Hello, lovelies. How are you?? I've been remiss in blogging this week--I needed the extra time to get some other life tasks done, but I've been thinking of you tons and we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming before you know it. In the meantime, I want to tell you about two things that have me really excited this week: The Compassion Collective, and the Great River Ragnar Relay.
I. The Compassion Collective
I've already written (at length, I know) about my deep love for Glennon Doyle Melton. A woman after my own heart, that treasure. But what I really just can't get over, can't fathom, just. can't. even. is the fact that Glennon is also friends in real life with my other imaginary best friend Liz Gilbert, and that they've teamed up with Cheryl Strayed (you know? who wrote that great book Wild? that was turned into a fine move with Reese Witherspoon?) and Brene Brown (who...I don't know yet. But obviously I should) and Rob Bell (whose book I liked just okay...but that's not the point) to create The Compassion Collective. You can learn more about the organization at http://thecompassioncollective.org/ but what really got me fired up about it this week was this article, by Glennon, about what they've been up to lately: http://momastery.com/blog/2016/04/27/love-revolution/ The article talks about all the things this group of rag tag writers, who just happen to be loving and brilliant people who decided to affect some positive change in the world, have accomplished to help with the refugee crisis across Europe. Basically, they saw this massive problem, they asked their (wide, wide) networks of people to try and help, and they collected a huge sum of money through small donations from caring people like you and me and they're making a HUGE difference in so many lives. I just can't stress enough how much the work they are doing has inspired me, uplifted me, and filled me up with hope for our world. I'm actually begging you to read her post--if this were an in-person conversation, I would be insistently grabbing your wrists and giving you uncomfortably strong eye contact. Read it. Feel hopeful about the impact we can have on this struggling world. Pretty pretty please with sugar on top.
Phew. Switching gears...
II. The Great River Ragnar Relay
Aaaaahhhhhhhh I'm so excited about this one! So, the Ragnar is a relay race that you complete in a team of twelve, with each runner completing three stretches of the relay that add up to somewhere between 11 and 20 miles (most runners come in at about 15 miles between their three stretches) and lasts from Friday to Saturday, so you run through the night, and your team has giant vans and you drive between spots where one runner's ending point meets another runner's starting point...and...I don't actually know all the details because I've never done it before but I'M DOING IT THIS AUGUST. A friend from high school posted on facebook that they needed more team members and I immediately forced her to accept me as one of them. And then, for good measure, I registered for a trail running half marathon at the end of September. Running is happening. Running is good. Running through the night with eleven other crazy people in a giant van (that I hope and assume will have Cheetos in it) is the best. I. Can. Not. Wait.
This weekend I am celebrating another best friend's bachelorette party (for those of you counting along, that's two bachelorette parties and a wedding shower in April). This one is in Madison, my college stomping grounds, so I'll be reliving my undergrad days (except with a valid ID) and having a blast.
Have a wonderful, stupendous, magnificent weekend.