It’s time. Well, I’ll be honest. It is past time. I have a love hate relationship with exercise. I love to talk about how I hate to exercise. The truth is, however, that I need to exercise! In fact, in recent years I have lost and gained a whole other person. The weight battle has resulted in poor health. So yes, it is past time that I get myself healthy and fit.

Having battled weight gain most of my life, I must tell you that at time I lose hope. It can often feel as though there is no point in trying. I have prayed, and prayed that I would just have the willpower to make things better. At the end of the day, it requires a decision and a single step forward. In The Audacity of Hope, President Barack Obama “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” So I am no longer going to simply wait for better day to get started, a better set of conditions for improvements. I am going out to do something. I am going to ride my bike…. and I am going set a goal to lose 50 lbs.

Accountability is a big deal. I have the best of intentions when it comes to exercise. But getting motivated to follow through is much harder than wanting something to happen. I will get started, but I need encouragement to keep going. Being an extrovert, I know that if I tell enough people, I will  follow through. I also know that while good health should be enough of a motivator for me, I’ll be blunt and admit that it is not! So I am asking for your help. I am adding an additional motivator.

I have decided to set a goal of riding 1000 kms this summer in support of the fine ministry of our Children and Youth. I am hoping that my efforts will raise at least $5000. I will be able to announce all totals rode, and monies raised at our Annual Patronal Festival of St Aidan on August 27! Your pledges will be motivation for me. You prayers will be support for me. Your words of encouragement will sustain me. I am hoping that Ralph Waldo Emerson was right when he said, “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” 

We have incredible gifts in our parish in our children and our youth. Morgan Sherlock is doing a wonderful job building on the legacy of the years of hard work that have gone into honouring our youngest ministers. I hope that my efforts will offer you an opportunity to show your support for this ministry as well.

You can visit this webpage to support me in my RIDE FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH. You can pledge your support with Credit Card, you can also sponsor me by filling in a sponsor sheet which will be on the Welcome desk at St Aidan’s, as well as at the Church Office. Of course you can always get in touch with me directly via email at

Thank you for conspiring with me….