28 April 2010

Everyone likes a little dip in the pool, right?

A little bit ago I spoke to Elizabeth at SurfAid International and she told me not a whole lot of people have signed on to swim the New Jersey Swim4Humanity event. In fact, NYC is far outstripping NJ in total swimmers.

C'mon New Jersey!! We can't have that, can we?!

So while I've been badgering readers to sponsor me and my efforts to raise money for this amazing charity, I probably should have been encouraging people to sign up as well.

Please consider joining in - and if you can't, at least please make a donation.


27 April 2010

The cat is out of the bag

Inspired by JP's post at Buttered Noodles I'm writing to tell of the news I hinted at towards the end of March...

As of April 1st, after 12 years of commuting to & from NYC (120 miles round trip, or roughly four hours a day give or take 30 odd minutes) - I left my job. Starting May 1st I am enrolled as a student at the Institute for Therapeutic Massage. I am studying, first, to get my certificate in Oncology Massage and then after, to get my certificate in Eastern Bodywork.

This is something I've been wanting to do for a looooong time and finally we were able to save enough scratch to help take the sting out of my lack of full-time employment. It's a big change for us in so many ways but one we're looking forward to, albeit with a teeny, tiny amount of trepidation.

In the interim we took a trip, which was a gift to me from my most amazing husband, and I will post a link to photos soon. Otherwise, I've been home doing this & that and basically ignoring my blog.

Stay tuned for the trip photos link! Until then...

14 April 2010

10 April 2010

Swim 4 Humanity - SurfAid International

Any little bit will help...

On the afternoon of May 15th 2010, I will be participating in a very special fundraising event called Swim 4 Humanity benefiting SurfAid International - hosted in seven cities on the west and east coasts from March to May 2010.

I will swim for thirty minutes with tons of other people. Monies raised will go towards SurfAid's humanitarian programs. The mission of SurfAid International, a non-profit humanitarian organization, is to improve the health, well-being and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing.

I've agreed to raise a minimum of $4,500 in donations. My personal goal is to raise more, but I need your help. Would you please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation of whatever amount you choose to help me meet my goal? Just follow the link below to visit my personal fundraising webpage, where you can donate online.

Worldwide, 10 million children die each year from preventable diseases. I'm participating in Swim 4 Humanity to raise money and awareness for SurfAid International's life-saving programs.

Thank you, in advance for your support of me and my efforts to reduce death and suffering from preventable disease in isolated regions of the world.

My Swim 4 Humanity donation page.

Please give what you can - even one dollar will make a difference.
And to those of you who have already donated - helping me to raise a little more than $3,500!!!! - THANK YOU doesn't begin to cover my gratitude.