Ashley E. Kingsley

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#TwitStroll

In Uncategorized on January 28, 2010 at 9:16 pm

As with most of my ideas, @TwitStroll hit me upside the head in the middle of the night and jolted me out of bed. For some reason my ideas don’t sleep.  I am somewhat of an impulsive person (zip it Mom) and I act fast on my ideas. So, when I thought of  TwitStroll, I went full force ahead.

I have been using Twitter for a few years now and I have watched it grow and change. It has, in my opinion, become one of the most fascinating tools ever used in the marketing sphere.

If you don’t know about Twitter, please, please dig yourself out of the hole and read THIS.

I have been attending  and throwing TweetUps since early 2007.  Which, in the digital age seems like a lifetime.

Please refer HERE if you don’t know what a TweetUp is and get your head out of your you-know-what! I have been fortunate enough to meet some of the smartest, most progressive, hilarious people at TweetUps. When there is a TweetUp it usually takes place at a bar or restaurant and often at night.  With two kids under my wing it has been hard for me to get away because that is my quality time with my kids and my husband.

Often during the daytime I do find myself wishing I could connect with more people while I am a stay-at-home Mom.  And, after a good bout’ of postpartum depression I realized I could create something that would encourage me to connect with others a little more spontaneously… and WALA! It’s a Twitstroll.

TwitStroll is similar to a TweetUp but more spontaneous and versatile.  Perhaps last minute!

HOW IT WORKS:

I Tweet that I am taking the baby and going for a walk. Since I know there are people all over Denver, I choose a place I haven’t been in a while. I include a MAP in my Tweet and a #hashtag as well as the exact time the TwitStroll will begin.  I am then committed to myself to show up and maybe someone else will too.  It helps me get out of the house, I get to meet other awesome and intelligible people from Twitter and the In Real Life community grows by leaps and bounds. Face it – we are ALL BUSY! But a quick walk, cup of joe, a beer … we can all do that.

A TwitStroll can be anywhere at anytime and ANYONE can have one!  Throw it out in your stream and do one thing: COMMIT to being where you say you are going to be.  Make sure to always use the # hashtag and make sure to help promote other Twits Strolls.

It is a great opportunity for people to get involved on many levels!

Here are some ideas for a TwitStroll:

  • Dog Park
  • Park with Kids
  • Lunch
  • Happy Hour
  • Random Dodge Ball Game
  • A Run
  • A Swim
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee
  • A Party
  • A Walk
  • A Book Signing
  • A Cause/Campaign
  • Camping
  • Mall Stroll
  • Bar Stroll
  • Parent’s Night Out
  • Specific Communities
  • Garage Sales
  • Baseball Game
  • Skeet Shooting
  • Carnival
  • Rodeo

And I am sure there are a lot more…

The beauty of a TwitStroll is they can happen everyday, anywhere in the world.

Woody Allen once said “98% of life is about showing up” so this is me, kicking postpartum ass, shouting out to people I want to know, getting out and getting active, silly, groovy, caffeinated, supported; you name it… Its YOUR TwitStroll.

Follow us on Twitter @TwitStroll and @ashleykingsley

Running Free

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2008 at 5:01 am

ShoesI got a piece of mail. This is not exciting. However, I realized when I looked at it closely…(rare) it was a fundraiser/race for Pancreatic Cancer.

A few things that are interesting about receiving a mailer about pancreatic cancer: 1) My mom has just conquered pancreatic cancer (only 4% of the people diagnosed with this awful cancer, survive.   2) When my mom was sick (for the last 2 years) I never ONCE looked online at information regarding pancreatic cancer, or any of the procedures she went through. I couldn’t. I did NO research which is totally unlike me.   So, why was I receiving a mailer about PANCREATICA – a 10 mile race to raise money for research?  Hmmm….

I knew I would have to “look into it.”  It took a few days as I was busy with ramping up a new job and traveling.

I thought about it every day. A 10 mile race.  Let’s just say… I have only ever run two miles at the MOST and that was when I was 15 years old.  I also took a running class my first year of college which was not enlightening. I would show up to class for roll call and then run back to my dorm and go to bed. I got a low “C.”

Running is not my thing. Never has been. It hurts. I hate it. I have never wanted to run anywhere, for anything, ever. I have never had the endurance of a runner. I had the strength of a gymnast at one time, but that is it. Oh, and Yoga is my friend. Slow, soft, difficult but quiet.

I decided to run the 10 mile race. I made the choice after someone asked me (right after I got the mailer) “how my mom was doing?”  When I burst into tears and said “she is doing SO well, it is a miracle she is alive,” I knew I needed to do something to heal the pain of the last few years.

Watching my mom go through surgery and suffer so many complications and endless hospital stays, shady diagnosis-es, pain and strife, the unknowing… it was overwhelming. I haven’t had a chance to process the enormity of the situation. We almost lost her several times to complications from the Whipple procedure. We didn’t know if she would still be with us. She is. It is such a blessing.

And now I need to heal. I need to get angry and pissed off. Why does anyone have to get sick? I want to cry for days. I want to process the meaning of my relationship to my mom and how this illness changes us all. I want to be with myself for a while and get through the sadness and on-going fear that I have around the entire experience.

I have committed to training for and running a 10 mile race on September 1, 2008.  I have raised about $750 as of June 20th and my goal is to raise $2000.

I begin training tomorrow morning at 7:00am. Oh, the other thing: I don’t do mornings. Really, I don’t. I have been pissed off at myself all week that I even signed up to do this? Who the hell runs (at all) at 7:00am on a Saturday?

I have so much fear around failing. I keep telling myself “how silly it was for me to do this in the first place… and that there is NO way I will make it through 10 miles. What the hell was I thinking?

I am making myself go. Tomorrow is the first step to training for a run and running to heal. Sometimes you have to follow in order to become a leader.

Tomorrow, I will follow… and the next day and the day after that.

For more information on how to contribute please visit: RUNNING TO HEAL

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