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In A Good Place
Um. It’s May 2, 2011.
That is crazy.
That means today is my one month anniversary of living in my new apartment.
The entire past few months have been crazy, to say the least.
But I’m happy report that after all of this, I feel like I’m in a good place right now. I love living alone.
I love that everything in this apartment is mine (yes, including the dirty dishes and the laundry, which is getting done right now).
No, life is not perfect.
I’ve been eating a ton of sweets lately. That needs to change.
I haven’t been sleeping enough lately. That also needs to change.
I haven’t taken enough rest days this…year. That most definitely needs to change. (Right, Coach Cane?)
I need more yoga, less stress. More fruits and vegetables, less peanut M&Ms (thanks a lot, Mom). More deep breaths, fewer zits.
The JackRabbit “Run For The Rabbit” campaign couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I’ve spring cleaned my life, and now I have an exciting new venture to throw my whole heart (and mind and body) into.
I turn 26 on Friday. I love that I’m going to run 26.2 miles the year that I’m 26 years old. (I’m Type A, give me a break.)
I love that through this program I get to raise money for a cause I’m so incredibly passionate about. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation has been a part of my life since I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the ripe age of 7. I had no idea what was going on at the time — and some days I still don’t know what’s going on with my body.
But I know that there’s going to be a cure found in my lifetime, and if that means I have to run a freakin’ marathon, then so be it.
The Run For The Rabbit donation pages are officially up and running, and you can track the progress here. From now until September 24, the race is on — whoever raises the most money for his or her designated charity is the winner. My competitive edge is taking over.
It doesn’t matter how fast we run.
It doesn’t matter if we cross the finish line with a smile or with a face full of tears (I’m anticipating both on my end).
All that matters is that we work hard through training and through fundraising. I want to win this competition.
I’m pretty pumped about it.
Crohn’s Disease? Breakup? NYC real estate market? Bring it on, suckers. I’ll conquer you.
I’m in a good place.
On the fundraising end, I’ve got a few projects in the works that I’ll be letting you all know about.
In the meantime, if you’d like to contribute and make a donation to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, you can do so here. Everything helps, whether it’s $25, $250 or $2,500!
And now, in an effort to get some more sleep, laugh some more and not go through life with giant bags under my eyes, I’m off to fold laundry, take a hot shower and get to bed with my new “Bossypants” book (an early birthday present!).
Fun-ish fact of the day: Casey Abrams, who was just voted off “American Idol,” has Colitis! Stay tuned for more celebrity-infested Crohn’s Disease news in upcoming posts.