Monday, June 24, 2013

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Yesterday I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the Boston Athletic Association's 10k. For those of you who do not know, the Boston Athletic Association is the same organization that has put on the Boston Marathon since April 19th, 1897. The B.A.A 10k was their first event since the tragedy that occurred this past spring.

The event was incredible. Everyone was decked out in blue and gold (organization's colors) in honor of Boston. There was a moment of silence for the victims of the marathon and even the winner of the marathon Lelisa Desisa, presented his medal back to the mayor of the city in honor of the race (I also got to meet him!). The energy and pride that one felt in the audience could not be explained.

It was a shared experience and one that I will remember for the rest of my life.

To me, my time or a PR did not matter, but what mattered was being a part of something larger than myself and sharing this experience with everyone there. Every runner their had a story, whether they were the elite trying to place for the chance at a title, a man who had been at the Boston Marathon participating or the older woman who had a "Boston Strong" shirt on trying to give back and do something in honor of her city. This race filled my expectations and more.

For the past year, I have had the pleasure of interning for Phired Up Productions. Phired Up is an education firm that helps organizations grow and helps in engaging people around their purpose. One thing that Phired Up has developed is the notion of "social excellence". Within social excellence there are four pillars:
  • Curiosity
  • Generosity
  • Authenticity 
  • Vulnerability
Yesterday I saw and experienced all four of those. I experienced curiosity when I met a few new friends while waiting at the starting line. I learned about where they came from, what they did, what brought them to Boston.

I saw generosity throughout the whole entire race. Between the volunteer cheering me on by name (it was on my bib) on the sideline to this conversation I overheard at the finish line:

"Thank you so much for pushing me and supporting me while we ran together, I really appreciated it"


Those are conversations you don't hear everyday and it warmed my heart to hear that. It shows the power of the running community.

I saw the power of authenticity when marathon winner Lelisa Desisa, spoke and presented his medal
Lelisa and me!
to the city. He showed compassion and care. He went around connecting with different runners in the audience, taking pictures, handing out autographs-he was an authentic leader and person.

Lastly, I experienced the power of vulnerability from every individual at that race. As mentioned before this was the first race by the B.A.A since the tragedy. For some runners this may easily have been their first race since participating in the marathon, for some it was their first race ever, some may have had doubts showing up because of what had happened...needless to say every individual had a story and every individual put their hearts out onto that course for the city of Boston. That is vulnerability, that is social excellence.

I am so thankful and grateful for this experience. I couldn't have asked for a better race or day. What is your most memorable race? How have you seen social excellence within your organizations, clubs or communities?






xox,
gfr


For more information on Phired Up, please visit: http://www.phiredup.com/
For more information the Boston Athletic Association, please visit: http://www.baa.org/


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

That time I met Lauren Conrad...


This is not my typical blog post, but I need to write about it.
I met Lauren Conrad.

That's right.

LC.

Ever since I was younger I was an avid Laguna Beach fan and later The Hills. When I was casually browsing Twitter on Monday (@gfrimmaudo), I saw that LC was going to be in Mass! When I checked out Google Maps it was to my surprise she was going to be at the Barnes and Noble 20 minutes from where I am currently residing.

I, of course, had to go. And I am so glad I did! Once I got there, I was a few hours early so I decided to grab some coffee and wait till I could get in line. While getting coffee I met new friends, Hannah and her mom! I told them about my blog so of course here's my shout out to them! Once we were able to get in line I started getting so excited! I thought about what I could say to her....this is how it played out.

Me: "I LOVE your blog! I read it often and use it as an inspiration for my own. You are amazing!"
LC then told me, [Disclaimer: This is not a direct quote as I do not remember the wording exactly],

"You look like a blogger! You have great style and just have the look, you're going places"

I was star struck! I still cannot believe that that happened! Here's a picture of how it went down:
 




Needless to say it was an amazing experience and has inspired me to blog more! I plan on incorporating my style into it more too, starting with today's #OOTD (Outfit of the Day for those who are not big into hashtags!). 

Yesterday at Old Navy I found this adorable top for 7 dollars and I had to wear it today. I combined it with a necklace from Francesca's, my Michael Kors watch, white glitter Jack Rogers and khakis from The Limited. Perfect summer outfit for a casual day at my internship! 

What are some of your favorite blogs? How do you take a great find and pair it with accessories you already have?


OOTD

xox,
gfr

Thursday, June 13, 2013

gratitude.


What is gratitude?

As defined by Merriam-Webster, gratitude is a noun that is "the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness."

When doing a simple Google search (oh so characteristic of my millennial generation) gratitude comes up in religions, psychology, as the "Queen of Virtues" and in the form of rocks to give to people.

I started exploring this idea of gratitude last year when I read Brene Brown's book "The Gift of Imperfections". Brene talks about practicing gratitude and how it will truly bring us joy in our lives allowing us to live wholehearted lives.

Watch Brene Here!

This is something that as I embarked onto my 23 year has been extremely important to me and something I have really been trying to work on.

Lately I have really been reflecting on my experience here up in Massachusetts and there is so much to be grateful for....to name a few:

  • I am grateful for the experiences I've had so far within my department and the opportunity to learn
  • I am grateful for the ability to be able to run again and being cleared with the physical therapist
  • I am grateful for the amazing company I've had with my cohort members and student affairs friends 
  • I am grateful for my family and the support they have given me while away
  • I am grateful to be alive and healthy
The other day I had the opportunity to visit Copley Square to see the Boston Marathon Memorial. It really made me realize how amazing this city is and how despite everything they have come together and shown kindness to the victims and individuals present. This is what expressing gratitude is about.


This year I want to continue to express gratitude and continue to pay it forward. So with that I have decided to do it in a way that means so much to me...

The Disney Princess Half Marathon registration has already opened for next year. Because it was my first half marathon, my roommate and I pledged to do it again. This time I got a sorority sister to participate as well. However this time around I will be raising money and running with the St. Jude's Children's Hospital charity group. I have pledged to raise $2000 dollars for this amazing cause while doing something I am passionate about. If I am going to run, I want to do it for something, for someone. This has always been an organization I have cared about and I finally want to give back. 

I thankful for this experience and I am so EXCITED to get started on fundraising! To donate please visit my personal page at:


Your donation will help a child with cancer or another life threatening disease through research and treatment. Your donation will help a family who is facing a tough path in their lives.  

Give thanks, love one another and express gratitude. You'll be glad you did!



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Revisiting a VISION


Last summer I had the amazing opportunity to attend the George Mason University session of LeaderShape. It was something I had always wanted to do as an undergraduate student and was so happy I finally got to be a part of it the year I graduated.

For those of you who do not know what LeaderShape is, LeaderShape is an institute that is held across the country through national sessions and at universities. Students have the opportunity to learn how to be change agents in our world and to create visions with a "healthy disregard for the impossible". Another big part of LeaderShape is also learning how to lead with integrity. 

Needless to say this program changed my life. During the month of July I will have the opportunity to reconnect with LeaderShape at the AFLV session at UCLA as an on-site coordinator. I am so excited to give back to this program as it gave so much to me.

Now, like I said the big part of LeaderShape is creating a vision. My vision during the program last year was something along the lines of:

A vision of a world where negative stigmas around mental illness were eliminated

This was something that meant a lot to me and still does. While reading the news yesterday, I was so delighted to hear that MY VISION is something that our country wants to help eliminate at the Mental Health Summit. I am feeling so inspired and grateful that this serious issue is finally being put into the spotlight. I am also inspired by the reaction from national groups who are taking action on bring this issue out more. Without stigma, people do not have to live life in silence and can be free to be who they are and get the help they need.

With that being said, this summit inspired me to take action, to do even more about it. I plan to be a find a way to be a part of conversations and dialogue on how we can make this great in our country, state, college campuses and more. I plan to continue to be an advocate and a voice for the topic. I also even signed up to volunteer with groups that help the cause to help reconnect to my vision. You too can be an advocate and a voice. I have provided some resources below for you to check out! Overall this movement, inspired me to reconnect to my vision.

And with that I am so thankful for my past opportunities that have lead me to where I am!

For more information on these topics and institutes, check out the following!:

The LeaderShape Institute

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Active Minds

#mentalhealthmatters !


My amazing LeaderShape cluster family, United Underground, May 2012

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