Time flies. One year ago today I published my first blog post titled, “What’s for Dinner?”
As I shared in the post, Howard Thurman’s quote motivated me to start my blog and his words continue to inspire me today:
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
If you’ve been following my blog, it should be pretty clear what makes me come alive—trail running, adventure travel, and giving back to our race cities through the Small Change initiative. Through my blog, I’ve learned the importance of following my passion and not settling for complacency.
To celebrate my one-year anniversary, I wanted to share a few blog highlights and what I’ve been up to on and off the trail since my first post:
- Founded Small Change, an initiative to give back to our race and adventure cities. To date, nearly 20 organizations have benefited and received a total of $465.00
- Got a little press for Small Change—thank you, Zelle!
- Connected with race directors and others about partnering to grow Small Change
- Launched Going the Distance, a blog series showcasing some pretty remarkable runners (Want to be featured or know someone who should? Contact me)
- Created a fun 404 Message with the help of a talented graphic designer
- Gained a small, but dedicated following on social media
- Resigned from my corporate job that wasn’t fulfilling me or serving my needs
- Started working as a Site Director for the USTA Pacific Northwest helping kids learn how to play tennis and gain a love and appreciation for the game. It’s a temporary gig, but the ball is now in my court (Bad pun intended)
- Served as a Running Buddy for Girls on the Run
- Ran several beautiful trail races and provided pacing/crew support for friends who took on some tough challenges
Whew—what a year.
While I may not be where I want with my blog and get frustrated that I don’t have more page views or social media followers, I know that numbers don’t define me or my success. Similar to the numbers on the clock when I cross the finish line, my blog numbers merely represent an opportunity for improvement and growth. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished and am excited to see where the next 12 months take me.
I believe in Small Change and want to increase its visibility so more communities can benefit from the goodness of runners and travelers. Want to help me spread the word? Let me know.
Thank you to everyone who follows my blog, comments on my posts, connects with me on social media, and has given back through the Small Change initiative—I’m grateful for your ongoing support and encouragement.
Now it’s time to celebrate my anniversary, so I’m heading out for a run and then I’m pretty sure I’m going to eat a cupcake. Or maybe two.
What quote inspires you?