I'm busy in college. I haven't found the time to do the volunteer work that I came to New York City for. I have a stack of applications on my desk that I have not filled out because I know I don't have any extra time in my week.
But I grew up volunteering, from being the youngest reading tutor at my favorite library as a young child to working with the March of Dimes in high school. I miss it. I need it. Everyone needs it. Everyone needs to do something for the sake of others.
So, this is what I am doing for 2010: I am donating 100% of the proceeds I make from Miss Couturable to charity for the entire year.
And why? I'm a college student with an unpaid internship next semester, after all. I no longer have time for a part-time job. I don't touch the money in my savings account because I want to save up for my first apartment after college graduation.
Well, I can live without another designer purse. I can live without more designer shoes. I can live without more clothes. I can live without French macarons for dessert. Everything that I am choosing to "live without" is laughable.
There are plenty of people who are living without much more than me. There is a reason why I tip more generously these days too -- people are working just as hard for much less.
And just so you don't think I'm a saint, my parents give me a monthly allowance that I live comfortably with. I can't buy clothes with it, but I can fund my Metrocard with it. I always pay my credit card bills on time too. I'll live. It might sound outrageous that Miss Couturable is going to stop shopping, but you know you have other blogs for fashion consumption. I love fashion -- but I don't need to consume it.
So, my lovely readers, every month, Miss Couturable funds will go to a different charity. I ask you, what charities should I consider?
P.S. Or one charity for the entire year?