In July 2014 I hit “publish” and my first blog post on Adventures in Thumbholes was out there for the world to read.
As I was developing my blog, I knew it needed to be more than race recaps and gear reviews — I wanted my blog to inspire positive action in the running community. It was during a trail run I thought back to question a friend asked me: “What’s your ideal job?” My response: A professional philanthropist.
Since I didn’t (and still don’t) have the capacity to give “big,” I knew if we all gave small amounts it could add up to big impact. And that was my aha moment—create an opportunity to leave a personal legacy in the places we race and play. And so Small Change, an initiative to encourage small donations (be it $5, $10, $20, or more) to nonprofits making a difference in our race and adventure communities, was born.
My first Small Change donation of $25 supported Push to the Finish, a nonprofit that introduces running to kids with disabilities – my donation covered the cost of a race entry for an undaunted and courageous child.
After being frustrated with seeing litter on trails, I launched Make a Pact, Pack It Out, an online project using social media (primarily Instagram) to encourage people to post pictures of litter they find and pack out using the hashtag #makeapactpackitout. Now pictures of discarded bottles, cans, wrappers, and other miscellaneous leave-behinds are often the “star” of my Instagram feed, representing stories of stewardship and care behind every piece of litter picked up.
MORE ABOUT ME
I live in Portland, Oregon and enjoy all the Pacific Northwest offers—beautiful places to run and play, and of course, good beer, food, and wine.
I’ve been running for as long as I can remember, probably since middle school. My dad was a runner and I most likely inherited the love for the sport and sturdy running legs from him (thanks, dad). My dedication to running surged when I lived in NYC close to Central Park. With quick access to the park, running was easy and it was hard not to get caught up in it. I ran as often as I could, entered races nearly every weekend, and eventually became a regular running guide for the Achilles Track Club. The New York City marathon was my first marathon in 1996.
I’ve had a “no pavement” rule ever since a bad case of Achilles Tendonitis sidelined me for many months in 2006. I find that trails are more forgiving and challenging than pavement and take me to some pretty spectacular places.
WHY THE NAME, ADVENTURES IN THUMBHOLES?
When I look at the bulk of my clothes, it all tends to have one thing in common: Thumbholes—those little slots you stick your thumbs through in long sleeve shirts or jackets. It’s these types of clothes that fuel my passion for running and outdoor adventure, and inspire me around every corner on a trail.
LET’S WORK TOGETHER
As a freelance writer, I’d love to craft stories for your mission-driven business or idea that’s in process or just percolating. My blog posts are a good example of my writing style (as is this article I wrote for my local food pantry). My topics of interest and expertise include:
- Conservation & stewardship
- Trail running & outdoor adventure
- Social impact
- On the more corporate side > internal communications & employee engagement (including strategy) – view my LinkedIn profile
If you’re a race director, I can help you create and implement the following:
- Beneficiary program to support local nonprofits in your race community
- Sustainability and waste reduction program
- Sponsorship program
- Racer communications (emails, blog posts, social media, promotions, etc.)
Email me to start a conversation, to get started, or to just say hello.
“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.”
— Howard Thurman