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Handstanding to donate!

It’s that time of year again! I did a handstand with the intention of having you to take a shot for how long I held it. The person with the closest guess will then choose where herhappytrails donates this years $50 cash!

Last year was 33 seconds and a split win! A special thanks to my buddy Cruz Gaskins who donated right back to herhappytrails (sneaky gift that was) and to Jessica Rendon for choosing the Rainforest Affiliation!

Click here to watch the handstand from 2015

The year prior was 41 seconds and the charity that Mark Philipps decided on was Make a Wish Foundation!

Click here to watch the handstand from 2014

After 5 years and hundreds of handstands I still love to be upspide down, preferably in a place that I don’t speak the language and where several locals question my mental stability. Until that next brilliant opportunity, here’s a few examples of the toe points seen in the Handstanding around the world page.

Not that it will help your guess in any way, shape or form…. but below is a cute little collage of the first two years with the current handstand on the right. Good luck!

Now you ask, “But Erika, how do we ever join in this glorious fun?!”

Easy as 1,2,3:

1. Make a guess.

2. Apply it in the comments below, email it to herhappytrails@yahoo.com or on Facebook.

3. Wait for the reveal! (On Dec 31st)

Much gratitude for taking the energy to read, contribute and continue spreading the joy of giving!
Many cheers and one love,
Erika Mae Young
RESULTS 18 seconds! This year I had a little fun with the shot and went with a shorter time and more entertainment! Thanks for all the votes and major vote and the winner is sweet Erin Sanders! Her charity of choice will be announced soon.

Guess, win, give… Birthday round 2 winners!

Last year, I found much joy in donating my birthday funds to a charity of a friends choice.  How’d this happen? I held a handstand and gave everyone the chance to guess the length of time in which I allowed the blood to rush to my figer tips. If you havn’t seen that 41 seconds of random upside down entertainment, feel free to see the post and video at Guess, win, give… I love birthdays! 

The closest guess made by a local buddy Mark got to donate to any chariy in care of Her Happy Trails. See his choice in the post Make a wish donation.  Oh the beauty of paying it forward!

Well there’s nothing new or fancy this year, just the intention of giving a little with some upside-down fun being the foundation! Take a wild guess on how long this years birthday handstand was held. The closest estimation will choose the charity in which herhappytrails.com will donate $100. Guess it to the very second and you’ll recieve $50 US dollars to your bank account. (Perfect timing for the holidays if I don’t say so myself!)

 If you havn’t seen the page called Handstanding around the world, I highly suggest it. Nothing to read or ponder, just some images that I’m honored to of been a part of.  For all who have asked, “Did you have someone take those… a stranger, a friend?” or “Is that a self timer?”.  Yes, yes and yes!  Most of them I’ve done alone consuming many afternoons of the giggles while attempting to time it just right.  Nobody walking through the picture, with me in proper form and most importantly, without the camera tipping over mid shot. Sometimes I’ll recieve help from a random stranger (enter new friend here) who has watched my struggle of camera, timer, sprint, handstand and hold. Other times, I’ll have a fellow travel partner aside me that is always willing and extremely patient to partake in the chaos of that hadstanding backpacker.  Thanks friends! 

Below is just a glimpse of what now has reached to over 200 handstands around the world! 

  

 

UPDATE: Naturally my goal was to beat last years time, however after a few attempts it was clear that the time would be the very age I turned this year… 33 seconds (in a slight breeze) takes the birthday cake! Congratulations to Cruz Gaskins and Jessica Rendon for guessing it exactly!  

Click here to watch the handstand video!

Sweet little Cruz made the decision to recylce his winnings and donate back to herhappytrails.com (enter heart felt sigh here). I send much gratitude and all my love to him and his family as their generosity was felt immediently. Check out his adorable contribution to the list of estimations. He should win an award just for that smile!   
Jessica chose to send her portion to the Rainforest Alliance . This foundation was established in 1987 and is described as an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods. My favorite vision they share is to create a world where people and planet prosper together.  

 

 

 

 

Make-A-Wish donation!

I’m proud to announce the winner of the post- guess, win, give… I love birthdays to be Mr. Mark Philipps. By guessing to the nearest second of a handstand I held , he got to pick the charity of his choice for Herhappytrails to donate $100. Drum roll please… Northern California Make-A-Wish foundation!

This wonderful program is world-wide and extremely active. In fact, right here in the United States, volunteers grant a wish every 38 minutes!

Here are a few stories from our local Northern California area.

Miles, a 5-year-old who is in remission from leukemia, got to save the city of San Francisco with his Make-A-Wish identity of the new Batkid. More than 10,000 volunteers and supporters made his wish possible by playing a role in this real life dream come true. For more of his story and the actual video of this memorable day, please visit I want to be Batkid.

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The following story and photo came from http://necannv.wish.org, thank you for sharing!

When Andrew was originally approached by Make-A-Wish to have a life-changing experience, he decided that his one true wish was to go to Ecuador on a mission trip. Due to medical restrictions, he was unable to take the trip to Ecuador at the time and it was to be postponed until he was medically able to go. Unfortunately, that time never came.

His condition worsened and he was told that he wouldn’t be able to go to Ecuador. Make-A-Wish then gave him the chance to choose a different wish, something that he could enjoy from a place much closer to home. Andrew, whose motto was “love God and serve others,” chose to donate the cash value of his wish-$5,000-to help purchase a refrigerated food truck for the local food bank at Mosaic Christian Church where he volunteer

Andrew was remembered by Make-A-Wish during the national conference Evening of Excellence, where his family received, in his honor, the Lori Schultz-Betancourt Indomitable Spirit Award. This award is intended to honor the individual who embodies the essence of an “indomitable spirit” and possesses the qualities of persistence, bravery, compassion, integrity and dedication.


“I really just enjoy helping others and the feeling you get from giving back. So many people have given to me over the last two years as I’ve been battling cancer. I really enjoy doing what I can for others.”
Andrew

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A simple but sweet example is about a darling 12-year-old named Claire. She has been battling Cystic Fibrosis and enduring treatments that were described as “grueling”. Like several young girls, she had dreamt of owning her own horse after taking lessons between hospital visits. So when Make-A-Wish volunteers asked about her wish, Claire was granted her very own horse, Zio!

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Mark, due to your participation of my silly handstand game, I was encouraged to research a charity that I’ve always heard about but never involved myself with. Now, because of your suggestion, I have a new chapter in future volunteering. Thank you!

If you would like to volunteer for Make-A-Wish Foundation, please visit wish.org/ways to help.

Guess, win, give… I love Birthdays!

Last year for my birthday, I opened a donation page with the intentions of distributing funds in small doses throughout the world. Primarily within personal contact, small foundations and local families. Since that glorious event, Herhappytrails has been able to gift in so many ways! Clean water in Africa, local chefs in Thailand, rescue sex trafficking in Cambodia and Sacramento, local schools and yes, this includes the ice bucket challenge as well.

If you’re new to this little journey of mine, I’ve been handstanding around the world for almost three years now. This year I’m feeling a little quirky, so here’s the deal:

I recorded myself doing a handstand for the fun of… Well, for fun! I’m giving you until December 1, 2014 to estimate how long I had the sky at my feet! The person who guesses to the nearest time will get to choose from 5 foundations in which Herhappytrails will donate the next $100.

BONUS: If you guess the exact amount of time, we will give $50 to any person or charity of your choice! An incredible teacher, thoughtful nurse, amazing neighbor, a school, local business, a student in need of educational funds… It’s your call!

Easy as 1,2,3:
1. Make a guess.
2. Apply it in the comments below, email it to herhappytrails@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
3. Wait for the reveal!

Much gratitude for taking the energy to read, contribute and continue spreading the joy of giving!

Many cheers and one love,
Erika Mae Young

Fun fact about this photo: I was house sitting alone, so I set my camera to self timer and had no idea their little pup got in the shot. Adorable!

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Hint: I only attempted twice and took the longer of the two handstands. It was more than 4 seconds, less than 4 minutes… Ready, set and guess!

RESULTS: It was 41 seconds! Mark Phillips is the winner at 33 seconds. I’ll be posting the charity of his choice soon!

Click here to see the actual video!

Let me start by admitting that I was very flattered that most of you think I’m some sort of superhuman, especially with the 11 minute guess from Facebook (love you Jim)!
So really evaluate this… Find a second-hand clock and just put your arms in the air and hold it. If that’s a little to easy, go ahead and pick up a hundred pounds… And stand on one foot.
Fun fact: Elite gymnasts are required to do a 60 second hold during most tryouts. Just sayin.

Handstand of 2013! The winner is…

I absolutely loved watching the votes roll in, thank you! Plain and simple, here are the winners starting with the runners up and working to #1!

The honorable mentions start with an open green area in Cusco, Peru. This area made up just a small part of the exciting journey we spent exploring the streets and unique markets. To this day, it’s still one of my favorite cities in the world!

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The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most internationally recognizable structures in San Fransisco, California . Definitely handstand worthy!

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After Machu Picchu hit the top of the polls for best photo of 2012, I thought it would be refreshing to introduce another wonder of the world. Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England was a classic set up for a proper handstand photo.

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The sunset over looking The Thimble Islands was a surprise treat while visiting my longtime friends on the east coast of the United States. The colors were not touched up in this photo… All natural beauty!

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The Cologne Cathedral is the largest gothic church in Germany which made it a bit of challenge to get me and the very tip of the building in the same shot. Well done Hayden!

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Santa Catalina is a beach town on the west coast of Panama where I was volunteering as a staff member of Cabañas Time Out resort. What an office view!

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Then there’s my precious family in good ol’ Oklahoma. These are my five siblings that are always eager to help out with the handstand shot. This year we chose to do it in front of our snow woman before she melted away.

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In third place, we have the Mahogany Cathedral that welcomes you to the north coast of my favorite island. Barbados holds a special place in my heart and I highly suggest a visit if you’re ever in need of a well rounded beach holiday.

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With a close second place, it’s not a surprise that the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia caught your attention. From the peaceful monks walking around to the thousands of stairs and doorways, this scene was easy to get lost in… both physically and emotionally.

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With a solid win in first place, I share with you the colorful handstand photo from Chiang Mai, Thailand. These lights almost define this magical place and the vibrancy that naturally exists throughout the city. Well done Asia.

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