Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

I got a call from my dad this week saying that I got some mail at his house. Six years later and I’m still getting stuff there. But instead of a random advertisement, he told me that the title to my Cobalt had arrived. I completely forgot that I paid off my car last month! Shazam!

I love my Chevy. I proved that back in 2010 when I first served as a Chevy Girl on the Go by test driving their (at that time new) Chevy Cruze and documented my experiences here on PIP. And since I’m happy to go sans car payment for at least a few months, I’ll happily drive my Cobalt which has (knock on wood) been one heck of a car.

So when the Chevy Network Dealers reached out to me to help promote an upcoming promotion to benefit an important non-profit, it was a no brainer for me. Not just because I drive two of their cars – because my family has been affected by the disease that the non-profit is fighting.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the past few years, I’ve had two aunts go through scares with the disease, and have known countless others whom have had battled it. I’m enthralled by their courage and feel inspired to help fight in whatever way I can.

Join your Chevy Network Dealers in the fight to end breast cancer. For every test drive on October 6th, Chevy will contribute $10 to the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer initiative, up to $130,000, and you’ll receive a beautiful pink pashmina. 

Go for a ride, get a free scarf and give to a deserving charity? Sounds like a win-win for everyone!

Keep in touch with the initiative by following the #drive2endcancer hashtag on Twitter or by “liking” Gotta Love Chevy NEO on Facebook.

This is a sponsored post care of the Chevy Network Dealers. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

coming clean: a year later

The last Friday in September will always be burned in my head as an anniversary of the most unhealthiest day of my life to date. Not when I was 250 pounds. Not when I was 127 pounds. When I was maintaining at my goal weight, my body was, in theory, healthy. I had just run my second half marathon with a huge PR. But mentally and emotionally, I was so far gone.

The weather in Cleveland this week has reminded me of that day last year. Cold. Rainy. The type of day that screams for blankets and chicken soup. Not only have I been struggling with the post-FitBloggin’ letdown, I’ve been fighting off that anxiety attack that stopped everything in its tracks.

The strange thing about this time of year is that there is always a huge shift in my life when the Fall season hits.  Whether it be a marriage, a new house, a new pup, family moving, job changes:  it all happens the second the leaves start to change. We’ve learned to hold on for dear life during the month of October as everything settles in.

After writing this post last November, I got refocused. I lined up some jobs, doing various freelancing gigs until very recently when I returned back to full-time employment. The structure and stability are both good for me and I’m grateful for the opportunity to still be planning events. Event planning won’t let me go and it’s finally crystal clear that I’m meant to be bringing people together.

The 40-hours-per-week means I have had to start saying “no” to things more often. Not as many nights out during the week. Not as many Girls Nights In or Out. Not as many opportunities to take advantage of.  Not as many moments to give myself to as many people as I’d like to. That’s possibly the hardest part – which I view as me not doing enough, not being “good” enough. (Yes, it’s crazy talk, but it’s par for the course.)

Last weekend at the conference, someone quoted me as saying, “we’re all making a difference, whether it’s in our own lives or others: do not let the anxiety stop you.”

It is a struggle still. Every. Single. Day. I battle this anxiety to the best of my ability. Most days it’s easier to shake off. Some days the to-do list is too long to even worry about the worry. But on the few days when it’s too hard to ignore, I fight even harder. Cognitive behavioral therapy methods help. The yoga helps but a bum shoulder is causing my ego to keep me off my mat. What really helps is focusing on the people that really matter: my husband, my family, my closest friends.

I’ve been living by the phrase “do it now” for some time now. When I don’t want to do something, I think “do it now”. When the doubt creeps in, “do it now’ keeps it at bay. When I want to make a change, “do it now” comes out of my mouth.  Mahatma Gandhi said “action expresses priorities”, so any action I take shows my commitment to not letting the anxiety win – even in my choice to not do something.  Taking the action for self-care can be the hardest, but most important.

I like how today the sun is shining. That tomorrow I’m teaching yoga. That Sunday I’m working an event to raise money for an amazing cause. This is my life. Yes, anxiety is a part of it, but it’s not the driving force anymore. And that is a beautiful thing.

events for you to enjoy around Greater Cleveland in October 2012

Cleveland to PIP – it’s time for another events posting: here’s what’s going down in Cleveland during the month of October…


Beyond Basics Yoga Workshop featuring yours truly! 

  • Saturday, October 6, 2012 – from 2:00PM – 4:00PM.
  • at Nishkama Yoga Independence – on Brecksville Road in Independence
  • Already took the “yoga basics” workshop and are ready for me? My fellow TT Klint and I will teach you about what comes after downward facing dog and tadasana!
  • Cost: $10 per person
  • Register on the Mindbody site to save your spot in advance.

Running/Yoga Workshop Series

  • Mondays in October starting on October 8
  • The running begins at Vertical Runner in Brecksville at 6PM, then the yoga begins at 7:00PM at Nishkama Yoga Independence (both stores are located along Brecksville Road )
  • Run during the first hour with the crew at Vertical Runner Brecksville, then join us for some yoga at Nishkama. Stretch out those tired legs so you know how to prep for your next run!
  • Cost: $10 per person per workshop – or buy a 4 workshop pass in advance for $35.
  • Register on the Mindbody site.

Yoga For Men Workshop at Nishkama Yoga – a guys only yoga session!

  • Saturday, October 20, 2012 – from 12:00PM – 2:00PM.
  • at Nishkama Yoga Independence – on Brecksville Road in Independence
  • This guys-only workshop will allow the men folk to try yoga by eliminating the stigma that yoga is only for the ladies!
  • Cost: $10 per person
  • Register on the Mindbody site.

Psst – “like” Nishkama Yoga’s Facebook page – when it hits 1000 fans, everyone will win an opportunity for FREE YOGA!


SAVE-THE-DATE: Ohio Blogging Association October Blogger Dinner 

  • Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM.
  • VENUE: The Southside in Tremont
  • Cost: you’ll pay for your dinner/drinks.
  • Stay up to date on plans by “liking” the OBA Facebook page.

Pssst – announcements about November’s Blog Swap and December’s Holiday Party will be coming soon as well!


MIX at CMAto benefit the Cleveland Museum of Art

  • happening the first Friday of every month: starting on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 5:00PM.
  • at the Cleveland Museum of Art in University Circle
  • from CMA: “people will be able to head to the art museum after work for drinks, live music, and to take in a different aspect of the collection. Art, music, cocktails. Something different every month.”
  • Cost: FREE for CMA Members, non-members $12.
  • Reservations recommended, call 216-421-7350 or visit 

West Side Market Street Festival + Parade

  • Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 11AM to 8PM. Parade starts at 12:00PM.
  • along West 25th Street at the West Side Market in Ohio City
  • from their site: “Celebrations will include a must-attend street festival produced by Live Nation featuring live music, delicious local food from Ohio City restaurants and food trucks, and artisan vendors.”
  • Cost: Free to the public!
  • Go to the event webpage for more information.

15th annual L’Amour du Vin food and wine eventto benefit the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio

  • Thursday, October 18, 2012 starting at 6:00PM.
  • at Avon Oaks Country Club in Avon
  • featuring fourteen local restaurants, wineries from around the world, a VIP Lounge, silent auction, raffles and more!
  • Cost: General admission is $60 in advance. VIP Lounge tickets are $90.
  • Purchase tickets at the event website.
  • BONUS: Check out Jen’s giveaway over at WhyCLE this week!

CCFA’s second annual Movie Gala – to benefit the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America 

  • Thursday, October 25, 2012 starting at 7:00PM.
  • at the Capitol Theatre in the Gordon Square Arts District
  • Catered by Luxe Kitchen & Lounge, the gala will feature gourmet food stations, cocktails, a raffle and film screenings.
  • Cost: Regular admission begins at $50. Advance reservations are recommended.
  • Purchase tickets at the event website.

Disclosure: I was offered media passes to some of these events, work at the Arthritis Foundation, organize the OBA meet ups and just generally love a well-planned event. My thoughts & opinions are my own. 

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