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Monday, November 8, 2010

Happiness Heals Hearts: Manifesting Mt. Kilimanjaro

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength.

Proverbs 17:22

Dear Friends and Family,

I hope this letter finds you wonderful and well. I am excited and grateful to share a short story of manifestation and an amazing opportunity that I have been invited to be a part of.

On September 26, I was reading Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos.com. A true pioneer of change, Tony is leading a revolution of corporate culture globally. He built a company from zero to over $1 Billion and recently merged with Amazon.com. He is a student and teacher of happiness. As many of you may know from my own blog, www.iamhappyhealthyandfit.com, I am a big believer in delivering Happiness. In his book, he refers to hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Instantly, I knew my next adventure. When I began to do the research, I learned that it was much more than a day hike. It is going to take 7 days. The summit is 19,298 feet. Even, as a 3rd degree black belt martial artist, I am confident, this will be the greatest challenge to date. Knowing the intensity, I knew in my heart that I needed to do this for a greater cause.

That greater cause fell into my lap almost instantly. My friend Cammy is involved with a team from Scottsdale Bible Church that raises money to build classrooms for the children in the villages of Mairowa and Kondoa in Tanzania, Africa. It is through education and peaceful efforts that we can continue to elevate the consciousness of our planet and dissipate hate while unifying through love.

Due to the nature of the economy and the intensity of the hike, the team is short of funds. I believe in my heart that I can make a difference and I am daring to do it. Although, I admit, I am not affiliated with the church, I just did a training hike with 4 of the other women, who will be going on this all women expedition and realized that we are all the same. I will be the 7th person and have agreed to raise $5000 in the next 2 weeks. It is all tax deductible.

I am also swallowing my pride and asking for help with some of my personal expenses. I have calculated about $1500 for gear and shots. The shots and prescriptions alone are estimated to be between $500-$600 alone. This contribution would be totally from your heart to mine and I would be happy to let you know where the money went. I need everything from boots, backs pack, sleeping bag, cold weather gear, etc.

The challenge is that I must raise the funds by November 22, 2010. It's just 2 weeks away! I recognize that this is short notice and we are all in different places in our lives. However, if you know anyone that may be interested in being a part of this life and world changing experience, I would be eternally grateful for your support. Like Tony Hsieh, I believe our efforts have the power to deliver happiness globally.

Our team will be leaving on February 2, 2011 and summiting on February 12, 2011.

Checks toward the $5000 can be made out to Scottsdale Bible Church and are tax deductible, in the memo put Tanzania 527-11, Randi Smith.

Checks toward the $1500 can be made out to Randi Smith and signed with Love.

Thank you for your consideration and at the very least, I would love to hear from you.

Thank you for being a part of my life.

With Love and Gratitude,



1 comment:

  1. Hi Randi!
    Good luck with this. I've been to Tanzania on a photo shoot safari and spent a week hanging out in Zanzibar. Both places were amazing and I met several travelers who made it to the summit.

    Rock on!