Staying Positive

As Co-Captain of our team, I feel responsible for everything that happens on our team. Whether it pertains to fundraising, collecting money, or even holding the Chi Chi Mama store in the back of my truck, I have stepped up to let all of our team members know they can count on me. So, needless to say, staying positive about everything is very important.

Staying positive has been hard lately, though. We have had a few members leave our team, and that is deeply saddening to me. I know that several of the members have personal reasons why they are not going to walk with us this year, but I also know that a couple of those members have said that there is negativity surrounding our team that made their decision to bow out easier.

I know exactly what they are talking about.

Since this team was created, Kristina and I looked to our closest friends and people who we see on a daily basis where we work. Fortunately, we had quite a few people interested in joining us. Unfortunately, though, people that were not on the team were upset.  I don’t feel as though we talked much about the walk or fundraising around these people, or even much at all at work. I even invited them to become a part of our team! I know you can’t please everyone, it just stinks that the negativity surrounding our team spurred a few people to quit.

So, as of now our roster stands at 10 Chi Chi Mamas and 1 Papa. If I have anything to say about it, that is the way it is going to stay! We have a lot of fundraisers coming up and we need all the help we can get! I tell you one thing though, staying positive is a whole lot easier when you call upon a local business and tell them what you are doing and they immediately make a donation. Seeing the generosity of the people around me makes everything worthwhile.

Kristin Shirley


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marcia Werner
    Jul 15, 2010 @ 08:27:29

    Stay focused on your ultimate goal: eradicating breast cancer forever!


  2. Stephanie
    Jul 15, 2010 @ 16:20:31

    Just know that even though some of us had to bow-out, our hearts are there. At least, I know mine is. I will continue to help you guys in any way possible, and I’ll even join some walks and come to meetings for the margaritas (and some unsolicited two cents on everything). So, look at it as opportunity. At least in my case, you have a sounding-board that you may not have felt comfortable exercising, while I was on the team. I can now be an un-biased party, and I will ALWAYS be your biggest cheerleader. No. Matter. What.

    I have made some new friendships that would never have happened, thanks to this group. So, stay absolutely positive. There is nothing wrong with the group, you, what you’re doing, etc. Life sometimes gets in the way, and it’s not fair. But, there is always a plan, and there is always a reason. And, I believe that everything works out for the best.

    In my case, you are not losing me in any aspect. In fact, I will now have more energy in reserves to drive you nutso! Oh, and I have GOT to work on a CSS for this page. AND, another thing… I can be your official photographer! SO, I can come to some events and meetings and at least document things. That way, I have the openness that I need, but I am still connected! See? Everything works out 😉

    Love you.


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