Week 5: February 1-7
Total Sponsorship Amount: $40
Total amount donated by the sponsors: $120
Current Fundraising Total: $9,500+
I am so happy that it is February! And I am at one month off of running to let my injury heal and less than a month until I can give it a try and hope for the best! And of course, I am just happy that one full month of winter is done, and one month closer to spring! I was pretty bummed out this past week because the weather was warmer and all I wanted to do was be able to go out and run and enjoy it. But the week ended good with my birthday being Friday and getting to hang out with a lot of awesome people, so that helped my mood lift. It was a great night, and I had so much fun with everyone who came out to celebrate and hang out with me. I am so lucky to have so many awesome people in my life!
I also signed up for a month at the new yoga studio, Yoga Six, and I am really hoping that some hard core yoga will loosen up all my tight areas and help me run again. Cross your fingers for me! I feel like I have tried everything and nothing is working, but hopefully this will! Even if it doesn’t heal me completely, I can already tell after two classes that it is doing some good. I can feel some of my tightness loosening up, which will hopefully over time, decrease my pain when I start training again. 🙂 YAY YOGA!!
Sponsor #1: Jake Daniels
Jake is a new sponsor this year and I am very excited for his support. I met Jake this summer when he started working at Anytime Fitness. He started training with Simon and Aarika, and all of a sudden we went from one club manager to having three for awhile! After Simon was done, Aarika and Jake took on the job together with the intention of one of them going to the manage the new gym on Water Street when the time came. Once Water Street was closer to opening they, Jake started spending time getting that ready with the owner because he was going to manage that club. So I have not seen him on a regular basis since about October. However, I am excited to be able to be able to see him weekly now that I have started teaching a Tuesday night class at his club. 🙂
Besides being a club manager, Jake is also working on a line of workout clothes. I will not go into details because I do not know enough about it, but I have heard some about it from him and our other coworkers, Billy and Chelsea. They both have some of it and I really like it. I will definitely be buying some when it is available to do so 🙂 So stay tuned for that! Jake is also very active, especially in lifting. He did his first body building competition this fall and placed pretty good overall. I love Jake’s positive attitude and inspirational posts on Facebook. I see them pop up in my news feed on a regular basis and it is always about him working hard to get what he wants out of life. He is dedicated to his workouts and being healthy, which is always helpful when being a club manager, because members see him working hard outside of work. Keep up with good work Jake! I am very thankful to have such great support from my coworkers when it comes to my goal of fundraising to help those with MS and make a difference. I am lucky to have such a great group of people to surround myself with! Thank you so much for your donation Jake!! Every week I am getting closer to my goal thanks to friends like you!
Sponsor #2: Marcas Bunton
Marcas is a returning sponsor who I am excited to introduce again. The cool part about Marcas is that last year HE sought ME out and asked about being a sponsor, rather than the other way around. And this year when I asked him if he wanted to sponsor one more time, he agreed without hesitation! Why is this so awesome? Well as a person who is in their second year in a row of raising $10,000 for charity, I have learned that you have to do a lot of asking for money. Obviously. But what I mean is, this is not easy. One of the hardest things for me is to go around asking people for money all the time. You may be asking why I am doing this then? Well, just because it isn’t easy, doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. It takes me out of my comfort zone on a regular basis, but I always remind myself, I am not asking for money for ME, I am asking for money to HELP OTHERS. So it is of course for a good reason. And the worse thing that can happen is someone is going to say no to me, which I can totally handle because you don’t know until you try. That is why it is SO AWESOME when someone just donates without me even asking, or in the case of Marcas, comes up to me and asked how he can help. WOW!!! Talk about instantly liking this guy and thinking he is an amazing, generous person! I was so excited! So thank you for making my day back then Marcas, and continuing to do so with your donation for year two!
Like Jake, Marcas is also into body building and very successful at it. If they do not yet know each other, they should because they have a lot in common (look at me trying to connect new friends!) Unfortunately I do not see Marcas often anymore at the gym (we met at Anytime when he used to work out there often) because he has been working out at a different gym where he is doing some personal training as a side job. Which is great for him! He would make a kick ass trainer! Thank you for helping me be successful for another year of fundraising Marcas!! I hope to run into you again in the future, stop by for a visit sometime. 🙂 Happy training and continue to kick ass!
Sponsor #3: Alyssa Dahmer
Alyssa is another new sponsor this year, because I just met her this past summer when she became a new client of mine. I liked her instantly. She is just one of those awesome personalities who you just can’t help but enjoy from the second you meet her. she is easy to talk to, bubbly and energetic, dedicated to her goals, and a very caring person. When I first told her about my run and what I had done last year, and what I hoped to do again this year, she was immediately interested in hearing more and showed her support. She especially thought it was cool that I was in Colorado again, because she used to live there when she was younger. Alyssa started training to get that little extra push. She has big goals to get back in shape and start feeling healthier overall. She is a hard worker and never complains about a tough workout. She has made big gains in the 6 months that she has been training at Anytime!
Besides being a sponsor of the week Alyssa has also helped out with my fundraising by donating a raffle item for the AJ Bombers event, as well as showing up (despite her busy school week!) to both help me get set us, as well as have a signature drink, which is the same as making a donation in my mind. 🙂 I also had a ton of fun getting to hang out with her this past weekend at Hooligan’s for my birthday. Thank you so much for coming Alyssa!! Tons of fun!
Alyssa just finished getting her M.S. in Educational Psychology this pasts December at UW Milwaukee. She is currently busy applying for jobs to start her new career. She really hopes to stay in this area because she loves it here, but she is open to wherever the road may lead her to get a job and start using her skills. She is also previously from Iowa, and her family still resides there. She is a big fan of Iowa collage football. 🙂 Thank you so much for all your help this fundraising year Alyssa! I appreciate everything you have done to show your support and help me get to my goal. I look forward to our sessions each and every week! 🙂 Keep up the good work!
Want to be featured as a sponsor of the week!? I am still looking for a few more! Let me know if you would like to help! Or just want to make a donation? Please use my fundraising website or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org! Thanks! 🙂
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Have a great week everyone! Happy February! Finally!!