Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I for one LOVE this holiday, but not in the traditional way.   While I truly adore my husband and our annual dinner and gift exchange, I use this holiday to show some love to the single most important person in my life….ME.

I started the tradition of purchasing something special for myself several years ago.  It was then that I realized that I am the only one responsible for me and my happiness.  I don’t look for extravagant gifts, but rather gifts that speak to my heart (and rarely make sense to anyone but me).  I am so excited to share this year’s genius Valentine to myself…a headband. 

photoThis is not just any headband, it is a Team in Training Headband from the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.  Now before you think I have totally fallen off my rocker, I couldn’t just buy a Team in Training headband and not be a member.  That would be like wearing Harley gear while riding a bicycle.  So in addition to the headband I also joined the Team in Training to raise money and awareness for our fight against blood cancer.  Specifically, I registered to raise some serious money and participate in the San Diego Rock and Roll Half Marathon in memory of my baby sis. 

My first Team training was Saturday morning and required me to get out of bed at 5:30am on my Saturday off.   Now remember that I am doing this TO myself and ON PURPOSE, even still I did not anticipate being ABLE to get my butt to Nashville for this training.  So you can imagine my surprise when I woke at 5:15, a full 15 minutes before my alarm was to go off.  I like to think that my sister was to blame, but I walked 3 miles anyway.

Now, here is the kicker, the reason why I am sharing this here…with you.  I am scared out of my mind, not sure I can raise the money, and not sure I can complete the half marathon.  I NEED you guys, and once again I am asking for your support in whatever way you can.  Please take a moment to checkout this video, take a peek at my fundraising page, and stay tuned to see how this Valentine’s gift works out for me.