Putting the P in PASSION.

Passion.

We all have it. Whether we are aware of it or not. When Missy from The Marketing Mama said the following on twitter:

Some blogger friends are joining me in answering the question, “What am I passionate about?” for Monday. Care to join us?

I was in so fast I didn’t really know what to do. I think about my life. My schooling, participating in sports, extracurriculars, singing in any spare moment I have, dancing like no one is watching, but what stands out to me?

Giving back.

The times I have the most fun is when I am giving back or volunteering. There are a couple of moments that stand out to me:

Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children with my team at work. I remember sitting in a chair, watching the heart-wrenching video and I could not wait to start making the meals for children who would be beyond excited to get meals that don’t even come close to what we eat every day. I had tears in my eyes while we watched the video – I’m a sap, yes – but I was looking forward to helping children who deeply needed it much more than I ever would. I can’t remember in the this moment how many meals we made, but I remember the number being incredible. After, I bought two bracelets that I wear every day (mostly- sometimes I forget!) as a reminder of what I have.

Another moment:

I manage our volunteer program with a local high school. We have volunteers who go into the school to help with college applications (essays, etc.), resume tips, tricks & writing, cover letters, job applications and interviews. It’s amazing year after year, to watch how much the students grow through out the year. These are generally students who come from broken families and have hardship and so it is always so humbling to watch them realize what they can do.

I am passionate about volunteerism because it is an opportunity to help others, but you know what? I find that sometimes I get more out of it than the organization I am working with or the people I am working with. Passion is about doing the things we LOVE that make us feel good and smile each time we think about it.

Volunteerism allows me to open my eyes and see the world through the eyes of others. And that?

That’s Passion.

Many other bloggers are joining in writing about what makes them passionate. It will definitely be worth your while to check them out:

  • Unveiling my Passions on Kate in the Kitchen
  • What am I Passionate About? on Pink Vanilla Cupcakes
  • What I am Passionate About on The Marketing Mama
  • Living with Passion on Nightlight Journeys
  • Passionate About? on Challenge: 1 Year, No Restaurants
  • On Passion on Girl Meets Geek
  • An addendum:

    So, I wrote about the bracelets I wear that I purchased from Feed My Starving Children and how I have TWO. I want to give one away. This is all about giving back, right? These bracelets symbolize the importance of giving back and are a constant reminder to me. I will put both bracelets in a hat and pull one out – and that one will go to the winner!

    To Enter:

    Leave a comment telling me what you are passionate about and why.

    That’s it!

    The fine print:

    The give away is open  U.S. Residents only. Entries must be received by Wednesday June 30, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. Central. I will announce the winner on Thursday and the winner has until Saturday July 3 at 10am Central to contact me, otherwise a new winner will be picked. I will be using the wonderfulRandom.Org website again to determine the winner.

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    hey, this post is about food!

    This week has been about finding filling foods to eat. It’s something I struggled with when I was on Weight Watchers and I still struggle with it. I don’t like feeling like I am eating all day, yet I find that I am always hungry. Perhaps my body just needs to adapt to smaller portions, I am not sure.

    Chobani Yogurt was part of my breakfast on Monday morning. My flavor of choice? Pineapple! I just absolutely love pineapple.

    I was unsure when I tore the cover off and saw:

    But! Once I started stirring it up, I was less concerned:

    Yum Yum, Pineapple flavor! There were also pineapple chunks, too. I love pineapple chunks.

    And the taste test.

    I really liked the yogurt! It was filling and tasty and I can’t wait to try more flavors.

    And the facts:

    Calories: 160

    Fat: 2.5

    Protein: 13g

    Chex Cereal w/Yogurt & Blueberries

    I had run out of milk and forgot to pick some up on my way into work, so I improvised with my yogurt! It was actually really delicious. Crunchy, fruity and delicious.

    For lunch I’ve been going with deli meat on sandwich flats with some veggies and fruit. It’s been okay, but is still a work in progress.

    Sometimes it worries me how much time I spend thinking about the food I eat or am going to put in my mouth.

    Do you spend time thinking about the food you’re going to eat?

    Do you plan your meals out?

    How do you handle days when the food you prepare for just doesn’t cut it?

    I Like Water, Don’t You?

    I’ve been fortunate enough during my small years of life to have a lot of great things afforded to me. Whether it be my education, traveling, having a job, having a wonderful loving family.

    I have probably taken most of that for granted at one time or another, too. I’ve learned a lot about the importance of giving back and using my talents for good since college. I volunteered in college for my resume and now? I just do good because I like being able to give something to those who might not otherwise receive whatever it is being donated; whether it is money, food, or my time.

    Anyone who knows me knows that I try to be involved in the community. I’ve had great opportunities to do that through my job and it is amazing!

    But what I’m writing about is something I learned about through my friend Erica. Erica is an amazing soul who touches anyone who has the pleasure of meeting her. She is very passionate about charity:water. Now I am, too. As someone on her healthy journey, the importance of water is huge for me and I can’t imagine what it would be like to not have clean water. Imagine a world where you couldn’t have clean water to drink in the morning when you brush your teeth, or after an excruciating workout. ¬†Learn more about WHY WATER.

    So, what are we doing? Erica and I are teaming together to hold a Weight Loss For Water campaign. My goal is to lose 20 pounds during the campaign, which lasts for three (3) months.

    How can you help?

    I am hoping to find 5 people willing to sponsor me and donate just $1 for each pound lost during the campaign, up to $20 dollars. And for those 5 people who sponsor – I will match your $20! So we would be donating $200 to a great cause! The first five people to comment on this post, I will match their donation.

    Why $20? $20 gives ONE person clean water for 20 years. Imagine if we raised $200 or more? Clean water for ten people. That is incredibly powerful.

    Not one of the first five, but still want sponsor me? You still can! My next post will outline my current weight and I will weigh-in each week to keep myself on track. I will also add a page for the campaign as well for you to follow.

    I’m incredibly happy to be helping with a great cause and being able to continue on my Healthy Heart Journey along the way.

    Who Needs An MRI?

    Well, on Wednesday morning I was preparing myself to have X-Rays and a MRI per what the receptionist told me when I made my doctor appointment for Tria Orthopedics in Bloomington on Monday.

    Good news first:

    NO MRIs or X-RAYS!

    I was really kind of nervous about it because it started getting my brain reeling about what could possibly be wrong instead of reminding myself it couldn’t be that bad. But we always let our minds get the best of us, right? So after talking to the nurse and doctor, getting poked, prodded, doing lunges, testing the strength of my gluts, legs, knees and so forth, I felt so relieved. I have a problem, but it can be fixed with the aid of a little physical therapy!

    So, I have my first appointment on Friday and look forward to reporting back. Overall, I was incredibly pleased with my doctor and appointment. On top of that, when I went to the store after to buy a some inserts of my shoes, the woman working in the store was incredibly helpful and nice.

    I thought it would be very smart to try running Wednesday evening, too. It wasn’t. It became painful after a while. I really can’t wait to shed a few pounds. I feel like a giant elephant when I run. I’m fairly convinced people wonder why the “fat girl” is even bothering to run when I do. I realize I am being incredibly down on myself, but it is what it is.

    So.

    My poor wobbly knee, post-run.

    I just really love a moment to showcase my wonderful running shoes. They are fabulous.

    And on the inside now lies…

    My big bad inserts.

    Check back soon for a report on my first session of physical therapy!

    Lunch, Goals & MRIs.

    Monday was kind of a rough start for me. I was running late, sort of. I guess I wasn’t really late by normal person standards, but Cindy-Standards are completely different.

    I have some things coming up in the next week:

    • X-Rays & MRIs on Wednesday. Maybe running and I were not meant to be. We will find out.
    • Announcement about some more Charity Work I am doing with the lovely Erica We are both incredibly excited.
    • With the charity announcement will be some more healthy heart related goals.

    Today I ate lunch in the cafeteria with my work BFFs and realized that when I bring my lunch to work I find myself more hungry in the afternoon. I am not entirely sure how to remedy this issue as my plan in the coming weeks is to cut my eating out in half, if not more. But I think the allure of eating out stems from a couple of things:

    • I am a socialite. I love talking to people and being around people and lunch dates, happy hour – those are all opportunities to socialize.
    • I want to get away from my desk.
    • Sometimes whatever I bring to eat just doesn’t sound appealing to me.

    But I think my charity work will help center me around a lot of this, so I can’t wait to share it with you all!

    My question for this wonderful Tuesday is: What is your favorite lunch-time meal at work or at home? I am definitely in need of ideas!

    Marvelous Monday: I Love Eggs!

    So I wake up on Sunday and I was absolutely starving! I had eaten an incredibly late lunch on Saturday after the race and wasn’t hungry for dinner. Which, I knew meant I would be very hungry on Sunday morning. I go to my kitchen and I had nothing to make for breakfast!

    I headed to the grocery store and picked up some Egg Beaters as well as a wonderful array of blueberries and blackberries. Back home, I poured egg beaters into a pan and cut up some green pepper, ham and tomatoes to throw into the eggs. I cannot eat scrambled eggs plain, unfortunately.

    Once the eggs were about done, I added a piece of Babybel Light Cheese. I love it because it adds a little cheesy flavor. I of course added a little bit of pepper, too. I love things with a little spice – I would add salsa to just about anything if I could.

    My delicious eggs with some blueberries and blackberries.

    I was actually impressed that this kept me pretty full until about 2pm. I helped myself to a banana at that point but was pretty satisfied until dinner. Okay – fine, I had a Dreamsicle at about 3pm, but they are so good and satisfy my sweet tooth!

    Time to make this Monday even more Marvelous by going to work and being productive.