Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Ashli Young, a wife and mother who tries to care for everyone in her community and be a force for good in the world.
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
I think some days that being a good wife and mom to a kid that comes from a hard place is a great accomplishment. My husband and I feel compelled to help others in lots of little ways. If we find out that someone has a need and we can do something to fulfill that need, we try to do just that. Whether it is just listening, giving someone dinner, helping a frazzled mom by watching her kids, gathering a group of friends to build up another friend in a tough situation, buying groceries for a struggling single mom or giving a teenager we love a place to live during a transition time, it’s what my family purposes to do.
How did you achieve it?
We have to listen, be aware and give away a part of ourselves.
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
We have received grace. It’s hard not to try to give it back in whatever way that you can when you have been on the receiving end.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
Over the last few years we have significantly changed the way we eat and for the first time in my life I try to consistently do some kind of exercise and get better rest.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
"Treat other people like you want to be treated."
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
When I feel like I’m having a bad run or feeling lazy and want to give up, I look to see how far I’ve gone and tell myself just a little bit further will give a few more meals or donate a little more for research. It’s very motivating to keep moving when you do it for someone else.
Who do you exercise for, and why?
I exercise for me. My body and my sanity need it. But it also helps me be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. I do have songs on my running playlist that are tied to people in my life that I love and I use those few minutes of each song to pray for them while running.