ve been having a hard time coping with day to day life and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan didn’t help. My anxiety was getting the better of me. Then I had a really bad day at work. It all started with a bad smell and got worse from there. It’s a long story that I won’t get into but as a result, I was consumed with self-doubt and I didn’t know what to do next. I had to ask myself, “Do I give up and quit everything that I have been working towards or do I (as the old song goes) pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again?” Between you and me, I wasn’t sure which way that coin would land. Thankfully, there were a lot of people (friends and strangers) who showed me tremendous kindness during that rough patch and I will forever be grateful.

Then I volunteered to give my friend a pedi for her birthday. I went to her house on Saturday morning and gave her a birthday pedicure. She chose OPI’s Austin-tatious Turquoise and it looked really good. She was so happy and said, “What a great thing to be able to do for people.” At that moment I realized I do have something to offer the world. It felt really good to do something nice for someone else without any expectation of a return and it took me out of my woe-is-me headspace long enough to shift focus to the bigger picture.

I had to be reminded that what I’ve been going through doesn’t compare with what others are experiencing around the world. Something clicked and now I am hoping to pay the kindness I received forward and help people work through their challenges one step at a time, whether it’s dealing with the aftermath of an earthquake in Japan or with something more personal on a smaller scale closer to home. We’re all connected.

If you’d like to participate in this charity fundraising event for the Red Cross and Earthquake Relief for Japan, please post a comment on this blog or send me an email. I’d be happy to book an appointment with you. As an added bonus, Homespunspa is mobile, so I’ll come to your house. Feel free to check out the nail polish colours on the OPI website and let me know which ones you prefer and I’ll make sure I’ll have those colours available when it comes to polish time.

Thank you for your generosity.

See you in April.

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  1. Debbie Lee says:

    You are the bestest!!!!

    1. Thanks Debbie. Are you up for a mani or pedi this month?

  2. Hi I stumbled on your website by mistake when i was searching AOL for this concern, I need to say your site is truly useful I also seriously like the style, it is cool!

  3. The charity sounds like such a great idea! Good luck.

    1. Thank you so much for your support, Lauren. So far, the mani & pedi pledge drive is coming along nicely. I think I’ll reach my goal. Maria

  4. Kudos to you! I hadn’t thought of that!

    1. Thanks, Fannie. I have one more pedicure to do this morning and then I’ll post the final results on this blog soon. Maria

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  8. Tracy says:

    great post!

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