Hi, I have dreams. I am making them come true, but I need help. I am taking a leap of faith and asking YOU, dear reader, for help.
I am currently doing this blog, planning group hikes and related events, participating in events I’ve been invited to because of my blog and Unlikely Hikers, working my actual day job and somehow making time to hike so I don’t lose my marbles.
It is impossible. I am always behind and there are always things I want to do that I simply can’t as things currently are.
These ventures are building invaluable community. I know this because I am frequently told so and I feel like I’m actually seeing things change for the better. I’ve never had enough time to update this blog more than once a month and now I’m doing all of this other stuff, too. I need time. I need money. I eke by on my day job and I’ve been living like this since I was a teenager (I’m in my mid-thirties). I am a high school dropout with no specialized skills who’s spent all of my adult life, until recent years, struggling with just figuring out how to make my life work and not knowing what I want to do or be. I’m not someone who can ask my parents or a relative for money. I’ve missed out on a lot of opportunities my peers have had due to lack of financial privilege and the emotional weight of struggling so much.
Now, I know what I want to do and I’m doing it, but I can’t just create extra time and money where there is none. There is a fever pitch happening in my life with the work I am doing around building community through hiking and making the outdoors accessible and welcome for all. I am getting tremendous opportunities to speak at events, magazine and podcast interviews and real writing opportunities. And, of course, I’m saying “yes” to all of it because every door, big and small, leads to another opportunity.
I believe in what I’m doing. I believe in myself. Do you believe in me? Please consider donating to my Patreon. Patreon is awesome because it is a monthly recurring donation.
If you’d rather not set up a Patreon account or prefer a one-time donation, there’s always good old Paypal.
I don’t want to talk about amounts or tell anyone what they might donate. Anything feels good to me. One extremely baseline example: if just 10 people donated just $10 a month, I could take a day off.
Some of my immediate goals:
-Go backpacking for the first time this summer and, of course, write all about it. All I really need still is a backpack and a tent, the most expensive things.
-Take one extra day off a week from my day job for adventuring and writing.
-Update my website weekly.
-My ten-year-old computer is about the shit the bed and I know I need to be ready to replace it.
-Write a book
-Possibly make this my actual job and die of happiness.
I have a lot of complicated feelings about crowdsourcing that come from a place of scarcity, fierce independence and just plain feeling weird about white, cis people asking for money. I have definitely seen some questionable crowdsourcing events! I also feel like, what’s the harm in simply asking? I am pledging to donate 5% of whatever I receive on a monthly basis to the Trans Assistance Project (TAP), a national trans-led organization that gives money to and advocates on behalf of trans folks attempting to navigate legal and bureaucratic systems. Should I receive more than I anticipate, I will add another organization.
Sponsorships & Partnerships
I am very interested in partnering with companies and groups and being sponsored. Want me to wear your plus-size clothing? Try your trail food? Use and review your gear? Put an ad on my website? Let’s talk: email@example.com