Challenge Accepted Baby!!

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of good news. I accepted a new job; learned that my cousins Lori and Courtney, and my Aunt Mary are coming to D.C. for Marine Corps; and welcomed an offer to be a TNT Mentor for the 2015 MCM training season! Isn’t that wild?!

I’m a pretty positive person, and my attitude at this moment is beyond positive — it’s almost indescribable really. This new job has increased my confidence as a working professional. Knowing that David’s family will attend the marathon this year makes me want to train harder. Accepting the TNT Mentor position allows me to further convey my passion for LLS’s cause. I’m as excited as I was on race day last year! (See pic below of the scarily large and cheesy smile I flashed before jumping into my corral.)

Big Cheesin'

So what does all this mean? It means life is going to get a little hectic. Changing jobs is exciting, but stressful. Marathon training affects your social life. Adding another responsibility, like being a TNT Mentor, put limitations on some aspects of daily life (meetings, event planning).

Things will be hard until I figure out how to balance everything, but I’ve accepted the challenge and there’s nothing left to do than rise to the top. These are all good things, and they’re all worth 100% of my effort. Soooo, let’s do this!

Making the Time

What a week! As you can see, I’ve been off my A Game with blog postings. I was in Minneapolis for a writer’s conference about a week and a half ago, so I didn’t get much time to blog. Yes, you’d think being at a writer’s conference would have provided me the platform to write more, but my days were jam packed. I did manage to get in an 8-miler though! (Oh, and I recorded a video too!)

That's me at the Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

That’s me at the Spoonbridge and Cherry in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

After returning from Minneapolis, I received a job offer…which I accepted! I’m really excited for this change, and am eager to see what life has in store for me next! It seems that my prediction that 2015 was going to be the year of change for me is coming true.

Last week’s training runs couldn’t have been more different. I did speed work on Tuesday in the rain…

Soggy but smiling!

Soggy but smiling!

And on Thursday, I did some trail running on Roosevelt Island in the sunshine!

Sunshine makes me happy (...and so does trail running)!

Sunshine makes me happy (and so does trail running)!

 

Roosevelt Island has some great trails. I enjoyed testing my agility on them!

Roosevelt Island has some great trails. I enjoyed testing my agility on them!

For Saturday’s long run, Aaron and I logged 10 miles before 8 a.m. GO US!

Happy and blinded at the same time!

Happy and blinded at the same time!

 

After that, it was off to the salon to get my hair done, then meet a friend for brunch, and then meet some friends for dinner. Needless to say, I slept hard last night (and let’s be honest, some of that had to do with the cocktails I consumed).

I’m headed to yoga in about an hour, which my mind and body desperately need. Yay healthy mind! Yay calf and hammy stretches!

Enjoy the rest of this beautiful weekend, and I’ll see you soon.

April Fundraising: Handmade Awareness Ribbons

Fundraising Ribbons

These are mock-up Do It For David ribbons. (I’ve figured out how to write steadily with the paint pen now!)

I’d like to give huge SHOUT-OUTS and THANK YOUS to my first
2015 Do It For David supporters:

David M., Washington, D.C.
Aaron R., Alexandria, VA
Scott H., Allentown, NJ

If you want to become a member of the Do It For David team,
there’s more than one way.
Here’s your chance to be a member for only $5!
You can also add $5 per ribbon onto any donation amount.

Here’s what to do:

  • Make a $5 donation per ribbon through my fundraising page. Be sure to include a mailing address with your donation or email your mailing address to doitfordavid88@gmail.com.
  • Email doitfordavid88@gmail.com specifying the ribbon fabric: stripes, thick solid, thin solid.

It’s that easy! Since these awareness ribbons will be made-to-order, please allow at least three days for processing. If you want a custom awareness ribbon to honor a loved one who died from cancer (it does not have to be blood cancer), let me know. Although I’m only working with green and purple color combinations to recognize Team in Training, I’m happy to accommodate a special order.

Thanks for your support and GO TEAM!

Friday Fact: How does LLS help blood cancer patients?

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Did you know that every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer? Approximately every ten minutes, someone dies from it.

My cousin David was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in September 2012. In December 2014, he died from it.

These facts are discouraging, but LLS continues to invest billions of dollars into blood cancer research. In fiscal year 2014, LLS invested $79.8 million into research and supported more than 350 research projects around the world. Out of that $79.8 million, AML research projects received $21.1 million.

More good news: When you make a donation to LLS, 78% of every dollar goes to cancer research, patient services, and education.

Join me in the fight against blood cancer. Make a donation. Support my cause. Cheer me on at the Marine Corps Marathon. Together, we can make a difference.

2015 Fundraising Begins TODAY!

Good morning Do It For David Supporters!

Today kicks off 2015 fundraising for the Do It For David campaign, and I’m so excited to share a video with you about why my brother and I keep pounding the pavement. I should warn you, our acting and directing skills are nothing like Spielberg’s! You can view our video here.

Want to make a donation? There are three ways:

Stay tuned for fundraising events (in-person and virtual) each month leading up to the Marine Corps Marathon on October 25, 2015.

Thank you for helping me honor my cousin’s remarkable life, and get one step closer to a world without blood cancer.