Sometimes people check off goals, but are coy with details and I find it maddening. Miss Harmony! Tell us the story behind this photo.
Overcome your fear of rejection? Check.
Did you know that one pair of a ballerina’s pointe shoes costs $75-$100, and they only last for a night or two of performances? I had no idea. Thanks to a $3,000 goal grant from Olay and Go Mighty, Isabel Kallman funded a year of pointe shoes for a Dance Theater of Harlem ballerina. If you’d also like to fund a pair of shoes, or can find a way to sponsor a dancer’s shoes for a year, go for it right here.
And now a little story about how Jenny Stockton’s goal made me nostalgic. I was one of the first volunteers at 826 Valencia, and I’d been reading Might Magazine for years — it inspired the name Mighty Girl, actually. I had so much respect for Dave Eggers’s projects. The first time I met him 826 hadn’t yet opened, and he worried aloud that the pirate supply store in front of the tutoring center would be a bust — the space was zoned for retail, so they had to sell something in order to rent it. I made the quiet comment that pirate supplies would be huge, San Francisco being a port city. When Dave chuckled, my eyes watered so hard I had to look at my shoes. Thirteen years later, the 826/McSweeny’s/Believer crew is still making the world more hopeful.