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Oh, February.

Let’s be honest for just a moment: February is a “blah” sort of month. Besides Valentine’s Day (for those of you that don’t spend it watching Netflix with a bottle of wine), there’s not much else that happens. It’s the final stretch of winter and let me just tell you- those 28 days seem like an ETERNITY when we’re all daydreaming of spring break.. on the beach.. in the sunshine.

February. Never. Ends.

So, to combat the February blues, I’ve decided to indulge in another #selfchallenge. (I love hashtags; you should probably just accept this now.) And, as usual, my #selfchallenge will incorporate the Charity Miles app. Throughout the dreadful month that is February, I will be walking, running, and/or biking 100 miles for various charities. With exactly four weeks to spare, the goal is to accomplish 25 miles/week. Obviously, I’m hoping for this polar vortex slash winter tundra nonsense to completely vanish.. I would much rather be able to jog in my neighborhood, walk around the mall, or (finally fix my bike and) go for a bike ride around town. But, thanks to the most recent CM update, the app is able to utilize the iPhone’s accelerometer to track distances indoors. It’s a little iffy on the elliptical, but definitely works on the treadmill!

In addition to my distance goal, I am also completely eliminating pop/soda and fast food from my diet. I’m no stranger to either feat; I’ve gradually weaned myself off of pop/soda during the past 2 1/2 yrs., only drinking it if I have a strange craving for the taste or am in dire need of caffeine (and am lacking coffee). I can also count the number of times I’ve had fast food since May 2013 (nine, maaaaybe ten or eleven if we’re counting just ice cream), which is a huge deal for someone that used to go to McDonald’s every night in college. 

“But how will you motivate yourself?”

As I quite literally #lol at asking myself this question, I’m going to share another favourite app with you all. Pact, formerly known as GymPact, is a motivator app for your smart phone that pays you to go to the gym. How great is that?! Reversely, when you make your pact, you set the stakes for not completing your owl goals. My personal stakes are a mere $5- more money than I would like to lose, however. I used to avoid the gym. Now, I’ve only ever missed one day of working out! You can read more about the app and it’s additional programs here.

So, that’s how I plan on getting through February. Will you join me in a #selfchallenge?

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As someone who loves both social media and making a difference in our world, I am always in awe with what ideas people create to combine these two passions of mine.

First, I was introduced to Charity Miles. This mobile application allows walkers, runners, and bikers to track their personal mileage and donate their miles to the charity of their choice. For each mile that you walk or run, 25¢ is donated; for each mile that you bike, 10¢ is donated. My friend Chris implemented a competition throughout the state of Indiana, encouraging universities to raise more miles than their competitors. While I’m proud to say that Ball State was the Charity Miles Challenge champion, I’m even prouder to say that my involvement didn’t stop there. Thrilled by the idea of being able to make a difference from my own pocket, I continued to utilize Charity Miles and was eventually featured in their Spotlight On blog after my friend Aaron and I challenged the CM community to a #September70 #selfchallenge. And to think- all of this involvement and interaction with various charities in our world was stemmed by one simple app.

Now, I’ve discovered a new app that allows me to reach out and help others. (Don’t worry, CM! I’m still using you- especially after your most recent update.) Started by Johnson&Johnson, Donate a Photo allows you to, well, donate your photos to various causes. While their cause list may be smaller, their impact is just as mighty. For each photo donated, J&J donates $1 to the cause that you have selected. They’ll even stamp your photo for you, proudly showing the world what cause you chose to support that day.

You now have an excuse to take that embarrassing selfie!

I could advocate for these apps all day and all night, but that’s not going to do much of anything. What will do something, however, is you downloading either one of these apps, using them, and making a difference in our world. So go. Help a child go to school. Protect a child from bullying. Provide support to the Special Olympics. Stand Up 2 Cancer by walking a mile or two. It doesn’t matter how you help the world, it only matters that you help.

And I quote: “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World.”


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