Why would YOU walk 3 miles?

Saturday morning was crisp, barely above 40 degrees when I stepped out my front door.  My husband and I were on our way to walk in a race against breast cancer (no mockery about me not actually “racing” against breast cancer now!)  To make things more challenging, we walked from our house, all the way…an additional 3 miles!

So, we were off on our walking adventure, along with 2 of our coworkers and their wives.  The day warmed up slightly and the walk took us just under an hour.  Although the walk was enjoyable, what really made the difference was the fundraising I was able to help with.

A total of more than $400,000 was raised for our local breast cancer survivors and fighters, from wigs to gas cards to transportation to therapy etc. these funds will all stay within our community to help the women fighting in our own backyard.

My legs hurt for the whole day, but it was well worth it!

Afterwards, my husband and I stopped by Harlan’s Bike and Tour, a bicycle dealer in Sioux Falls.  They took our measurements and told us what kind of bicycles we would be able to ride.  So, next up, seeing if we can actually still ride bicycles!  The adventure continues!

Kickstarting my day

Starting out with I lost 0.4 lbs after yesterday’s sickly episode, glad the protein didn’t kick my ass.

Alright, so I am not a “broke college student”, nor am I an “independently wealthy woman”. I am what I like to consider “Average”, which is not a bad thing.  While I was in my doldrums of how I wanted more money for this, and for that, and how life was so unfair because I didn’t have enough money, someone broke through my wall of self-pity and sent me a link about Andy Whitfield’s fight with cancer.

Needless to say, this crushed my pity party, and reminded me that my life is blessed with good health, good family, and good friends.  So I fight with my weight on a daily basis.  I will survive my weight.  Andy was at the prime of his life, and was dealt a blow that I can’t imagine how I’d handle.  He and his family documented over the last year of his life, up to two weeks before his death last September.

I can’t help but think, “how dare I pity myself for monetary squabbles and minuscule problems, when this family went through all this, as are families around the world?”  So with that healthy dose of “wake-up” I was “kickstarted”.

I’m not sure if you are aware of what Kickstarter is, but if not, let me break it down quickly.  You have a project, and no money.  You post up a request for people to “back” your project, and tell them what you’ll give them in return if they help you out.  A lot of the time this goes for small business, computer games, inventions, movies etc.  Someone (I assume a family member) had the brilliant idea of continuing Andy’s goal and create a documentary of his life, and distribute it so others can learn to “Be Here Now”.

So I have chosen to help kickstart this…oh wait, it’s already $33,000 past their original goal!  It’s an amazing achievement, and according to kicktraq.com, the projected amount is more than 200% higher than their original request.  The pledging period is open until July 23rd, 2012, so if you are a fan of Spartacus, Andy Whitfield, or even just a non-fan of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, or a believer in living in the now, consider checking it out, even if you don’t donate, the preview made me realize what is important in life.

Andy, thank you for reminding me there are bigger things than money, today, I will focusing on how to Be Here Now.