It’s August already?! Say what?!
I cannot believe how fast the months are flying by! I’m not ready for school to start…I’m not ready for summer to end….I’m just ready for time to slow down a little…ya know? However, it is Friday and that makes me happy….as does this picture…Enjoy!
First off, let me start off by saying that yesterday was me and the hubby’s 4TH Wedding Anniversary! We have some bad times and just as many good times! I love him more today than yesterday and can’t wait to spend many more years
driving him crazy adoring him…oh who am I kidding…driving him crazy with a little adoration thrown in 🙂 We spent our evening hanging out over dinner at Lewis & Clark’s in St. Charles, MO. Man, I love that place! Sooo yummy! They did not disappoint this time either…I had the Mahi Mahi, baked potato (w/salsa) and a dinner salad (sorry…no pictures )…okay!…I also had a very fudge-y, chocolate-y, heavenly brownie that I got to bring home and scarf down later. It didn’t last long after I arrived home 😉
My amazing hubby and I – August 1, 2009
Now on to the major reason for this blog today. I want to tell you guys about something amazing!!!
Last Saturday, I did something that I’ve never done before! I went to…and ran in…a race…ALL BY MYSELF!!! For me, that is huge! I’m a very shy (dare I say…anxiety-filled) person who constantly worries what others are thinking about me. (Constant thoughts running through my head… “Are they looking at me?” “Oh crap…is there something on me?” “Why are they staring at me?…oh…never mind…they are looking for the bathrooms” “They are probably wondering why I’m alone!” “Oh no…they are talking about me…they must think I’m weird”) It is truly a stressful way to be but it’s who I am and I can only try to push past my insecurities.
Any way…the thought of going by myself and not knowing anyone there was a bit freighting and stressful to say the least.
I DID IT!!!! And I’m extremely glad that I did!!
And I’m glad for a few reasons. One…because conquering one’s fears is one of the best feelings there is. And Two…because if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have gotten to be a part of something amazing!
I ran in the 1st Annual Running for Rooms 5K that benefits Special Spaces. Special Spaces is a non-profit organization that has one simple mission and that is to “create dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses. A place that only the child can dream or imagine while addressing their medical needs”.
Special Spaces was founded in July 2004 and as of today has created over 90 dream bedrooms. The St. Louis chapter was started in 2011 and they have been able to complete 10 rooms (check one of them out here) and they currently have 9 children on their waiting list. One room usually costs around $2,500 to complete so any help that they receive is greatly appreciated! Every little bit helps!!! Do you wanna help?
There are many ways that you can help out:
• Volunteer: Special Spaces is always looking for volunteers to help with room renovations & fundraising in the St. Louis and surrounding communities.
• Donate: Your generosity allows them to create beautiful dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses at no cost to the families.
• Sponsorship: They welcome individual, group, and corporate sponsorships to provide finances, materials and services to renovate these special bedrooms.
• Smile: Every Special Spaces Project has the same reaction, lots of great SMILES from our children, their families and our volunteers.
I encourage everyone to just go to their website and see what they are all about! I know for sure that my family and I will be volunteering our time very soon! I definitely want to get involved in the race planning for next year! And I would love to be a part of one (or more) of their room builds….Seeing the smiles on these kiddos faces would be the coolest thing ever!
The race this year and most likely in the future was held at Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville, MO. The weather was amazing for once and there was a slight breeze…you can’t beat that!! With 114 participants overall between the 5K and the 1-mile walk, this race ended up with a great group of people. The support and camaraderie that was in the air was refreshing and a feeling like no other!
Me & Lacy Gambill (race director & co-director at Special Spaces.
The course was a bit more hilly than I’m used to training on but the views were beautiful and the course was great! And something else that was cool….finishing the 5K in 28:04!!! That was way better than I was thinking my time would be and was very happy with how I felt during and after!
Question(s) of the day:
Do you have a charity that you believe in? What is it?
How do you feel about racing alone? Yay or Nay?
What is one thing you are doing this weekend?