10 In 2010 + A Life Changing Decision

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Merry Christmas EVE!!!

I snuck in a quick but intense 20 min treadmill hill workout early this morning to start the holiday off on the right foot. It’s been rush, rush, rush all morning!

 

Let’s begin:

You may recall, last year I wrote my 9 in 2009.

It is simply a list of 9 NEW things that I wanted to do in 2009.

I recently did a recap of my goals if you want to check it out and see how I did for 2009.

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Onto bigger and better things….2010!

Here are 10 new things that I want to accomplish in 2010:

1) Sell Glo Bars in stores

Approaching local stores is not something I really had time for while starting up the business in 2009, however I hope to really make headway with this in 2010. I will approach local health stores, grocery stores, kiosk stands, bakeries, gyms, lemonade stands (hahaha jk), etc.

2) Work a booth at the local Farmer’s market this spring/summer selling bakery goods

Last March I applied to the local Farmer’s Market, but I was rejected because they ‘didn’t have room’. Which is code word for ‘your business is only 1 month old and we don’t think you will sell anything.’

Hopefully this year I will get in and be able to prove myself! I know the bars would sell like hot cakes and I just want to get in there and SELL. I don’t care if I have to get up at 3am on Saturday mornings, I really think it would be a great fit for me!! Should I get in I will likely be hiring someone to work it with me.

3) Run my 3rd half marathon (May 30, 2010) and set a new PR (sub 1 hour 56 mins.)

Myself and a few other girls are already signed up for the Toronto Women’s Half Marathon on May 30th 2010. I actually found out we have a wedding to go to the night before (gulp!), so I am going to have to really keep it an early and alcohol-free night!

4) Write a book

I have a lot of ideas floating through my head that I am just itching to do. Patience is a virtue, however!

5) Furnish our bedroom and decorate

This year for Christmas, Eric and I exchanged small gifts because we want to buy ourselves bedroom furniture. Let me tell you, there is a reason that I have never shown a picture of our bedroom on this blog! It is a sad state. We have a bed and 1 set of old drawers…and that is all she wrote.

The room is not warm, inviting, or pretty. :( It’s hideous!

Our plan is to look for Boxing Day sales and hopefully find a good deal on a bedroom set. We also want to paint and get new curtains. If anyone in Canada sees any deals let me know! :) I saw a few sets I liked at The Brick, but they weren’t on sale (yet).

6) TRAVEL!

This was one goal in 2009 that did not happen! No time, no money. However, we hope to be able to travel a bit in 2010. We have plans to go to Florida in MARCH and stay with my mom and stepdad as they are renting a condo in Naples. It will be a really cheap trip as we are going to fly out of Buffalo and we won’t have to pay for lodging. We aren’t sure of the date yet, but I will be organizing a blogger meet-up if we go, so stay tuned for details! I hope to be able to meet a bunch of you lovely gals and travel around FL a bit too. I used to live there, ya know! ;)

7) Attend a Blog Conference

Being a Canadian Blogger is tough! I have had to sit here and watch so many American bloggers attend fun conferences and get to meet! Well, I decided this year that would change. I am taking the reins and hoping to attend the Blog Her NYC Conference! A few of us Canadian gals might be road trippin’ together. I really hope we can swing it!! No promises yet though, it is still just in the ‘crazy idea’ stage.

8.) Save MONEY.

So #6 and #7 may not jive with this goal, however I do think it is possible to be frugal and have fun at the same time! I started this goal early actually. Yesterday, I called Rogers (My evil cell phone provider) and I slashed my cell phone bill in HALF! How did I do this? Well, I decided that I could live without Caller ID, call waiting, etc. I also decided that I could do without my data plan (texting, email). I have a basic $20 plan now that is 200 anytime minutes (which they don’t even sell anymore at that price, now it is $30- ha!), and my monthly bill will now be $31 CAD per month (incl. tax) instead of $65 CAD a month. That is a savings of $408 in 2010!!

My wallet feels bigger already. Yawhoo!

Am I sad about not having email and texting and caller display?
HELL to the YES.

But to be honest, it will miss me more than I will miss it… ;)

In 2010, I will be finding ways to cut back just like I did with my cell phone. I think that there are many things that we have in life that we think are necessities, but they really aren’t. At the beginning of 2009, Eric and I cancelled our Cable TV. And guess what? We don’t miss it much. Most of the shows we watch are on the local channels and other shows we can find online. It is a savings of $600 a year.

9) Get new packaging for Glo Bars and purchase UPC codes for Glo Bars

I am also looking into a US distributor for the bars and using Fed Ex instead of Canada Post for a postal company. Stay tuned for details! Lots of changes will take place in 2010.

10) Raise money for those in need!

In 2009, I raised over $3300 for the Canadian Cancer Society. This year I plan on raising more money for cancer, however I will also be raising money for a new charity…

NEDIC- otherwise known as the National Eating Disorder Information Centre. I will be partnering with NEDIC in 2010 to help raise much needed funds for eating disorder research and support.

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So there you have it. The 10 NEW things I want to do in 2010.

A fresh year ripe with opportunities, don’t cha love it?

What are some new things you want to do in 2010?

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What potential life-changing experience did I sign up for?

Many of you guessed a marathon and some even a Triathlon, but I must tell you what I signed up for has nothing to do with sports.

A few weeks ago, I read a really touching story in a magazine.

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It was an article in November’s SELF magazine called ‘The Stranger Who Saved Me’

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It is the story of a women who signed up to be a Bone Marrow Donor and saved the life of Anna Robinson, a Leukemia sufferer.

Bone marrow is the soft, jelly-like tissue that is found in the hollow centres of bone. Bone marrow can be likened to the factory that produces stem cells which are the building blocks of blood itself. Donors donating bone marrow will undergo a surgical procedure where the stem cells are collected from the pelvic bones.

A small number of stem cells are also released into the circulating (peripheral) blood. There are drugs available that can be given to a donor to dramatically increase the release of the stem cells into the circulating blood so they can be collected directly from the blood stream.

Donors may be asked to donate either bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells depending on which product is considered to be the best choice for the patient.

Not only did the donor save someone’s life, but the two women were able to meet a year later!

I read the article on the treadmill after a really sad day. We recently received news that an immediate family member was diagnosed with testicular cancer. :(

It is the type of news that makes you stop in your tracks and question everything that you do each day.

I don’t think it was a coincidence that I read this article that day. Normally I read a magazine while on the treadmill to pass the time, but during this workout I started to cry on the treadmill as I read this story.

It was extremely touching, heartfelt, and inspiring.

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I knew without a doubt that I wanted to do this.

Having worked at Canadian Blood Services before, I was already familiar with the bone marrow donation and received training on it, but I did more reading up on it to see if it was something I wanted to commit to.

I applied for the One Match program and I was contacted by Canadian Blood Services the next day. They are sending me a swab kit in the mail which will determine if I am a good candidate for the program. I take swabs of the inside of my cheeks, and send it back in the mail to them.

If I pass the swab test, I will then be entered into the world wide bone marrow registry.

I may be contacted or I may never be contacted. There are many people who are bone marrow registrants who are never called upon. If you are a match you will be called and you then have further testing done on your to determine if you are still a suitable candidate. It could be for a recipient anywhere in the world.

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What diseases are helped from marrow and stem cell donation?

  • Specific forms of cancer:

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  • Bone marrow deficiency diseases caused by abnormal red blood cell production, such as thalassemia or sickle cell disease
  • Aplastic Anemia which is the lack of normal blood cell production
  • Immune system disorders (immunodeficiencies)
  • Metabolic Disorders

There are two methods of donation: peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) and bone marrow. The patient’s doctor chooses the donation method that is best for the patient.

PBSC donation is a nonsurgical procedure that takes place at a blood center or outpatient hospital unit. For 5 days leading up to donation, you will be given injections of a drug called filgrastim to increase the number of blood-forming cells in your bloodstream. Your blood is then removed through a needle in one arm and passed through a machine that separates out the blood-forming cells. The remaining blood is returned to you through the other arm. Your blood-forming cells are back to their normal levels within 4 to 6 weeks.

Marrow donation is a surgical outpatient procedure that takes place at a hospital. You will receive anesthesia and feel no pain during the donation. Doctors use a needle to withdraw liquid marrow from the back of your pelvic bone. The marrow replaces itself completely within 4 to 6 weeks.

I thought about this long and hard and I researched both the bone marrow and PBSC procedures to determine if I was willing to do this. I do not think that this is a decision to take lightly and I would not encourage anyone to just ‘sign up’. I really think it has to come from within and be based on a well-informed decision.

For me, recent life events have made me realize how precious life is and how much I take for granted each day. In 2010, I really want to focus my energies on giving back as much as I can.

By the way, as for the big ‘M’ question…well, you will have to wait and see I guess! ;)

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On a somewhat unrelated note…

I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas!!!!

I truly thank you for your support in 2009. It has been a great year and I couldn’t have done this blog or the bakery without your support!

Be safe on the roads if you are traveling today. I hear that some of the US is under a huge snow storm! Anyone out there reading this who is snowed in??

WE’RE OFF TO FLY in the sky all the way to my BIRTHPLACE- Moncton, NB!

Catch ya on the flip side. ;) Will be blogging from dad’s. YAY!

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Paige @ Running Around Normal December 24, 2009

What wonderful goals, Angela! Personally, I can’t wait until you start writing a book – you have so many great stories that would make wonderful book ideas :)
I’m so sorry to hear about your family member:( That is such a great article. Makes me sad I don’t get Self anymore – I’d like to read the whole thing!

Merry Christmas, sweetie!

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Michelle @ Eatingjourney December 24, 2009

I am glad that you signed up to be a blood marrow donor. I am. I think to myself…If I have it..and it can save someone..why wouldn’t I? It’s the same way that I feel about organ donation. Good on you.

Happy Holidays Ange! May 2010 bring amazing things your way.

~M

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krissy December 24, 2009

Wow – what an amazing set of goals to aspire for in 2010! As usual you continue to inspire and amaze me! One thing I am thankful for in 2009 is having you become part of my life – I know I have found a friend for life!
I love you and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas! Say Hi to Moncton for me!!! I miss it!!!
xoxo
Krissy
P.S. Travel safe! And we are getting together ASAP when you get home!

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Lauren December 24, 2009

Merry, Merry Christmas! Travel safe and be well.

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Holmgirl December 24, 2009

Joining a marrow donor program is a fantastic thing to do! I’ve been registered for quite some time, and actually “got the call” a few years ago. The patient ended up having the best-case scenario– she didn’t need the transplant. But at no point during the testing did I doubt my decision. Whatever pain the surgical procedure might’ve caused was menial compared to giving someone a second chance.

Merry Christmas and safe travels!

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Danielle (Coffee Run) December 24, 2009

Wow I really admire that. I wish I were as brave as you to donate my bodily fluids! And I didn’t know you could be rejected from the farmer’s market..?? They’ll be sorry ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 24, 2009

HAHAHAHA I know, I didnt know I could be rejected from a farmer’s market either!

Im determined to get in this year!!!!!!!

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megan December 24, 2009

Wonderful post. I love how you truly practice what you preach. You are so sincere and it really shines through in every post. I can’t wait to read along on your adventures in 2010.

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megan December 24, 2009

p.s. one of my close friends had leukemia and had to get a bone marrow transplant. Thankfully his sister was a match, so he didn’t have to wait or anything. But I truly admire your decision.

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Caroline December 24, 2009

I love your goals for 2010! I especially like how you plan to cut costs, I kind of want to try doing something like this.
Hope you have a great Christmas!

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Jen Williamson December 24, 2009

Got snowed in with 22 inches here in northern Virginia! It was a great chance to relax with the hubby and do absolutely nothing! :) Great goals for 2010! Merry Christmas to you and thanks for being such a great inspiration for the rest of us!

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Amy December 24, 2009

Have a wonderful holiday season! :)

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Mellissa December 24, 2009

Such a great post and I truly admire you for wanting to help someone with a potentially life threatening illness. We are not snowed in yet in Minneapolis but by Saturday we should have about 15 inches of snow, an amazing white Christmas!

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Nikki T December 24, 2009

Wow- what a brave and selfless thing to sign up for Angela. Good on ya!

I’m so glad to have found your blog in 2009 and looking forward to going through 2010 with it in my life!

Have a great holiday- travel safe!

~Nikki :)

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Carbzilla December 24, 2009

Your post brought tears to my eyes this morning! I think those are wonderful goals (and I love Naples, FL so good call on the inexpensive trip!). We have a Caveman Bar guy at our Farmer’s Market, and I think he does well. I think that’s my favorite goal of yours, though having them in stores (way less work) is a great one too!

Have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! I can’t wait to hear how the Boxing Day sales go (I’m actually going to a Boxing Day lunch as friends are here from England – but I’ll be staying away from the after-Xmas sales. Pay off/Spend less in 2010 is what I’m shooting for).

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Ashley Jackson December 24, 2009

I had considered signing up to be a bone marrow donor last year and for some reason put it in the back of my mind and forgot about it. This post reminded me to sign up–just submitted my request for the typing kit. Thank you!

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Erin December 24, 2009

I’m in Nebraska, and we’re getting a very nasty storm as we speak. Yesterday was raining slush, which froze overnight and we are now expecting 10-15 inches of snow by the afternoon of Christmas Day. We’ve already got a foot of now on the ground from the storm we got 2 weeks ago…thankful my Dad’s family is in town and I am not travelling this year!

A very Merry Christmas to you, Angela!

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Britt December 24, 2009

I just became a bone marrow donor about a month ago. I was so excited to be a part of something so huge.

Merry Christmas to you and your family! I love Moncton!! :)

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Danielle December 24, 2009

Angela you are such an inspiring person in each and every way… and if I don’t only admire you for what you accomplished in 2009 (although I really actually do) then I have no choice but to do so for all the good you will do in the future. Becoming a bone marrow donor is a terrifying and selfless thing to do, you’re amazing. Enjoy your holiday at home and best wishes for another spectacular year!

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Miriam December 24, 2009

Hey! I did the swab test about 3 months ago. I am now on the list of donor. In French we call that : donneur de cellules souches… I subscribe to be a donor after I received an email from a friend who’s friend (who is my age) suffer from a disease called (in French again) lymphome non-hodgkinien (it probably sounds very similar in English but I am not taking the chance to mistranslate!) and was in need of marrow and stem cells. Even if I don’t know this person, I felt compelled and I though that if I’m ever in the same situation, I’d like as much people to go pass the test to increase my chance of finding a match and give me the chance to live a little longer… or even heal completely. Even though I was scared of the whole process, I was thinking of how scary it is for this person having to face death everyday and suffering, and for the people around her. Unfortunately I am no match to this person but however remain on the list for the rest of my life. We never know, I might help someone one day! :)

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Madeline @ Greens and Jeans December 24, 2009

I’m in the marrow donor program here in the States! I have two close friends whose lives were saved by marrow transplants and another good friend who has had two heart transplants! Without organ and marrow donations these amazing people wouldn’t be here today, so putting myself on the list is the least I can do!

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Crystal December 24, 2009

I really commend you, all of you, who are so selfless! I actually started to tear up just reading your post. I am truly touched by the amount of amazing women in the ‘blog community’ and it is this type of thing that make me so proud to be a woman! Thank you all for being so incredible and inspiring!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 24, 2009

What a fabulous decision Ange!! You are so inspiring and such a wonderful person. Have a wonderful Christmas! :)

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Susan December 24, 2009

Woohoo! I’m heading out to drive to Moncton right now! Have a safe flight!!!

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gymbunnycoco December 24, 2009

Hope you get into the farmers market . That wld be awesome . I love farmers markets … Though I have to look the other way when I pass the meat and fish stalls!!
That is fantastic you are beoming a donor ! A fabulous thing to do . Myb step dad recently died – he had leukaemia :(
Happy Holidays xoxo

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Jewel December 24, 2009

I signed up to be a bone marrow donor many years ago…I have never been called, although I am a little scared about being called!

But still…I have always felt that if my family ever needed something like that I would hope there would be enough people brave enough to step up to the plate…but how could I expect that if I wasn’t brave enough, so I stepped up too.

Congratulations to you for your beautiful decision…and your list of 10!

I would like to attend a conference too…they look like so much fun!

AND I have my fingers crossed the dates work out so I can make Naples in March…I am IN if it does…Naples is only about 2 hours away from me and I would be so excited to meet you! (Yeah..I kind of just invited myself I guess!)

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Claire December 24, 2009

You never cease to amaze me and inspire. You have such a great heart.cc

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Ameena December 24, 2009

Great goals for 2010…I am also really touched by your decision to be a donor and I am going to look into doing the same. What a great way to start next year!!

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Aletheia December 24, 2009

You are a true inspiration, Angela. Thanks for doing all that you do, and for inspiring others along their own journey at the same time! Oh she glows, indeed. :)

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Bec December 24, 2009

those are some great goals Angie! have a great time down east with your dad :)

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Julie December 24, 2009

Thank you so much for deciding to be a donor!!! My mom has myeloma and my cousin has leukemia so this type of donation is near and dear to my heart.

Your goals sound fantastic!

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Natalie M. December 24, 2009

Hi Angela,

I haven’t had the opportunity to read your blog since the healthy living summit took place in August. I started graduate school and life has been quite hectic which means no time for my blogs :(
I hope to catch up with your posts over break. I just wanted to stop by to wish you and your family a very happy holiday season!

(btw I think joining the One Match program was a fantastic idea and a great way to spread joy)

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Bridget December 24, 2009

WOW!!! What great goals. You are so inspiring! A true role model to me and other women :)

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve!!!! I am so excited about your 10 in 2010 – great goals!!

Some things I want to do this year include:
1) Learn to run and run a half marathon in September
2) Get in to Grad School
3) Spend time on me – this winter semester will be my first semester off EVER!! After 10 years of going to university every semester, I cannot wait to have a semester to myself to do things I want to do for me. I am going to read books for fun, organize my recipes … etc :-) I miss the little things.

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Kelly December 24, 2009

I read the same article on the treadmill the other day. I think it’s great that you signed up. I am still thinking about it right now, but someday I am definitely going to do it.

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Bronwyn December 24, 2009

Those are some great goals! I know I’ll have some fitness goals and some financial and educational related goals. :) I plan to post them on my blog soon.

Good for you for donating bone marrow. That’s amazing! We really need more people to sign up for things like that, and for organ donation and that sort of thing. I really need to even just donate blood.

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Mo December 24, 2009

WOW! I am so impressed with your decision to be a bone marrow donor. And then I read that so many of your fantastic readers are too! What a great group of people who converge here every day! I am so happy that I get the opportunity to read your blog and the comments from such enlightened and open-minded people. You all rock! :-)

Merry Christmas to everyone!

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Ashley (whole-ier) December 24, 2009

I live in Naples – so if you want to know the places to go- I’m happy to share! Would love to meet up as well- I’m a huge fan of your blog!

Merry Christmas!

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Amanda December 24, 2009

Bless your heart!

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Jamie December 24, 2009

I also read that article- I hardly ever read articles from start to finish but I coudlnt stop reading this one. IT was such a touching story. I admire you for putting yourself up for that.. it is a BIG committment. Congrats!!

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Kate December 24, 2009

I love your 2010 things to do! I also want to save more money towards my next car. I also want to read at least one book a month, go to hot yoga once a month (its too expensive and time consuming to go all the time, but also a great stress reliever), visit my brother and his wife when they move, learn more about wine, and send birthday cards ON TIME to my closest friends and family members. :)

I also got a quick 28 minute workout in this morning! Spending a relaxing Christmas with my parents (celebrated last week with the rest of the fam). Hope you have a safe and Merry Christmas!

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