Blogathon Vancouver 2008: Meet the Participants – Isabella

July 26th, 2008 @ 1:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Isabella Mori – An inspirational blogger who dedicates her time to helping others, Isabella is the former coordinator of the Vancouver Blogger Meetup group and still holds an important role in the local blogging realm as well as the Twittersphere.

i’m a psychotherapist in vancouver, canada. i’ve been working in the field of mental health, counselling, psychotherapy and movement therapy for 15 years and enjoy helping people build better lives. [Moritherapy]

Isabella’s website: Moritherapy
Isabella’s cause: Canadian Mental Health Organization
Isaballa’s Blogathon motivation: “right now all i’m thinking about how i’m connected to all these other bloggers from the vancouver blogathon and the blog-a-day, how this is going to be an experience of a lifetime, and how this is going to get me feel even stronger about the organization i’m sponsoring, the canadian mental health organization in the vancouver/burnaby region.” [Moritherapy]

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Blogathon Vancouver 2008: Meet the Participants – Ayeza

July 26th, 2008 @ 12:30pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Ayeza Garcia – The beauty of the Blogathon is that it can also introduce you to many other blogs that you may not have had the chance of spotting before. I’ve been able to explore Ayeza’s blog and aside from having a sleek layout it’s filled with great information from such a unique perspective.

Balikbayan box – translations:
BALIK means to come back.
BAYAN means hometown or homeland.
So if you put the words together, BALIKBAYAN means someone who is coming back home.
Balikbayan – refers to Philippine nationals who are permanently residing abroad including their spouses and children, regardless of nationality or country of birth. It also refers to those of Filipino Descent who acquired foreign citizenship and permanent status abroad. [Balikbanyan Box]

Ayeza’s website: Balikbanyan Box
Ayeza’s cause: Davao City High School – visit the website or there is a PayPal donation button on the blog.
Ayeza’s Blogathon motivation: “I finished my high school at Davao City High School now known as Davao City National High School. It is a public school but this school produces not just good students but very successful graduates. Through Blogathon Vancouver 2008 i would like to give back to the school who mold me to who i am now.” [BalikbanyanBox]

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Blogathon Vancouver 2008: Meet the Participants – Karen

July 26th, 2008 @ 12:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Karen Hamilton – I have not had the pleasure of meeting Karen although she runs one of the most successful food blogs in the city. With beautiful photos to accompany her reviews and comments, she’s truly a frontrunner when it comes to recipes and recommendations.

Karen will be mobile during Blogathon and you can follow her ‘game plan‘ on her site.

Karen’s website: Tiny Bites
Karen’s cause: Davie Suzuki Foundation
Karen’s Blogathon motivation: “While the coherence of my posts will likely deteriorate as I near the finish line, I do hope that I’ll be filling your screen up with true content and not sleep-deprived gibberish. There will be posts dedicated to the David Suzuki Foundation and its programs. Many of the posts will attempt to be relevant to regular readers of Tiny Bites.” [TinyBites]

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Blogathon Vancouver 2008: Meet the Participants – Shane

July 26th, 2008 @ 11:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Shane Gibson – Through the magic of the Vancouver Real Estate Tech Meetup and the Vancouver Young Professionals Meetup groups I met up with Shane Gibson. He’s a highly successful sales blogger and podcaster who shares his winning international entrepreneurial knowledge through the power of social media.

Shane’s website: Closing Bigger
Shane’s cause: MSMF – “Manjari Sankurathri Memorial Foundation (MSMF), a registered Canadian charitable organization, is aiming to promote rural community development in India, through education and vocational training, health care and emergency relief.”
Shane’s Blogathon Motivation: View Shane’s first video podcast for Blogathon here to learn more about his cause.

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Blogathon Vancouver 2008: Meet the Participants – Raul

July 26th, 2008 @ 11:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Raul – I first met Raul virtually during last year’s blogathon. Since that time we’ve become good friends on and offline and he’s catapulted into Vancouver’s social media realm with enthusiasm and a bright spirit that everyone can appreciate.

Dr. Raul and Me

Raul’s website: Hummingbird604
Raul’s cause: BC Cancer Foundation
Raul’s Blogathon Motivation: “I struggled a long time to decide what charity I would choose, but I recently learned from my mother that her sister (my Aunt) had been battling cancer for a while now. I have lost both my Grandmother and my Mom’s only other sister (who was like my second mother) to cancer, currently one of my local friends is afflicted with it, and with the news of my aunt’s illness, I have decided to fully dedicate my Blogathon 2008 efforts to the British Columbia Cancer Agency, and to undertake Blogathon in memory of my late Aunt, my Grandmother and to motivate and encourage the people I care for to keep fighting, especially my Aunt.” [Hummingbird604]

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Blogathon Vancouver 2008: Pledge Update

July 26th, 2008 @ 8:40am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Overnight, and since my last post, two shifts have started for Blogathon Vancouver 2008. To help keep the bloggers going I have some pledge totals that I have received on the form that I’ll share here…

Duane Storey: $205 (and growing by the minute)
Danny Dang: $15 (and growing by the minute)
Raul Pacheco: $26 (and growing by the minute)
My Pledges so far: $688

And Shane has been keeping track of his own pledges that are at a whopping $1056. In an email to me Shane said there was a $500 pledge that came in just as he was about to fall asleep on his keyboard but this kept him going. Everyone has done such a great job so far and for some, there are only about 12 hours left and for others like myself, Blogathon is still just beginning.

Sunshine Shift (ending at 10pm tonight)
Raul, Shane Gibson, Karen Hamilton, Danny Dang, Mehnaz Thawer, Jenn Lowther/Nadia Nascimento, Barbara Doduk, Chris Richardson, and Duane Storey.

Swing Shift (ending at 5:00am Sunday)
Isabella Mori, Ayeza Garcia, Colleen Vince

When I start my Blogathon (when I get back to Vancouver today) Ill be featuring the participants and their blogs for the first couple of posts, adding notes about their causes. There will be some overlap so hopefully we can get some nice traffic going between all of use.

Please visit the other blogger’s site to check out their content and keep them going – as Shane’s inspirational pledge proves, all we need is a little motivation for our charity to keep us going.

Tip for participants:
Have at least one blog post or a note in your sidebar about your cause and why you are doing this. People would like to know your cause and how they can donate directly if they are not going to pledge (see Karen’s site for an example, although don’t worry about a graphic if you don’t have one). Putting a link to the charity’s website at the bottom of each post also helps.

Other updates:
Duane has put together a big mega feed for lots of blogathoners and I will be starting my Blogathon with mini profiles of each of the participants as of 11:00am PT.

Blogathon Vancouver 2008: Starting Soon

July 25th, 2008 @ 7:38pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Blogathon Vancouver 2008 will be kicking off in mere hours with the first shift starting their publishing marathon at 10:00pm PT. I’ll be catching what I can here in the Mountain Time Zone and will be picking up my shift tomorrow upon my return.

Raul, Shane Gibson, Karen Hamilton, Ayeza Garcia, Isabella Mori, Danny Dang, Mehnaz Thawer, Jenn Lowther/Nadia Nascimento, Barbara Doduk, Chris Richardson, Colleen Vince and Duane Storey.

The other shifts are 5:00am Saturday – Sunday and 9:00pm Saturday – Sunday.

It’s been a challenge to put this all together but I truly have to hand it to everyone who signed up (and Isabella for starting up a Facebook event) – you guys have already done so much for your causes and I know everyone will do great. Should any readers feel inclined to pledge, please head to my Blogathon page and chose the blogger you are supporting from the drop down menu. If you would like to donate right here and now, visit the blogger’s website for online donation information. Duane and I are both supporting the Union Gospel Mission and you can choose “Miss604 Blogathon” from their online donation drop down menu. Good luck to all.

Fitness Fridays: First Week

July 25th, 2008 @ 6:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Photo credit:
SqueakyMarmot on Flickr

In an effort to lead a more healthy lifestyle, John and I have teamed up with Fitness World who will be sponsoring our workouts and nutritional plans for the next 12 months.

Although I’ve always enjoyed an outdoor workout, sometimes you need a little more motivation. Nothing compares to running through the dewy trails of Stanley Park with morning birds chirping overhead, however I figure it’s time for more action and dedication on my part so I’m hoping being with the club with help me with that.

Last week we got a tour of the facilities downtown and this week I had my first workout. I’m not trying to lose a ton of weight (I like my curves) but I would just like to not be out of breath when we walk up the stairs to our apartment… things like that. It’s all about being healthy, which makes me happy – and this is the point.

I’ll be checking in sporadically over the next year with “Fitness Friday” updates featuring my progress and by the end I’ll include a photo of me bench-pressing John. Okay… maybe not but I hope to see some results.