Archive for December 22, 2009

With the holidays rapidly approaching I wanted to take a moment to share an update that I received yesterday from my friend Ashley Kumlien who later this spring will be running across the United States to raise money and awareness for MS.  If you are new to the blog and have not heard about Ashley’s effort you can click here for the story:

The local Fox news in Ashley’s hometown did a tremendous piece on her this weekend that I think captures her drive, determination and her amazing approach to this daunting challenge ahead:

As we get caught up this time of year rushing around trying to prepare for the holidays, standing in lines, hustling from one store to the next (or web-site to the next) looking for that last gift it is easy to forget what it is really all about.  This year I will be traveling up to Pittsburgh on Thursday morning to spend the holidays with my wife’s side of the family and on Saturday will be stopping by to visit Dom.  For me this holiday season that is really what it is all about – spending time with those you care about and those that care about you.

Ashley and Mom Jill

Take some time over the next few days to slow down and enjoy them – look for opportunities to make a difference in the lives you care about. 

Ashley puts it best at the end of the piece about her run in honor of her Mother’s struggle with MS when she says “It’s a big idea, but I can do it, anyone can.  You can walk or run as long as you want as long as you have the time.”

Time is something we all have – it is just hard to realize it sometimes.  I for one am going to make sure to not miss out this year on the hugs, the kisses, the laughter and the joy of being with those that make a difference in my life.  Afterall, that is really what this time of year is all about.

Thank you Ashley for reminding me – you are the greatest.  Happy Holidays everyone!