It always amazes me how incredibly fast time goes. It felt like just yesterday when I signed up to join Solar Sister in a quest to climb Mount Kilimanjaro this July in honor of their five-year anniversary of providing light, hope, and opportunity to over 1,000+ Solar Sister Entrepreneurs across Sub-Saharan Africa. Now there are only six weeks left until I am on the way to Tanzania and I have much training and fundraising left to do.
I must admit that I am already tired out with all the training and it is only the tip of the iceberg. The hike will be 50 miles and almost 20,000 feet so I have much work to do. I have been trying to exercise every day and increase my miles on foot. I’ve walked three lakes, hiked regional and state parks, run up hills and have also been biking. I’m tired but whenever I get drained I realize that I am on my way to achieving my goal both physically and financially.
To meet this challenge, each member of our team is required to raise $4,000 which will help train 8 new Solar Sister Entrepreneurs. As of today, I’m over half way to my goal and have successfully raised $2,133! I am beyond thrilled! Most of the money has been raised by my social network community of blogging friends as well as through Facebook and a home party I hosted in mid-May. It is so incredibly exciting to know that I will be personally impacting another woman and her family’s life through my efforts. When I get exhausted or stressed out by all the training, I remember this simple fact. That what I am doing will change lives and it empowers me to keep on going despite the achy feet. Soon I’ll be on my way to climbing the highest peak in Africa and I can hardly wait.
If you are interested in seeing my progress on fundraising, please check out my CrowdRise page here. It also includes bios on our international team that is doing the Solar Sister climb. Any words of encouragement and support are welcome!