10 Miles down, 16.2 Miles to go

Hi!

With just a teeny bit of trepidation, I am proud to announce that I will be running the NYC Marathon on November 5th in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

This will be my first full Marathon and I am running it in memory of three family members I have lost to cancer in the last decade – My mother, my sister and my uncle.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was started in 1949 with the goal of raising funds to help in the fight against blood cancers. Over the years, much of the research work done with their support has led to treatments in many other forms of cancer.

I am honored to play a part in the continued effort to support this important and necessary work and have made a commitment to raise a minimum of $3500 for the cause.

Please join me in the fight!

I will keep you updated on my training and fundraising progress.

Sincerest Thanks!

TNT

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Getting Personal

Dear Readers,

I guess I am still getting the hang of this blogging thing.

I often see things or think of thing i want to write about, but then I censor myself because I feel it is too personal or I am thinking it is something you might not want to read.

But that is not how blogging works, is it?

I should write anyway and then you, the readers, have the choice of reading what interests you.

I guess not every post has to work for every reader. That would be unrealistic. After all, we don’t love every singe song by our favorite artist, do we?

And as far as being personal, well, that is what a blog is. So…

About a month ago now, I ran my first marathon. It was the New York City Marathon.

I ran with a charity and raised money for the fight against cancer.

I wrote a ‘blog’ for my donors, following my experiences as I trained and ran my race.

These blog posts should have been here. They are pertinent to the cause of The Woman Hood because they speak to the strength, love, and determination of one woman achieving a live long dream.

So I am sharing my posts here and hope you enjoy reading them as much as my donors did.

If you are inspired to contribute to this or any other cause, please feel free to do so.

And if you are inspired to start moving and to change your life in someway, we would very much welcome your story and comments here.

Be Blessed!

Awesome vs. Ugh

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

This quote has been attributed to Albert Einstein but the Internet is rife with arguments that these words are not his.

No matter!

Regardless of who said these words, they came to me today and were welcome because they are a reminder to be grateful for absolutely everything in life, for life itself.

Today we had a snow storm.

Last night the media filled us with fear and foreboding about the treacherous storm that was about to destroy everything in its path. Schools and workplaces were shut in advance. Long lines ran round the block at grocery stores as people bought all their emergency food supplies. Everyone prepared.

And everyone complained.

It’s March..why is it still winter?…

Another storm? More shoveling, ugh!…

The city is shutting down? Oh no, but I need to do this and that, and now I can’t…

And so on and so forth.

Well, though we did have a snow storm, it was not as bad as had been predicted. Instead of 18 inches of snow, we had 6. And guess what?

That’s right…we complained!!

This is what they call a Blizzard?? This is barely even a storm!,

Is this what we closed the schools for?? We could have gone to work.

Where is all the snow they promised? I thought we could go out sledding, this is more ice than snow.

Ugh, it is so wet and cold outside.

More shoveling!!!

We are habitual complainers!

I don’t know if humans have always been this way, but there is no doubt that it is definitely who we are nowadays. We need to complain and be dissatisfied or we are not normal. Society requires us to bitch and moan about something, anything, but there must be something.

If you are happy and go lucky…you are probably on something.

But then think about the saying I opened with.

What about the miracles??? What if every thing is a miracle? Maybe we would be in awe more often instead of complaining.

We are alive! It snows! We get to experience snow! We get to feel cold, or wet and we come inside and enjoy warmth.

We drink a cup of hot chocolate and cuddle up in front of a movie. TV? How amazing. Cable? Wow! Streaming?? OMG!

We get a snow day off! An unplanned vacation day! Yay!

A day away from the office! Time to have some fun with the kids! Yippee!

We are strong enough to shovel snow. Watch how amazingly your arms lift the shovel full of snow, how your back supports you, how strong your legs are. How perfectly everything works together. The human body is the most amazing machine of all.

Look at the snow….how does that even happen??? Tiny amazingly perfect flakes of ice falling from the sky…if that isn’t a miracle, I don’t know what is.

Look around you. Look at every little mundane everyday thing and be amazed at what a miracle everything really is.

It just makes you say, Wow! and Thank you! over and over and over again.

And what a positive and wonderful place that is to be in – a place of awe and gratitude – every single day in every moment.

Now that is living a miracle. I like that!

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Selflessness – Woman

Here is a woman who is not afraid to speak her mind.

I have always admired Meryl Streep as an actress. There are only a few movies she has done that I did not like and even if I didn’t like the movie, her performances have always been stellar.

But she took it to the next level last night at the 74th Golden Globes Awards.

She received the well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award but instead of basking in the Glory she fearlessly shone her light on a wrong she feels needs to be righted.

May we all show this kind of courage when we are called upon.

Well Done Ms. Streep! Kudos!!

Endorsed by the Queen

I was on YouTube looking for a particular song from the past when I stumbled across this year’s Christmas Message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

I share this with you because she speaks of the very reasons this website is in existence today – inspirations, aspirations, unsung heroes doing ‘little’ things that make big impacts – that is the essence of The Woman Hood and I am so happy to have it presented from none other than a woman who, no matter what your opinion of the British Monarchy may be, embodies greatness.

She may not actually have her hand on the reign of the country, but she has sat on a throne that she inherited unexpectedly at a very early age for 63 years, overcoming painful struggles, loss and drastic political changes while retaining her grace, dignity, humor and love.

No doubt many of her problems would be very different that yours and mine, but she is human, she is woman, she feels the same emotions we do and despite these, she has had to ‘carry on’ no matter what and continue to be the face of her kingdom, a wife to her husband, a mother to her children. She is no different than you or I.

You and I may not sit on a gilded throne and we may not give Christmas messages that are broadcast all around the world. We have our struggles, our disappointments and may be fighting to keep it together and to make ends meet, but we can do what little we can wherever we are to be the change we want to see in the world. We can, in our own small way, inspire each other to do or be better.

Be inspired…