I am so excited!

Many years ago, I participated in my district’s Walk across Texas challenge. Schools across the district formed teams of eight members. Each team member pledged to walk 13 miles a week for two months. Supposedly that all added up to the miles needed to have walked across the state of Texas had we been participating in a relay race.

My school won. Heck! My school kicked butt! We completed our challenge with three weeks to spare. (To be fair, we had ringers. Three of our teammates were preparing for a marathon and totally carried the rest of us.) But that was my introduction to team walking.

Since then, I’ve continued to receive email from TAMU about other challenges. I decided I wanted to do it again but….

… school’s starting… and…

… maybe I won’t have the time… and…

… maybe I won’t have the energy… and…

… what if no one joins me (I need a team of eight!)… and…

… do I really need the stress… and…

… what if I’ve misread the situation… and…

I created an E-vite for those I thought might want to participate. Then I didn’t send it because all those doubts kept creeping in. Then I added names to the list and counted and came up with six–not enough for a team. And I continued to not send the invitation.

Finally, on Friday, after everyone had left the building, I sent the invitation. To my surprise, by the time I reached home, I’d already had my first positive response. By lunchtime, everyone had replied “yes.”

I still needed two team members. They came up with the names–both of whom accepted! In less than an hour, we had a team. Now they’re talking team shirts and regular walking parties.

We’re going to walk across Texas!

Our Goal:830 miles in two months (east to west Texas)


About scribedscribbles

Like most people, I hate filling out profile pages. Who am I? Well, I’m a wife, teacher, daughter, and friend. I’m also an intellectual, an introvert, a night owl, and a bookworm. I work with struggling readers and overachievers, ages 11 to 15. I take care of students, a cat, two rabbits, friends, and my husband. I enjoy geocaching, reading, volksmarching, gardening, crocheting for charity, lecturing, science fiction, learning, and teaching. My favorite colors are blue, green, and purple. I am judgmental, dyslexic, sweet, overweight, graying, short, generous, loving, supportive, and chronically early to meetings. I’m afraid of snakes, putting my head underwater, heights, depths, and failure.

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