Healthy and Back to Nonprofit Fundraising



Aliza Sherman, Beth Kanter, and me at a book tour event in Boston for Happy Healthy Nonprofit

I hate starting posts with iterations of “it’s been too long since I wrote” because that means life got in the way.

For 2016 and even the beginning of this year, I’ve been focusing on getting my health back on track. Thanks to some amazing doctors, my health issues seem to have resolved!

As anyone knows that has been sidelined by an injury or health related issue – your focus unfortunately gets singular to getting well. In my experience, that meant fitness was just not a priority. Nor was writing blog posts. (I missed writing too!)

The great news is, I can tell I’m back to my old healthy but over-scheduled self. I’ve been able to take on some nonprofit volunteer commitments and am happy about it.

When I’m working (still job searching but hopeful) I’m a nonprofit fundraiser. I’ve got about 7 years of experience in fundraising and I love it!

I’m currently temping as a fundraising staffer at a community health center in Boston. It makes me so happy to be back working on fundraising activities! I find myself humming a happy tune when I’m being a nonprofit nerd, looking at 990 tax returns for funders to see if they could be a fit for our nonprofit, based on who they have funded in the past.

One of the volunteer commitments I mentioned is serving on the planning committee for Community Servings LifeSavor event. I’m working on asking for donations for the balloon pop portion of the fundraising event. It makes me so happy to be able to use my fundraising skills to help a nonprofit I’ve volunteered for and admired since 2002.

Community Servings believes food heals. They live that mission by  preparing and delivering 9,600 meals each week to individuals and families who are homebound and living with critical and chronic illnesses. The made-from-scratch meals are medically tailored to meet the nutritional and medical needs of clients who are fighting illnesses like HIV/AIDS, diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and many others.

If you know of anyone that may be willing to donate an item or gift certificate for the LifeSavor fundraiser for Community Servings, let me know & I can send you details.

Another nonprofit commitment has been serving on the development (fundraising) committee for is Lady Project. I’ve been helping them with some grant research and writing. I also help with overall fundraising strategy and attended a development committee meeting in Providence on Saturday morning. It’s very exciting times for The Lady Project with the opening of our new space for nonprofit events and celebrating our 18th chapter joining us!

I have time to read again (YAY) and I finished The Happy Healthy Nonprofit earlier this month. I highly recommend it! The photos above are from earlier this month when a book tour took the authors to Boston to record a podcast. I greatly enjoyed being in the audience.

I’m currently reading Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership: Because Nonprofits Are Messy. I received an advanced copy of Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership because I’m also volunteering as part of her book launch team.

I’ve read Joan Garry’s blog for years – must read for funny but realistic advice for nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers. Her book is WONDERFUL! I hate putting it down and read it every chance I get. I even stopped playing Pokemon Go on my subway commute to and from my temp employer, so I can read this book instead.

So, I think you can tell, I’ve been busy and I feel like myself again!

My work schedule right now won’t allow me to return to November Project, but my next goal for myself is to find a way to schedule fitness activities back in my life.


Cyc Boston Has Re-Opened


Cyc Boston is back!

Our doors are open, Boston! The studio is still located at the Park Plaza, but some changes have been made to the check-in process due to the closing of David Barton Gym. 

When you arrive for class, you must check in with a Cyc staff member at the upper vestibule,
who will be there 30 minutes prior to class.

We have full access to the lockers rooms– including showers stocked with soaps and towels.
If you use the lockers, please remember your code!

We look forward to seeing you on the bike soon.
Please don’t hesitate to call the studio if you have questions!

– The Cyc Boston team

Still Loving Pokemon Go


This woman dressed as a Pokemon Go trainer was in line behind me at the grand opening of Think Geek in the South Shore Plaza back in November

2016 was rough for me workout wise.

But, one thing I did keep up was playing Pokemon Go.

Part of my getting back to health plan has been taking a daily walk, and playing Pokemon Go gives me additional motivation to get out, since the game is location based and played on my phone.

For the winter season, the game designers allowed you to catch Pikachu wearing a Santa hat – which made me laugh.

I’m level 31 in the game now. I’m only missing 1 of the original pokemon in the game (Aerodactyl – for those who also play and were wondering.)

New pokemon are being added to the game, so for me – it doesn’t get old.

I also enjoy playing the game with my husband and in-laws. It’s been a fun reason for more walks around Castle Island in South Boston.

My in-laws gave me a Pikachu hat for my birthday, which gets great reactions from both kids and adults when I wear it.

Readers – do you play Pokemon Go?

If you’re outside of the US, can I come visit you to get the region specific pokemon?

I have plenty of the US regional pokemon ready for trading once the designers introduce it.

Photo Blogging Challenge – Tis The Season



I am looking forward to a new year starting this evening. 2016 was filled with health issues and uncertainty for me. I got laid off in January and have been temping. I’m hoping I land a full time permanent job in fundraising soon.

The theme for the December photo blogging challenge was “’Tis the Season.

Hope you enjoy my photos!


Santa visited my 3 year old cousin on Christmas Eve!


The city of Quincy loves Christmas – the building is our old city hall


This musician dressed as an elf with her puppet sidekick made my commute very enjoyable!


The Prudential Center in Boston is very festive – with the wreath above and ornament outside


Finally, here’s a shot of Boston in early December

The joke in MA is “if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute”.


This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

Cyc Boston Closed

I have a sad update on the spin studio Cyc Boston.

Dear Cyc Fam, 

Sadly, we have been informed this evening by Club Ventures, the owner of DavidBartonGym at Cyc Boston, that the facility will be permanently closed, effective immediately.  

We will be following up with additional details this week, but please feel free to contact should you have any questions about your specific account. 

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this situation may cause, and appreciate your support through this transitional period.
We will see you on the bike soon! 
The Cyc Team 

Photo Blogging Challenge – Water


The theme for the October photo blogging challenge was “Water”.

My Father-in-law retired last year as an Engineer working for the MA Water Department. My brother-in-law is currently an Engineer for the MA Water Department. The family joke is that my Father-in-law is never lost when we’re traveling somewhere – he’s just looking for water towers. (I can attest to this happening on a trip to France.) The theme of  “water” for this month made me smile, since it’s a big part of my in-laws working lives.

The first photo is from a trip to Minneapolis, MN early this month.

14440681_909275477944_3391418205926366570_nMinnehaha Falls

On Columbus Day Weekend, 15 of my husband’s family members headed for a house in New Hampshire to have a fun weekend of leaf peeping.

img_20161008_103936686_hdrLake behind our rental house in Madison, NH 

Now back to local to MA photos.

img_20161020_124021866Chinatown Boston, MA

img_20161027_165118447Boston Public Garden

img_20161011_164736112_hdrChinese Brush Paintings by George Huiyi Wang on exhibit at the Thomas Crane Library in Quincy

I hope you enjoyed my water views!

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

Giveaway – Harbor Sweets Gather

Disclosure:  I was sent complimentary Gather chocolate in exchange for my review.

The opinions expressed are my own.

One of the awesome things about living on the North Shore of MA growing up was having Harbor Sweets chocolates. They’re handcrafted in Salem, MA.

They have a new line of chocolate, with local honey, called Gather.


Gather Chocolate is six distinctly flavored chocolates each designed to be part of a flight of flavor experiences. Made by hand in small batches, the flight is unified by rich notes of 70% cacao dark chocolate complimented by a lighter note of local wildflower honey. A portion of each sale is donated to the Pollinator Partnership whose mission promotes the health of bee pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through research and education.  

Harbor Sweets sent me a box to sample and they’re delicious!

They’ve also offered to send a box of Gather chocolate to a lucky reader of my blog. Enter below.

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