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One off the bucket list and one for charity

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(Photo credit goes to Greg Wytaske – the fellow on the right. I’m the lady in the white shirt on the far left. And for all of you who would like to tell me that I don’t look that great – I got up that morning at 5 a.m. to help set up the event. And this picture is after 3 miles of trying to keep up with my father and my mother-in-law.)

My mother-in-law got one item off her bucket list on Sunday when she participated in her first 5K. I also got to fulfill one of my “32 things” that I wanted to accomplish during my 32nd year when I co-chaired the marketing committee for my community’s PurpleStride event which raised over $70,000 for pancreatic cancer research.

Although I am thrilled to have been part of such a successful event (we doubled our initial fund raising goal and this was our first year hosting this event!), I have to admit that I am glad it’s over. The last couple weeks of planning have taken up a lot of my free time, so I’m sorry that I haven’t talked to you all very much! Being busy also impacts my frugal living – when I don’t have a lot of time, I end up making bad fiscal choices (like eating out more often …)

Another thing that made this event priceless to me (other than watching my mom and mother-in-law snuggle up to an Elvis impersonator … yes, we had an Elvis impersonator at our event), is that I got to participate with my dad. I don’t know if you’d call a 5K a typical “daddy/daughter” event, but I really enjoyed the process of psyching each other up for this event and getting to share this with him. Thank you dad!

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