Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Life Lessons brought to you by Girls on the Run

Folding laundry is my nemesis.  I actually like doing the laundry, but the folding part- not so much.  In fact, if the clothes could just go ahead and slip themselves over hangers and put themselves away I would appreciate it very much.  But that's just me.  Too bad for me I still have two more loads to go.  

Good for me, I have an amazing job that doesn't feel so much like if doing laundry is all that I have to toil over- well let's just say I am one lucky person.

Last night I hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for all of our coaches this season at Girls on the Run.  I feel like I say this so much, but I truly am blessed to have my position and get to work with so many fine women and men.  Women and men who give of their time freely.  Volunteering at Girls on the Run is quite a commitment and I am in awe of all of our coaches.  But I have to admit, GOTR is a worthy cause and if you are passionate you just can't help but give of yourself to the organization!

Jennifer Summers is the chair for our board of directors.  She started the Iredell Council four years ago.  She is such an amazing woman and an inspiration to me.  I value her opinion and her expertise.  Last night she put together a special presentation for our coaches. 
She brought together a group of veteran Girls on the Run participants and asked them to share with the coaches.  The girls' responses were tear-jerking and heart-melting.

We had such a wonderful evening.  Surrounded by great company, delicious and wholesome food, and the spirit of Girls on the Run!  I cannot believe another season is coming to a close and in just a few short days we will be hosting our New Balance Girls on the Run 5k! 
The remnants of an amazing Salad Bar dinner)
This season's race is taking place at the Lowe's Corporate Headquarters in Mooresville, NC.  The 5k is open to the public and anyone can register the morning of the race for just $15.  If you are interested please come out!  Run, cheer and check out this awesome organization. 

We also could use a few more volunteers.  If you are interested sign up here!

Visit our website for more information!

This is my third complete season as Council Director for Girls on the Run Iredell.  I have never loved a job quite like I do now.  Knowing that I make a difference each day and with every task that I complete helps me to feel fulfilled and worthy.  At GOTR we teach girls about healthy lifestyles.  I, myself, have struggled with unhealthy eating habits, low self-esteem and the desire to fit into the "Girl Box".  Working for Girls on the Run reminds me daily that there is so much more to life than how we look and what others think of us. 

Three years ago I was laid off from my first "big-girl" job and my confidence was blown.  I never felt there  that my work was valued and I translated "laid off" to mean "not good enough."  It has taken me a long time to bounce back and I struggle all the time feeling like I am going to fail.  But as each season of Girls on the Run wraps, I realize my own potential more and more.  The program continues to grow, more girls are reached each season, I continue to bring in more funds and now I am even expanding my territory. 

Just like the girls in the video above, Girls on the Run has changed my life and I have my fabulous coach to thank for it: Jennifer Summers.

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