Saturday, August 17, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
I'm just going to be honest. I really do not like running. I like setting goals and attaining them and I like the way I feel as a result of the exercise, but I'd much rather ride my mountain bike or play basketball.
But I'm not riding my bike in the "tour de freedom" or playing in the "shoot for freedom" Three on three tournament. I'm running in the "Stomp For Freedom" 5K run. So, every morning I run and so far, I get a little closer to running 1 mile without stopping. I’m pleased to report this morning was another personal best and I’m starting to feel stronger. Thank you to everyone that has posted support on FB. It’s really motivating.
Today I'd like to share a little more about why this is important to me. There are more than 27 million slaves in the world today. Men, women and many, many children that are property. They have no hope and no clear path out.
I believe in freedom, I believe in hope, and I want to do something to help. But I don't know what to do. So I'm running and I'm writing and I'm looking for others that believe as I do.
I'm including a part of a success story from the Red Window Project. This is why I’m running. I hope you'll give it a read.
"Seemingly destined for a path of permanent vulnerability, Kara is beating the odds. Just 17 years old at the time of her rescue, Kara already knows the burden of supporting her family, the pain that comes with hunger, and the humiliation of being exploited. Yet, she is remarkably fearless in her pursuit to overcome the challenges in her life."
Thursday, July 25, 2013
In other news:
My wife got turned on to the 90 day work out with. A lady called the Bikini Body Mommy posted a whole bunch of daily work outs on Facebook. You can check them out by clicking here.
I don’t really want a bikini body, but then again I’m not a mommy, but I’ve decided to support her by exercising with her.
And I’m not the only one. Our 3 year old joined in on our work out last night. It was so cute to watch her attempting lunges and high knees.
If you haven't already, I encourage you to click here to read about why I'm trying to run every morning
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
So I did it! I got my lazy bones out of bed and I went for a run for the second day in a row. I know it doesn't sound like much, but for me it's a big mental victory.
The run itself wasn't very impressive (about a half mile of actual running and a half mile of run-walk). But like I said yesterday, “it's a start.”
I thought I'd write a little bit today about the work I did last night to set myself up for success this morning. The idea came from a book I read by Dan and Chip called "Switch" that outlines a framework for engineering a change in behavior or a "Switch".
One of the elements of the framework is called "Shaping The Path." The idea is any behavior is typically a set of interrelated steps and that those steps will occur in a particular sequence or along a particular" path." Shaping the path then could be removing obstacles along that path that might obstruct one of the steps in that sequence.
For example, I want to wake up at 5:00 in the morning so, I need to stop hitting the snooze button on my alarm clock. The first way I can shape the path is to move my alarm clock across the room so that I have to get out of bed to turn it off.
The next step for me is to change into cloths that I can exercise in. So, the night before I put a T-shirt, shorts, and socks on the dresser beside the alarm clock and then I placed my running shoes on the floor below.
Finally, I needed to get some coffee in my system to wake me up. So the night before I got the coffee maker ready and set the auto timer.
I'm not trying to say that shaping the path made waking up this morning easy. The behavior took a lot of personal willpower. But doing a few simple things to shape the path prior to the alarm clock going off was a real help to reaching the goal I set for myself.
I think I'll write about other steps in the Switch framework in subsequent blog postings, but if you're interested in the book you can take a look at it by clicking here.
If you haven't read yesterday's blog posting I encourage you to click here to read about why I'm trying to run every morning
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I woke up at five o'clock this morning and got myself out on the blacktop for a run. My near-term goal is to run 1 continuous mile and not feel like my lungs are gonna pop out of my chest. I want to be able to get to this point in two weeks time and I believe the key to achieving this goal is to consistently run every morning.
I did not run a complete mile today, I only made it about a half way and then walked the remaining half. I know, not very impressive at all, but it is a start.
I'm embarrassed by my meager beginnings, but I think that a key to being successful is sharing my success and failures publicly, hence the blog posting. I intend to post a little bit every day and I hope that the two or three people that read this blog will help support me as I set off to achieve my goal.
Why am I running:
It is estimated that 27 million people are currently victims of Human Trafficking. International Justice Mission (IJM) has been successfully rescuing victims of trafficking and prosecuting perpetrators for years. With successful rescues came the problem of aftercare. Shelters and homes are able to take in many of these survivors but are not always equipped to effectively transition these young women to be self-sufficient members of society. Because of this and several other factors these survivors are frequently running back to a life of bondage and abuse, falling into a cycle of repeat trafficking.
Red Window exists to facilitate a process of economic, social, and spiritual reconciliation for survivors of trafficking and exploitation. Red Window is providing a revolutionary new approach to trafficking aftercare by focusing on training and equipping survivors to become economically self-sufficient and effectively re-integrated into society. They accomplish this by bringing together and supplementing existing services available to survivors in Cebu. Working with local aftercare homes, vocational training facilities, churches, counseling services, the business community, the social welfare department and other organizations they are able to coordinate holistic services that are capable of reconciling each trafficking survivor with God, the economy and their social environment. Red Window’s hope is to replicate this process in many locations around the world, ending vicious cycles of repeat human trafficking.
On September 7th, my church, Cornerstone Fellowship, in Livermore, CA is supporting a 5K run at Shadow Cliffs Park in Pleasanton, CA called "Stomp For Freedom" to benefit the Red Window Project.
I don't know if I'll be ready to run the whole 5K on September 7. But I'm going to be there and I'm going to finish. I’m certain I can walk 5K.
I have a daughter and the thought of someone else's daughter suffering under this kind of horror is really disturbing. I hope you'll visit my donation page and read more about why I want to run. If your so inclined, please consider donating to my fundraising goal.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I’m bummed that I won’t be able to make it back for Jim’s Memorial weekend and I’m sure that I’m not the only one. But just because we are separated by distance, doesn’t mean that we can’t share in the experience.
I asked Zifchak how I could contribute and he suggested I help gather quotes, well wishes and Jimisims that can be posted on the golf carts during the outing.
We’re asking that you consider a donation of $25 to send along with your quote, but times being what they are, we completely understand if you can’t swing it. SEND WHAT YOU CAN OR JUST SEND A QUOTE! Jim was all about brotherhood and I recon he’d be really irritated if a couple of lousy bucks kept anyone from participating.
If we receive enough responses, we’ll collect them in a booklet that event participants can take home from the event.
So, if you’d like to participate, please mail your quotes to:
Jason Clause, 1440 4ht Street, Suite B, Berkeley CA 94710
You can also send quotes by email to Jason@jasonclause.com
I can’t wait to see what you come up with!