I'm [Still] With Cupid

I'm doing it again....running a mile through downtown OKC in my undies, that is. 

Cupid's Undie Run, taking place in over 40 cities on Valentines weekend, is a 'brief' run and a big party, all to raise funds for the Children's Tumor Foundation - the world's largest non-government organization dedicated to ending Neurofibromatosis (NF) through research. 

NF is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body causing blindness, deafness, learning disabilities and severe chronic pain. Currently, there is no cure and frighteningly few treatment options. NF affects roughly 1:3,000 births in the U.S. and is in desperate need of new discovery.

So...you get the cause, but why the undies? It’s simple. We run in our undies because people with NF can’t cover up their tumors. They can’t put clothes on to feel more comfortable, so why should we?

Each donation helps us #endNF. It also helps me reach an incentive goal: 
  • sunglasses
  • socks
  • undies
  • a robe
  • an open bar tab on the day of the event
Last year, I raised over $500, thanks to you! This year, my goal is to meet or exceed that number. Any amount helps, no matter how small. All proceeds go to the Children's Tumor Foundation. 

You can donate here: https://my.cupids.org/amandamartin. You can also use that link to sign up to run with me, even in a different city! 

If it is in your means to make a donation, it would be greatly appreciated. If not, I won't hold it against you....just consider saying a few prayers that we have unseasonably warm weather on February 13th.

#ImWithCupid #endNF #CupidsUndieRun

2015: Year in Review

Ever since I started this blog, I've made a point to post at the end of each year. It's so fun to reflect....both now, and a few years down the road! My, how I've changed.

For obvious reasons (marriage), 2015 was super extra good to me. I can, without a doubt, say it has been one of the best and most eventful years of my life. 2016 has a lot to live up to, but I'm hopeful it will meet or exceed my expectation.

So, with no further a do, my 2015 in a nutshell:

I turned 25 - a quarter century! I sampled all the wedding cake flavors. I got the game ball at an OSU basketball game. I made a pallet coffee cup holder (Cole helped). I competed on team Jared & the Beanstalks at Fittest in OK crossfit competition. I got my one year gym bag from Koda Crossfit. My coffee cup collection grew by leaps and bounds. I was on the media team for Cupid's Revenge couple's crossfit competition (Cole & I will be competing this year!). I drank a little too much and ran through downtown OKC in my undies.....all to raise money to #EndNF (I'll be doing that again in '16 - donate to the cause here). I admitted I had an obsession with birds and owls. I planned a wedding. I ate really extra clean and got abs in preparation for said wedding. I started flossing....and kept it up. I participated in the Crossfit Open. I decided it was time I got my nails done on a regular basis. I road tripped to the Pink Pistol and finally marked their root beer float off my bucket list. We had a lot of wedding showers and I opened more presents than I ever imagined (thank you guys). I was invited to Roxy's Ice Cream soft opening. I decorated our home. I scored the fastest 500m row in the gym. I took part in my first #CCBeautySwap. I directed a 5k/10k race. I joined the 200 pound back squat club. I was the guest of honor at my bachelorette party. I GOT MARRIED! I honeymooned in the Bahamas. I swam with pigs. I went to several OKC Energy games. I PR'd a lot, and then I PR'd again. I fell head over heels for brunch....and donuts. I met Joey & Heather from Wild 104.9. I cheered for the Cowboys at every OSU home game. I finally, finally, got double-unders (mostly...). I got sent to Padre for a work conference. I became a contributing writer for Oklahoma Farm & Ranch Magazine. We renovated our kitchen. I vacationed in NYC and loved every single second. I ate breakfast at Tiffany's. I sat on the MET steps like Serena Van Der Woodsen. I found the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. apartment. I made it to the Top of the Rock. I devoured Serendipity's Frozen Hot Chocolate. I saw The Lion King on Broadway. I tried a Magnolia Cupcake. I crossed the Brooklyn Bridge. For Halloween, we dressed up as Andy and Brand from Goonies. I completely and totally changed my way of eating...and am loving it so far (hello, IIFYM). I was promoted. I visited my family in Kentucky for Christmas. I toured an underground brewery from the prohibition era underneath downtown Cincinnati. I spent my New Years Eve in comfy clothes with good food and better friends....I may be getting "old" or "lame," but never boring. Here's to 2016 and what it holds!

A few resolutions, goals and plans for the upcoming year:
  • Work on my decreasing mobility - yoga, stretching, barre, rolling out....whatever it takes. 
  • Learn to do my makeup better
  • Join the 200# front squat club
  • Be the hardest working person in whatever I am doing - aka don't half ass it (gym, diet, work, future plans)
  • Find contentment where I am, while working towards what I want
  • Related: Figure out what it is I really want
  • Road trip to the Magnolia Silos
  • Sign my name on the wall at the Copper Penny 
  • Make a difference doing something I'm passionate about

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