Okay, I’m FINALLY getting around to writing about Crush 101. You’ve probably been wondering what the heck it is since I’ve been mentioning it for the past few weeks – I just haven’t been ready to actually admit to myself that I’m doing it, because then I’m accountable! It’s probably the scariest challenge I’ve had to do! I had to feel ready and inspired to talk about it, because it’s a big deal to me! So here goes:
What the heck is Crush 101?:
Crush101 is a dating challenge(!) for single women who are committed to building a world of confident girls. A dating challenge? YES that’s right!!! 10 guys in 10 weeks. But the catch is, WE have to ask the dudes out. All 10. We are ‘crushing social norms’ – that’s the whole point here! WHAT?!! I KNOW!! You’re probably laughing and thinking, oh that’s not that bad, but have you ever asked someone out? IT’S HARD!!! Every girlfriend I tell this to usually laughs and gives me some encouragement, something like, “That’s awesome!!! That will be fun”! Yes, this is true, but as soon as I ask them if they’ve ever asked a guy out I get this: “Oh. Ummm, let me think. Noooo, I don’t think I ever have. Good luck with that!”. I can’t seem to find girls that ask guys out – in person. Online doesn’t count! (And in case you’re wondering, if I like the first guy from date numero uno, I can choose to go on the rest of my nine dates with him – I made sure to ask this question!).
Why Crush 101?
It’s actually for an incredibly amazing cause. We are raising money for charity. Dating for charity! I like it! When I found out about the challenge back in February, I jumped on it. I pretty much will do anything fun for a good cause. And this is a special cause. Crush 101 is a dating challenge supporting imagine1day which provides primary education for girls and all children in Ethiopia, Africa. It is a growing, global community of people making passionate contributions to ensure every child in Ethiopia receives a quality primary education by 2020. EVERY CHILD!! So cool! If I can build up the courage to ask 10 dudes out to help children in Ethiopia go to school, consider it DONE!!
Chip Wilson, the founder of lululemon, along with his wife Shannon, created this nonprofit organization, hence the large amount of lulu girls participating in this challenge! It feels amazing to be a part of this!
What can you do to help??!
Okay, so here goes. My goal is to raise $500 towards imagine1day by participating in this scary challenge. (Just to let you all know, I’d rather run a marathon tomorrow than ask a guy out). You think it’s easy eh? I dare you to try it then! Or at least help me out with the situation! A friend of mine has already given me the digits of a great guy, who I DID ask out (text message, but whatever – I did it!).
If you’ve been inspired by my blog (and perhaps want to see me being taken out on a DATE on Saturday nights instead of staying home watching chick flicks!) and have the ability to donate a small amount, it would genuinely make my heart smile, along with all of the children in Ethiopia who will be getting an education! It’s hard for me to ask for things like this, but this is for such an amazing cause it wouldn’t feel right NOT doing it. So please help if you can. I will keep a tally on the right side of my blog of how much money we have raised. We will do it together. (Please email me to let me know you have sponsored me so I know who to THANK!! – firstname.lastname@example.org) Also, your sponsorships will encourage me to ask the dudes out. Ahhhhh! Why is it so scary??! Eeeeek!!!
Here is the link where you can donate: http://www.imagine1day.org/Department.aspx?DeptID=189 (THANK YOU!!!!)
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!
Crushing social norms is what this challenge is all about and it will take some brave women to accomplish this goal. Count me in. Doing things that scare you make you stronger right?? I’m curious to see if I gain confidence from this challenge as well. You wouldn’t know this by seeing me now but I used to be one of the most shy girls out there. My face would go beet red every time I had to talk in front of people (this still happens sometimes, but oh well. I’ve just learned to accept it and can at least laugh at myself now!), and I was super quiet at school. Things started turning around when I did things that scared me. Teaching fitness was a big one, travelling was HUGE and just forcing myself to stand up and talk in front of people was big too. So this challenge will be good for me in so many ways. I know it. If anything, it will be something I can look back on and laugh, as well as have a bunch of stories to share I’m sure.
As for my progress so far? We’re heading into week 3 and I’ve still yet to go on a single date! I’m ready for it now. I’ve asked 2 guys out (one text and one email – I KNOW!! This is the chicken method, but I’m just warming up! Give me a break!), and things fell through with both, so here’s to hoping things work better next week!
Smile with your heart!
A little inspiration for me from my very good friend Steph….