Gratitude

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The same day that I signed my life away up for the 2013 Chicago Marathon, I also committed to fundraising with Team Salute.  Salute Inc is an organization that helps out active duty military members, veterans and their families.

As most of you know I am a military mama by day and a blogger by night.

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I joined the military when I was 18, left for basic training one month after high school graduation and I had no idea where it would take me in life or who I would meet along the way.  Each experience and person has shaped me in some way and in the past 10 years of serving in the Air National Guard, I have earned my Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from UW-Milwaukee, I have been paid to travel to some very awesome places and the people I have met: not enough good words can be said about the people.  The Guard is truly like a little family-and in my case, I spend more time during the week with my co-workers than I do my actual family.

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When I chose to fundraise for Team Salute, I knew people at work would be very receptive I just wasn’t sure how receptive they would be.  This was the first time I’ve ever fundraised this amount and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  The amount of support I received from co-workers, family and friends has been overwhelming.  When I got an e-mail notification of my first big donation from a fellow co-worker, my heart filled with gratitude and I got tears in my eyes.

Watching the donations come in the past few weeks has just been amazing.  On Saturday, I surpassed my fundraising goal of $800 and I still have until Sunday, October 13th to raise money.  This post isn’t a plug to get more money (although if you want to donate click here-it goes to a great cause!), I just simply wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me in one way or another.  Whether it was through a donation, words of encouragement, tidbits of advice or just simply listening to me go on about my marathon training-your support has been incredible and I am so lucky to have such wonderful people in my life.

Stay tuned: Later this week (FRIDAY!) I will be hosting a Giveaway on the blog! Check back here for the details Friday morning.

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