Week 4-9. January 15-February 28, 2015 Not so Fabulous

It is already the first week in March and I have come to the realization that I am not being fabulous at all. Every Monday I say “this week is the week that I start practicing what I set out to do at the beginning of the year” and by the time Sunday rolls around I realize I did nothing. Well almost nothing.

I have definitely accomplished some stuff so far but I am not sticking to my resolution of incorporating the morning and evening routines. There is still paper everywhere, emails are not getting cleaned out, supplements are not going down, and I am not planning my day the night before. I am picking up my shoes every night though. That is definitely an accomplishment. I also have one to do list. Only problem is I never look at it. So that is working out just fine (well maybe not so fine). This is driving me crazy. Why can I not just get motivated?

I am thinking part of the problem is working from home. I was talking to a friend recently about working from home and the pros and cons of it. Like a pro is working in pajamas and a con is getting distracted. He asked me to detail my day and so I proceeded to tell him that I go to my office and go trough some emails.   I then decide I am hungry so I go to the fridge to get something to eat and realize I need to wipe down the counter, which requires me to go to laundry room to get a sponge. So then I think oh I should put a load of laundry in then before you know it I am dusting and sweeping and moping the house. After all that is done I go back to the office read through some emails and realize I never got anything to eat which starts the process all over again. He just laughed and told me that my HDAD had kicked in. I explained that that never happened when I worked in the office and immediately started laughing because it was not true. I told him that at my last job if I ever went into the supply room I had this overwhelming urge to organize the mess, which I did. He responded by just looking at me with a smirk on his face. Maybe there is some truth to that so I need to get a handle on this because I can not afford to rent office space right now and frankly never want to get to the point where I need office space. I need to be able to productive at home.

Another thing is I am not being is a better triathlete. I haven’t even ridden my bike on the road since the last cyclist was killed several weeks ago. I haven’t been to the pool because it’s either too early or too cold. The only thing I have been doing is running which I will say I have gotten better.   Two weeks ago I ran my fastest 10k to date and took about 15 minutes off of my half marathon. This past weekend I ran my fastest 5k and even got first in my age group and 70th overall. Now I just need to do that with the swim and bike.

So the only thing I am being fabulous at is the fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. I have gotten past 50% of my $15,000.00, which is awesome. I have $506.00 worth of checks to submit and I know of at least 1 person who will donate $500 in April. I also have several penny jars and I know my friends will continue to donate until race day.

I realize Rome was not built in 1 day and neither can I implement everything I want in 1 day but I was hoping for a miracle. Oh well got to keep trucking on right?

What I have learned is that if I am passionate about something I get it done. When I am not I get distracted. It is clear now why I do not clean up the papers or do my accounting I hate those things. Need a more consistent cleaning lady and a bookkeeper. On it.

Quote for the week:

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Week 1 to 3. January 1 -14, 2015-Resolutions finalized

50 and Fabulous

This year for me it is about doing everything better than last year. I will be 50 and fabulous.

I will be a better fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. I will live and breath St. Jude’s until race day. I will do everything to be the best fundraiser this year. I started with a fundraiser for my 50th birthday. I will have more great events and I will be fabulous.

I will also get rid of the chaos out of my house and office. I will do that by incorporating some daily routines that I found in an article that I read earlier this week. I will be fabulous.

They are as follows:

  • Plan each day the night before: I will check my calendar each night so I know what I am doing so I do not miss things like I am doing now.
  • Keep only one to-do list: Instead of lists all over the place I will keep all my to do’s on one list.
  • Spend at least 30 minutes going through and addressing emails: This includes erasing junk emails and unsubscribing from them.
  • Clear desk of paper piles: I am not sure how I will accomplish this but I have 50 weeks to make this a routine.
  • Create a morning routine and an evening ritual. This will include taking my supplements that I struggle to take everyday and start reading again.
  • Spend 10 minutes at the end of each day tidying up including putting my shoes away so that on Friday I do not have a pile of shoes by my couch.
  • Put clothing in the laundry bin: This should be a lot easier since I took the chair, that used house my clothes, out of my room.
  • Never leave dishes in the sink: Self-explanatory
  • Open up my mail: This one needs to be done. I cannot tell you how many times I paid stuff late in 2014. That has to stop.

I will be a better triathlete. I will do that by conquering my fear of going downhill fast. I will do that by heading to Clermont on a regular basis and start doing some bridge repeats. I will be fabulous.

I will be a better business owner. I will do that by actually working 40 hours a week. I will finalize my business plan and I will get all my minority certifications. I will also invoice on a regular basis instead of when I need money. I will also get my taxes done by April 15. I will be fabulous.

So now that I have a plan lets see how I do. This should be a very interesting year. Given that I have all these routines that I have to accomplish everyday I am not sure how I will continue my weekly blog so when I figure it out I will include it in my post.

This is the beginning of my third year of blogging and two things I have loved doing is writing about what I learned and the weekly quote so I will continue that this year. For me it is helpful to look at what went wrong and then follow it by some inspiration. I hope you all will enjoy my year of 50 and fabulous. I am so looking forward to it.

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. – Unknown

Love this quote because I today I made that decision. It is perfect to start 2015.

Day 235. August 25, 2013-The St. Jude Children’s Hospital Blog

So today’s task was to blog about my trip to Memphis to tour St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  This was a huge undertaking since my head was spinning and I want to tell you everything but it would take too many pages for that so I decided to do a video and explain some of the things that we saw.  A big part of the tour was hearing stories about some of the patients and the things that happen on a daily basis.  Again impossible to get it all in writing but I will share some of my favorite ones.

First I wanted to share a little about how ended up on this tour.  Two and a half years ago my triathlon team decided to compete in the corporate challenge for the Nautica South Beach Triathlon.  The race is a large fundraiser for St. Jude and all money raised as part of the corporate challenge goes to the hospital.

I was every excited about raising money for St. Jude because of the kids and got started right away.  I even started Pennies for a Cause campaign.  Then we had a team meeting to learn more about the race.  Maria Quesada, from ASLAC the fundraising corporation of St. Jude, got up to talk about the hospital.  She gave us statistics and told us about why the hospital was started ect.  Then she said that she was going to show us a video but not to worry it would not be sad.  Well I cried like a baby.  It was not sad at all but that video changed me.  It moved me to become a St. Jude Hero and was determined to raise more money than anyone.

As I went through the process I learned that there were prizes for the top 3 fundraisers.  First place was a trip to Puerto Rico, second place was a trip to the hospital for a tour and third place was an Ipad.  I was like I can go to Puerto Rico anytime I want and I already have an Ipad.  I want to be second.  I think I ended up around number 8 in the end with a total amount raised of $5,510.00.  That effort got me to the captain position of the team this year.  As is turned out the captains for the top 3 teams were invited to a tour.  Our team was third with over $32,000.00 raised.

Now let me explain that we are going up against corporations who match the employee fundraising.  They also pay for their race entry.  These corporations believe in St. Jude and through this race they get the employees involved.  We are triathletes and we pay our own race entry and we do not have a matching program.  So the fact that we were in third place was huge.  I got to spend the entire day with the captains from the first and second place teams and they told me how impressed they were with our efforts.  One of them said he was going to change his strategy for next year.  By the end of the night we all agreed we would have one big fundraising gala and pull all of our resources to make it a great event.

So the tour was amazing.  This place is so full of hope.  Everything that they do is to make the kids feel like they are living a normal life.  First of all the place does not even look or smell (they have a special filter system) like a hospital.  Second evrything is sized for the kids.  They even have a school.  So cool.  Watch my video so you can get a glimpse of this wonderful place.

During the tour we went by a hallway that had pictures of past patients holding their picture of when they were at the hospital.  7 of the people on that wall now work for St. Jude.  To me that says a lot about this hospital.

We heard stories about some of the patients like this one girl who wanted to exercise so she took to walking around one of the wards.  The nurses figured out how far one lap was and told her you know 10 laps is a mile so she started counting and after a while they told her you know you are just shy of a marathon so she decided she was going to complete it.  When the day came they had everyone there and they made a banner for her to cross and made it a big celebration.  So now there are 2 little boys that want to beat her record. So a new tradition has begun.

They told us about how the kids sometime loose their appetite because of treatment but then all of a sudden at 2am they want pancakes so they have a chef in the kitchen 24 hours a day to whip up the pancakes.  One kid said he wanted his grandmother’s mac and cheese.  He could tell the difference so the chef had no choice but to call the grandmother for the recipe.  And she gave it to him.

They also talked about the energy levels drop as well so when the kids feel strong they are encouraged to play so on any given day you might run into a tricycle race through the halls.  The hospital is totally set up for the kids to play when they feel up to it.

There are a million stories like these. It is all of these small details that amaze me.  They really have thought about everything.

I am including a link to the quick facts page.  This page will give you all the amazing information from when the hospital opened to how many patients they treat everyday.  You may want to look through the webpage for other information.  It is inspiring.

http://www.stjude.org/stjude/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=434d1976d1e70110VgnVCM1000001e0215acRCRD&vgnextchannel=ee58ebc7a7319210VgnVCM1000001e0215acRCRD

What I learned today is that it doesn’t matter how many times I have told my story about the tour I still get goose bumps when I talk about the hospital.  I love St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital