September 5, 2009 at 2:09 pm

What are Saturdays like in your house?

Saturday of Labor Day weekend can be hectic for a lot of folks. In many areas, school will start on Tuesday. For years in Missoula, School District 1 used to tease us by starting school the Tuesday before Labor Day. Just when you’d get into a rhythm of getting up early and getting the kids off to school– poof! –it’s a 3 day weekend. I always thought this made the Tuesday after Labor Day even harder than the first day of school.

Whatever your family situation, Labor Day weekend seems to mark the start of things for a lot of people. School, football season, autumn. We get in a last barbecue, or final trip to the beach. Temperatures may already be dropping or will soon. The green leaves begin shading toward yellow or red and we know change is on the horizon.

For Unleash Your Story this weekend marks a shift from starting the event, to really going for it. We’ve spent the last week adding participants and answering questions for many. Folks have set their goals, started on their TBR pile, worked on their writing. Now participants may be taking a breather this weekend–gearing up for the hard work ahead–reading, writing and sending out those e-mails to friends and relatives asking for sponsorship.

Many of you may have sent your requests to your closest family and friends last week. Perhaps you’re excited by the response as money is starting to come in. Or you may be disappointed that folks aren’t giving as you expected. Either way–pat yourself on the back for getting the word out and giving people an opportunity to give.

Now is a good time to stop and consider reaching deeper into your contact list. Who is there? Co-workers? Old college roommates? Fellow PTA members? Go ahead and add them to your list. They can hit the delete button if they don’t want to give. But you’ll be surprised at how many of them do want to help.

If you don’t ask–they can’t say “yes”.

Remember to customize the e-mail you send out so that folks see your personal concern for the cause. Tell a little about your reading or writing goal and ask them to sponsor you with a donation in any amount.

If your weekend is filled with family (fun or duties), what are you doing to sneak in some reading or writing time? If you’re lucky enough to have a quiet, holiday weekend–tell us about your reading or writing rituals so we can live vicariously.


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