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I’ve got numbers on the brain today.
For example, 10:30.
That’s what time I left the office last night. I wasn’t thrilled, but I can’t complain too much. My job rarely requires me to stay at the office past 5:30ish, so one late night isn’t the end of the world. (And 6 is the number of times my smoke alarm went off after I got home last night. Not sure what that was about but it scared the crap out of me each time.)
Speaking of my job, how about the number 4?
Tomorrow marks my 4-year anniversary at my company.
To say “time flies” is both a cliche and an understatement.
I started working at Dance Spirit magazine as an intern the summer before my senior year of college. The internship was amazing and when it ended I was asked to continue freelancing for the magazine while I was finishing up school.
Then, out of sheer luck, I got a call from the company’s editorial director the summer after I graduated. I had spent months feeling frustrated that I hadn’t found my post-college dream job, and then it basically fell into my lap.
I was hired as a web editor and started working in NYC on September 10, 2007.
I’ve moved through several roles at Dance Spirit and each one has brought new challenges and new triumphs.
There are things I love — working with young dancers, seeing countless show, photo shoots and trips.
And of course there are things I don’t always love, like deadlines. I suck at meeting my deadlines.
Hence why it was a late night last night.
Other numbers on my mind?
That’s how many T-shirts we sold within the first 20 hours of the “I Heart Sweat” shirt site being launched.
Amazing. And overwhelming.
I was blown away by the immediate response as soon as I posted the shirt link on Twitter. The women’s gray shirts sold out fast, but there are still plenty of women’s shirts in the new aqua color!
Questions I keep getting, answered for you:
- YES there will be more shirts at the JackRabbit Union Square and Upper East Side stores. If you want a gray women’s shirt, you can get them there starting next week.
- NO we are not offering international shipping. Sorry, but it’s too expensive. Still love you though, abroad friends.
- YES I plan to post a photo of the aqua shirts, I just haven’t seen them in person yet! I’m picking them up today though, so that’ll happen soon.
So if you want a shirt, click here and make it happen. And thank you to everyone who has purchased one already. I hope your shirt brings you many fun, sweat-filled adventures!
More fundraising numbers:
$634. That’s how much money was raised from in-store sales the night of my trivia event. JackRabbit Sports donated 15% of all sales made that night to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Not bad.
$528. That’s how much money was made in shirt sales the night of the event. We’ve since sold a ton more shirts, but nearly 70 were snatched up in one night.
$826. That’s how much cash was donated so people could play trivia and win prizes. Wow. Though really, you can’t put a price on knowing the answer to the question, “What was the number of Zack and Kelly’s song on the jukebox at The Maxx?”
$950. Apparently lots of people wanted that necklace, because the Erica Sara Designs giveaway brought in a ton of donations!
$420. When you buy a shirt online, you have the option of adding an additional donation to your purchase, all of which goes directly to my CCFA fundraising. Yesterday, $420 in additional donations were made through the site.
I am completely blown away. From the very bottom of my ever-growing heart, thank you for supporting me, both my marathon training and my fundraising.
I could not have done any of this without the incredible motivation, inspiration and kind words from all of you. You have made this such a rewarding experience.
I have currently raised more than $8,000 for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. My fundraising deadline is September 24 — race day. To finish the marathon and come in first place in the fundraising competition would be a dream come true. But even if I don’t win, I’ve still raised thousands of dollars, with your help, for a cause I’m so passionate about.
It seems like forever ago that I got picked as a Run For The Rabbit contestant.
I have loved (almost) every minute since that first day.
How about 10? That’s the number of miles I have to run tomorrow. It seems like nothing. Tapering isn’t my favorite, but so far so good.
And a final number: 15.
That’s how many days remain until the Hamptons Marathon.
Oh, and Zack and Kelly’s song was A-12. You’re welcome for that bit of very useful trivia knowledge.
ANY NUMBERS IN YOUR HEAD TODAY?
Posted in Celebrity Sightings, Crohn's disease, Dance, Glee!, Hamptons Marathon Training, Run For The Rabbit, Work and tagged Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Crohn's Disease, Dance Spirit magazine, Erica Sara Designs, Glee, Hamptons Marathon, JackRabbit Sports, Mark Salling, Run For The Rabbit, So You Think You Can Dance-