“The mountains are calling and I must go.” ~ John Muir
Summer is here—the days of longing for trail time and adventure have finally arrived.
I’ve had my summer planned for months. As a trail runner, I sign up for races months in advance and then wait (and train) in anticipation. This year, my itinerary includes a couple races outside of my home state of Oregon, as well as a trip to Montana for a running and yoga retreat. For every race or adventure, I donate to a nonprofit organization; but more on that later.
When I have a trip, I start packing weeks in advance; mostly from the excitement, but more often because I’m one of those planner types. I dust off my suitcase and start putting clothes and gear that have been hibernating during winter into a pile and take inventory. Usually, I don’t need anything.
Last year on a job application I had to describe myself. It was one of those cool Portland companies, so I knew general platitudes about my background and experience wouldn’t cut it. So, I rambled on for a bit and then shared the best job ever (besides X position at X company) would be a professional philanthropist. I professed I couldn’t think of anything better than giving away my money to those in need and organizations making the world a better place. I thought it made a powerful statement about who I am, my values, and what I care about (I didn’t get the job or an interview).
Since I’m far from realizing my dream as a professional philanthropist, I came up with Plan B—Small Change—an initiative to donate money to nonprofit organizations in the cities I visit for races and adventures. It’s a way to combine my love for running and adventure travel with giving back. [Continue Reading]