My grant writing side gig highlighted how complex and unwieldy getting goods and services to people in need can be, and at some point I pivoted from trying to secure money for nonprofits to being the one that delivered the money to the people in need. So this summer I started my own nonprofit foundation with the singular purpose of granting scholarships to Title 1 high school students in the Los Angeles area.
I’m so happy to announce the winners of the 2019-2020 Second Chances Scholarship awards. These six outstanding high school students have demonstrated perseverance and strength in overcoming adversity, establishing academic distinction, and giving back to their communities. These kids have made an impact on my heart and continue to inspire me; truthfully, I am not sure who helped who in this whole process. They are quite simply remarkable young people and a reminder to never give up on any child or youth.
Anyway, if you want to read their stories, here is the link. There is also a donation tab on the site if you feel inclined to do so. Zero money goes to administrative fees or expenses – it all goes to the kids. Meaning, the more money raised —> the more students like Stephanie, Naidelyn, Arlet, Angel, Linda, and Cecilia get served.
Love wins. Yay.
Stephanie Hernandez Hijar
Animo Leadership Charter High School
Career Goal: Pediatric Nursing
Lynwood High School
Career Goal: Criminal Justice/FBI
Manual Arts High School
Career Goal: Social Work/Therapist
Lynwood High School
Career Goal: Journalism and Business/Entrepreneur
Nava College Preparatory Academy
Career Goal: OB-GYN
Van Nuys High School
Career Goal: Filmmaker
So The Plan was to complete two more weeks of training and then one week of taper, entering into Surf City on Super Bowl Sunday. That was The Plan anyway. Here’s what actually happened from my training notes.
Between the leg strengthening, the mileage, and the one-hour plus of aqua jogging to supplement my mileage, my legs are like “Why tho? What did we do to you?!?” Ha.These are my weekly miles in the last 6 weeks: 11, 6, 19, 27, 31, and 34. My long run in those 6 weeks went from 3.5, 3, 4 to 12, 13, and 14. Yikes.
I have been going with a red lip more than usual in 2020, and yesterday I got a compliment about my lipstick. 99% of the time I go make-up free except for lip color, so in this area I exercise great discernment (read: I will spend). Finding the perfect red had been particularly challenging…until I went to Bite Lip Lab. I have posted about it before, but it’s been only in the past year or so that they opened a Larchmont Village location, so now it’s accessible to all my LA friends.
My strategy in this six week accelerated training cycle is to ramp up mileage for three weeks and then focus on speed for three weeks. That will give me the week of the race to rest, and then we go! Do not try this at home, kids. I am honestly just winging it. Here’s the summary of the last two weeks of Operation Hurry Up and Get the Mileage Up!