1. The event at Hiatt Middle School was hosted, and done with success! Over 600 students gave back to their school, neighborhood and community. Over 50 volunteers came & all teachers assisted with activities throughout the day. Our new intern just started Monday and captured the event here. We had local media come from Channel 13 & The Des Moines Register. I’m eagerly waiting on those pics/article, but Hauge captured my favorite teacher below in the community garden.
2. When that event ended, I had a beer (duh) and mentally prepared myself to go say goodbye to my “little sis” from Big Brothers Big Sisters. I got a call on Wednesday saying that she was moving to Mexico on Friday. This got me completely worked up and weepy. To keep it short & sweet, my little is from an immigrant family. Her dad was recently detained at the border meaning her five siblings had no financial support coming to her single mom. Among many other challenges that immigrant families often face, her brothers have behavioral issues that her mom hopes can be solved in Mexico. I don’t know. I have my opinions about it all, but they’re doing the best they can. We all are. It reminded me that my job can be to make our city “cool” with public art & fun events or I can really get my hands dirty by meeting critical human needs. Both things I really love & struggle to find balance with.
3. So, after an emotional Friday evening, I woke up on Saturday to co-host a POP UP YOGA event where 53 people came! It was a total hit at the farmers market. But over 225 people said they were coming on Facebook, so I was a total mess inside my brain. Like, will these humans hear the instructor? What if we run out of space? Yada yada yada. Event coordinating logistics sometimes paralyze me. Our new shirts came in the night before, so Julia & I were all up in that biz. They’re online at RAYGUN and in their stores, so go buy one (and know that 10% goes back to POP UP). 🙂
4. Last weekend was also The Water Ride weekend, a local event I host in partnership with The Move Project. When I did my biking trip in 2012 across the country, I wanted to continue giving back to engage people in giving to clean water efforts. This is our third year of hosting & we’ve raised over $22,000! Three wells have been built & the beginnings of a school all in Ghana. Happy feelings. If you like planning meaningful events & want to help make our fall ride and spring ride a hit, you know how to reach me…hopefully.
5. I’m really, truly trying to lay low this week and weekend. I found out Monday that my grad school classes start in June and not in May, so I have more time to get outside, ride my bike, explore and enjoy watching really cute turtles eat strawberries. Ugh. Best video ever.