I’m thrilled to let you know that I’m currently training to run the 2019 Boston Marathon this coming April.
The Boston Marathon has always been incredible and incredibly emotional to witness, and I’ve always had it in the back of my mind that I’d love to run it one day, but recently an opportunity to partner with a local community organization came up and I decided to jump on the chance.
Things in the world have felt overwhelming at times the past few years, and it’s hard to know where your place is when you have so many responsibilities at home with three little kids and all that entails. One of the concrete things that I felt was doable given the parameters of my life was to focus on these three wonderful little humans in my own home and to channel my energy into making sure that they are aware of the world around them and to know that it is imperative to be kind to people, all people, as they learn to navigate the trickier and sometimes unkind situations they’ll encounter.
So, with all that said, I’m really excited to be running and raising money for SPARK Kindness, a non-profit located in our town that is dedicated to creating positive community partnerships to support families in raising Successful, Positive, Authentic, Resilient Kids. It literally could not be more perfect. As I’ve gotten to know the SPARK team I can attest to how amazing and thoughtful these people are. They provide free programs and resources to local families and businesses and I’m truly honored to be their one runner this year.
As is the case with charity bibs, I've signed up to raise $6,000 for SPARK, which may be harder than the run itself! And so I’m asking for your support in raising donations by clicking on the DONATE NOW button!
More information about SPARK!
SPARK = Successful Positive Authentic Resilient Kids
Our mission is to build a kind, resilient, welcoming community where no one feels alone, bullied, unsupported or unconnected. Join us!
SPARK Kindness, Inc. began in 2010 as a grassroots community effort to address bullying and cyberbullying. Now a 4,200 member non-profit organization, we provide free programs and resources, build awareness, and create positive community partnerships to support families.
Local and national experts speak about topics that support family and youth resilience, including mental health, substance abuse prevention, healthy relationships, and digital citizenship.
Natick/MetroWest Anti-Bullying Coalition (ABC)
Founded by SPARK, this coalition of more than 60 member organizations includes parents, schools, town officials, coaches, artists, faith leaders, non-profits and businesses. The ABC works together to take a strengths- and community-based approach to addressing and preventing bullying.
Workshops & FREE Monthly Parent Group
Often led by community members, various SPARK programs provide an opportunity to put principles such as empathy, courage and inclusion into practice while building connection among parents and caregivers. Community Tools & Resources SPARK provides accessible online resources in support of parents and caregivers who are addressing a variety of challenges and skillbuilding needs.
SPARK offers empowered neutrality— a neutral yet active role that allows us to build trust and connect people and organizations that might not necessarily communicate and work together. On a pilot basis, we have begun to build a network of connected organizations throughout MetroWest that work together, at the grassroots level, to support kindness, resilience, and inclusion.
In the words of a SPARK Member:
"Thanks to the top-notch lectures and workshops I have attended to date, I have learned how to better manage my son’s anxiety (and) hone my kids’ executive functioning skills... Do I implement everything that I’ve learned from SPARK? I try. Sometimes I fail; other times I succeed; and admittedly, many times I forget! Still...I try. And that is what SPARK teaches each and every one of us; how to try and make ourselves better as a parent, teacher, aunt, uncle, neighbor...’It takes a village."’