Grateful. Thankful. Blessed.
It is crazy to think that 2 months ago, I started this blog as a place where I could document all of the wonderful new experiences I was having since beginning of what I thought was a “health” journey. I swam, biked and ran through my first triathlon and was so inspired by the amazing athletes who were out there with me. I didn’t talk to many people as we raced (because obviously I was sucking wind) so I didn’t get to know anyone, but I do vividly remember everyone. I remember their bodies: they came in different sizes, shapes and weight. Bodies that had been through a courageous battle and came back slightly altered but still beautiful and perhaps stronger. Bodies that were on a transformation journey. Bodies that were alive and working. And it was at that moment that I realized how grateful I was to be in such amazing company. How thankful I was to have decided to participate in that triathlon. How blessed I was for my own body.
Every day that I have worked out in a new class, cooked a new meal and written in the blog has made more even more aware of just how lucky I am, regardless of the challenges my body and I face. This isn’t just a health journey now. It is my path to be grateful and thankful for what my life has given me and even if things change along my path, to remember that I am blessed.
AND SO, I ask, will you join me in my next move?
My next race will be the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in D.C in March. I am running as St Jude Hero, meaning I am raising money for children who are facing a battle with cancer or another life-threatening disease. Now normally, when I go about raising money for a race, I send out my emails to friends and family who always support me and show lots of love (thanks everyone!) but this year, I want to do something different.
Not only do I want to raise money for St. Jude’s, but I want people to feel and understand their own blessings and dedicate them to these children who are fighting a very difficult fight every day. So you can help me 1 of 2 ways.
- You can donate here: http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Heroes/Heroes?px=3413291&pg=personal&fr_id=47761
- You can #MoveForStJude.
What to do:
1) Decide to dedicate something you do to the children of St Jude. This might mean running, biking, singing, painting, yoga-ing, skiing…anything really!
2) Film a 5-10 second video or snap a picture of you doing your activity (it could be as simple as a picture of your feet running!)
3) Share on your video/photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (or all 3!) and #MoveforStJude. Please share why you are doing this (I’ve included some sample copy below) and about this cause. Please also include this fundraising link: http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Heroes/Heroes?px=3413291&pg=personal&fr_id=47761
4) Tag 2-3 friends and ask them “How do you #MoveForStJude?”
5) Optional: Donate $2 dollars (or more if you’d like) to my fundraising page and your video/picture will be featured on Just Tri It Once on a special page dedicated to this movement (listed in the menu).
You can use this post as an example:
Thank you so much for your help and support!! Make sure you go out there and #MoveForStJude! I will posting to this page with new videos/pictures that are submitted until my race day in March!