In my spare time, I volunteer for a social justice organization. Usually I sit in meetings, finding the logic problems in the bylaws or applying Project Portfolio Management to committee priorities.
This weekend was a bit more active: I catered a meal for about 300 people (one hundred more than planned). Our food & supplies came in under our $300 budget, thanks to a vegetarian menu, discount produce, food donations and expert estimates of quantities. Yesterday and today I managed about two dozen volunteers as we bought, prepared, served and cleaned up the food. There were a few crises along the way, but there was enough food for everyone, and we collected over $700 in donations.
At the “recovery” dinner, my fortune cookie read “You have both a lot of ideas and the energy to put them into action”.