Friday, September 30, 2011

Most Exciting Post. EVER.

I feel really bad about taking so long to update about the garage sale.  I really meant to right away as soon as I totalled everything up but somehow got really busy and just haven't had a second to make a really good exciting post.  I haven't even went onto my blog until today.  I didn't want to just say 'yaaay I reached my goal.' and that be it and just like disappear of the face of the earth (which kind of happened with my facebook page).  Woops - I guess I just told you the exciting news... YES I'VE REACHED MY GOAL!!!  After the garage sale, I had a total of $5,423 raised for my trip to Kenya.  I know that I was saying my goal is $5000, but that was my minimum goal, I also had to try to raise a bit extra for the vaccinations that I will need.  So after only two months of fundraising, I have reached the perfect amount! 

You have no idea how exciting this was, and still is, to find out!  I thought that I would be fundraising all the way until the last second the money was due.  I also had this little voice in the back of my head yelling at me, 'How do you suppose you are going to raise over $5000 in a few months?!'  With everything I have going on, I was really worried that I wouldn't make it, but that was only a little thought....even though I was thinking that, I was telling myself, I can do it.  I have had no problem with fundraising in the past.  I have reached my goals, I have just never really set a time limit for those goals.  That's what I thought would make this one a little more challenging.  But, I just told myself, I can do it, it will be easy, and everything worked out!  Everything went better than I had planned and I had so much support in everything that I did.  Thank you so much to everyone who has, helped out, donated, or anything!  Thank you so very much for helping me reach my goal.

So now I'm going to Kenya.  For sure.  I am for sure definitely going to Kenya.  When I first signed up, I was for sure going to Kenya and it was extremely exciting, but now that I have all the money for it, I feel like I am really even more for sure going to Kenya and the feeling is even more exciting.  It's like I am one step closer to being there.  There a few more steps that I have to take to being there, I think.  And with each of them it will probably become more and more exciting.  With it being still quite a while from now (159 days!) it's almost like it's just a dream or something.  But it's actually happening,  I actually raised the money in two months, and I'm really going to Kenya.  Sometimes I kind of think, what was I thinking? (I know my mom wonders that too!) going to Africa.  The farthest I think I've gone from my home is Mexico, on vacation.  I never would of thought that the next trip I would be taking would be to Africa.  It's always something that I've kind of thought, hey that would be a very cool experience... but never thought it would happen.  It is now though!!  It's happening.  If I'm this excited now, I can't imagine how I'm going to feel a week before the trip or a day before the trip.

Just the thought of me going to Kenya and being able to help out there is already inspiring me so much.  It is actually making me wonder, what will I be doing when I'm back from Kenya?  When I get inspired, the wheels in my head start turning and I slowly start coming up with these little plans and slowly they get bigger and bigger and then I have to make them happen.  I am very curious to see what I will come up with after Kenya. 

Anyways, I am sure I will talk about Kenya enough for the next 159 days...and then I will be without Internet access for two weeks....then, when I'm back, I'm sure I'll talk about it even more!  I have some more exciting news to give you actually.  I actually had a whole lot of exciting news to share.  The longer I waited to post this, the more happened.  I kind of feel like I am forgetting some things though... oh well, I'm sure it will come to me as I write.


For the past couple days I have been sick (this is not the exciting news).  I think this is the first time in a very long while that I have been sick from something... normal, haha.  I just had a bad cold!  It started out with a noes that just wouldn't start running, then my head was all stuffed up feeling, then I got a sore throat and from there it kind of went down hill...  the cold kind of threw everything else off that I have going on.  It was like I went back to long before I started taking my medication, even though I was taking it!  Then, long story short, everything else started to hurt.  The cold is pretty much gone now it seems like, it has just left everything else a bit off.  It had all been under control and now its just, kind of... off.  I'm sure with some rest I will be fine though!  Anyways, the exciting news that I was trying to get at is, while I was sick, I got a call saying that we now have a date for my ERCP!!  I was quite excited.  Like I've said before, we know there's something wrong with my gallbladder and that it's not working at all, but it would be really nice to know exactly what is going on and what caused it.  Hopefully we will find that out from the ERCP and maybe also fix the problem.  We will see what happens.  It is scheduled for November 29th at noon (seems like a while from now...that's the one thing I hate: waiting for tests, or waiting for test results).  I am really hoping that they sedate me really well for this...when I had a gastroscopy I remember feeling lots of painful poking in my stomach and then throwing up a lot and then they had to stop.  I'm hoping that there isn't a repeat of that.


And guess what... I have more exciting news!!!  (It kind of has to do with Kenya... so I am kind of jumping around here....but I'm just listing things in the order that I think of them).  I'm going to We Day!!!  I am so excited!!  I have wanted to go to We Day since I first saw it on TV in... probably 2008.  I get to go because the people going to Kenya get a ticket.  For those of you who don't know what We Day is, it's this thing put on by Free the Children and there are all sorts of motivational speakers and performers and stuff there.  I think it is so neat!  The guys who started Free the Children will even be there!  I have heard a lot of people say that We Day is what has inspired them to go help out in Kenya or to start to fundraise for a future trip.  So I've really wanted to actually be at a We Day event and feel that inspiration.  I will definitely post more about it after!  It's on October 13.

Okay, here's my other exciting news!  I am going for an interview for the Ridge Meadows Hospital VolunTEEN program.  If I get in (I think I will) then I go there and volunteer for once a week after school for a couple hours.  I think this will be really cool and good work experience, especially since I would like to pursue a career in the medical field.

Well, I'm exhausted... I have to get to bed now!  I don't know if you noticed, but I posted a new inspiring story, so check it out!  This little girl is such a cutie and so brave, she's been through so much!

I'm sure I've forgotten some exciting things in here, but when I think of them over the next few days, I'll be sure to update!

Good night :)

PS-I'm sure it would be lots of fun to count how many times I said exciting (or excited) and sure in this post.

oh and, don't forget to follow me on twitter @MTymoschuk.  and like my facebook page for updates about my Kenya trip (click the link, in that sentence)! Thank you :)

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