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Final Goodbye

I don’t like this picture. It was hard to get my dad to smile for a picture, so you would only get one shot. If the angle was bad, you kept it anyway because you never know when you’d get the next photo opp. This was taken in our kitchen, my dad wearing t ...

Reflection Lake

The Do Better Initiative

We can’t solve all of the world’s problems, but we can highlight organizations doing amazing things in need of our support. I’ve picked seven charities that mean something personal to me to bring awareness and funding. The name for this initiative comes ...

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Do Better FAQs

What's in a name? Ironically enough, one of my closest friends is named Charity. Sit on that for a moment. We instantly bonded over many things including our sparkling personalities, go-getter attitudes, and high expectations for ourselves and those arou ...

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Summit Goal #7: Denali

As one of our most beautiful parks, I’m climbing Denali for our planet. Thanks to President Woodrow Wilson, we are fortunate enough to have some of the least expensive yet most beautiful vacation spots in the world. When doing my first cross-country road ...

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Summit Goal #6: Everest

Let's be honest, many of you saw my birthday post in 2015 where I spoke about my less than ideal relationship with my former bar partner. After spending the majority of my 20s and early 30s feeling like I had something to prove, I finally feel comfortable ...

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Summit Goal #4: Aconcagua

Memorial Day Weekend of 2018 I lost one of my favorite people on this Earth, Steven Beech. When Steven walked in he lit up a room with that huge, disarming smile. His stories, his eternal optimism just drew you in. And the only thing bigger than his smile ...

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Summit Goal #3: Vinson Massif

Conversation has certainly sparked over the last year with the loss of so many greats to suicide. It’s something we don’t talk about enough, and these dark thoughts affect more people than we realize. I even had these dark thoughts once myself. To continu ...

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Summit Goal #5: Kosciuszko

I will be climbing Kosciuszko in October to support the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. I'll admit that the sheer pain caused by Crohn's disease was something I didn't fully grasp until living with one of my best friends, who suffers the effects of Croh ...

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Summit Goal #2: Elbrus

I am attempting Elbrus in support of Donors Choose. I first donated to this organization back in 2011 and immediately fell in love with their mission because it was the first time my donation felt like it made a real, local impact. Donors Choose allows ...