As I sit here and reflect on the time, I can’t even really put into words what it all means to me. I never thought that standing up like I did would lead to such an amazing outcome. Never in a million years did I think it would all turn out like it did.
Honestly, I couldn’t be more proud.
But, I always have felt that I could do more. I just didn’t know what I wanted to do.
Then it hit me the other week, why don’t I raise money for an organization that empowers girls and helps try to change the face of media. Both things that I truly can get behind and feel like help make the world a better place.
After some research and a call out for help, I found 2 organizations that fit the bill!
Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. (source)
Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, we teach life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of movement. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run® coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Over the course of the program, girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society.
Beauty Redefined is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Salt Lake City, UT, that is dedicated to taking back beauty for females everywhere by promoting positive body image online and in person through research, activism, and speaking engagements. (source)
Beauty Redefined is dedicated to promoting positive body image and resilience through teaching people to recognize, reject and resist harmful messages about female bodies in media and cultural discourse. We do this through speaking engagements in a wide variety of settings, offering online education through our website and 8-week online program, and continuing the conversation through social media. (source)
Talk about two great organizations doing some great things to change the world we live in! When I read what they were both about, I knew that I needed to do something to help them out. Which is where the thought of a virtual 5k came in. I figured that would be fun and a great way to raise some money.
What is a virtual 5k you ask?
Well, it is just like a regular ol’ 5k, but you do it on your time. There’s no getting up early, no dealing with parking, and no crowds to battle your way through. Heck you don’t even have to do it outside if you don’t want to!
So walk/run/bike/swim/skip your 5k and at the end of it, I’ll send you a medal!
Easy peasy, right?
Oh, you probably want to know what you’re earning, don’t you?
That’s the medal I will be sending your way when it is all said and done. Isn’t is awesome? I’m pretty much in love with it!
Here are the details for the 5k:
* Sign-up begins May 4th, 2015 and ends on June 20th, 2015
* Cost is $25 (this covers the medal, shipping, and other fees. Any profit left over is donated to above mentioned organizations)
* Open to US residents only
* You can complete your 5k whenever it works out for you!
* Medals will be shipped after June 20th
All transactions are made through PayPal (no account needed), it is important that you enter the correct address as it is where I’ll be shipping your medal. (If you do have a PayPal account, make sure it is up to date!)
You may also order more than 1 if you are wanting to complete the race with a friend or family member. When you go to the order page, just change your quantity.
Click the image below to sign up! I’d love to have you do this 5k with me!
Also, use #lovetheskinyourein5k on all your social media so I can keep tabs on all who are doing the race!
Will you be joining me in my virtual 5k?