The power of social media blows my mind

Hubby and I with our I Promise Campaign bracelets. We wear em’ loud and proud! Click on the picture to be taken to my post about the campaign with deets on how you can get your uber cool bracelet and support the cause!

The power of social media truly blows my mind. Amber West wrote about using social media for good here and here and it’s not like I didn’t believe her. I know it’s true. But I’ve had the opportunity to experience it in a real and profound way myself as of late.

As you know, this Saturday Hubby and I will be joining thousands of Canadians in the fight to end impaired driving by participating in MADD Canada’s annual Strides for Change walk-a-thon. The 5 km walk supports MADD Canada Chapters and Community Leaders in their efforts to educate and create awareness about the dangers of impaired driving as well as help victims in their community. Uberlicious or WHAT?!

So far, Hubby and I have raised close to $600 (that I know of…there could be more online donations that people didn’t even TELL me about…) A huge amount of that support came from my new-found blogging and writing family. Your generosity and support has been simply outstanding. Most of you I’ve never met face-to-face and yet…you are there week in and week out reading my Friday’s post, sharing an encouraging comment, cheering from the side lines in spirit, ReTweeting my efforts out into the blogosphere and twitterverse…and some even donating your hard-earned cash towards our walk-a-thon. It blows my mind! It leaves me speechless (ok…maybe not quite speechless but you get the drift).

You guys humble me. You honor me. And your support and love touches me deeply. We’ve really become quite a little family, haven’t we?! I had no idea I would achieve this level of friendship and family when I put the pen to this virtual paper nearly two years ago.

All that to say, y’all FREAKING ROCK my world!!! Thank you…each of you…for being YOU because you are truly a blessing in my life and I can’t ever put into words adequately how much you all mean to me. Seriously. Coolest freaking people on the planet!

I can’t WAIT to see what the next year brings…squeee!!!

If you want to donate to Hubby and mine’s Strides for Change walk-a-thon, there’s still time (no pressure!!!!)

  1. If you are located in either Fredericton or Saint John, NB, fire me an email (Natalie at nataliehartford dot com) and I’ll make arrangements to pick up your pledge.
  2. You can send us a pledge via an email money transfer (if bank supports that option) to my email Natalie at nataliehartford dot com.
  3. Email me your intentions and follow-up with a cheque via snail mail (yip, there’s still such a thing). I can cover your cash for Saturday knowing the cheque’s on its way.
  4. Make an online donation via MADD Canada’s secure website here and put Hartford in the “I want to make a donation in support of the following Strides for Change participant” box. Be sure to send me an email and let me know you’ve made a donation because MADD Canada won’t be able to tell me donation amounts submitted this way until after the walk.

And if a financial pledge isn’t your thing that is totally cool. Seriously. Just knowing you guys are behind me every step of the way makes all the difference in the world!

Oh and one more thing (God help me)…stay tuned for Monday’s post. It’s that time of the month again…no…not Aunt Flo…but something equally as distressing (just teasing Hubby). It’s HUBBY’S CORNER time and he’s delving into some of our marital bliss fun. You won’t want to miss it!

How has social media and/or blogging changed your world? What positive experiences have touched you? I’d love to hear…

On August 1, 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube, and on the Web.

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  1. Natalie, I am so excited that you’ve been able to channel your awesome blog for a good cause! Every time I take that chance, I’m amazed by what everyone does.

    I’ll be hopping on the exercise bike Saturday thinking of you two!

    • It’s just blown me away Amber and touched my heart deeply. You and your blog are such an incredible inspiration so thanks for leading the way!
      SQUEEEE…awesomesauce!!! Peddle to the metal baby…we’ll be thinking of you too. Thanks for joining in on the fun in more ways than one. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate it! 🙂

  2. Go you! I’ll bet you have a blast Saturday too. I know I have every time I’ve participated in a walk-a-ton.

  3. Hubby aka The Blog Heckler says:

    Thanks for the support everyone!!
    After we all walk our buns off this weekend…
    Pull up a chair, kick off your shoes over in Hubby’s Corner

  4. Natalie…can I send something via PayPal? I try to use that for anything I do online dealing with money….lol…only have to enter banking info once and never again.

    Thanks for all the two of you do to support MADD. I don’t know of any groups in my area but I hope they’re also tackling other impaired driving issues…cell phones, texting, eating…and playing with the radio. That’s a big thing with me right now as my daughter learns to drive. You’re DRIVING, Sweetheart….KEEP YOUR FINGERS OFF THE RADIO AND EYES ON THE ROAD!

  5. Go team Hartford! So stoked for you guys, and can’t wait to donate to MADD–as soon as I’m done ellipti-blogging. 😉 Have the best time Saturday. This workout’s for you and Mama K!

  6. Can’t wait to read about you and your hubby’s walk! Go, go, go! 🙂

  7. Hubby aka The Blog Heckler says:

    A 5K walk – lord knows how many blog conversations and new words we’ll come come up with in 5K? – but one thing is for sure – I’ll likely read about them on here! Enjoy!!!

  8. Karen McFarland says:

    Go team Hartford is right! You guys are awesome for devoting so much time and energy to a wonderful cause! We’ll be with you in spirit! Let us know if you’re still walking by Monday! 🙂

  9. good luck – i am so glad you’re doing this.

  10. What a great thing that you and your hubby are doing! I am going to try and figure out the online donating thing so I can give you a little something. I hope it’ll encourage one more lap! Heehee. 🙂

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