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This year I am running the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon (13.1 miles) in Chicago on August 1, 2010.  When I decided to run I wanted to make sure that I was doing this for someone other than myself.  I wanted to be a part of something greater than the race I am going to complete.  I decided that I wanted to fundraise for a charity organization which supports educating young people.

Asha for Education exists to catalyze socio-economic change in India through the education of underprivileged children. Since 1991 Asha for Education has supported over 385 individual projects across India and disbursed more than six million dollars in educational funding.  According to Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, Asha for Education ranks among the top in the field of International Relief and Development.

I would like to ask you to support my fundraising efforts by donating to Asha for Education.  My fundraising goal is $900.  I will be paying for all of my training costs, including race registration and group training fees so every penny raised goes directly to support ASHA projects.  I understand that we are living in challenging and uncertain economic times therefore ANY amount you are willing to donate would be greatly appreciated.  Click here to donate:

I run so they can read,

Helpful Websites

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Asha for Education:

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I set out at the beginning of this summer to knock some things off of my Sand Pails list, since I’m too commitaphobic to commit to a Bucket list.  Even with the short list I had, I realized I could hardly update my blog and work on my list simultaneously.  I’ve always prided myself on being a multi-tasker.  I’ve even argued fervently with men about how women are more adept at multi-tasking than they are, but lately, I’ve only been able to be singularly focused.  Good for me!  Bad for the Blog!

Here’s my progress on my Sandpail List:

Take a Salsa Class  While I haven’t taken a Salsa Class, I have gone to Salsa twice in the last three weeks.  I have no sudden plans to quit my day job, but at least I’m getting my Salsa fix and meeting cool people along the way.  Any Salsa tips for me?

Finish & Submit my PhD Applications  I’ve never been so intimidated by a process before, until now.  It’s overwhelming to me.  I had a good sit down with my Mentor yesterday and she convinced me to write a new writing sample to submit with my application.  That advice, though probably what I needed to hear, was daunting.  Now I’m trying to figure out what to write about and if I still know how to write a Research Paper.  I sure hope so, seeing as I want to get my PhD!

Finish & Submit my Book Proposal I just realized that all of these things on this list are stressful in different ways.  The Salsa tests my ability to move!  The PhD application is just down right stressful and daunting and intimidating.  I’m not usually one to let something overwhelm me, but for some reason, the PhD thing is OVERWHELMING!  The Book Proposal is emotionally draining.  I’ve submitted to it to two agents to no avail.  I’m currently waiting to hear back from another person.  The good part about this one, is that I TOTALLY believe in this book, so I kindof see it like marriage.  I’m not really worried about if it’ll happen, I’m more concerned that I find the right person (agent & publisher).  I’m ready for me to finish writing the book so I can read it (if that makes sense to you).  I write so I can figure things out and I’m eager to get to figuring.

Reconnect with 3 people My best friend will sign off on this one and say I’ve been a failure.  She’s even given me assignments to help me reconnect with people, and I’ve failed.  There’s still a little bit of summer left to go for me to recover.

½ Marathon  I actually signed-up for a ½ marathon that’s scheduled for the beginning of August.  I’m a little behind on the mileage, but I did get 3 good runs in this weekend.  I’ll update you on this front.

Hopefully I can get my multi-focus to catch up with my multi-dreams, until then, let me know how you’re faring with your summertime goals…

While taking my long Sunday morning run, in preparation for a half-marathon, I willed myself to push to the end of my designated running length for the day.  Just as I was approaching the point where there was only about 1 mile left to run, I could see in the distance a group of geese that had laid claim to a piece of the road through which I would have to pass.  They almost had the look of the mafia, daring anyone to enter their turf at their own risk.  As I approached the group of ruffians from the North, an unassuming biker approached them from the South.  While a small opening was created on my side, through which I could easily pass, the biker’s fate was not so certain.  With caution the biker attempted to pick his way gingerly through the small gang.  Unfortunately for him, the birds were well unaware of their hierarchy on the food chain and they were unwilling to move out of the way.  As his reward for demanding his “right-of-way” one of the bolder geese in the group hissed at the biker with unrelenting bravado.  Good for the goose!

As you chase your dreams, you’ll be presented with the opportunity to compromise your beliefs.  And though it may put you on the fast track to getting where you’re going, you may not feel so good about it once you get there.

Never give up ground on an issue you believe in, no matter how low you are on the food chain.

I’d call myself a commitaphobe.  Scared of phone contracts, gym memberships and consistent church attendance at the same church each week.  The funny thing is, I’ve had the same phone company and number for the last 7 years; I exercise fairly regularly and I attend church just about every week.  So maybe the commitment issue is a front.  Nonetheless, I’m a commitaphobe, who’s ironically committed to meeting goals.  So I’m setting out to mark some stuff off of my ever growing To Do List this summer.  I’m inviting you to set out on the quest with me and do the same.

Here’s my List:
Take a Salsa Class
Finish & Submit my PhD Applications
Finish & Submit my Book Proposal
Reconnect with 3 people
(I wanna add, run a 1/2 marathon, but I’ll decide that next week)
What have I done so far:

I really want to add some more stuff to my list, but I know that’s foolhardy and I won’t get anything done! Sooooo, as an update on my first week at it. I have made a little bit of progress:

1. I looked up the information for the Salsa Class. There was a session at some place up north this past Sunday night, but I couldn’t get any takers to go out there. I may have to just commit to myself that I’ll take the class, even if it means going at it alone. Somehow, you’d think this would be the easiest out of the all the things on my list, but I feel like this one is gonna get over looked first. Honestly I should just find a class and sign-up, but it has to be close to work, because my work schedule can be kinda crazy sometimes….moving on.

2. So, on the Ph.D. front. I haven’t touched Ph.D. stuff in the past week. I’ve thought about it. Does that count? I was on a roll with this a few weeks ago, and I need to get back on it, because the applications close this December and I want to have mine in when the applications open. I expect more from myself! I need to get on it!!

3. If anything has been moving along, it’s this! Not sure if you’re familiar with the book proposal process, but it’s like writing a business plan for your book. You can sell it based on the merits of the book proposal (for a non-fiction book) without actually finishing the book. I’m hungry for this, like a fat ravenous woman on a hot summer day who would eat her first born if she had to. There are lots of parts:
-Author Bio
-Sample Chapters

I’ve written rough drafts of the Overview, Author Bio, started competition, but lots to go still, very rough draft of outline and Sample Chapters. So I’m on this. I just want to finish it, and maybe other stuff is getting pushed aside for this.

4. Reconnecting….well, let’s see. I gotta get a better grip on what this means. Reconnect with who? A long lost lover? Nah! Loves are lost for a reason. With a relative? I could see that. With a friend I haven’t spoken to in a long time. That might work. I gotta figure out where I was going with this one.

5. If I do decide to add this one, I did go for a 7 mile run this past Sunday. Not bad for my first time back in a LONG time. Amazing what a black girl can do when she’s not worried about her hair, cuz it needs to get done anyway.

Join me in my quest. What are your summertime dreams?