Kathleen M Milliken IS KiCKING BuTS
ONE SIZZL’N GOAL
To climb Mt. Rainier five years in a row with the aim of:
- helping empower survivors of Domestic Violence and Abuse
- raising awareness for two foundations directed at helping end violence against women through education.
The Most Difficult Obstacle Faced
It has been hard to rebuild a life after abuse.
I am a survivor and fled for my own life many years ago. I endured being shot, suffering broken bones, beaten down and my life almost taken. I’ve had to learn to live and love again, and grow through that pain.
I am also afraid of heights. I was also about 30 lbs overweight and had NO experience climbing mountains.
Time It Took To Reach This Goal
About one year. In 2010 I made the commitment to climb Mount Rainier and it is then, my training began.
There are many organizations out there climbing for many important causes, but none for Domestic Violence and Abuse.
So I had a dream ― why not me?
So far, I have climbed Rainier two of the five-years-in-a-row goal. For me it is always about the journey, not the destination.
How Did You ♥ KiCK This Obstacle
I kept in mind how hard it was to rebuild a life after abuse.
Facing Mount Rainier, has been very much like facing my own fears and insecurities HEAD ON.
I had to stay focused on WHY I was climbing and truly BELIEVED every step I took up that mountain was for something BIGGER THAN ME.
I thought about all the women and girls:
- those who lost their lives to abuse
- those afraid to leave
- those who stood up, found their voice and made that brave choice to start again.