April 25, 2014

Because I'm Worth It

Enjoy Essential is partnering up with two young women who have decided to run the San Francisco Nike Women's marathon this fall, and in order to do so, they will need to raise money for the charity of their choice. We have designed kids tees and women's tanks to support their cause, and all proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Here is some info about Arianna and Jenn and how they encouraged each other to start running and training, and why:

Along with our decision to run came a decision to pick up a mantra. When we thought about why we were choosing to run we could have thought up a few different reasons; bonding, fitness, the Tiffanys necklace waiting for us at the end, to shed the final few baby pounds, but what seemed to hit home for both of us was "I'm worth it." Because we are. We deserve something that is good for us and makes us feel good, something that motivates us, a win. Everyone deserves a win, because we are all worth it. We also decided to take up a fundraising challenge to sweeten the deal. We both partnered with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, committing to raise money to fund research and for the care of patients and their families. Who is more worth it then people fighting cancer, their support systems, and the people fighting to find a cure. We are both personally connected to this cause with multiple family members that have survived blood cancers. If we are worth it, they are worth even more. Purchasing a shirt means that you are coming along with us for this crazy training, fundraising and racing journey. We so appreciate Enjoy Essential supporting us with this fundraiser. We look forward to seeing people sporting their new shirts and supporting a great cause as well!

Women's tanks and kids tees can be pre-ordered exclusively here, for only $15.99:

All profits will be donate to the charity and will sponsor Arianna and Jen running for the greater good. Grab a tank for you, a tee for your little one, and show the world you're worth it! Several colors and sizes available!
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I love when style, philanthropy and supporting other women all cone full circle. Please help Enjoy Essential and Everyday Thoughts support these two very deserving women. 

Also, this weekend marks an event that's very near and dear for me and my family. It's the March of Dimes Walk for Babies event here in Georgia and my family will be participating in the local festivities. It's our first time walking with the hundreds of other supporters and I can tell you, it's something I've been looking forward to for some time now. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.  

For those of you who aren't aware, my beautiful son was born six weeks early and spent the first two weeks of his life in NICU, a relatively short amount of time for a premie. You can read more about our son's story here, however, if it wasn't for the money that March of Dimes invested into the hospital's NICU and hospital facilities, I know that he wouldn't have received such great care. You're really never prepared to have a premie. We didn't have clothes that fit his tiny body and we didn't know that we'd spend 12-20+ hours each day at a hospital without moving from his crib's side. Volunteers provided blankets, clothes, snacks, children's books and letters of encouragement and when you're so emotionally fragile like I was, every little bit of support is a blessing from above.

Be Blessed,
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