Going Without to Give Back. Yep, it really is that easy!

From a simple thing beauty blooms.

Here in the blogosphere there’s a movement happening… some bloggers have been going without to give back.

It’s rumored that super fabulicious Amber West started this whole thing and I’ve been excited to get onboard. But first, what exactly is ‘going without’, anyway?

Going without to give back is simple. You give up something for a week or more and give the money you would have spent to a charity or someone in need. It can be as big or little as you make it. A daily soda or latte, your weekly budget for eating lunch out, a cupcake indulgence, or even a candy bar.

This is where I got stumped. If you’ve reading the blog, then you know I’m on a journey to better my health, otherwise known as a diet. There isn’t much I can give up. I commented on Diana Murdock’s blog that I’d give up mani/pedis, but that didn’t seem like enough. I mean, how often do we get mani/pedis anyway? Once a month? Nope, I wanted to do more. Give more.

Then something my amazing trainer Nicole once told me popped into my head. She suggested every time I wanted a latte or fast food, to drop the $5 I would’ve spent into a jar and at the end of the week to treat myself to, well, a mani/pedi or cute clothes.

What a fabulous idea! Except, I’m not going to treat myself, I’m going to donate that money to Share our Strength. Here’s my plan: Every time I want to cheat on my diet and get fast food, a latte, or eat something that’s totally off limits, I’m going to put a marble in a jar. Each marble represents $5. Ouch for me, yay for Share our Strength!

I figure this is win-win-win. Share our Strength gets a nice donation, I don’t sabotage my diet, and every time I drop a marble in the jar, it’s a victory for me and my health. That visual alone will be worth all the money Share our Strength is going to get.

Before you start thinking this is not something you could possibly do (times are tough right now and budgets are tight), this is a two-part challenge.

Giving back is important, but so are Random Acts of Kindness. In her blog, Diana talked about how a hug made someone’s night and how it affected her as well. Just a simple hug.

Random Acts, or Gentillesse Gratuité as Patricia Sands refers to it, is free kindness. A hug, a kind word, even a smile given freely to a stranger or someone you know can have lasting impact. It costs nothing, go ahead, spread some free kindness today!

Natalie Hartford – a super awemazing lady, let me borrow this from her blog: this is what Amber has called the #gowithout Movement and here’s how it works:

  1. Choose something to go without (as small or as large as you want) for a week.
  2. Blog (or Facebook/Tweet) about what you are giving up and who you are giving your $5/$10/$20/whatever to.
  3. Link your blog here and join the others participating in Amber’s #gowithout movement. The linky tool will be active for a month, so there’s plenty of time to join.

If you don’t blog, don’t worry! Anyone can participate in giving back.

  • Leave a comment at any of the blogs taking part and let us know how you will join in the #gowithout movement.
  • Post a photo on Facebook.
  • Visit Twitter and Amber’s hashtag #gowithout and tweet what you’re giving up and which wonderful charity will get a donation from you.
It really is THAT easy. Give a hug, give up a latte, give to someone in need. A ginormous thanks to Amber for starting this and all the awesome bloggers out there who are making a difference in the lives of others. You all ROCK!
I’m going to keep my jar open until the end of the year and I’ll let you know how much I saved for Share our Strength. Now it’s your turn, what would you #gowithout?

20 thoughts on “Going Without to Give Back. Yep, it really is that easy!

  1. Amber West

    I love that bloggers like you are finding ways to not only give to a cause but do something good for them too! Thank you so much for joining #gowithout. The response so far has been so lovely that I am thinking of extending it longer than just the month of October so more people can get involved.

    Thanks again!

    1. Tameri Etherton

      Thank YOU Miss Amber for coming up with this awesome idea.

      I’m going to do it until the end of the year. If I’m getting too good at not having temptations, I’m going to find something else to ‘give up’. I love, love, love, this!

  2. tamikaeason

    What a beautiful idea! I will definitely join the #gowithout movement. I drink coffee– faithfully and every Sunday I buy a special Starbuck blend. That is at least $3.50 and I’m sure I can brainstorm some other areas to sacrifice.

    Thanks ladies for the opportunity to give back.

    1. Tameri Etherton

      Thanks Tamika. It’s been fun to see what everyone is doing – giving up expensive coffee seems to be a favorite.
      When you’re done brainstorming, share with us what you’re going to do – or blog about it!
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your idea.

  3. Debra Kristi

    I love your marbles in a jar idea! But my kids are young enough that my marbles would start disappearing. I am referring to the ones in the jar. ;)

    I have been giving this #gowithout movement some serious thought all weekend. It’s a tough one for me since I gave up coffee with my diet a year ago. I try to avoid the fast food as well. I don’t indulge in mani/pedis anymore. :( But I think I finally have it. I have slowly let Diet soda creep back in. Not a lot but enough and the husband too. He has agreed to give it up so I will stop buying soda and WINE. That should be worth something. Now to get the blog up.

    1. Tameri Etherton

      I gave up coffee a few months back, so that stumped me as well, but then I realized I still get tea lattes. Which are the same price as coffee, so it was a no brainer on that one.

      Soda is another good idea. I only have one a day, but that will add up over time.

      I’m so glad you are participating! It’s actually been fun to go without and I love that it’s for a good cause.

  4. Cheryl Sonnier

    What a wonderful thing to do, Tameri! If you’re anything like me, the temptations will come and that jar will soon have plenty of marbles. I’m the same way with dieting, don’t really have anything to give up right now since I’m following WeightWatchers. I could do what you’re doing though, and drop a marble in the jar every time I’m tempted. I’m sure I could collect plenty just doing that.

    1. Tameri Etherton

      You are so right, Cheryl! There are already two marbles in the jar and it’s only been one day! Yikes. I need to seriously curb my temptations.

      Thanks for your support!

    1. Tameri Etherton

      Me too, Patricia. Everyone is so excited for it and we’ve all had varying ideas of how to go without. It’s refreshing to see this many people making a difference. Warms my heart.

  5. Pingback: Going without to give to others | Le Folauga – The Journey

  6. Hartford

    I absolutely LOVE this idea Tameri – look at you go – shaking it up and creating win-win situations. I love it. Out of the box and uberfabulicious! You rock!!!
    Thanks for the shout out darlin’!! Woot woot!!

    1. Tameri Etherton

      Thank you so much Natalie! I had to think of something and with my diet so stripped down, it was like, well I could go without carrots… ; )

      I really have Nicole to thank for the idea, but I don’t mind taking the glory for executing it!

      Let’s keep it going and get more folks involved. I love this movement!

  7. Angela Orlowski-Peart

    I love the marble jar idea. I think I’m gonna implement this in my household! Great post, Tameri!

    The members of my family have always been big on paying forward. And now I teach my own children that this is the best way of life — not expecting favors from others, but giving and feeling a fulfillment coming from it. It’s really simple when you do it for a while – it becomes a second nature :-)

    1. Tameri Etherton

      That is a fabulous lesson to give your kids, Angela. The sooner they learn the value of giving to others, the more chances they have of making a difference. Love it!

      Thanks for commenting!

Comments are closed.