The Gift of Water

Have you ever had that feeling of extreme thirst… the kind where your mouth is dry, head is spinning and it seems to be the only thing on your mind?  I have this feeling daily with my Bikram “hot yoga” practice.  I can never seem to drink enough water to satisfy my thirst. The sad thing is that there are people in other countries that do no have the luxury of going to their faucet or Brita filters to get a healthy, cold drink.  There are people in Ethiopia that have to walk MILES for water and the water that they have when they get to these water holes is dark, dirty and filled with bacteria and parasites.
On average, women walk 4 miles and carry 40 pounds of water daily.
I love my yoga community here in San Antonio, Tx for so many things and I am now even more impressed.  Our studio has come together with studios in Austin, Tx to support:  A Glimmer of Hope.  An amazing non-profit that helps lift women and children out of extreme poverty in rural Ethiopia.  The plan is to work together to raise money to build wells for clean drinking water for the village of Ambras in Ethiopia.  The goal is to raise $120,000 between both studios.  Each water well costs $5,000, so we want to build 24 water wells this year!  WOW!  It brings chills to my body when I think about it!

Look at this short video below from Marty Chen who is the owner of Pure Bikram Austin and one of our owners, Lisa Ingle here in San Antonio.

I have a very lofty goal of $5,000 to raise on my own for this campaign and have a well built with the help of all of my friends and family.  While doing each of my 60 classes during these 72 days, I will be grateful for the clean water that I do have and working hard to reach my fundraising goal.
Will you help me on my mission?
Every little bit counts πŸ˜‰

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The Year of Change

2011… Wow, can’t believe it is already a new year.

2010 started off great with our business in full swing and me feeling and looking better than ever with my weight finally off.  Yet, tragedy seemed to follow with the death of BOTH of my beloved Grandparents.  Then, on a momentous day.. the day my niece Jaidyn was born, our precious uncle Eddie had a heart attack and died.  And of course another year of us being unsuccessful at getting pregnant and starting our family.  Even though this last year was definitely a “learning year” and my LEAST favorite thus far, I know this next year will bring change.

One of the best things 2010 brought me was my Bikram Yoga practice that I started in May.  I honestly can’t seem to get enough and I look and feel better than ever.  I am now on Day 3 of my SECOND 60 Day Bikram Challenge.  By the time I finish this current Challenge, I will have finished 2 – 60 Day Challenges in my first 10 months of practicing this yoga πŸ™‚  I am very proud of this!  No matter what obstacles 2010 threw at me, I know I made it through because of Bikram.  Which is why I KNOW that 2011 is going to ROCK because there is nothing that I can’t sweat off in the hot room!

The hubby and I have a date night tomorrow night and we are going to set our goals for this year.  I know high on the list is getting our debt paid off and to take further measures in figuring out why we haven’t had a child yet. I love the idea of a new year… a blank slate… I am so ready for this year of change.