I can't wait to add to my list of people that I meet through this ride. I can't wait to hear the stories of healing that will come out of The Refuge Ranch. I can't wait to knock the socks off our goal of $250,000.
Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! It took me a bit to start writing this. How do I articulate the excitement, anticipation, passion, and awareness that I now feel over something that feels so out of reach… so far from fully understanding. I have read these past blog posts with awe and wonder of how I could be placed on a team of women that want to dedicate their summer to put the pedal to the medal (ha, get it? Man, I hope ya’ll are ready for my terrible dad jokes :-)).
I don’t necessarily work out, so when two of my best friends and I decided around the
dinner table one night that we were all in this together, I was absolutely terrified. The only time I
ever really biked was during a spin class a couple years ago and it was honestly a bit of a tragic
experience- you should ask me about it. However, even though I have never biked longer than a
couple miles, I am truly determined to do this thing.
Looking at me now, you may have never known that I grew up an extremely shy and reserved kid. Any sort of interaction terrified me, even something as simple as asking the McDonald’s cashier if I could please have another packet of ketchup. In a sense, I grew up feeling like I had no voice. I struggled tremendously with confidence and self-worth.
I only know a small sliver of the entirety that human sex trafficking is, but the statistics I’ve learned and stories I’ve heard have been able to ignite a passion. A passion to put an end, a passion to educate myself as much as I possibly can. There is definitely a lot of unknown, but I am certain I am not afraid to talk about it and am eager to give my time and energy. The idea of making a difference with Pedal the Pacific to give power to those silenced, is why I’m ready to ride!