Cycle For Survival

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Hi everyone!! How has everyone been doing?! Can you believe it’s February already?? Crazy. I know I’ve said this time and time again but the days, months, and years really do fly by so fast…and I think it just keeps getting faster the older I get! 😛

There’s really not too much going on in my life right now…however I’ve noticed that as I get older and with time going by so fast, that life is too short to not make that time to spend with your friends…especially those that I’ve lost touch with since high school. Last weekend I had the great pleasure of seeing a best friend of mine in high school. We picked up like no time has passed (10+ years worth!) and it was such a joy to reconnect with her…talk about our jobs, marriage, husbands, babies, and life in general. If you’re reading – love you girl!

I admit that I sometimes put myself in this “bubble”, especially during my eating disorder days, and didn’t want to see anyone. I was so wrapped up in my struggles, hated the way I looked, and couldn’t even make plans with friends for fear what they’d think of me and see how unhappy and skinny I looked. Lately though I’ve realized that not only has recovering from my struggles made me a healthier person inside and out, but it has made me a more confident person and be who I want to be, take new risks and change in my life, and to open up to new and old friendships…and for that I will be forever grateful in recovering and being healthy again. I’m so happy to have reignited old friendships from my childhood, and it feels so good to let go of my “bubble”, reclaim these friendships, and know that they’ll always love me for who I am…and I’ve come to learn that those true friends, are the ones that accept you for who you are 🙂

And with that…I have to leave an oldie but goodie photo of my best friend and I from our high school days…I hope she doesn’t kill me for posting this 😛

Next get together we’ll have to get an updated version of us 😉

I’ve realized that with how quickly time goes by, it’s so important to make time for friends, family, and loved ones. Reconnecting with old friends really does feel so great and there’s no other bond better than that between women. I hadn’t realized it at the time, but one of my New Year’s goals is to reconnect with old friends (in person! FB doesn’t count 😉 ) and to just enjoy your days that you have here with those you love. I think trying for a baby and wanting to be a mom so badly has put a lot in perspective for me and has made me realize that your looks, your job, and your money is not the end all be all to your life – it’s about doing what makes you happy, living your life to the fullest, and to cherish every day you have with loved ones.

One other reason why I may be getting emotional is that this weekend I get to spend it with my other very bestest friend (my sissy!) to participate in a fundraising event called Cycle For Survival. Over 5 million has already been raised and it’s truly amazing what has become of this movement. Here’s a little synopsis of what it’s about:

Co-founded in 2007 by Jennifer Goodman Linn and her husband, Dave, Cycle for Survival is the national, indoor relay-style team cycling event that has raised more than $14 million in support of lifesaving research on rare cancers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and in the past five years has funded twenty-five clinical trials and research studies.

Cycle creates an opportunity for each of us to truly make a difference — every dollar raised by Cycle goes directly to Memorial Sloan-Kettering for research on rare cancers, paving the way for new, more effective treatment options.

Cycle is one of the world’s fastest-growing athletic fundraising events. Cycle 2012 will be the biggest ride to date with over 10,000 cyclers from across the country teaming up with friends, family and coworkers in New York City, Chicago, Long Island, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and at satellite events worldwide!

Join the movement that brings hope to lives touched by rare cancers. Register or join a team today or make a gift to Cycle. No one beats cancer until we all beat cancer. Together, we can make a difference! (source)

Sadly Jennifer Goodman Linn lost her battle to cancer last summer 2011. She is such an inspiration and I am so happy and proud to be a part of such a significant event and to carry on her legend. Here is a video of her journey…

I hope you all have a very happy weekend, and remember, life is too short – call a friend, hug your family members, kiss your loved ones, and remind them how very much you love them…xoxo

Do you stay in touch with your childhood/high school friends? How do you keep those connections alive?
Have you ever participated in a fundraising event?
Any fun plans for Friday night or this weekend?!


11 thoughts on “Cycle For Survival

    Nicole said:
    February 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm


    Your post made me tear up, and was very touching. That picture rocks…best summer ever (cruisin in the vert, listening to Christina, shopping at Wet Seal & chillin at the beach boardwalk). I love you lots and have ALWAYS thought you looked beautiful inside & out!!!! Can’t wait to see you again.

    Love your BFF,

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      February 3, 2012 at 10:49 am

      Nicoley!!! Now your comment is making me tear up! You’re the absolute best and I’m so lucky to have you in my life…and you seriously have such a great memory…we had such a blast and I remember all those wonderful moments 🙂 Love you lots and can’t wait to see you again soon too!!! XOXO

    Shanna, like Banana said:
    February 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    What a fabulous post girl! I totally resonated with it and absolutely agree that life is about making those connections and having those moments and memories with your loved ones. As I was reading it, it made me realize that having this post-baby weight is such a small issue and really I should just be enjoying every moment and soaking it all in.

    Oh and I LOVE that picture of younger you — so so pretty back then too! Wow!

    Hmm, weekend plans…maybe walk the Dish, meet up with another new mom friend, and sleeeeep!

    Miss ya girly! xo

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      February 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Thanks girly!! It makes me so happy this post came at such a good time for you…I echo your thoughts that now is the time to just enjoy every moment you have with Sawyer and cherish it all – especially since they grow so very fast!!

      Awww and thanks lovely for that sweet comment – and that was before all my issues…what was I thinking wanting to lose weight?! Oye vey! lol!

      Miss ya too girl and I’d love to walk the dish with you sometime – sounds like fun!! xoxo

    Sherri said:
    February 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Some of my happiest memories are our Santa Cruz days. Our family grew up there! Love the pic of you and Nicole and I’m teary too!!
    You & Sissy ride strong I am so proud of you two!
    I will be enjoying the Super Bowl with my favorite Peeps!

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      February 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Such a sweet comment mom – thank you!! And I can’t wait to continue our Santa Cruz tradition when we have babies!! LOVE YA!! XOXO

    Lisa @ Healthy Diaries said:
    February 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Hey Shayla!
    Finally had some time to check out your blog. I love it! You’re adorable as ever!
    This was a great post. I try really hard to stay connected with friends. It gets hard when everyone is grown up, has their own jobs, home, etc, but it’s important to always make time for each other!
    Not too much going on this weekend besides the Superbowl. I’ll be over at my brother’s house with the rest of the family!
    Have a great weekend!

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      February 3, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Hi Lisa!! Thanks so much for checking out my blog! 🙂 Exactly – it’s definitely so important to make time for each other. We have Superbowl going on too – whoo hoo! You have a great weekend too and congrats again on your pregnancy!!

    thehealthyapron said:
    February 28, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Aw, I love having friends that you can just pick up right where you left off, even if you haven’t seen each other in what seems like forever! I have a couple friends like that and I am so grateful. There’s nothing like having a good girl friend!

    Jamie Walker said:
    March 5, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I love that feeling – getting back with friends – and it feeling like no time has passed. There really is no better feeling 😉

    Lauren said:
    May 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Hey there,

    A couple of blogs you might be interested in are and . Both of these women had HA and recently got their cycles back…hope that’s not TMI!!! All the best.

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