A Time for Growth

As I contemplate what I’d like to share about my experience working with the Cupcake Girls, all I keep thinking about is growth, personal growth as well as organizational growth. I started working with the Cupcake Girls in January of last year, and not long after I heard some of my peers talking about the Sweet Run 2014.  This event was a half marathon fundraiser to help the Cupcake Girls Portland raise $30,000 to support adult entertainers in the community. Honestly, I said yes because I didn’t have a good reason not to and I’m so glad that I did!

 

It was through training for this half-marathon that I started to truly get to know some of the women I was volunteering with. I was also able to learn my body’s limits and how much I love to run! It was through fundraising that I learned more about our organization and what we truly stand for. LOVE. RESPECT. TRUE RELATIONSHIP AND ADVOCACY. I love that we support adult entertainers wherever they’re at in life. If they love what they’re doing and feel empowered doing it, then we’re there to support them in that choice.  If they feel they’re ready for a change, then we’re available to provide more options. There have been plenty of moments in my life that I’ve felt I didn’t have the resources to change my circumstances, and I’m happy to be there to provide that support if needed.

I didn’t reach my fundraising goal last year, but honestly after all was said and done, $530 was enough for me. It was a start. Something that I accomplished for an organization that I was beginning to love more and more with every moment I dedicated to its cause. And guess what, I totally surpassed my expectations on race speed. I ran the half in 2 hours and 16 minutes, which is about a 10-minute mile pace. For some, that may be nothing, but for me, it was a huge accomplishment. It’s one of my biggest accomplishments thus far in life, mainly because of who I ran it for!

This year, I’m running again! I know exactly what I’m getting into and I can’t wait. Sometimes I’m ridiculously giddy about getting to train again for the half-marathon and to challenge myself further. I can’t wait to see what kind of time I can accomplish this year.  I also have a new found confidence in fundraising for an organization that I love, understand and fully support with my time, finances and, overly-bubbly personality (you should talk to me just after a run or biking up Interstate Avenue and you’ll know what I mean). Our goal for Sweet Run 2015 is to raise $50,000, and in some ways that amount seems daunting, but I know that we’re fully capable of raising it, as we surpassed our goal last year. If you’re interested in donating to our Sweet Run 2015 follow the link found at the bottom of this post.

My role as a Cupcake Girls volunteer has grown and developed as well.  Over the last couple of months, I’ve taken on a new position as Portland Office Administrator. Lately, I’ve spent my time developing my role to help make the Portland office as effective as possible. I’m still learning, and at times I feel a little overwhelmed. In those moments, I think about who I’m spending my time to support. This helps keep my perspective straight and my boundaries in check, so that I can continue to volunteer with the Cupcake Girls for many years to come. I don’t know exactly how the rest of this year is going to turn out, but I can tell you, with 100% confidence, that I’m excited about the adventure!

If you’d like to make a donation to my Sweet Run 2015 page, please click the following link: http://www.razoo.com/story/Emily-Martin-And-Guy-Wallman

To donate to the Cupcake Girls Portland, please visit our website: https://thecupcakegirls.cloverdonations.com/the-cupcake-girls/

Peace, Love & Cupcakes,

Emily