by Deborah Rogers –
The January issues of the magazines I read in my youth were always full of “new year, new you.” It felt like every January you had to pull up your socks and reinvent yourself. January 1 meant the start of a diet, a commitment to an exercise regime, and all the baggage of feeling like the “you” that rolled out of the end of the year simply wasn’t good enough to start this fresh one with!
I think we’ve come a long ways, in fact I can’t remember the last time I heard someone talking about New Year’s resolutions, especially not ones around restriction. People are more likely to talk about expanding horizons, either physically or metaphorically. Personally, I love to have a far-off goal, and in January you’ll often find me signing up for something to train for.
This year I have chosen my goal based on a passion, and I want to share it with Seaside readers in the hope that you might support me.
I wrote about the Victoria Women’s Transition House last year (March 2022 issue) and the essential work they do supporting women who have experienced intimate partner violence, through their emergency shelter, and extensive counselling and support services. In March this year there is a 10km race happening at Elk Lake and I have put myself forward as Charity Champion to raise funds for VWTH. With the support of my incredible Seaside colleagues I am heading up a team – Seaside’s Peninsula Powerhouses – to build on the community of incredible women runners that I know, and to hopefully raise some significant funds for this cause.
Running has been the source of many of my friendships. I’ve found that a group of women runners is a very supportive place to be: we talk, laugh (occasionally cry), give advice, listen, offer solace and encouragement.
Will you join our running community? Sign up for the Goddess Run and select the Seaside’s Peninsula Powerhouses team; you can fundraise alongside me. Or if running isn’t your thing perhaps you would consider a donation to our group’s effort? Find all the details on the Seaside Magazine website.
Thank you for your support, and please email me if you’d like further details: email@example.com.
Photo by Janis Jean Photography. Clothing provided and styled by Ecotopia Naturals.
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