60 Miles in 3-Days...San Diego here I come...

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TeamRaiser Achievement Badge
Raised $2300+


111 percent of goal achieved.

Goal:  $7,500.00
Achieved: $8,330.00

"Red Rosies and Pink Posies" - A special "pink" design with ALL proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen 3-Day - for details visit: http://blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com
"Red Rosies and Pink Posies" - A special "pink" design with ALL proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen 3-Day - for details visit: http://blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Thanks to the love and support of my dear friends, family, and the AMAZING needlework community, I have reached my initial fundraising goal of $7,500 for the Komen 3-Day!! Yes, I am happy dancing!! I am so very touched by the show of support and the notes I have received - thank you so very much. I can't even begin to express my gratitude - I am overwhelmed by your kindness, love, and generous support. I have heard from several people that I should raise my goal higher...that I might get more donations if I was still working to reach my goal...but I think all of you know that no matter what my thermometer reads, I will still be trying to raise funds for breast cancer education and awareness - my ultimate goal will always be "more". To my family, friends, and needlework enthusiasts - I  sincerely thank you for your love, encouragement, and donations - my journey would not be possible without you!

It has taken me quite a bit of reflection to compose a post that expresses what this goal/challenge truly means to me...and we all know I am not usually at a loss for words...I just didn't think the standard fundraising page conveyed my heartfelt emotions...

My first thought - how can I even begin to ask my friends and family to support me with a donation - especially in these economic times. To be completely honest, there are two things in life I am definitely not good at - asking for help (yes, we all know that I am extremely stubborn)...and discussing anything that has to do with money (it truly makes me cringe) - but one thing I am good at is conveying my passion...and I am extremely passionate about this goal. So passionate, that this "high maintenance girl" is willing to spend two nights in a tent...yep - three days of walking and camping (without electricity, without make-up, and wearing my glasses) - for me, that is about as serious as it gets...

I am walking with Lois - she is a best friend, a mentor, an inspiration, and has truly touched my life; my days would not be the same without her friendship, advice, and comfort. She is a fifteen year breast cancer survivor and I am truly thankful every single day that she did not succumb to this dreadful disease. I am honored to walk with/for Lois...and for so many other women and men who are bravely fighting/have bravely fought or watched a loved one battle breast cancer.  

Our team is called "Twinkle Toes" (perfect, don't you think?!)...
We are walking in remembrance of friends and family - we are walking to honor the survivors - and we are walking to support the fighters. We are walking to raise awareness - we are walking to raise funds - we walking for a CURE

The facts:
To participate in the 60-mile 3-Day walk, a participant must raise a minimum of $2,300 - as you can see, I have set my personal goal quite a bit higher at $7,500 dollars...and I know that may seem a bit outrageous, but it does seem obtainable...it's an average of $125 per mile...and I truly intend to surpass my goal! I hope you will consider making a donation - no matter how big or small, you will make a difference. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised by the Komen 3-Day help fund national research and large public health outreach programs. The remaining 25 percent helps fund local community and affiliate support and outreach programs.

Please join me by making a donation - I am extremely thankful for your support - together we can fight this disease and find a cure...  

...and so it begins...my training is in full swing...I'll keep you updated on my progress...
I'm ready for this incredible journey!

AKA - Baby Twinkle Toes 

Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deeds are the fruits.


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November Update...
I can't believe it is November already...where have the months gone?? I am headed to California is just a couple days...and the big walk is next weekend. I feel prepared and excited for the event...and will be keeping all my supporters in my heart as I walk the 60-miles...my journey would not be possible without each and every one of you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. All of team Twinkle Toes will be keeping in touch during the event via Facebook and Twitter...and I will definitely be doing a blog post upon my return, so you can see where this journey has led me and the difference we are all making! To date, our magnificent team of five walkers and one crew member has raised almost $28,000 - which is just INCREDIBLE - and we are so very grateful for all the love and support - THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

by Belinda Karls-Nace on Sun, Nov 10, 2013 @ 10:24 AM CT

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October Update
I can't believe it is already October...and only 45 days until the big walk in San Diego! I have logged close to 1,000 training miles since the first of the year and I am feeling great (and prepared) for the 60-miles ahead of me. I continue to be touched by the love and support of my family, friends, and donors - you all motivate me! As of this post I am only $795.00 from reaching my ultimate goal - and I am overwhelmed by everyone's generosity. I have a few more items to collect for the walk, but everything else is in order - travel arrangements have all been made....and I am super excited about meeting up with my Twinkle Toes team members in November....xoxo

by Belinda Karls-Nace on Tue, Oct 01, 2013 @ 8:05 PM CT

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It's almost September...
...where have the months gone?! - it seems like I just started this journey yesterday...and now it is only 82 days until the big walk in November. I am so excited to make the trip to San Diego...and I have been keeping up with all my training, so the 60-miles will (hopefully) be comfortable/enjoyable - in fact, I just walked 11.11 miles this morning. I am so very thankful for all the love and support I have been receiving - it has been overwhelming - thank you so much for your donations and encouragement - you all motivate me!! I am well on my way to reaching my fundraising goal and that would definitely not be possible without all my generous supporters - THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH - my heart is smiling!!

by Belinda Karls-Nace on Sun, Aug 25, 2013 @ 12:30 PM CT

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July Update
Friends and family - thank you so much for your continued encouragement and support! You are amazing me with your kindness and generous donations!
This month, I released a special needlework design exclusively for donors...if you are a stitcher, you can find all the information by visiting:

To received this special "pink" design with all proceeds benefiting the Komen 3-Day simply:
1. Visit my fundraising page: http://www.the3day.org/goto/Belinda.
2. Make a minimum donation of $15.00.
3.Send me an e-mail (designer@blueribbondesigns.com) with "Red Rosies and Pink Posies" in the subject line. The body of the message can be as simple as "I made a donation".
4.I will verify your donation and reply to your message with a PDF attachment of the design.
Easy Peasy!

My training continues to go well - and I am logging major miles! Now my task is to gather all the needed supplies for my journey...and purchase several more pairs of shoes. I have already purchased my airline ticket for California, so things are really starting to come together. In the coming weeks, I will be posting new items in my Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueRibbonDesigns) to help with all the expenses...I will keep you updated when they will be available.

by Belinda Karls-Nace on Tue, Jul 09, 2013 @ 10:24 PM CT

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Happy June...
I booked my airline tickets to San Diego today...and I have started to gather the required items for the walk (I'm hoping my husband comes through with a pink camouflage sleeping bag). I have logged hundreds of training miles and continue to walk daily - it is starting heat up in Iowa and we are experiencing quite a bit of severe weather and rain, so I have been hitting the treadmill when I can't walk outside. I have also been busy working on a creative fundraising idea and hope to have more details soon....
Thanks for following my journey...and for your love and support!
xoxo, B.

by Belinda Karls-Nace on Tue, Jun 04, 2013 @ 6:35 PM CT

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It's May!
April was a great month for training - I logged over 100 miles outside and enjoyed every minute of it! I finally have the right shoes and socks...and my core is built up for 10+ mile walks...I truly look forward to each day I get to "pound the pavement". I spent a week in California, where I got in a ten mile walk with one of our "Twinkle Toes" captains...plus, all five members of our team were together for the first time...we have a GREAT group!
I have been working on some fundraising ideas, in hopes to add to my donations in the next couple months...I still have high hopes to reach my goal by November!

by Belinda Karls-Nace on Thu, May 02, 2013 @ 8:14 PM CT

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A March Update...
I have been continuing on my journey - walking almost daily...even though it has been mostly indoors on the treadmill. Yesterday the sun was shining for the first time in quite a while and temperatures were in the 40s - I celebrated by walking almost ten miles outside in the sweet sunshine...I was so happy to break in my brand new shoes, even though I had to dodge the puddles and melting snow. Now to get more serious about my fundraising - November will be here before I know it and I still need to raise quite a bit of money to reach my goal...
Thank you for visiting and for making a donation! I heart you...

by Belinda Karls-Nace on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 @ 12:29 PM CT

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February Update
After finally recovering from a two week bout with the flu, I am back to my regular workouts. I am still doing mostly treadmill walking, as the ground here is still snow and ice covered. This past weekend, I had my first hard workout (post flu) and logged 10.15 miles in 2:39, so I am feeling pretty good! I am extremely thankful for the donations thus far and still have high hopes to reach my goal - please consider making a donation - together we can find a cure for this dreadful disease...

by Belinda Karls-Nace on Wed, Feb 06, 2013 @ 10:56 AM CT

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A New Year - New Goals
Hello family, friends, and supporters! Just a new post to let you know my training continues to go well - I am walking long distances on the treadmill almost daily....the ground outside is covered with snow and ice and temperatures have been resting right around zero degrees, so for now, I train indoors. :-) Simba and I have been walking anywhere from one to three miles outside daily, but the weather definitely slows us down. Looking forward to spring, when I will be able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Thank you to all who have supported and encouraged me - I heart you...I am really looking forward to November!

by Belinda Karls-Nace on Wed, Jan 02, 2013 @ 3:15 PM CT

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Training Update...
November 29, 2012
I decided it might be a little overwhelming if I post an update each and every week - there would be pages and pages of blog posts - so I will slow it down a bit, but still keep you apprised of my progress.
The COLD weather has definitely arrived in Iowa and slowed down my neighborhood walks - I am still managing a couple miles outside each day, but I am definitely spending some quality time with my treadmill.
I am still extremely excited to be taking this journey and I am so very grateful for the donations and support I have received thus far....I'm on my way to achieving my goal!

by Belinda Karls-Nace on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 @ 1:21 PM CT

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My Weekly Trainig Update - Week Two
November 20, 2012
I had another good week - even with a terrible blister on the ball of my right foot (and trying to take it easy), I managed to log just over 20 brisk walking miles...and several hours of cardio. The weather has been unseasonably warm and I am taking advantage....looks as if we are having a drastic drop in temperature by the end of the week. I am headed out shortly to walk a new path - it is almost 60 degrees today and I am not going to let this sunny November day go to waste!
An extra special thank you to a very dear friend for the donation this week - I am blown away by your generosity! <3

by Belinda Karls-Nace on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 @ 2:02 PM CT

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My Weekly Training Update - Week One
November 13, 2012
It has been one week - and I got quite a bit of walking/training done. I logged 28 walking miles and 3 hours of cardio. I am taking advantage of the final days of decent weather before the snow and ice arrive. I'm thankful for my fancy treadmill - when winter weather hits, I will be able to continue to train....it's all good!
A special thank you to my first three donors this week - I am on my way!

by Belinda Karls-Nace on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 2:52 AM CT

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