TNT Fundraising Update: Yoga, On the Beach & LLSC Lottery Winners!



A few weeks ago before the “2 month till race day mark” officially passed I was feeling quite anxious about NWM and running all together. Let’s face it Cecilley and I have a lot of fundraising left to do and time is running out. In my mind a few months back, I wanted us to have reached half our goal by now. Long story short, we haven’t.

But thankfully Jackie Szabo, my yoga teacher wonder, and her generous soul wanted to help us out. We put together the LLSC Lottery and bam! Donations started coming through. Then we planned Yoga, On the Beach! And as luck would have it, even more donations were contributed to our cause. Thank you, friends!

I started to feel a little more at ease.

So now that Cecilley and I have two successful fundraising events under our belts we would first like to send a big congratulations to Robin McLuskie the grand prize winner of the Weekend Yoga Retreat at the Harmony Dawn with Jackie and Jess Lemon!

And congratulations to our other lucky winners: Kristi Soomer, Jennifer Piggott, and Deborah Hudson!

But the highlight of this fundraising journey, for me, will forever be doing yoga at Sugar Beach. Unfortunately, the particular weekend we chose was looking gloomy and rain was in the forecast. The two most terrible signs you could deal with when planning a morning yoga class outside at a beach. After humming and ha-ing over what to do, we decided to play it safe and not gamble with Mother Nature. We switched the date to Sunday that Friday afternoon. Changing the date of your event is never a good thing because you risk losing people. Sadly, one RSVP no longer could come, but the sun shine, she came that morning.

It was picturesque view. The sun glistening on the water, the sand glowing under our mats – it almost felt like being in Costa Rica again. Almost. Minus the pick umbrellas behind us.

Doing yoga on the sand was harder then it seemed. The ground was a bit uneven which meant you had to be extra mindful in balancing poses. We worked hard, we sweat, and breathed in the lake water breeze as we flowed. It was all good. We even had a few spectators – a mix of bikers, tourists and perhaps some party goers from the night before. Again, it was all good and something to do again for sure! Jackie made the class fun as always and with only four people practicing, we all received special attention. It’s impossible to have a bad class with Jackie, sand or no sand, she is a joy to have guided us through this class. I am forever grateful to have a spirit like Jackie’s in my life to mentor me as a yogi and inspire me as a teacher. Jackie, thank you!


Even lunges on the beach were harder than a practice room!


And the fun doesn’t stop there. Our upcoming events include (please email me if you’re interested in attending or would like more information):

8pm Karma Class at Moksha Yoga Downtown, Friday August 24th (all proceeds of this class will support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada)

Come And Swap It! A clothing swap at Cecilley’s House, Saturday August 25th (donations accepted at the door. We will even come pick up the clothes at your house in advance)

We hope to see you there!

Yoga, On the Beach!

UPDATE: Due to rain, Yoga on the Beach will now take place on Sunday, August 12 at 8am. Hope you can join us!


Now that you’ve all purchased your Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada lottery tickets – because I know everyone has – I wanted to extend the invitation to attend Yoga, On the Beach. Yes, this is another Team In Training fundraiser Cecilley and I have planned. As I said before, we have a long ways to go!


Okay, so the class won’t be at this beach. But you can pretend!


Come yogis, one and all! And start your weekend off on the right foot.

Join us at Sugar Beach for a special sunrise class on the beach staring at 8am. We’ll be rising and shining to a funky, creative vinyasa flow, taught by the amazing Jackie Szabo.

Your donation of $15 will help support Cecilley and Jill’s marathon mission, and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Please leave a comment on our donation page indicating your attendance to the class.

Please bring your mat, some water, and a towel for a possible after yoga dip, perhaps? And for those interested, optional brunch will follow. We haven’t yet picked a spot so please leave your suggestions.

And for those who may be driving, there is an Impark located at 178 Queens Quay East. Important details to provide for event planning. As well as directions – google maps! And again the time is 8am to 9am on Saturday, August 11th Sunday, August 12th.


This is proof. If you come do yoga on the beach, you will be as cool as Cecilley.


Honestly, what could be better than yoga, brunch and great company?

We hope to see you there!

The LLSC Wellness Lottery – a TNT fundraising effort


Wow, August is finally here. And with that came a very scary realization for me – come August 14th, Cecilley and I will have exactly 2 months until our (half) marathon mission will happen. Oh my goodness… that literally just sank in. Holy crap! The clock it ticking and the weeks are winding down. I need to step up my game here, start running way more, run some hills, and get on this fundraising business.

We have so much to do, and so little time.

This is where we can really use your help! One fundraiser Cecilley and I have going on is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada Wellness Lottery!

Jackie Szabo and Jess Lemmon (two very lovely Moksha Yoga teachers) are organizing a yoga retreat August 17th – August 19th at the Harmony Dawn Ontario Retreat titled, “Building Strength In Your Practice.” Sounds amazing right? Well you could still go to this sold out retreat – how? That’s where we come in.

For a $27 dollar donation made to our fundraising pledge, you will be entered in the lottery for a change to win accomidations to the reatreat with Jackie and Jess. That’s the grand prize.

There are four prizes to be won including, two 5 class cards to any Moksha Yoga studio you wish, dinner for two at Feel Good Guru and lastly a David’s Tea prize pack.

All proceeds from this lottery will be used to fund blood cancer research across Canada and provide educational support services for those affected by the illness. The intention of the Wellness Lottery is to incorporate cancer prevention into our fundraising efforts. As such each prize promotes environmental sustainability and a healthy, active lifestyle.

Still have questions. Just ask me! But hurry the lottery closes Friday, August 10th.