The White Balloons. Weeks & Moments Like This.

52 weeks like this. . .

Sometimes, mid-week, Jason askes me,

"Sweets, what do you have this week and weekend"? 

He is so patient. 

This means one of two things, he wants to plan a wine dinner with his wine-buds when I'm booked or he really is just asking if we get time together, so just enjoy the beach. I love both.

Hmm?  (thinking to myself ). I answer:

"The college girls at San Marcos Monday, then guest lead run club after work, then International Rescue group in EL Cajon (gotta look that one up), then, oh yes babe don’t’ forget I have the Rady’s run Saturday before we leave for Mother’s Day things."

Think he caught all that? My husband - AKA most patient person ever.

A girlfriend, (amazing I have any sometimes) said the other day “you’re the business person I know”. I was thinking “oh, sad”, I don’t want to come off that way, we all are busy, she’s a beautiful working Mom of an almost one -year old. I think that is amazing. We all have out things! 

The things that fill some of my time, always fill my heart. I invited Jason to the celebration of Champions run downtown, in 2015, my second year of being 1 of 2 guides. We had gotten back together, and I think, in that moment, he saw why I go, and how we show up on weekends, when no one is watching, and what I can’t say “no” to. It makes me better at my job. I invite companies to volunteer, have a team, or just come be inspired. So, it may not be “work” it’s all connected.

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This Saturday will be my fifth- year, 2014 -2018 (minute one, thanks Katie- I was running this lil Boston Marathon thing). My friend, Stuart, had asked me back in 2014, he’s stuck with me until forced retirement.

I even see friends, who have children, with terminal or degenerative illness as I run around, and think, “wow – that is a lot for their family to take on”.

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Some children, beat their cancer, and come back. Some don’t get to get back. That is one too many, and I hope for the year I am not asked to be a part of the Celebrations of Champions run…because it means we don’t need one.

Each year before the run, a white balloon is released in the ceremony to remember those who didn't return.

 I will next forget the young woman who said "I like your pony tail".     I replied " I like your smile when you run". Because what do you say? 

I will next forget the young woman who said "I like your pony tail".   

I replied " I like your smile when you run". Because what do you say? 

So 25 – 30 children later, each one deserves their victory lap, full of energy, clapping and cheering. If we are excited, they are too. It’s their moment. The trust they have in a matter of seconds to run around me with, a few Padres, and local news personalities – who all agree, the champions are the ones holding the torch. Looking forward to Saturday, May 11th.

Last Friday, I was honored to be invited to meet youth refugees calling San Diego home. From Afghanistan to India, and now San Diego, only here three months, learning English trying to find her way. Her smile was infectious. Their stories are mind-blowing. I had to spell check Afghanistan to be honest. A smile is the same in every language

 Taking care of our bodies, when life can be stressful, is not a cultural divide, it unites us.

Taking care of our bodies, when life can be stressful, is not a cultural divide, it unites us.

Man I love college. Well going back now, because if you told me at age 21, I'd speak to a group of 100s of soon-to-be-grads... - no way. 

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I suppose we all see a little of ourselves in them.

My time with each group is so minimal their doctors, nurses, teachers, or professors are dedicated 24/7, but I hope that it’s mutually beneficial.

I sure know that they inspire me, fill my cup, to be better in all things. I hope the things that fill your 24 hours fulfill you too. And if there needs to more of some things and less of another, now is a good time – after all, aren’t we lucky to have it?

What’s coming up outside of your 9 – 5

where you can join too?

June 9th – I credit many of my opportunities to my time at USD. I was on a work-study program, and a partial scholarship, and so grateful for that help.

It’s my pleasure to lead goal sweating and sweat Saturday morning June 9th, at Viori- coolest lifestyle brand store in Encinitas, before it opens. The $10 goes to scholarships for future USD students. LOVE to you friends in Encinitas HERE

 A fun filled day with events all over San Diego lead by local alumns! 

A fun filled day with events all over San Diego lead by local alumns! 

June 19th – The best Fitbit Local ever.After work. 6PM. Live DJ, tri-level workout, sunset stretch with a panoramic view of San Diego. 

 Location for 6.19.18 Fitbit Local - Alexan East Village. Beats by DJ Kanoya. 

Location for 6.19.18 Fitbit Local - Alexan East Village. Beats by DJ Kanoya. 

We call that “going up on a Tuesday”. It’s free. But man is it priceless.  Can’t wait. Lead by Mike Sherbakov and myself, and you. 

Love to see you, so we can make the moments that make a year.