Congratulations – Virtual Charity Run #1

Congratulations4After a week of voting – the winner has been decided. It was a close call and I thank everyone who voted and took the time out to share the poll. Moving forward I hope you join us on this journey and create a brilliant platform for fundraising, and getting out there and moving more!

Congratulations to Give and Take

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Please keep an eye out on this page for upcoming news regarding the run and how you can participate from anywhere in the world! The first event is estimated to be February 2015.

bcyM6MdcLNever fear Feel The Magic voters – stay tuned for exciting news coming soon.

Virtual Charity Run Fundraiser – Top 3 Final Voting

 

 

VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED – THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING.

 

 

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Thank you to everyone who nominated and voted for their favourite charity! The poll was open for a week and in that time we had over 400 votes! An amazing effort! The top 3 have been decided and now it’s time to vote for the finalist! Poll will be open for one week. Once the finalist has been chosen I will contact them regarding fundraising on their behalf. Once we’ve got all our shoes in a row, I’ll be posting about the event. Happy Voting! (Read the original post regarding ‘what a virtual run is’ here).

Click on the names to read more about each charity.

Feel The Magic

James & Kristy Thomas are the founders of Feel The Magic Foundation. It’s their mission is to brighten the lives of kids who have lost someone they love. 

They both know first hand how hard it is to deal with the loss of a loved one, which is why they are both so passionate about their cause.

Dealing with grief is always a difficult and challenging time for anybody, however through the eyes of a child it can be a devastating experience. Feel The Magic has been created to lift the spirits of children who have lost their parent/parents or even a sibling due to illness or unfortunate circumstances completely out of their control.

Feel The Magic is a non-for profit organisation, which raises money to send bereaved children & their immediate family to the happiest place on earth Disneyland. We know that this is not going to bring back their lost loved one however It’s here where families can create magical experiences that they will remember forever. It’s also an opportunity for them to reunite as one and honor the memory of the deceased. Feel the Magic also offers ongoing grief education and support to help kids and their families move forward in life without their lost loved one in a positive way.

 It is Feel the Magic’s vision that the whole family will unite in a magical way in a magical place like ‘Disneyland’.

Give and Take

Based in Sydney Australia, we are a local community group with volunteers from the Hills District (Castle Hill to Quakers Hill area) wanting to make assistance available where there seems to be a gap in the current system offerring help to families.

Some families do not meet the criteria at the local welfare and community centres for help and we want to try to help those that fall through the cracks of the current welfare, charity and community system.

We are 100% non profit community group that relys 100% on volunteers and the community gifting our families we are helping.

When we have supplies available to us, we help families needing food, care packages, baby goods, clothes, toilletries, toys, books, furniture, white goods, electricals, appliances, homewares, shoes, tradesmen and assist with medical requirements.

We can also assist in finding meals for families in need and referring them to agencies or centres that can assist them with support or referrals to other resources.

Give and Take not only help with “needs” items but also with “wants” items. We pride ourselves on being unique and modern with assisting families with everyday items that keep up with society. (For eg. to prevent bullying)

We have many volunteers that can help with deliveries and transport and have access to alot of suppliers for items of basic needs necessary for everyday life.

National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

NOFASD Australia is an independent not-for-profit charitable organisation. We are the national peak organisation representing the interests of individuals and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

Our Vision is the prevention of alcohol exposed pregnancies in Australia and an improved quality of life for those living with FASD.

NOFASD Australia has a strong commitment to FASD prevention at a primary, secondary and early intervention level.

NOFASD Australia is working towards ensuring FASD is recognised as a disability in Australia, promoting social inclusion by advancing the rights and interests of people living with FASD, and providing the necessary supports to individuals and families at a grassroots level. This advocacy work is fundamentally important in preventing the social, health, economic and justice consequences of this condition for all Australians.

In addition to delivering support to families living with FASD, NOFASD Australia also provides education and training workshops to parent and carer groups, government and non-government service providers and school communities throughout Australia.

goodluckIf you have any questions, comments, concerns – please send them to virtualcharityrun@gmail.com
Cheers ~ Genevieve

Virtual Run Charity Fundraiser – Voting Round 1

As you might, or might not know (if you’re new here!), I’m a little bit of a runner (slash-jogger-walker-shuffler)… I also love running for the bling-also known as a ‘finishers medal’. Recently, I’ve come across this awesome trend of “Virtual Running Events”. These are fundraisers in which anyone can enter and complete a nominated distance 3km, 5km, half, full, ultra (cumulative or all at once!) wherever they like (treadmill, trail, road) — walk, run, jog, shuffle – even cycling! By registering and paying the registration fee, they earn a ‘finishers medal’. Since the ones I’ve entered have been so amazing and inspiring, I thought it would be awesome to run one as well. The more the merrier, as the saying goes! At the moment it’s in the ‘planning stages’, but I can promise you some fun bling! I asked online for people to nominate a favourite charity they feel could benefit from donations. From this, I’ve created a poll in which to narrow down the TOP 3. Once the TOP 3 have been chosen, I will then post another poll for FINAL vote. I will then work with the winning charity to gather all the requirements to run an online fundraiser for them. I’m so very excited to get shoes moving and make this a great success!  Please, share this poll with everyone, and get those votes happening! Poll closes in one week.

 

Please click on the nominees name for more information.

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*The cost of entry will depend on how much it is to manufacture the “finishers medal”. ALL proceeds will go to the elected charity (no money will be made on this event)*
 

Our Friendship Goes The (Running) Distance…

I have a little sister, her name is Lola.. Oh wait..hang on… wrong opening line!!

Actually, I have a little friend, her name is D….. and I lub her very much!

D and I have been friends for a little while now (thank you social media!) and we have a common interest (among many) of running. She introduced me to the wonderful, supportive, online group Operation Move and I haven’t looked back! Recently I flew up to see her for a visit, but also because she had convinced me to sign up for the Tour De Tambourine 10K run! Talk about crazy!!!

Flying to Queensland, I got off the plane and was immediately wrapped in a warm blanket of lov…..no, not love…it was humidity!! Oh My!!! That stuff is thick..and sticky!! Not used to that at all, but yay… Queensland.

Leading up to November, D and I had undertaken a 12 week training program with Operation Move, but had completed the training a few weeks before. Both of us were a little struggling with fitness, and decided we’d just spend this run as a fun run, not for any record times. This is why I think, and want to absolutely stress…. running with friends makes it fun!!!! I know that running can be a wonderful, individual time out from anybody (mostly the kids), pushing yourself to get your pace and fastest time, but running with a friend (my first time!) was soooo much fun!

tourdetamboWe picked up our race packets (so easy!) and I was so surprised that it had MY NAME on it!!! I was so bloody excited that I forgot I’d be pushing through 10k the next day!!!!

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You know how running can be a mind game, and there is no “only” about it..if you do 1km, you do 1km, no matter how slow you go?! Well the lady who took our photos asked what distance we were doing and I made the mistake of saying “Only 10k”…both her and D corrected me, that it’s not just “only”….. remember that… no matter the distance, it counts! She also said to us “The Journey is Now” … that was really sweet. All the hard work we put in, and maybe the work we didn’t, now mattered! Not much else to do, we relaxed and drank coffee… a staple in our diet… and friendship!

We had a yummy Indian dinner, go check out the restaurant Masala Shanti if you’re ever there!

Race Day Ready …. lucky for the band aids in the cars first aid kit! I have a tricky little toe and without band aids I’m not sure I’d have a toe left …hah. tambostuffHow good does the Operation Move shirt look?? So incredibly honoured and proud to be able to wear it. This wonderful, online group of women prove every day that you can be all shapes, sizes, and ages to succeed, just by Moving!

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Mandatory Pre-Race Coffee It’s good for the lungs…seriously!

The event was well set up, and a great course. The only downfall, the lack of photographers on the course (We’d even discussed our photographic poses in the week leading up to the event!), and few marshals around the outer parts of the course (Oh, and the lack of bling *sob*) …Apart from that, it was a top notch event. Lots of hydration stations, although the water spraying we got at the end would have gone well throughout the course!!!
Since there were no photographers, it was lots of runfies and selfies!! So Much Fun! Going up

The hills...so many hills!!!

The hills…so many hills!!!

the hills killed, going down the hills..not so much! It was also nice to see other people out on the course from Running Mums Australia who were very supportive of their team mate who was walking/jogging with injury..I swear they clocked up heaps more mileage through doubling back!

The running community I’ve been able to witness really is a great one. As long as you’re out

ONE MORE KILOMETRE TO GO...we can do it (just don't stop on a hill - that was the advice of a pro running past us!)

ONE MORE KILOMETRE TO GO…we can do it (just don’t stop on a hill – that was the advice of a pro running past us!)

there – running, jogging, shuffling, or briskly walking…you’re a part of a super global community! There’s always someone there to encourage you to keep going, and someone letting you know you’re doing a great job, even if you’re internally struggling!

We finally got to the finish line and crossed over at the EXACT same time!!! *all of the smiles*

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WE DID IT! …And all we got was a wrist band! I wore the ShIT outta that wrist band the next day! But seriously..we did it!!!

I’m so glad I got to go to QLD and run an event with a friend. No record for finishing. But it was all about the friendship, and going the distance.

I’m so glad that D is in my life. I’m so glad that she is my friend. Although we live in different states, our souls are still entwined.

The End.

Kara-Goucher

Study Bug Nerves …

studyadamlevineThroughout the past several years I have undertaken distance education through various universities. My end goal is to become a Primary school teacher. The irony of this is not lost on me, considering my three children CONSTANTLY keep me on my toes and drive me mad (in great ways, of course!)

I recently received some results that were a pleasurable surprise! I didn’t think I ‘understood’ the assignment at all, yet I trucked on, and  You Should Be Studying gained assistance from emailing the tutor (HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS AVENUE, it’s what they’re there for – I now realise this only having just sucked it up and given in to asking for assistance/clarification!) and especially gaining help from online supportive friends. In the end, I gained a High Distinction, and a Distinction overall,  and by gosh, I am very proud of it. Whenever I am doing assignments, that little self doubt voice rears it’s ugly head and tells me I’m not good enough, I’ll never make it, and to just give up. I guess because in the past I haven’t committed, and as a result, failed some subjects.

The other week, I went to a seminar session with Emazon. I’ve seen her before, and little moments of that session have always resonated with me (although putting into practice is a constant challenge!). She went into some details over no such thing as re-programming the mind> It’s all about new programming. I think that when it comes to my university studies, this is the one thing I need to remember. Forget about the past, it’s happened. Some things might stay in the brain that can come in handy, when it comes to assignments, but all those fails, I can now rise and program myself to succeed. From all my worrying about failing, and having to re-do subjects because I didn’t receive cross-credit, I didn’t even realise that I have completed my first year of university!!! (All except 10 days of practicum placement, which can be done when I am able to get into primary schools!) Hooray! I NEVER thought I’d be able to say that, it feels like I have been doing this for years (which I have!!!)

Sooo, next week the university trimester is back. I am starting to panic a little, and the nerves are making me second guess myself. I feel overwhelmed with having to run a house, round up and raise three children, help out with school community projects, run a successful direct sales business, AND complete university. BUT.. I’m new programming, and thinking positive. If it’s really what I want, I know I will succeed. I know that over the weekend, I need to plan, plan, plan. Learning to use my time wisely is an ongoing lesson, and I look forward to succeeding in all areas.

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What are your top study tips?! What keeps you concentrating, and/or motivated?!

Wish me luck, as I throw our life into chaos for another semester of bettering myself and attaining a dream!

Exciting Book Cover Reveal – Happily Evan After – Michelle Irwin

I don’t usually do book reviews on this site. Whilst I read, A LOT, I usually keep my reviews and thoughts to myself, or on my Goodreads feed.  However, when a friend puts out a call asking if anyone would like to help her out with a cover reveal, I couldn’t resist in helping! After all, that’s what friends are for!

I’m very excited to support Michelle, as she embarks on publishing her first books, this year! There’s nothing better than watching friends bloom and grow, and have their dreams come to fruition!

sooo… without further ado..I give you the BLURB for “Happily Evan After”  ..a paranormal romance, with a difference!

Evan is a reluctant cupid. Facing an unknown term of servitude to repay his debt to the world, it is his responsibility to guide couples together. Despite initial hesitancy, he has learned to handle every case with care and he now basks in the afterglow of new-found love and relishes in the energy it provides him. But his end goal is still the promise of paradise in return for his penance.
It’s all going according to plan until he receives an assignment that is inconceivable to him. He has to find a mate for Becca, within whom lives the reincarnated soul of his one true love. Bound by his duty to find her a match, he must resist her charm and suppress his own desires. It is his job and he cannot fail, even if his own paradise now seems lost.
For a cupid, falling is love is against the rules.
Isn’t it?

Sounds exciting, yes?!? *everyone nod your heads and grin* … who wants to see the cover?!?! Check it out …….

 

 

 

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(Cover by: Soxsational Cover Art)

How cute does it look and sound?!! I can’t wait to read it!!  Publishing Date: TBA soon! So make sure you scroll down and add Michelle to your Goodreads and Facebook and Twitter and just basically, all social media!


Author Bio:

Michelle Irwin BioMichelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page.
Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.


I am very excited to read lots of words, by Michelle, and I hope you are too! Thanks for stopping by today!

Like I said, I love to read, all genres (besides horror, and maybe graphic crime, I’m boring like that, so head down to comments, and let me know what you’re reading, or your best recommendations that I just HAVE to read when I finally get that break from uni!!)

Never Let Numbers Suck The Joy Out Of Your Awesomeness

I’ve broken up with my scales, because quite frankly, they were sucking the joy out of my awesomeness.

I’ve always had a war with the scales. What the numbers represent. Berating myself if they weren’t going down, even when I was starving myself on 1200 calorie diets and 500 calorie workouts, daily. Worried that I was too fat, too heavy, and the numbers were too high. That stops, today.

Yesterday, I went on a date day with my 2 boys. We saw Guardians of the Galaxy (AWESOMENESS personified!) Before we left, I got dressed in my regular attire of jeans and tee, put on some makeup, and I felt really great. I realised the feeling did not come from being ‘skinny'(which I am not), it did not come from being my ‘ideal weight for my height’ (which I am not), it did not come from starving myself to fit in a calorie count(which I am not). It came from my ATTITUDE. I looked past the mirror, and inside myself (how very cliche!) and realised my self-worth is so much more than numbers. It was the first day I’ve felt that  training plan I am doing through Operation Move event training is actually making a difference, inside and out. 

I am by no means at my ideal weight for height as per all those people that tell you you should be, and I’m okay with that. What I am though, is healthy. I don’t have any health ailments. I have the ability to go out and run long distances, 10km and beyond. I am able to give blood when needed. I am HEALTHY. I am currently training for the Tour De Tambourine 10k event in November, as well as the Spartan Race in October. None of the excess fat I am carrying will stop me from doing that!  I am so sick of seeing all the fat-shaming that is going on at the moment. I saw an article online today that talked about ‘fat people’, and I was horrified. The thing is, there is no such thing as ‘fat people’. There are ‘people’, and some have excess fat. Some also don’t have much fat, and yet, they too are shamed for being ‘skinny’. I’m a little frustrated, and pissed. I’ve always been the ‘fat one’, or the ‘chubby one’ and it effected me for a very long time. I’m by no means where I was when I was younger, but I have had the ability to carry and birth three beautiful children in this body!!! Why do we need to label people as fat?! A quote that has stuck with me (I can’t remember the source) is…..

 

So anyway, I just wanted to remind you…. not to step on the scales and let that determine the joy, and mood you will be in today. You are Awesome! You will always be awesome! Take care of your health, first and foremost. Appearance is secondary. Next time someone calls you fat, punch them in the face (okay, maybe don’t, but what you can do, is IGNORE them.) Your self worth is more valuable than someone else’s opinon. Be You. BeYouTiful! Now..go forth and Be Awesome!

 

EDIT: The adult jazz class I am doing is totally rocking this song right now!! It’s AWESOME!!!!!

 

P.S On a completely unrelated topic: I loved the new Doctor Who!!!!!