“We wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for her…Karra.”

That’s a sentence I never thought would ever come before my name (at least, from anyone but my future children). But this was the unabridged lead up to the announcement that I had won the Positivity Award for this week’s November Project.

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Every time our leaders, Graham and Richard, do these awards, they do a little speech about why this person deserves it for the week just before revealing their name. I always try to guess who it will be in my head, but it’s never easy as everyone is generally pretty positive here. And this week, the lead up was a little different. 

Instead of jumping right into the presentation of the award, Graham talked about something else really important first – the recent loss of someone he cared about deeply to suicide. It was a heartbreaking and heartfelt speech, reminding us that one of the reasons our tribe exists is so we can be there to support each other through any hardships we may be going through.

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November Project ISN’T a #NoNewFriends zone and it isn’t just about free fitness. It’s about being there for each other during the challenging workouts and being that external cheerleading voice people sometimes need to push themselves out of our comfort zones. This group is about giving someone else your support even if you’ve never met them before in your life.

And this is also essentially what the Positivity Award is about – being that person who isn’t afraid to remind anyone and everyone that “Yes, you CAN do this” and doing it in a way that brings a smile to their face and positive vibes to their day.

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So yes, to me, it’s a very big deal to receive this award, but what does it all have to do with one, the statement at the very beginning of this post and two, Graham’s speech about being there for each other? 

Well, humbly, it means that I played an indirect part in the creation of the Vancouver chapter of November Project. I was the catalyst for this group that’s now here to be a source of brightness anytime someone needs it. Yes. That in itself is pretty epic.

But now a day later, the weight and gravity of what this and the award means is all starting to sink in. I believe that things happen for a reason and this is a sign. A sign of what I’m not sure yet, but I’ve got the award for 5 more days, so…stay tuned.

In the mean time, if this has inspired or intrigued you at all, definitely come workout with us – every Wednesday, 6:29am at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver. #justshowup

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Photo credits to Thai Truong and the November Project Vancouver crew.

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