Moment of kindess

#171: Describe a moment of kindness, between you and someone else — loved one or complete stranger.

I always find this type of blog post difficult as thankfully, kind things happen in my life quite often. For example, if I see someone drop something, whether it be their oyster card or some spare change, I’ll pick it up and catch up to them so I can hand it back, as that’s what I’d hope others would do for me were I to drop something. On the other hand, I find that for example, when a spare seat becomes available on the train, guys often will offer me the seat (probably because I’m 5″2 and look like I’m still in my late teens/early twenties! haha). It’s just general kindness and consideration among humans really.

I guess the most recent act of kindness I’ve experienced, is the sponsorship money I’ve received for my Race for Life’s JustGiving page! 😀 I’ve only got £40 more until I hit my target, so I’m planning on selling my things on eBay/MusicMagpie and maybe doing a bake sale in our office building. Even though the race was only Sunday just gone, not only have I signed up for next years one but I’m also considering doing this years Hyde Park Race for Life at the end of next month. Hmmm… decisions, decisions!

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Shape up or ship out

#168: Write a letter to the personality trait you like least, convincing it to shape up or ship out. Be as threatening, theatrical, or thoroughly charming as is necessary to get the job done.

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Dear Overcritical-ness,

Thank you for you recent appearance following Sundays Race for Life. I understand your concerns that I could have achieved a better time but you have to understand the circumstances.

Firstly, I had not trained in the traditional way. Thanks to an Army Major, who was in charge of my Cardio Combat class a few weeks ago, I suffered an injury to my ankle which greatly limited my training capabilities. This meant that I could not jog or run, however I continued to stretch out and prepare my body through my weekly Yoga practise.

Secondly, when all three thousand participants were being divided into three sections (Running: if you were to complete the course in under 30 minutes; Jogging: finishing between 30-60 minutes; and Walking: if you wanted to wander round for over an hour), as not everyone was honest with themselves. My family and I entered the Jogging party as we wanted to complete the race in under an hour, only to be frustratingly restricted my walkers! To combat this, next year we will be joining the back of the Running party so that we are ahead of the fake joggers.

Finally, the terrain was pretty tough. Not only was it fairly hilly but it had rained the night before making it incredibly muddy and slippery. So, when we were having to zig-zag amongst the walkers, we had to be incredibly careful not to fall over or take anyone else down in the process!

I hope after reading the above you can appreciate the effort that went into completing my first ever 5K Race for Life in a time of 49 minutes. I am incredibly proud of myself and would be grateful if you could, quite frankly, do one!

Many thanks, as always,

Chloe

P.S. Cancer… I’m still coming to get you!

www.justgiving.com/chloe-may-ward

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Eeek! Tomorrow is the big day!

So in the UK, I only have 20 minutes until it’s tomorrow and I realise I’ve been so busy preparing for tomorrow’s race, that I’ve completely forgotten to write todays post! Major eeek! I read the prompt but couldn’t think of a suitable answer, so I thought I’d instead write a brief post about tomorrow.

Tomorrow, also Father’s Day here in the UK, will be my first ever charity run. I’m competing in Cancer Research’s 5K Race for Life, with my mum, cousin and brave Auntie, who beat cancers tookus a couple of years back. My target was to raise £100 but unfortunately I am £40 short 😦 I’m thinking of selling some of my stuff on eBay when I get home tomorrow and giving the money to my page so that I can reach my target. If anyone fancies donating, my page is http://www.justgiving.com/chloe-may-ward. All donations, no matter how big or small, are greatly appreciated. 

For a long time, and before the incredibly inspirational Stephen Sutton, I’ve seen donating to Cancer Research as an investment into the lives and futures of all my friends and family. So many people get this truly cr*ppy disease and it needs to stop. So, cancer… I’m coming to get you!!!

365 Days of Writing Prompts rebellion: Race for Life 2014

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As with all of my rebellions, today’s prompt simply didn’t interest me. So, instead, since I’ve now got less than 8 weeks to go, I thought I’d write about my participation in this years Cancer Research, Race for Life!

I’ve never before taken part in a fun run and I am extremely far from being a gym bunny, so this will definitely be a challenge. Last month however, I joined my local gym in the hope that it would motivate me to train ahead of the race… let’s just say the only thing I’ve done regularly is the Sunday morning Yoga practice. That said, over this Easter weekend I took a Zumba class, which as always, I loved as well as a class called Cardio Combat, where I’m pretty sure the instructor used to be in the army as it was super tough and I’m still aching… 48 hours later!

I’ll be running 5k on the 15th June with my mum, my cousin and my auntie, who two years ago had to have a double mastectomy. Her strength, positivity and courage throughout was simply incredible and I often think that if I have to go through something similar in the future, I’d be able to show even half the bravery she did. This is why I’d like to raise money and contribute to investing in the potential futures of my friends and family. I’m hoping to raise £100, anything more would be overwhelmingly appreciated. If you’d like to help me in my mission, please visit my Just Giving page here.

Thanks a bunch and Happy Easter!

Charitable

#103: You’ve inherited £5 million, with instructions that you must give it all away — but you can choose any organisations you like to be the beneficiaries. Where does the money go?

This is a tough one as there are so many organisations I would like to help. However, in no particular order of importance or preference, I would give equal amounts of £1 million each to the following charities:

* Help for Heroes: this charity speaks for itself and I believe we, as a country, will never be able to thank them enough for the tremendous bravery and courage they have shown.

* Sense: this is a charity who help and support individuals with deafblindness and their families, in order for them to have as much independence as possible. I don’t think anyone could even begin to comprehend how terrifying and confusing it must be, not being able to see or hear a thing.

* Cancer Research: this will always be a charity close to my heart and until we find a cure, I will never stop donating and raising money to help find it quicker. Who doesn’t want to invest in the futures of their loved ones?! 

* The Rainforest Foundation UK: I know I harp on about Palm Oil usage quite often, but it really is a very serious problem. Companies are building these plantations at the expense of our rainforest, destroying both habitats and all the beautiful creatures which live there. Shockingly, 7 million acres of rainforest has already been destroyed for these disgusting plantations and it doesn’t appear to be slowing. It only costs £25 to protect one acre of land… so why not give up that morning coffee for a few weeks and donate the money saved to protect and again, invest in the future of this planet!

* Shelter: I find it very upsetting when I see people sleeping rough around London, especially when all I can give them is a meal – I can’t even imagine how terrifying it must be. We’re all human beings who have the right to live, so why should some have to suffer out in the cold, when others live above their means in huge mansions?! We need to do more to protect these vulnerable people.