Community & Perserverance Speaks Volumes.. ( My 5K NAMIWalk Reflection)
If you follow me on Instagram you know that for a little over a month I was fundraising for a global mental health organization called NAMI ( National Alliance for Mental Illness). I wrote a post about it awhile ago and thought I would update you all on how it went. The overall goal was to raise $1,000, out of $1000 we raised $455 and it is all thanks to you guys! Thank you so much to anyone who donated or even shared about the fundraiser. I know I already posted pictures and said thanks on my Instagram, but I just want you all to know how much your support in that fundraiser is going to change so many people's lives. The money you donated is going to help NAMI provide more resources, and support to help build better lives for people living with mental illness!
If you have been reading my blog for awhile you know my story already. I have struggled off and on with depression and I am pretty vocal about it at this point. I'm vocal about it because when I really struggled in middle school, I felt immensely alone and disgusted with myself and I guess I never want anyone to feel that way. That is why this 5K walk was so significant at this time, on Oct 5th I followed over a thousand people and walked through Downtown LA. I walked for my 12 year old self who would constantly cry on the bathroom floor;
I walked for Pastor Andrew Stoeklein of Inland hills Church,
I walked for Jared Wilson of Harvest
I walked for my clients at work
I walked for the friends I know personally that are living every day with mental illness
I walked with so many of you in mind, who read this blog and maybe you are going through a mental health challenge right now. Please know you are always in my thoughts, and you are loved by the thousands of people who walked the 5K as well.
This is the first huge walk or fundraiser I have done on my own and honestly I think I would do it again. All of this taught me what it looks like when people come together for a cause that affects us all in some way. Doing this 5K walk was so significant because through all the chaos going on in the world, hope, community and perseverance was all displayed during this event and it was definitely an event I will never forget.