Dime at a Time

Excuses, that’s what most of my obstacles usually are, and what keep me from doing things I would really like to do and probably need to do.

Deciding that Dr. Wayne Dryer’s book “Excuses Be Gone” should become my motto I am taking on challenges that will both be good for me, do good for others, empower me and others, and definitely get me out of my comfort zone.

I am registering to join the Susan B. Komen 3 Day Walk in Denver in Aug. of 2011.  I have looked into this for the past 5 years, something in my subconscious was always pushing me to help others and take this challenge.  Every time I get into my research about when, where, how, and how much I stop.  My excuses range from “the race is when we usually take a vacation” to “I am not sure I could actually walk 60 miles in 3 days” “I would have to start training in the winter and it’s so cold out” to the biggie “there is no way I could raise the required $2,300 donation.”

As I look deeper at myself, it hits me that this is not the kind of woman I want to be.

I believe in the cause, the Susan B. Komen foundation does such an admirable job raising money and awareness and creating a community for survivors of cancer.

There is no reason why our family vacation can’t be scheduled around this date, in fact, school will have started by the time of the race.

I am healthy, but certainly could be more fit.  I can walk.  There really is no reason physically I can’t be prepared to walk this distance.

The last excuse is really the one that is keeping be back.  I hate to raise money. I hate to ask people I love and respect for donations, especially when the economy is in a sinkhole and people are trying to cut back.

I mentioned this to my mother-in-law and her friend Nancy on our recent train ride in Colorado and they both encouraged me to commit to this and just find a way to make it happen.  Both women urged me to step out of my comfort zone, start early with my donation campaign and my training and “just do it.” As we brainstormed together we came up with this idea and I love it!

I am going to register and make it official.  Then I am going to collect used water bottles and create labels for them.  Nancy came up with the idea “A Dime at a Time,” if I ask everyone I know to use this water bottle to collect dimes over the next year to support me in this challenge I will hopefully have enough in donations to participate.  Supposedly each water bottle would hold $100 in dimes  and I will then have raised a significant amount of money for a very good cause,  a cause that empowered me and others and got me out of my comfort zone.

I think people will support me in this cause and saving dimes for a year does not sound difficult, everyone can contribute just a little and together we will have a lot.  I like it.  “Excuses Be Gone!”

Would you support me one dime at a time?

So my friend, I ask you “what’s next on your list?”

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