FS- Serena Radona- A lot to talk about

Wow, where to start? So many things have happened this past couple of days that I wasn't really able to blog. Well, better late than never, right? I could start talking about how I did during the Cause + Event run, or maybe Phase 4 testing. I could write about the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge I did awhile ago I forgot to blog about. Maybe. Or maybe I'll just talk about them all and stop procrastinating on writing this. Sounds like a pretty good idea right? (Okay, I'll stop now.)

*I wasn't joking when I said where to start. To be honest, I have no clue where to start, but I'll start anyways with the most recent event, Phase 4 Testing.* Everyone was amazing yesterday! (You guys deserve a cyber high five.) Me, on the other hand, was not so amazing (at least in my opinion). My performance on Phase 4 testing was, I'll admit, not my best. I know now that I rethink that I could have done better and my nervousness got the better of me. I made some mistakes, but I tried my best to recover the best I could from the mistake. As much as I have grown stronger since last year when I earned my youth black belt, I've come to recognize my weaknesses as well. I (being the stubborn introvert I am) don't really like to talk to people, and it's a terrible habit of mine to not talk. When I have to ask someone for something for some reason I get super scared, when really I shouldn't. Over the years, I've become less scared, but even now I still get scared of speaking to people. The thing about my "weakness" is that I can't just find a way to beat it in a week, it's one of those weaknesses that can stay for a long time. Kind of like an illness or like driving a car. You can't get over an illness straight after taking medicine, and you can't just go to 70 MPH to 0 in a split second without flying out of the window. I guess for now I'll just have to be brave.

Second thing to write about: the Cause + Event run! (#allaboardthefunbus) After riding the Fun Bus that KJN drove to the run and after getting my hair colored to fabulous, I ran the 5K with you all. It was fun to stay together as a group, reciting Attitude and yelling every once in a while "WHAT'S THE THEME OF THE TEST?!" and then hearing anyone behind or in front of us scream "ETHOS SIR/MAM!" That was basically our dog whistle for our team. We didn't cross the finish until the whole team was here, and I will never forget what one of the ladies close to the finish line yelled to us. What did she say, you ask? She screamed as we ran past (and I quote) "Ha, this is the best family EVER!" (When she said this I just started smiling really hard because we aren't biologically "family" but we have all know each other enough that we probably could be family.) We all finished by running across the finish line with the whole team. It felt really accomplishing to finish as the team, knowing that no one is left behind. After the running the 5K, we showed what we learned from Aim High and ended the Cause + Event run by preforming in front of the people still there. I had a lot of fun and would love to do this again next year!

Just saying now- the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge was fun (and very cold.) I made a video of myself, Jordan (Jae's brother), Jae, and a couple of other people doing the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge and I posted it awhile ago but haven't really gotten a chance to share it with you guys until now. ( http://youtu.be/On8hjUHOJYQ?t=1m31s ← that is the video that I made, go check it out if you like! (PS: Jae may or may not have nominated the whole Ethos Black Belt testing team)) I still would like to donate money on the ASL website, but since I don't know how to do it without the help of someone else, I haven't yet. BUT I am planning on doing so soon! If you want to donate yourself go to this website → http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html . So far (according to the website) they have raised 144 million dollars for researching cures for ASL and I think that is awesome! Even though it is a bit late to be talking about this, I still think people should continue to talk about this because, hey, it's for a good cause, so why not?

(Okay, I'm done now.)

-Serena

Posted on September 17, 2014 .