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The Grand Finale!

Well, a little behind schedule and just in time for the cold weather, I am finished my walking goal!  This was an interesting and rewarding experience….a pain in the butt at times and bordering on joyous at others.  Was it worth it?? All those turned down plans, blisters and early mornings?  You tell me.

Donations Tally: $2,505.00, a Laptop and one ongoing child sponsorship

8 of the goal 10 Solar Light systems have been donated! ($1,880)

$225 cash has been donated to Integral Heart Foundation.

$400 cash has been donated to Julio’s family.

A LAPTOP has been donated for Julio’s family, giving him a way to better provide for his family for years. (priceless!)

1 of the goal 15 children has gotten a sponsor.

You bet it was worth it!!

I am extremely grateful to everyone who has shown support for this cause. You made all my work worthwhile, and together we are making a huge difference in the lives of real people. I am heading back to Guatemala in early 2012 and very much look forward to spending time teaching Julio how to use the new laptop as well as spending time with Mick, Debora and Liz at Integral Heart and seeing the effects of their work. And last but not least, meeting Marlene, my sponsored child and getting to know her. Very exciting!

Remember, Integral Heart is a registered charity and is still accepting sponsors for children who want to go to school, solar lights for families with none and cash donations. Contact them here anytime.

Thank you again, and happy trails!

Tanya Hughes


October Already!

Wow, its hard to believe its already October!  I do love the change of season….fall can be beautiful. I have been so busy, with walking and work and life…time has flown by.  I was hoping to be done my walk by this weekend but fell sick last week and missed a few days, and have not been able to keep up the pace of 3 hours a day of walking. But I am working on it!

In the meantime, I am happy to say my latest article has been published in the Revue Magazine. Check it out here. The article is about Integral Heart and I am happy to be spreading the word in print!

Other then that I started reading a really intersting book, called Chi Walking. It has been compaired to Pilates and Yoga (both of which are favorite work outs of mine) and I am very intersted to try this new technique. I will report back on it!

Another donation has come in for Julio’s family, thanks to Suke for $50! I’d like to point out something as well – please remember all donations really do help. It doesn’t have to be much, $5 or 10 helps. It does…so if you want to give but dont have much, please dont hesitate, and I guarantee someone will be more than happy to be able to eat for a day because of the $5 you thought wouldn’t matter!

The good, the bad and the ugly.

I’ve learned a few things on this journey so far.

I’ve learned that I am lazier than I care to admit. So lazy in fact, that out of sheer desire to spend less time walking, I have started running. Well, jogging and walking. And while its much harder…it gets me there faster and that in itself is enough motivation for me to keep doing it. Aside from sore knees and muscles, its kinda growing on me.

I’ve learned people can be quite apathetic. Without going into too much detail, I’ve recently seen things that have honestly surprised me. In a country where we are so spoiled, have so much at our fingertips…we live with nothing but opportunity. We can create our lives any way we want to. And if we fail? We have a government and society that is set up to help us back on our feet. We are some of the luckiest people on this planet.

And yet, people are disinterested and sick of hearing about other people in need.   Absorbed in ‘first world problems’, they have no concept of what is going on in the world around them. Too honest? Well, its my blog and I’ll cry if I want to.

I’ve learned that the actions of one person can have a real effect on the people around them, for positive or negative. And some people do take notice, and do want to help, even though they have a million things going on in their own lives. And so, to brighten things up by about a thousand watts, I have Fantastic news.

Nicola Wealth Management is stepping up to the plate once again, and has offered to give me a used laptop to bring to Julio!  This dynamic company is no slouch when it comes to Philanthropy and I’d like to thank them for their ongoing support and kindness. Truly awesome!! I am also very happy to report another  $300 in donations for Julio.

I have gotten non-financial support from many people as well in the way of encouragement. This also makes it all worthwhile, and I consider this fundraiser a great success.

Thanks everyone 🙂 You guys rock.

Three weeks and counting

Well here I am at the end of week three. Already, wow! Turns out walking two plus hours a day, every day, isn’t as easy as it sounds. Who Knew?

I have 335 kilometers left to go, and three weeks to do it. I need to do about 15 kilometers a day.  Ummmm. Hmmm.  I travel at about 5 K an hour…6 on a good day so I figure this will be 3 plus hours a day. EVERY BLOODY DAY.

Well, I will try 🙂 I don’t intend to hurt myself or over train, and we shall see how it goes. Plus…I really don’t know if I have 3 spare hours a day. Football starts tomorrow (GO PACK GO) so I would need to do the full 3 hours before work so I can get in the full game. Any super awesome Greenbay Packers want to donate to this great cause?  You can call me anytime Aaron!

So yeah…..but I’m not even close to giving up, and I’ll get in as much as I can. Doin’ it for the kids!

I am pleased to say this fundraiser has brought in close to $1,900.00 so far and I am still working on it. Definitely worth a few blisters and a little inconvenience.

Best Tip: Wear Knee High nylons under socks to prevent blisters (it works, thanks mom 🙂 )

Favorite Songs:  Mr. Saxobeat, Firework and I Love this Road.

Helpful Hint: Put electrolytes in my water (Not a sports drink, a clear supplement to the water). Has really helped me recover from so much water loss…and to not feel like I am going to faint every day.

Week Two have past already!

Well week two past and I have 61 more kilometers under my belt and a total raised funds of $1890.00 to show for it!  Check out the Tally page to see more details on donations. Big giant thanks to Martha Beck, life coach, author and person extordonair (its my blog, I can make up words if I want to!) for her kind donation. I thought you were awesome before Martha, now I know you are! I just headed up to beautiful Kelowna BC for an epic girls weekend of wine touring and relaxation. We partied like it was 1999.  Or…like we thought we are the same age we were in 1999 😉

Gave my aching legs a few days of rest and the blisters some healing time, and I am back at it tomorrow bright and early. I am a bit shy of my 70 kilometers a week goal, but I’m working on it! I will just have to start doing a bit more every say to catch up after that couple days off.

I also have almost 30 people signed up as support walkers or runners, which I think is super cool. These are people who have committed to walking kilometers of their own every week until the end of September in honor of this effort. I really appreciate it guys, way to go! Even the kids are clapping for you!

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