Good Morning & Happy Monday!
Wow wow wow wow wow…. I did NOT realize how long it had been since I had blogged. I didn’t mean to leave this little space of internet for almost a year, but it happened! It’s been an interesting year and I’ll recap a good many things eventually (one of which being, my engagement!!) All in all, I have missed blogging like crazy over the past few months and I’m excited to be back here.
First, let’s chat real quick about my new job update over the past year! I made the switch from Northwestern Mutual to Boosterthon this past January. Northwestern Mutual made a lot of changes and I was not very happy with my updated responsibilities and role within the company. My sister started working with Boosterthon last Auguest, so when I was looking for a change, I reached out to her about opportunities within the company. She recently accepted a promotion in Birmingham and I was able to accept her position in Jackson. It worked out perfectly, you could say.
What is Boosterthon & What does an average day look like?
Boosterthon is a fundraising company for elementary schools. We use a fitness & character based two-week program to raise funds kicking off with a Pep Rally and ending with a Fun Run. In a few words: It’s a whole lot of FUN! We work around a school schedule. Over the course of the two weeks, we’re offering challenges, motivating students, visiting their class rooms, playing games with them, and sharing character lessons.
1 Mile a Day Challenge
One thing that I absolutely LOVE about this company is the person growth that they encourage and reward! There is always a monthly challenge offered and for the month of September, it was the 1 Mile a Day Challenge. Have you heard of this challenge before?
I had recently heard about doing a 1 Mile a Day challenge from my friend/co-worker, Amy. Amy has been doing 1 Mile a Day since January 1st and has rocked the challenge up to this point! A few days before they announced the challenge, I was chatting with Amy about possibly doing this challenge for the new year like she did. Then, Boosterthon announced the challenge and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to test it out.
What I learned:
- It gave me the confidence to do what I set my mind to do: I have given up on other 30 day challenges before and this showed me that once I set my mind to it, I can do it! This was one of the first challenges I completed 100% all the way through. It’s all about commitment.
- I can push myself: There were a few days that I did NOT want to run and days when I would have loved to just walk, but I pushed myself to always run no matter what. Also, I ran a few sub 10:00 runs which was empowering for me. I’m not a fast runner and those runs always made me so proud. There were 5 Fridays in September and 4/5 of those were Fun Run Days, which are extremely exhausting. I wake up way too early to do it in the morning, so I had to push myself to do them after Fun Run Day when my body hurts more than it ever hurts.
- Disciple, Reward, & Commitment: I felt really disciplined by the end. It’s not a “Will I?” attitude, but an “I will.” attitude. Every day got easier mentally because I had continued to build that habit. Also, the reward of the medal from Home Office kept me moving forward day by day, step by step. Halfway through, I asked myself “Why would I give up now?” I kept working towards that reward! It was a committed mindset that kept me from giving up.
- Accountability is KEY!: Luckily, I had my friend Amy who was proof that this challenge can be done and on days when I wasn’t feeling up to it, I would text her and she would provide encouragement. Also, I was posting on Facebook and Instagram so I knew people were watching and cheering me on.
Overall, I really LOVED this challenge and I definitely plan to do the year long challenge for 2018 like my friend Amy.
The fun part about the September Challenge is that Boosterthon offered rewards for completing it! If you did the 1 Mile a Day every day in September (30 days) then Boosterthon would send you a medal. I’m excited to get that in the mail soon! Another really cool reward they offered – that I had NO hope of earning haha, but that I think is super cool – is that the person who logged the MOST miles in September, would win an Apple Watch! YES – an APPLE WATCH! How cool is that? The girl who accomplished that had to average about 9 miles a day though so surely she’s training for something?! Right?
- Have you ever done the 1 Mile a Day Challenge?
- Would you be interested in doing the 1 Mile a Day Challenge? If so, for how long? A week? A month? 6 months? A whole year?
- Has your company ever gone through a reorganization that caused you to seek something different?