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

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Some Days

So our training has “officially” started for the DFW 3-Day. Several of us walked on Monday 5/17 and then again on Tuesday 5/18. The main discussion for my fellow 3-Day-ers and myself on Tuesday was how it was difficult to walk, though. Why are some days harder than others?

Gina, Diane, Shelly, and myself walked the first lap and we realized we were moving at a much slower pace than we usually do. We tried to walk faster, but we all still felt as though we were walking at snail speed. I had trouble with swelling in my hands and muscle tightness in my legs.

I tell you, though, the best things about Tuesday’s walk was the companionship from my other Chi Chi Mamas, the smiles from other people enjoying the park, and knowing that we are training for a cause that means so much to all of us. Without those things, walking would have been so much harder!

Some days may be harder than others. Some days our hands may swell, our muscles get tight, we may get blisters. But, some day we may have a cure. That is what makes “some days” worth it.

Thanks for being there Chi Chi Mamas!

Kristin

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