Today is my birthday and I have already been showered with blessings and well wishes from friends around the world.
My 17 year old got up at the crack of dawn to prepare a special birthday breakfast for me before heading out to her baby sitting job — a perfectly cooked egg for my morning protein with a gluten free raw cacao and coconut pancake served with an extra dose of love.
I am so grateful to be surrounded with loving, beautiful, giving people… and to be vibrantly healthy! At 48 I feel stronger and more confident than ever. I have three gorgeous daughters and a loving husband, my business is blossoming and I have the opportunity to serve moms and their families daily.
One of the things I particularly cherish is my ability to give back … To share my gifts, my time, with people all around me — men, women, and especially children.
This past Sunday I had the privilege of doing just that with my daughters, as we participated in a truly magical event — introducing chronically ill children and their siblings to the art of FLYING with the amazing FOCUSfish!
I’m not sure I have the words to adequately describe how exhilarating it was to feel the intense joy that filled these precious children.
Their entire beings just radiated with pure, unfiltered, overflowing JOY!
I am so grateful that my 17 year old daughter captured these beautiful moments!
This event took place thanks to a partnership between FOCUSFish and CoachArt, two amazing nonprofit organizations dedicated to enriching the lives of children of all ages and abilities. This was my first time volunteering for this event with my daughters and we cannot wait to do it again.
Eighteen children joined us — half of them living with an illness or special condition that makes physical activity challenging. The children or their parents told us what restrictions we needed to be aware of so that they could have a positive experience.
As the children experienced movement in a completely new way, I saw tears of joy… Smiles so big they reached far beyond the moment at hand … I saw the pride that comes with overcoming fear … The exhilaration of defying gravity… The thrill of doing things that are supposed to be “impossible”.
I saw children free to be children, to move, run, dance, spin, and fall to the ground laughing so hard!
We lifted, supported, cradled, cheered and celebrated.
Those two and a half precious hours filled me to the brim. Through their unbridled happiness these children gave me the most beautiful and lasting gift of all. The gift of knowing that a small gesture can have such a profound impact. Their enthusiasm was contagious! Their love wrapped itself around my heart and made it soar!
I have personally known the power of FOCUSFish’s unique approach to physical education and fitness for many years. I have witnessed it’s transforming power in my own life and now in that of my 7 year old. This summer I had the immense pleasure of starting to teach with FOCUSFish, which has been a wonderful, enriching experience.
After witnessing the real magic of FOCUSFish on children of all abilities this past weekend I am more passionate about their mission than ever.
This coming weekend, Sabrina and I will be participating in the first ever FOCUSFish Fly-A-Thon, a special fundraiser to bring the gift of PE to underserved schools who cannot afford any “enrichment” programs, be they art, music or physical education. I believe that every child deserves these programs as they are a fundamental part of their emotional and physical development, which is why I have set an ambitious goal for our family.
I invite you to support our fundraising efforts and touch the lives of children who deserve to feel vibrantly alive and free!
On Saturday Sabrina and I will each demonstrate 15 skills — 10 on silks and 5 on trapeze. You can make a flat donation or make a pledge per trick.
To pledge your support, please visit our page at http://flyathon.dojiggy.com/themilorafliers. Your support no matter how big or small will make a real difference in the lives of these children.
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!!
How do you give back? Do you have a favorite non-profit that you support?