for a cause

I can’t believe it has been over a week since my last post – unacceptable! I feel incredibly blessed to have so many great things happening at once, but I truly do miss sitting for an hour or two and letting my thoughts roll onto paper. Time to step it up! More on the craziness later…but first, some exciting news!

Lately, I’ve become motivated to get involved with charitable organizations in conjunction with my crazy fitness schedule. One of the most motivating things for me, in my own training, is having a race or an event to prepare for. Add on the fact that I can raise money and create awareness around certain diseases that have actually affected my family and friends? Huge bonus. It makes me feel good and I know I am doing something to positively impact our society, and make someone else feel loved. It’s the driving force that led me to joining the Cycle for Survival team and participating in the Tour de Cure.

My latest endeavor, and one that I am SO excited to be a part of, is The Breast Cancer Foundation’s Climb Against the Odds team. Every year, the BCF sends a team of men and women to attempt a summit of Mt. Shasta, fundraising and promoting preventative lifestyle choices along the way. Years ago when I climbed Mt. Whitney, it was one of the most humbling and exhilarating moments of my life – it’s really you vs. mother nature out there, and for some reason, incredibly peaceful. I did the Peak Hike for Prevention on Mt. Tam through the BCF a few months ago with my mom, aunt, and some friends, so to continue to be a part of this amazing organization is thrilling! Everybody has their own personal stories and reasons why they climb – you can read some of them here. You might be seeing my reasons soon on the website :)… I can’t wait to be a part of the 2014 squad and knock this off my bucket list!

Make sure you check back after a while for a fundraising link if you’d like to donate…and remember to take a peek at the W.OW page! Lots of fun ideas and ways to mix up your routines.

Cheers to Tuesday, to gorgeous fall days in San Francisco, and to health!

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