I was in Barbados for a mini-break last week, and wrote a post about seeing a new place through running for the fitness blog.
Running in Barbados
Me showing Ivan the restless freedom of the sea.
And now I’m home. Snow and work and dealing with the fallout of accidentally destroying my computer two weeks ago and misplacing my new license tags. It’s amazing how quickly the five hour plane ride drains off the calm of the sun and sea with people you love.
I wrote a nagging post about incorporating movement into your day for the Fitness blog yesterday.
Make your day harder! (Guest post)
Sunset from the gardiner on the way to yoga
What do you do in the chill dark of February? Learn to fix your bike. Among other nifty things I replaced a cable gear guided by Albert from MEC.
Dancing on the spinning bike in the beach themed class
I was getting my bits of paper together for my taxes, and I paused for a moment on the receipt for Interval House, a women’s shelter I make a small monthly contribution to. It’s only $15, and I don’t really pay any attention to it until it’s time to make sure I have my receipt at the end of the year. $180/year. I don’t notice it.
I realized, though, that I’ve been making this monthly donation for at least 20 years. That’s $3600 over time. $3600 I didn’t notice. $3600 that supported women leaving abusive or untenable situations to find safety, return to school, build economic self-sufficiency and find new housing and safe, sustainable environments for themselves and their kids.
Interval House is one of those invisible small service providers that provides a steady, significant stream of profoundly important community and development for the most vulnerable people in Toronto. They were the first centre for abused women and children in Canada, and have served hundreds of women and children over time.
Below for their impact report for 2016. Think about what you could do with $15/month.
Sun setting just right. there.