The Power of 100

Last night I was thrilled to be a part of an amazing community who donated over $15,000 to The Lighthouse Supported Living. How? Well, let me tell you…

100 Women Who Care is a community of women who meet 4 times a year. About a month before the meeting, members can nominate a non-profit organization for funding. Three nominations are then drawn out of a hat and offered a chance to present at the next meeting. At the meeting, members hear a short presentation from each of the three nominated non-profits, and then the members vote by secret ballot. Whichever organization gets the most votes, wins. What do they win? Every member donates $100 to them!

This was only my second meeting, and I was so happy that my nominated organization, The Lighthouse Supported Living, was chosen as one of the three to present, and then received the most votes.

What a fantastic way to raise money! With four meetings a year, and a $100 donation each time (whether or not you can make it to the meeting), it works out to donating $400/year. That’s less than $8 a week! And yes, you do get a tax receipt for each donation.

If you would like to join this amazing community of women, check out their website – 100 Women Who Care. Or if you want to know more, just ask me – I love to talk about them!

There is also a men’s group – 100 Men Who Give a Damn. AND a kid’s group for ages 5-17 (who donate $10 each at their meetings) – 100 Kids Who Care.

Together we can make great things happen!

 

A Weighty Problem – Update 2

It’s been awhile since I updated you on my journey to shed some poundage.

After five months of being on Weight Watchers (on-line, so I don’t have to go to meetings), I have reached 64% of my goal! It has been a very positive experience.

Of course, I wanted to keep this “real”, so I went off the program over Christmas and New Years. I really enjoyed eating and drinking whatever I wanted over the holidays. I really enjoyed it. Then it took the first three weeks of January to re-lose what I gained! But it was worth it. šŸ™‚

So what ‘s the good news?

  • The pants that used to be difficult to do up, I can now slip on without undoing them.
  • I’ve started jog/walking at the track again and my knees are not complaining.
  • I feel better, and have more energy.
  • I’m proud of how I’ve done.

I’m not actively tracking everything I eat anymore, but I am still following the program. If I don’t lose another pound, I’m still okay with what I’ve accomplished. And if I continue to lose, I’m okay with that, too.

A look back and forward

I usually do this post between Christmas and New Year’s but was busy finishing my PreCalc class then. I wrote the final today, so it’s time to review 2017 and look ahead to 2018.

It was a very good year. Lots of adventures, lots of time with friends, lots of learning.

  • In February, I travelled to Cuernavaca, Mexico with a group from church on a social justice learning experience. It was amazing, and definitely a life-changer. Before flying home I went over to Mazatlan to visit my friends Myrna and Glen on their last winter retreat. A wonderfully relaxing time.
  • While I was in Mazatlan, I decided to go online and check out what dogs were available for adoption. Just looking. The plan was to wait until the end of July before getting a dog, but then I saw this picture:

How could I resist? On February 28th Posey moved in. Love her to bits.

  • It was about this time that I called the school board and told them to take me off the sub list. I was saying no every time they called anyway. Retirement is awesome!
  • In June, I went on a tour of Newfoundland with my friends Jo and Judy. It was a fabulous trip! I was hoping to see icebergs, whales and puffins.

Mission accomplished!

  • July brought my last retirement year trip – a bus tour to Haida Gwaii with my friend Betty Lou. We had a lot of great adventures (and misadventures) and laughs together.
  • It was while I was on the ferry to Haida Gwaii that I got a call from a publisher offering me a contract to publish a story of mine as the firstĀ Pickles children’s book, with creator Brian Crane. So exciting!
  • In August, Posey and I went camping at Kimball Lake for 9 days. We both loved it.
  • In August, I also started the final push to solicit letters from widows for a book that will be out this year. Now that my PreCalc class is done, it’s full steam ahead on it!
  • I signed up for two classes at the end of August PreCalc 30 and hula hooping. Unfortunately the hula hooping class was cancelled due to a lack of participants. (I know – I couldn’t believe it either!)
  • In September I joined Weight Watchers because it was time to shed some poundage. I’ve reached half my goal so far, and have much more energy now.
  • In November, I traveled to Toronto for a weekend conference for widows. It was very good. Exhausting, but very good.

So what’s up for 2018?

  • Calc 30
  • Dear Me: The Widow Letters will be out this spring.
  • Camping at Kimball Lake this summer.
  • TheĀ PicklesĀ book will be out this fall.
  • Another birding trip with my friends Adele and Ray, this time to Ecuador! (December)

Despite having the occasional widow panic attack (I can’t do this alone!), my confidence in myself is growing. I feel Bill with me often, which now can bring smiles as well as tears. Love lives on. Life is good.

May 2018 bring you joy and adventures!

 

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