Looking back to move forward

I’ve been home in Oregon for a full week now. Even though my brain thinks it’s time to go back to Jacksonville, I’m going to enjoy every minute until I fly back Monday. This is probably the longest trip home I’ve had since I moved (coming up on two years ago). Getting away from Florida has been good for me. I enjoy reconnecting with family and friends, breathing clean air and drinking good water, and hitting the reset button to prepare for the new year.

Last January I came up with three words that were my mantras to follow (thanks to the suggestion by Chris Brogan). TIME ~ CONNECT ~ MOVE Having these keywords made it much easier throughout the year to check-in with my goals. I’ll be doing the same thing for 2010, and once I decide what the mantra shall be, I’ll post it here so you can hold me accountable too.

2009 was a year of challenges. But with challenges come great rewards and feelings of accomplishment. Here are a few of my favorites:

TIME: Garrett’s six month deployment…hard for even the most committed of couples, I learned a lot about communication and the difference between big things and little things in a relationship. We also learned that we’re better together and are choosing paths that keep us together for the long run. THE REWARD: That amazing range of emotions I felt on the Homecoming day in July. He was worth waiting for!

MOVE: Becoming a runner…I started running last fall as a distraction and kept it up for most if the year. I completed my first 10k, 15k and half marathon, with a bunch of 5k’s thrown in for good measure. THE REWARD: Tie between crossing the finish line at the Gate River Run 15k and Marine Corps Half, vowing to do both distances again.

CONNECT: Social Media Club…we launched the official Jax group in February and it’s grown into a group of people I truly enjoy to laugh with and learn from. There’s a lot of work to be done, but we’re off to a good start. THE REWARD: Seeing new faces at each event through the year.

Work…it was another year of experiences, growing pains and teaching moments, but I’m better off now than when the year started. It’s still my “dream job.” THE REWARD: Watching Tiger sink the putt on the 18th hole Sunday at Bay Hill to win his first title of ’09. Being there in person was indescribable.

What were your challenges that resulted in rewards you want to build from?

Looking back to move forward

2009, Quickly

Taking a look back at my 2009 and the experiences that came with…
it was quite the year!

JANUARY
New Years in Fort Worth with the Teagues
Ate black eyed peas for good luck in the new year
Visited Janette in Orlando
Soccer concussion and head wound
Dallas Stars at Tampa Bay
Garrett leaves for six-month deployment on USS Klakring

FEBRUARY
John Legend with Silverios
Moved into Mirabella with Stacey
Launched Social Media Club Jax
Pirates Run 10k
Valentine roses from Garrett (my first, ever)
Tiger Woods returns to PGA TOUR
Alia visits Jax

MARCH
Elton John & Billy Joel with sis
Gate River Run 15k
Corn Dog Day party
Tiger wins the Arnold Palmer Inv. on the 18th hole

APRIL
Running the Blues 5k
Courtney’s bachelorette party
Surprise flower delivery <3
Easter with Mike and Maureen
Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head w/ Stacey, Geoff and Mark
Commotion kickball defeats #1 Cobra Kai
Nickleback (met @elysia1)
Jax Beach opening parade

MAY
PLAYERS week
Mom and Dad visit Jax
Single Greatest Night honoree kickoff
Girls’ night in Vilano Beach
Kickball pub crawl at the Beaches
Never Quit 5k

JUNE
Pier Point pool weekends with Jen & Elysia
Secured my personal Facebook URL: (www.facebook.com/laurenbeyer)
Jacksonville Beer Fest with fellow beer snob & friend Justice
Disney’s Animal Kingdom with Tim, Cheryl, Stephanie & Amanda

JULY
Pier Point 4th of July with cousin Karl
Klakring countdown begins
Multiple attempts to watch Shuttle launch from Jax Beach pier (saw on CNN instead)
Met Zoe, my CFF ambassador
24 hour movie marathon with @iwearyourshirt and friends
first Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers show
Robbye, Rikki, Kinsey & Kacie visit to welcome Uncle Bud home
Garrett’s Homecoming

AUGUST
My 25th birthday. Quarter-life crisis begins
Kenny Chesney
Fort Worth vacation with the Teagues
Wakeboarding, wake surfing & listening to Toadies @Possum Kingdom Lake
Showed off Oregon in the summertime to Garrett
Climbed a mountain (2 really big hills) at the ranch
Dad’s 50th birthday party in the barn
White Trash Beach Bash for CFF
Midnight shuttle launch viewing party on Jax Beach

SEPTEMBER
Holly visits
Savannah trip for Brew Fest
Beach Olympics ’09
Erin visits
Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits fest
First Jags (regular season) game — lost to Arizona

OCTOBER
Marine Corps Half Marathon with Elysia
Dana & Brandon’s wedding in Flagstaff
Race for the Cure with Jess
Florida-Georgia game with Elysia

NOVEMBER
Rear-ended
World Golf Hall of Fame 09 Induction ceremony
Jax Beach air show
Children’s Miracle Network Classic
Single Greatest Night
Pete’s Bar on Thanksgiving morning
Thanksgiving with Karen, Tim, Cate & Michael
Thanksgiving dinner with Klak friends

DECEMBER
Civil War (sad)
Jags beat Texans
Klakring Christmas party
Trail Blazers in Orlando
First real Christmas with Garrett
Fly home on Christmas Day to celebrate with family
Ring in the new decade!

Did I forget anything?
(thanks Elysia for the inspiration to do this!)

2009, Quickly

My Race Shirt Needs Your Help

I’m counting down for the Marine Corps Half Marathon in Jacksonville next Saturday (October 3rd). Now that I’m in the single digits, the pressure is definitely on. I’ve had a good past few weeks of training, including getting in my long runs of 7, 8, 9 and 10.5 miles on the weekends. I finally found road markings that are spot on (thanks Jacksonville Running Co!) and re-calibrated my Nike+ so I know for sure each mile I’m pounding out really counts as such. This weekend I’m planning on tapering the miles down to a 7 or 8 mile long run, then getting in three shorter (think 4 miles or less) runs early next week before running THIRTEEN-POINT-ONE in one go. (yikes)

There’s a way for you to be at the race with me, cheering me every step of the way. As part of my fundraising for the N. Florida Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, I’m putting the names of everyone who gives (or pledges) on my race shirt to wear in the Marine Corps half and the other races I’ll do this year. The cut off to add your name to the shirt is tomorrow, though I’ll be raising money through November. If you can’t donate, leave a comment or send me an email telling me you’re pledging to do so. To make your donation, visit my page at http://bit.ly/ltbeyer-cff.

Here are the shirt layouts I’ve narrowed it down to. Please vote for your favorite font/color/layout look via the poll at the bottom:

Wordle-A
First one
Wordle-B
Second-ish
Wordle-C
Third-like
Wordle-D
Best for last

Thanks again for all your support, both in the fundraising and cheering me on during my training for the half marathon. I’ll keep updating to let you know how I do with both!

My Race Shirt Needs Your Help

Klakring Countdown: NINE

Update: Due to safety concerns about announcing where US Navy ships are in the world, I had to stop the countdown. But, thankfully, everyone returned home safely.

I’ve waited until this day is almost up, but figured this was too good for me to pass up the chance to do. For the 9th day left in the countdown, I present to you…Mike Modano Day.

Mike Modano is one of my favorite reasons to be a Dallas Stars fan, which I am now thanks to Garrett. I even went to two games this year (which is one more game than I saw of my own Trail Blazers!)

First Stars game - Dec 31, 2008
Stars at Tampa Bay - Jan 09
Stars at Tampa Bay - Jan '09

It’s getting close!

Klakring Countdown: NINE

Meet Zoe

Single Greatest Night honorees got together for lunch this week (thanks Carabbas!) and we were joined by a couple of the team ambassadors, Zoe and Cammie. I should back up and tell you about how our teams are structured, and why. Each of us 40+ honorees are all divided between 4 different teams to provide help each other fundraise and provide a competitive incentive as we go through November. Each team is named after an child ambassador from Jacksonville with CF. I am a proud member of Team Zoe (and we’re the top fundraising team so far!).
Zoe is an adorable 5-year-old girl, the youngest of 8 kids. She was diagnosed with CF just before her first birthday, but you wouldn’t know it by meeting her. Zoe is a little shy, but she is very into princesses, Hello Kitty and most things pink. Zoe’s mom, Jada, is an avid blogger. She chronicles the family and Zoe’s journey with CF on the blog, Zoe for Life. (I’ve also added it to my blogroll if you want to check it out.

Single Greatest Night honorees got together for lunch yesterday (thanks Carabbas!) and we were joined by a couple of the team ambassadors, Zoe and Cammie. I should back up and tell you about how our teams are structured, and why. Each of us 40+ honorees are all divided between 4 different teams to provide help each other fundraise and provide a competitive incentive as we go through November. Each team is named after an child ambassador from Jacksonville with CF. I am a proud member of Team Zoe (and we’re the top fundraising team so far!).

Zoe is an adorable 5-year-old girl, the youngest of 8 kids. She was diagnosed with CF just before her first birthday, but you wouldn’t know it by meeting her. Zoe is a little shy, but she is very into princesses, Hello Kitty and most things pink. Zoe’s mom, Jada, is an avid blogger. She chronicles the family and Zoe’s journey with CF on the blog, Zoe for Life. (I’ve also added it to my blogroll if you want to check it out.)

It was great to sit down with other members of Team Zoe and meet Zoe, her brother Austin and their mom Jada over lunch. Zoe spent most of the lunch coloring in her Hello Kitty color book, but she did wow us with some Princess trivia (Who is the only princess to have 3 different names?) and gave us all purple bracelets that read “Cure Cystic Fibrosis.” Here are a few pictures we took with Zoe after lunch.

Team Zoe
An almost smile from Zoe!

The CF bracelets Zoe gave us (and her own)
The CF bracelets Zoe gave us (and her own)
Zoe and her brother Austin
Zoe and her brother Austin

Meeting Zoe and her family gave me another unforgettable connection to CF. Lately my giving back efforts haven’t gone much further than running in a charity race, donating blood or giving money to a friend’s fundraising efforts…but getting involved with CFF and Single Greatest Night has been one of the best things I’ve done since I came to Jacksonville. It’s amazingly powerful to interact with kids like Zoe and be able to share their stories with all of you. Most of us take for granted the breaths we take, yet there are 30,000 children and adults in America who are fighting a disease that can make each breath a struggle. Next time you take a deep breath, I hope you think of Zoe and her fight.

To help my efforts to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, please consider donating by clicking here.

Meet Zoe

Klakring Countdown: 20, 19…

I tweeted yesterday’s countdown because I couldn’t get on the blog to post…

Countdown-20

My favorite part of the night came later, when I got a phone call from my favorite “cute boy”.

best boyfriend ever

So now the countdown is 19 (or 18 and a wake up, depending on who you ask)…and I’m getting even more excited. Today I got to peek into the homecoming of the USS Stennis (CVN-74) on Twitter and see pictures of the ship pulling in and sailors coming off, which did nothing to quell my excitment and daydreams of experiencing that myself  very soon.

Day 19 is brought to you by the game Cribbage, in which a 19-point hand is impossible to achieve, and the singer Adele, who’s album ’19’ includes one of my favorite songs (and my own dediciation back to G), To Make You Feel My Love. (video below)

Bonus: here’s the YouTube video of the Staind song G told me to listen to (couldn’t find the mp3 to post). Isn’t he sweet?

Klakring Countdown: 20, 19…

My CFF Challenge To You

I’m laying down the gauntlet to all of you. Whether you’re a friend, family, online friend, part of the CF community or just stumbled on my blog looking for pics of  a Mexican fire dance or Nissan Altima (yes I can tell how you get here)…I invite you all can be part of my Cystic Fibrosis Challenge.

Here’s the deal: I’m committed to raising $1,500 for the North Florida Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, as part of being named a 2009 Single Greatest Night honoree. It sounds like a lot of money, but when I realized I only need $15 donations from 100 people that seemed easy. After all, I have 2,000 followers on Twitter, 600 friends on Facebook and a big family to reach out to.  Whether you can spare $5, $15 or $50 I’m asking for your help.

In return, I promise to keep you updated about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, share my stories of being an honoree, and build awareness of CF through all my channels. If that’s not enough for you, I’m going to put everyone’s names who donates through me on the back of a running shirt that I’ll wear in every race for the rest of the year (including the half marathon I keep meaning to do). So to recap – be part of  MY 100 by making a donation to CFF at http://bit.ly/ltbeyer-cff and I’ll put your name on a t-shirt, share pictures & videos with you about life as an honoree AND you get to help out a very deserving (and efficient!) non-profit in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. (Do I even have to mention its a tax writeoff?!)

If you want to know more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Single Greatest Night Jacksonville, check out the interviews I did with Liza, our CFF Special Events Director, and Stewart, who is the chairman of the ’09 SGN event. I’m actually headed to a CFF meeting tonight, so expect more stories to come.

Thanks for reading, watching and considering to help me reach the MY 100 goal for CFF. Feel free to comment here or email, DM, poke or FB message me or contact me in any other way if you have questions or a story to share. Cheers!

My CFF Challenge To You

Lending My Voice to Cystic Fibrosis

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated my blog, but that’s mostly because I’ve been enjoying life in Florida and staying busy with friends, working hard and trying to keep connected with with my family and a certain sailor who’s been on deployment since January. You’ll be seeing more consistent updates to the blog for the next six months (and hopefully longer) because now I’m involved with a group that has many stories that I want to help tell.
I have been selected as Single Greatest Night honoree by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Jacksonville. Each year, the CFF selects young professionals who are active within the community to be honored at an event in November. As an honoree, I have committed to building awareness about Cystic Fibrosis and fundraising for the Foundation through the summer and fall. I am fortunate enough to have built a community that extends well beyond the geographic region of Jacksonville, Florida and so I am going to be using my blog to share information and news about Cystic Fibrosis, my experience as an honoree and tell stories about those who are connected to this disease. My goals are two-fold, mainly to raise awareness and create conversation about Cystic Fibrosis with my friends, family and communities; and also to raise money for CFF so they can continue to provide support to families and fund research for new medicines to treat and cure the disease.
I ask for your support in both areas. Please bookmark, subscribe or return to my blog periodically to follow along with my journey and the stories we’ll share. If you are able, please consider donating to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in my name. You can do this easily online on my personal donation webpage, or you can send me a check if you’d rather. I invite you to contact me anytime if you have questions or want to share your story.
I’m very excited to be a Single Greatest Night honoree and to share my experience with you. I’ll post again soon!

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated my blog, but that’s mostly because I’ve been enjoying life in Florida and staying busy with friends, working hard and trying to keep connected with with my family and a certain sailor who’s been on deployment since January. You’ll be seeing more consistent updates to the blog for the next six months (and hopefully longer) because now I’m involved with a group that has many stories that I want to help tell.

I have been selected as Single Greatest Night honoree by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Jacksonville. Each year, the CFF selects young professionals who are active within the community to be honored at an event in November. As an honoree, I have committed to building awareness about Cystic Fibrosis and fundraising for the Foundation through the summer and fall. I am fortunate enough to have built a community that extends well beyond the geographic region of Jacksonville, Florida so I am going to be using my blog to share information and news about Cystic Fibrosis, my experience as an honoree and tell stories about those who are connected to this disease. My goals are two-fold, mainly to raise awareness and create conversation about Cystic Fibrosis with my friends, family and communities; and also to raise money for CFF so they can continue to provide support to families and fund research for new medicines to treat and cure the disease.

If you don’t know much about cystic fibrosis, you aren’t alone. Here are a few things I’ve learned about it already:

  • About 30,000 children & adults in the US (and 70,000 worldwide) have cystic fibrosis
  • CF is a inherited chronic disease that causes the body to product thick sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and affects the pancreases, preventing the absorption of nutrients.
  • In the 1950’s, when the CFF was established, few children with CFF lived long enough to attend elementary school.
  • Today, more than 40% of the CF population is over the age of 18 and the predicted median age of survival is 37 years old.

I ask for your support in my involvement with the Single Greatest Night and CFF. Please bookmark, subscribe or return to my blog periodically to follow along with my journey and the stories we’ll share. If you are able, please consider donating to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in my name. You can do this easily online on my personal donation webpage, or you can send me a check if you’d rather. I invite you to contact me anytime if you have questions or want to share your story.

I’m very excited to be a Single Greatest Night honoree and to share my experience with you. I’ll be posting a lot of our kickoff materials and info this week, so make sure you come back to see it.

PS – Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. I wrote a post last year to my Dad and Grampa and don’t think I can do any better this year, so here it is again.

Lending My Voice to Cystic Fibrosis