BlinkNow: One. Step. At. A. Time.
When is the right time to act on an impulse, or launch an idea? For Maggie Doyne, American philanthropist, CEO of BlinkNow.org, and CNN's 2015 Hero of the Year, there's no time like now. No second guessing, no wobbliness when it comes to her purpose and passion in this life: changing the world for Nepali's children, women and underserved.
Maggie Doyne grew up in New Jersey. She haphazardly ended up in Nepal. Or, did she? In fact, she had taken a gap year immediately following high school graduation that allowed her to travel and visit children's projects and orphanages worldwide. Work in Africa fell through, so she made her way to Nepal by way of India, where she met Top Malla, a Nepali working at a children's home serving refugees. When she arrived in 2006, it was at the end of a 13-year civil war.
Flash forward 2006 to present day, she expressed candidly in an interview to Womenintheworld.com, she knew the only thing that would change the crisis situation she was witnessing was action. The orphaned Nepali children needed a voice, and Maggie was theirs. She has spent nearly every day since taking action, having conversations that matter, conversations with people (that in her words), "really wake them up because people still don't have a clue." She continues to add, "The only thing that will change it is action. I spend every day of my life taking action. I'm a do-er now. The moments where I catch myself feeling sad, I think, 'what are we going to do to change this?' That's how we got a women's center." Maggie got sick and tired of women coming to her who were beaten, their skulls cracked open from their husband an they didn't have food for their kids.
Konexio Marketing is so inspired by Maggie's indomitable spirt, her incredible work that is so vital, and matters greatly. A therapist once asked her where her life-work boundaries were? To which she laughed, "Everyone has these boundaries and for me, in my life, there probably won't be many. My kids are also my work and my life is my passion. My work is my passion and my family, in this case, are the people I love more than anything in this world. It's a blessing to live like that. It's never "work" or "not work." It's just life!
Every dollar goes a very long way. BlinkNow is in the process of trying to raise $1.6 million dollars, so [the CNN prize] will help get things started at BlinkNow's goal; to raise enthusiasm and awareness.
Women in the World, covered the details of Maggie's 10-year journey from investing her life savings of $5,000 from babysitting at 19-years old to buying land in Nepal to launching her initiative for a school for children, and support for women to today being a mother to countless Nepali children and a connector extraordinaire.
Watch this incredible video of BlinkNow's 10-year journey.
Maggie didn't have all the answers or solutions up front at 19, just the courage to leap, a hunger to do what's right and to connect resources to action and ignition to fuel change. What if each of us like Maggie had a spark of an idea to ignite and followed through? What if each of us turned their passion into their work blurring the boundaries and living like it's a blessing. How much more could we impact our community, our countries, our world? What ignites you like Maggie? What makes you BlinkNow? How can you make a difference? Are you doing work that matters? ThinkNow.
Until then, learn more about BlinkNow.org, and donate $5 a month, and go make a difference today. Mention Konexio Marketing, or contact us to let us know you donated. For every 10 annual donations, Konexio will match 1 annual donation. We're hoping to have impacted $10,000 in donations towards BlinkNow.org by end of 2019.