But if I'm honest with you...kindess and compassion haven't always been part of my vocabularly. When I set out to improve myself ten years ago, it wasn't just about improving my health or my mindset. I was determined to become a better person in every aspect of my life and then get out there and change the world.
It involved a lot of unlearning and relearning, and required consistent practice at being less selfish, more open-minded, and more compassionate. Volunteer work was something that helped me on this journey.
I started by volunteering at a local community center teaching retirees how to use the internet. I developed a simple course that the center could teach and implement. When we relocated to Madison, Wisconsin, I painted fingernails at a local care facility.
Once we had our own place and a yard, I dove headfirst into volunteering with a local dog rescue. Over the course of two years we fostered, rehabilitated and rehomed 14 dogs. I then spent a year as a volunteer at The Crisis Nursery in Minneapolis, Minnesota, caring for at-risk children.
P.S. Like the t-shirt? Me, too. You can get it here. It's for a great cause.
I want to build a business that supports marginalized communities and ensures everyone has access to basic information about hydration.
Black people have endured centuries of systemic injustices that have caused them to suffer collectively from chronic stress. There is no question that these times of racial reckoning are trying, especially for Black people. Hydration is shown to help with our mood state and processing of emotions. In order to welcome more Black voices and experiences into my work I offer my online course, The Hydration Checklist, free to Black people.
There are also scholarships available to anyone experiencing financial hardship. I will always strive to keep the costs of my courses accessible because I personally know that $14.00 is not a trivial amount. Research shows that dehydration-related illnesses are most prevalant in low-income communities and households, which have been unfairly targeted by unhealthy food marketing and are more likely to lack access to safe water. Getting this information to those who most need it is a huge part of my mission.
To receive a course scholarship please reach out to me via the Contact Page to be added to the course free of charge. You do not need to provide any information other than your name, email address, and state that you are interested in a course scholarship.
It's no secret that I love Rothy's shoes. I've worn them for years because they are cute...but also functional! I can easily walk or bike all day in a pair and they're great for travel because they pack so light. But...the real reason I love them? They're made from recycled plastic bottles and help clean up our oceans. Each pair removes nearly 100 bottles from our planet's waterways!
Plus...they last forever and can be machine washed on cold and air dried so that they always look brand spankin' new. When you purchase a pair using my link you give me a $20 credit toward a new pair. I have all I need...so for the past year I've donated the Rothy's I earn to activists, folks doing good in their community, and people in need.
My Personal Pledge in a monthly donation that I started in 2018, that I make directly from my personal income to an organization, person, or family in need. I've been able to increase the amount each month, and will continue to do so as my business grows. I have a network of activists and clergy that connect me with those I can help.
I used to write these donations down in a notebook that I kept in my desk, just as a reminder of why I wanted to build my business --- the more my business grew, the more this fund could grow, too. Donation recipients and their stories are always anonymous. Below is a log of my donations to date, with names and details removed. I'm sharing this as a form of accountability to those who support my business and efforts. You helped do this, too. Thank you for helping me make each one of these actions possible.