Reader’s Digest Publishes an Article about TheGoodMuse and the Response is…WOW

readersOn May 12th the June/July issue of Reader’s Digest hit the newsstands featuring a story about TheGoodMuse (page 51 – damn right memorized). Since that day I have been inundated by the most humbling, unbelievable response and I just wanted to take a moment to say, “Thank you.”

The purpose of TheGoodMuse and all these Volunteering Journals, besides being a tribute to my late and incredibly wonderful grandfather, was to demystify the volunteering experience and to encourage people to try something new. Ninety percent of the time I started one of these adventures with no clue what I was doing. None. I was always nervous, but I figured if I could do it, you could do it, and maybe we could share a little laugh along the way.

You have contacted me on Facebook, Twitter (@raeganpayne & @TheGoodMuse), with posts on TheGoodMuse, through email (, and even called my mother.  I loved hearing every one of your stories about your volunteering adventures and mishaps. Please keep sending them.

It's unbelievable to me that the story continues to spread. For example: yesterday I almost wet my pants when Deepak Chopra tweeted about me.

My intention at this point is to continue the Volunteer Journals. At this writing I’m at 55 and plan to complete 56 this weekend with a 5k run “For the Trees” on Dockweiler Beach.  If you know of any non-profits you want me to work with for goodness sake email me.

So from the bottom of my heart thank you.  You have no idea how much your support means.