Purpose Project Update

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With 5 days to go until the end of my Purpose Project for clean water I wanted to give you an update on how's it's going! 

The Running // Is going well! I'm up to 6 miles on my long run days and I have seven weeks to go until I run my first 1/2 marathon! No injuries thus far and hopefully it will stay that way. Some days I run with a friend, some days I run alone, and some days I run on the treadmill at our local YMCA which is my least favorite. Today I did a four mile run on the treadmill and it was close to torture. It's just so booooorrring. 

The Raising // At the beginning of the month I set a goal to raise $1000 for clean water in Africa. I fell in love with The Mocha Club last year when I attended The Influence Conference. I loved meeting some of their staff and hearing about how they are very intentionally making a big difference for the beautiful people of Africa. 

"The challenges that face Africans today are as diverse as HIV/AIDS, access to clean water, and the vulnerability of women. Mocha Club is committed to locally developed projects where the community identifies the needs and the response. The end goal is always to create real, sustainable solutions" (Mocha Club website)

When I decided to partner with the Mocha Club last September and give a portion of the profits from my Live With Less t-shirt sales to them, I knew I needed to pick one of their five projects. I was torn because I felt like all we're equally important but the one that kept resurfacing in my heart was CLEAN WATER. So I made the decision to support their clean water project and my passion has only grown for this cause/crisis over the last year. The statistics are staggering, friends. 

*Approximately 800 million people lack access to clean water. 
*More than 3 million people die every year from a water related disease. 
*The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. 

Clearly there is MUCH work to be done. I know that $1000 probably won't even make a dent in the clean water crisis but I do know that it will still make a difference. 

So... as of today $376 has been raised towards my goal of $1000 and I have 5 days to go. Will you help me reach my goal and be a part of making a difference in the lives of people who desperately need clean water? 

Click HERE to donate any amount. And don't forget to enter the giveaway! Thanks friends!  

{And in case you missed this video I posted last week, here's a chance to check it out.}

Why I'm doing a Purpose Project.

During the month of August I am partnering with one of my favorite organizations, the Mocha Club, to do a Purpose Project. Mocha Club started the Purpose Project initiative about a year ago with Blair who was the first one to lead the way! The idea behind a Purpose Project is to choose something you've always wanted to do or accomplish and match it with a fundraising goal that would help support one of the Mocha Club's five strategic and solution-orientation, relief and development projects in Africa.

Those five projects are: 
clean water, education, women at risk, HIV/aids + health care, and orphan care. 

In September of 2012 I launched the Live With Less t-shirt line that would give 50% of it's profits to the Mocha Club's clean water project. The more I learned about the clean water crisis around the world, the more I became passionate about helping to make a difference. It's a devastating reality that millions of people around the world don't have access to clean, drinkable water and they're dying because of it. So for me, it was an easy decision to continue to support the clean water project this month as I embark on my first Mocha Club Purpose Project! 

Why did I choose to run a half-marathon as my goal? Well, to be honest I'm kind of asking myself the same question. I'm a little freaked out. I've always been a runner and I've always loved running but I've NEVER run that far in my life! But, it's always been something I've wanted to do. I feel like I can't call myself a "real" runner until I can put half-marathon (and hopefully one day a full-marathon) on my list of accomplishments. So I'm going for it. 

My goal this month is raise at least $1000 for clean water. And let me tell you, $1000 can go a LONG way in an impoverished country. Just $7 can provide clean drinking water for five Africans for 1 year! That's a BIG difference, right? 

So here's the question... will you join me on my journey this month and help me reach my goal? If my goal of $1000 or more is reached I will be running a half-marathon on September 29th in Lake Zurich, IL. 

If you'd like to donate just click here and then click on the DONATE button. 

Thanks for your support friends!