Hello my dear readers and let's finally welcome the long awaited month of March. I am excited for longer and warmer days, because honestly here in Minnesota we can have it quite rough with the cold. We celebrate 50° weather and embrace it with both arms. This gives us Minnesotans a chance to feel alive after a long winter hibernation. We pack the coffee shops, parks, trails and even pull out a good ol' barbecue and invite the friends. We do love our spring, even though it's often sprinkled with snow.
Another thing about warmer weather is that you feel more mobile, your mood spikes and you feel more motivated to be active and do things outdoors, even if it's just a walk around the neighborhood. I miss my leggings and tennis shoes, I honestly do. I am so over the winter boots and long jackets. I am a mom of two little girls and we just recently adopted a puppy. His name is Ernie and he is an 11 month old Chiweenie. With three very energetic bodies under my roof, I am going to be doing a lot of outside activities.
With the topic of being active in mind, last week I received an email from a lovely young lady who read my last blog and thought it was kind of.... fun. She reached out to me because she wanted to contribute couple of jewelry pieces from her selection to my Women's Day giveaway. I looked around her Instagram page and knew immediately that this company needed not just a mention but it's own blog highlight, and that I needed to tell my readers all about it.
It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you beautiful GRACE LU. She is 16 years old and a Junior at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, CA. She is involved in her high school's Cross Country and Track & Field Team and always had a strong passion for running. She says that it is this passion that inspired her to design motivational running jewelry with inspirational quotes such as 'Never never never give up', 'She believed she could so she did'. Read along to find out more about her amazing journey.
Grace said to me "I may appear harmless but inside I am completely Badass".
We couldn't agree more with you Grace, and we applaud you for creating such an amazing and inspirational company called Favorite Run . Did I mention she is only 16? I am not a runner myself, but her motivational necklaces and bracelets make me want put on my running shoes and go. I might make it only a block, but hey... it's something. Grace you are a force and an inspiration to young people everywhere.
If cute fitness jewelry wasn't enough, Grace also started a non-profit called Healthy Lifestyle for Youth whose mission is to promote the active lifestyles of youth in her community, primarily through offering youth running programs and a Shoes that Inspire program. The Shoes that Inspire Program encourages elementary students to run after-school for at least 15 minutes a day under teacher supervision in addition to their P.E classes and additionally delivers brand new athletic shoes to students in need. My heart is filled with warmth just typing these words. You can also find Grace's non-profit on Instagram, and I have additionally included a short video talking about her organization. Please enjoy, and I do encourage you to get involved if you are able to.
All of her non-profit's programs are funded through donating a portion of Favorite Run's annual revenue and also selling unique Favorite Run jewelry products at local races as well as local events. Here is the link explaining ways to get involved. Sometimes the word of mouth is the best way to send a message across, so please do share with your friends as this is indeed a great cause.
In collaboration with Grace and because we want to spread the word about her amazing company and her non-profit, I am giving away five (5) beautiful pieces of motivational jewelry to my blog readers. HOW AMAZING!!!! Please read the rules below to participate. Open to U.S. residents.
1. Follow minjamusich on Instagram
2. Like and Comment on the picture while on my Instagram page. ( Winners will be randomly chosen)
Although I cannot guarantee that each person will get exact piece they request, you are free to write in Instagram comments which one you prefer. Please see Images below of the pieces I will be giving away.
I was so blessed that I could collaborate with Grace and My Favorite Run, and that I can tell you about her amazing non-profit Healthy Lifestyle for Youth. Now what can we all do to help? We can shop, help spread the word and share of course. My blog winners can snap a photo of their prize and share on their social media. This giveaway is in huge part a way to bring awareness.
In parting, here is me with my new go-to necklace. I shall wear it often, as I truly love the quote.
"She believed she could, so she did"
Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog. As always, feel free to comment below or send me a private message if you have any questions or wish to collaborate.
Have an amazing day all!