Just a little laughter exercise fun for Halloween!
Join me on Sunday, October 27, 2013 and get your Giggle On for the Mental Health Association of Delaware!
My mission is laughter and laughter ALWAYS finds a way!
By the way, today, October 10, 2013, is World Mental Health Day, and it is the perfect time to raise awareness about mental health.
I support the MHA because I believe in the importance of raising awareness about depression, mental illness and suicide. Every life matters. Everyone deserves the chance to live and to live well.
I am also very thankful for the opportunity to attend a recent ASIST suicide prevention training provided by the MHA. Within 48 hours of the training, I was using what I learned on a Skype call with someone in need of help. Thanks MHA, specifically: Laurie, Ali, Jennifer, Emily, Jim & Roberta!
I understand the important exercise plays in mental health from my own personal experience and from medical research. Walking, running, swimming, weight lifting, yoga and laughter have a real and significant positive impact on mood.
I am also very thankful to the MHA for for the opportunity to attend a recent ASIST suicide prevention training class. Within 48 hours of the training, I was using what I learned on a Skype call with someone in need of help. Thanks MHA, specifically: Laurie, Ali, Jennifer, Emily, Jim & Roberta!
Get your Exercise On!
Reference: Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity, Mayo Clinic
Let’s show Wilmington how Team Giggle On rocks the E-Racing the Blues event!
Click right here to be redirected to our team sign up page.
If you are unable to participate in the 5K walk/run or the 10K, but would like to make a donation to support the Mental Health Association, please click here and unload the contents of your bank account. *giggle* We appreciate anything you can do!
This year I’ll be leading the 5K Laughter Warm-Up at 9:00 am. You read that right: I will be conducting a 10-minute laughter warm-up session that will prepare 5K participants’ bodies and minds for the race while teaching them how to laugh unconditionally in order to improve their mental, physical and emotional health.
Team Giggle On 2013 will hit Dravo Plaza on the Wilmington Riverfront this October 27th at 8:30 am and WE NEED YOU to make this event memorable whether you run/walk or not! Come out and help me show the participants how to warm up by getting their Giggle On!
We need YOU to help E-Race the Blues!
This year’s team is dedicated to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide especially all my SOS friends (SOS is an acronym for Survivor of Suicide), people like Kelli, Jayla, Annie, Shawn, Dawn, Patti, Kim, Erica, Dempsey and especially friends and family of the Two Jims, James Karl Thompson & Jim Ed Sims.
Dravo Plaza is near Frawley Stadium where the Blue Rocks play. Get directions here.
In previous years, we wore silly hats and clown noses to rev up the fun and playfulness. If you have gear from prior years, by all means wear it, but don’t feel compelled. We’ll love you, take you and laugh with you no matter what you wear. Just PLEASE make sure you come clothed. Nobody but your momma wants to see your birthday suit. Capiche?
Please welcome Santa as the new middle linebacker for my truck. Yesterday he became the new team captain for a special Christmas huddle on the dashboard of my Toyota Tacoma.
In addition to giggly interior holiday decor, I decided to spice up the holiday with some fun Christmas spirit in my vehicle.
Yesterday I had to make a long drive (an hour and a half) to attend a business meeting down state. I got myself all gussied up in my red cowgirl boots, dark wash Lucky jeans, new Anne Taylor Loft coat (purchased on sale) and my purple and red Om Scarf (a gift from my girl Stace).
I am not a clothes horse by any means but I am VERY thankful for the things that make me look good and feel good…especially these boots! Ohhhhhhhhhh, purty.
I purchased these lovely specimens in Austin, Texas this past August at a famous store called Allens. I bought red because I wanted to strengthen my root chakra, feel more grounded (thus boots) and bring more passion into my life. So far, so good! ;-) I recall buying the boots from a handsome young man named Tyler…if I was only 10 years younger….ahhhh – thanks again Tyler. I love these babies!
Gratitude is an important part of daily living. The more I give thanks, the better things get.
When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears ~ Anthony Robbins
As I prepared to hop in the truck and jimmy-jam down to the middle of the state, I stopped dead in my tracks.
Something was wrong, very wrong.
There’s NO way I was going to drive straight through to Brazil without some special giggle device close at hand. I wasn’t in the mood to bring the Yodeling Pickle, the kazoo or a clown nose. Just not feeling it.
Fun. While. Driving. Is. MANDATORY. Period.
There are two main rules in life:
1) There’s always room for Jell-O
2) There’s always room for FUN!
Live it, Love it, Learn it! – Carrie Bradshaw, SATC
I grabbed my Christmas friends from the shadow of Chambord Jesus and dashed to my truck to make the “formal” introductions.
DBJ and DBB (Dashboard Jesus and Dashboard Buddha) were VERY excited to meet new friends. Jesus was absolutely beside himself with happiness to see Santa (aren’t we all). They all started to huddle up immediately with Santa holding court smack dab in the middle.
Hut 1 for Jesus
Hut 2 for Santa and Rudolph
Hut 3 for Buddha!
As much as Jesus’ was thrilled to be side-by-side with Santa, his joy was soon surpassed when “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood started blasting out of my truck’s audio system (it’s not really a “system” *cough* it’s just the standard radio that came with the 1998 Toyota Tacoma).
Frankie Goes to Hollywood ALWAYS gets my booty moving! Laser ba-eems.
The move to bring fun props on my trip was a conscious decision to increase the fun quotient and decrease stress. I don’t like driving much and with impending snow, I knew it was going to be a long day in the truck. In all seriousness, I’m glad I planned fun into my ride because the roads were slippery, traffic was horrible and the ride back home took twice as long as anticipated. My ride yesterday was a great example of creating a Giggle On moment in the face of stress. Laughter IS the antidote for stress. Just sayin’…
My Dashboard Christmas ornament was featured over at the YogaDawg site today as part of their YogaDawg Holiday Gift Guide 2010. Thanks Dawg!!
The Santa and baby Rudolph are part of my personal Rudolph holiday play set and there’s no way I’m selling my Santa! Get your own! *laughing*
Best wishes to you all for a very giggly Christmas!
Please join Team Giggle On™ Sunday, October 25, 2009 for the E-Racing the Blues Event benefiting the Mental Health Association in Delaware.
Update: November 13, 2009. The Team Captains Luncheon was help today and thanks to the 74 registered participants on our team we were recognized by E-Racing the Blues Chairwoman Jane Castle for having the largest team in the 2009. We also were congratulated for raising over $3,000 for the organization. Thank you to everyone who joined us in spreading the laughter and raising awareness.
We had so much fun (even me in my wheelchair). Enjoy the photos below.
Let’s get our Giggle On™ together this October 25th.
Sign up today folks – I NEED YOU!
Mental Health Statistics
According to the NIMH, “an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.”
Kelli walks in memory of her dad, John Pedrick and I walk in memory of Jim Thompson. Both of these men died by suicide and we miss them a lot.
Kelli and also I co-facilitate a peer-to-peer support group for Survivors of Suicide Loss twice a month in Hockessin, Delaware. If you have a question about the group, please contact Kelli or email me at christa (at) giggleon (dot) com.
Register HERE to join the grooviest and most giggly team the Mental Health Association in Delaware has EVER seen – Giggle On!
If you cannot participate, make a donation, p-u-lease. You’ll earn Giggle Karma points, I promise! Kelli and I understand times are tight financially, really we do, but your donation of $25, $50, $100 or more would help a lot. Thank you.
Please bring your checkbook or cash for the great Giggle On raffle. Tickets will be sold for $2 a piece or 3 for $5. You’ll have the chance to win the following items donated by Delaware businesses:
One lucky Giggle On Team member will win the Giggle On basket of Playfulness. All you need to do is enter your name in a drawing before the walk and I’ll draw the name of the lucky winner after we complete the 5K.
Directions to Dravo Plaza in Wilmington, DE
Dravo Plaza is near Frawley Stadium where the Blue Rocks play. Use this link for directions
The event is held rain or shine so please dress appropriately.
If you have a Giggle On shirt, hat or sweatshirt, please wear it to show support for the team. Proceeds from the sale of Giggle On items are donated to charity. To purchase, visit the Giggle On Store at Café Press http://www.cafepress.com/GiggleOn3 or see the fun girlie items at http://www.justjen.com/buy/tshirt-giggleon.htm