Guest Post: Off the Mat, Into the World

Guest Post written by my yogi friend in Colorado, an artistic human to the max and an inspiring goal setter, Carolyn Levine (last name pronounced like 'divine').  Read on and get real: ____________________________________________________________________

Hello fellow adventure-seekers and lovers-of-life!

I am Carolyn Levine and I am beyond stoked to be able to share my goal with you today. In January of this year, I declared my biggest, hairy-est, most audacious goal to date: I committed to The Global Seva Challenge, a program of Off the Mat, Into the World, and pledged to raise $20,000 by December 31st!  I am here to ask you to help me crush my goal.

Proceeds from my challenge go towards organizations in India that are working towards eradicating human trafficking (a.k.a. slavery) and programs to educate and empower former sex slaves.

The fact that slavery still exists in 2012, and on an enormous scale, is outrageous to me, which is why I'm taking action to put an end to it. If you agree that slavery is bogus, let's rock this goal together!

How can you help?

1. Donate. The easiest way to make a direct impact is to make a tax-deductible donation in my name, Carolyn Levine, on the Give to Global Seva page on the OTM website.* If every one of Jacki's 2,468 Facebook friends (yep, I checked and she's that popular!) donated just $10, we could CRUSH my goal.

 2.  Accessorize. Buy a bracelet for yourself or for a friend; they make great gifts (Christmas and Hanukkah are right around the corner)! They're $15 each and 100% of the proceeds go to OTM. To order a bracelet, send me an email with your address and color preference and I'll mail one right to your door!

3. Spread the word. Let your friends and family know about my goal and the cause. Send an email or a tweet, post it on Facebook, or heck, have a good ol' face-to-face conversation with someone! Send along a link to my website, where I talk more about my commitment here.

The most important thing we can do is to make people aware that slavery is still rampant around the World and that it is unacceptable! Empower your friends and family to do something about it by donating to Off the Mat.  Together, we will easily raise over $20,000 in the next three months!

Thank you so much for reading about my goal and for helping me to crush it!

NOTE:  You can also mail a check (minimum $50) with my name on the memo line to:  Off the Mat, Into the World®, Attn: Global Seva Challenge, P.O. Box 14908, San Francisco, CA 94114