When I chatted with Meredith for her podcast, we touched on a number of topics, including the joy of giving. Meredith for Real: the curious introvert podcast is all about discovering the life we love & how we find the courage to live it. So inevitably, we ended up on the subject of generosity.

I truly believe this…

When we’re at the heart of giving what we’re designed to give, the act comes easily and brings joy to both us and the receiver. Nothing gave Laini more joy than being big sis to her Spare Room siblings like little Elsie.

Emily Chang | The Spare Room | Laini and Rosie

Meredith shared a fantastic reflection. She observed that changing our perspective from obligation to expression allows us to reset our mindset. Instead of “what I have to do,” we consider what I have the opportunity to express. We remove perceived barriers and eliminate artificial excuses. We give ourselves permission to lean into the intersection of what we love to do and where it’s most needed.

Laini has always been driven by a desire to do right for those who can’t help themselves. From loving on the kids in our Spare Room to rescuing dogs, snails, turtles and even a guinea pig!

Emily Chang | The Spare Room | Laini animal rescue
She just glows with joy and pride.

In the book, The Spare Room, I provide reflective exercises that first help the reader identify their own OFFER and OFFENSE… then we define the intersection of those two elements as our Social Legacy.

Emily Chang | The Spare Room | My social legacy model

Have you defined your own social legacy? Can you claim your Offense in a sentence? What about your Offer? If we seek to live with intention, we must have a clearly defined goal… that is, what we hope to leave behind in our sphere of influence. I’d love to hear yours!

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