Week Recap: CalEx Experience Camp

I’ve been struggling all week to explain to coworkers, friends, and family where I was last week. I spent the week volunteering at California Experience Camp (#CalEx), a free summer sleepaway camp for children who have lost a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. And while it’s easy to state the facts like that, it’s not at all easy to describe what it felt like to be there. I heard about camp through a former coworker, who includes Experience Camp every year {Read More}

Weekend Recap: Pillow Party, Trail Time, and Off to Camp

This was a super short weekend as I prepare to go off the grid for a full week. I’m volunteering as a counselor at California Experience Camp, a totally free camp for children who have experienced the death of a parent. I’ve gone through a lot of training to prep me for it, but I’m still pretty nervous and don’t fully know what to expect of the week. Wish me luck! Between prepping to be out of office for a {Read More}

I’m Thankful for New Perspective

I’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, a day early, as I belatedly realized that being flexible on dates would help ensure more of my friends could attend. And while Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, that’s usually been in large part because of the food. (Why are stuffing and cranberry sauce not eaten all year long?!) This year, as clichéd as it sounds, I’m excited for the opportunity to stop and reflect on the many blessings I realize I have {Read More}

Weekend Recap: Short and Sweet

What a quick weekend! I got home at 11pm Thursday night, and had to be out the door at 4:30am Friday to do a volunteer shift at Denver Rescue Mission before work. It was a busy day at work, coupled with another volunteer activity in the afternoon – this one at Girls Inc. A group of my colleagues organized an event where we led the girls in various activities. I was responsible for the cookie decorating station, which was definitely {Read More}