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Dream beyond the limits

Dream beyond the limits

 

I don’t know about you, but 2014 couldn’t have come any sooner. 2013 was one of the craziest years of my life. At one point I was certain that I would be spending Christmas in California, which is where my husband and I were planning on moving. In an instant all of that changed. Needless to say, I’m in a program for two years to deepen my spiritual foundation. Can’t say I have any regrets, but 2013 will be a year that I never forget.

Even though my life isn’t looking, at the moment, how I thought it would, I still have hope. I still believe that one-day things will be different. One of the most valuable things that I’ve learned along my crazy journey is that a lot of times life never looks quite like I thought it would. Instead of being completely discouraged, I’ve decided to find the purpose in where I’m at in this season of life. To see the greatness is the people around me, to feel the love from the support group that I have here in Virginia. Most importantly, giving thanks for the change in course, no matter how hard it was to face.

Am I giving up on my music? NO WAY!!! That will never be the case, but my music is changing and evolving. I’ve got a creative room set up in my house and have been writing, arranging and producing lots of BEAUTIFUL music with my husband. After this program is over things will look different, but be so much better. I’m working on some beautiful songs that I am hoping to release 2014. I’m hoping that my journey will inspire and encourage many people. I can honestly say I’m making choices that are true to who I am and want to be. Thank you all for supporting me in my journey. Looking forward to sharing my music with you.

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Joanna Tunnicliffe – We Ran For A Cause

My mother in law and husband ran in the Norfolk Freedom Half Marathon this past Sunday! Check out her blog about what it meant to her to partner with David and support Veterans, Wounded Warriors and Active Duty Military.  I’m so blessed to have a family that share my passion for this cause!

We Ran For A Cause – Sunday, 10 November

afterwardsThe race today (this weekend’s races were) was in support of veterans and service men and women, retired and active, wounded, struggling to find employment and the homeless. And it was a great event. Somebody organized the weather and that always makes a huge difference. The company was great and so supportive, thanks David and Bekah. And the volunteers, police, road marshals, race officials etc were brilliant.

The day began at 4:20am with 5 minutes snooze button then it was drag my ass out of bed and get ready to leave. David grunted a good morning and at around 5am we bailed out of the house and set off, in the chilly air, for Norfolk. Of course, because of the lack of traffic, the trip didn’t take as long as planned so we were parked up ahead of schedule. Starbucks wasn’t yet open so we sat in the car for 10 minutes to keep warm.

5:30am the coffee shop opened its welcoming doors and in we went along with 4 other runners. Part of this was so that David could get a tea but also so that we could use the loo in comfort. Made our way to the bag drop off as time rolled round to the start. Lined up at the rather inadequate number of portajohns. Actually I lined up; David ran back to Starbucks and was back at the line before I had been. Go figure.

The start was delayed by about 8 minutes; that could have been for technical reasons or could have been that there was an errant car on the race course and the police were trying to clear it. No matter, it wasn’t raining and the atmosphere was good. Lots of energy and anticipation. And then we were off.

Tried not to rush out of the starting blocks; tried to conserve my energy. Haven’t run/raced a half for, oh, seems like ages. The run portion of the ultra triathlons, I don’t race. I complete. So this was like learning to race all over again. Settled in to a comfortable steady pace, focused my mind on counting and just went. I had absolutely no idea of what pace I was running because I didn’t see any mile markers. (David said that they were there, just small.) The only indication of how far I was around the course, was by the location of the water stops and that was approximate because I hadn’t really paid much attention to their placement on the course. I did know when I got to mile 7 because that was the relay exchange so I knew then that I was over half way.

Running through the relay exchange gave me a slight distraction. In the middle of the exchange area were a set of timing mats and a notice that said all relay runners had to run over the mats. Didn’t mention other runners. I was about to run around the outside of the mats when the guy standing by them, huddled up in his cape, coat, scarf, hat etc gave me a short wave indicating that I needed to go over the mats. No, “All runners over the mats.” Just a hand flick towards them. Oh well, I guess you had to be there.

The other distraction was the police boats stationed at each of the bridges we crossed. My thoughts were that they were there to rescue runners who decided that they had had enough and jumped off the bridge. Don’t think they had to rescue anyone. Hope not.

And my last booboo was as I turned the last corner towards the finish. Turned too soon and started running on the wrong side of the road, so focused was I on the finish. I could hear people shouting “this way, this way”. I wonder who is going the wrong way. Oops that would be me! Had to laugh at that one.

Quarter of a mile to go and my legs were D.E.A.D. but I gave it all I had. And the last 0.1 there was David yelling at me to ‘give my all’. Difficult, as I was already there. But I tried and dug a little more and lifted my knees as I crossed the line. Then I had to sit down. That was when I looked at my watch and saw my time. I had hoped to (1)  finish, (2) finish in under 2 hours, (3) finish in 1hr 50min. And I got 1:47.10 OMG. I couldn’t believe it. I was so pumped. Well, as pumped as my tired self could be at that moment in time. But what was even better was that David had finished 3rd overall. So happy for him.

img_1318But, you know what? For all my pain as I crossed the finish line, it was a fleeting instance when compared to what our service men and women give us every day. So especially this weekend, I give them a huge shout out and say THANK  YOU to you and your families for keeping us safe and affording us the opportunities to take part in all the activities we do.

Follow Joanna Tunnicliffe’s blog at http://joannatunnicliffe.wordpress.com/

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Running for a Cause – Norfolk Freedom Half Marathon

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Happy Veteran’s Day! Thank you to all Veterans and active duty military for your service and sacrifice. I am so proud of my husband, David Tunnicliffe and his mother, Joanna Tunnicliffe, for running the Norfolk Freedom Half Marathon and supporting Wounded Warriors yesterday. I am so excited to share his blog about the experience with you. Enjoy!

David Runs 4 Good – Norfolk Freedom Half Marathontall-ship

Today was the third annual Norfolk Freedom Half Marathon, and approximately 2,000 people showed up to run the 13.1 Miles, or the whole 26.2 miles. One of the main reasons why I did this race was because it was supporting the Wounded Warriors Program. My heart goes out to all active and retired military and families. I cannot thank you enough for your sacrifices for this country.

My mum (read her blog here) and I both signed up for the half marathon, which is actually the shortest race that we’ve both done in about 5 years. Coming into the race I felt confident that I could get a decent time because of the long distance training I’ve been doing with Drew, and my new CrossFit, at CrossFit Unparallelled, workout throughout the week. I set my goals high, but I reached everyone of them this weekend!

Goals:
1.Have fun (I have to put that because my mum says so)
2.Finish under 1 hour 25 minutes
3.Come home with some hardware (trophy)

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For some reason both Mum and I thought the race started at 8 am, however we find out this week that the start is at 6:30am. So our start was scheduled before the sun came up; not cool! Actually very cool; the temperature was in the lower 40s, but was forecasted to rise into the lower 60s after lunch. It turned out to be the best running condition for a race I could’ve imagined. It was cool, light winds, and sunny! After a short delay at the start the wheelchairs/strollers went on their way, 5 minutes later the marathoners pushed off, and then at 6:39am it was our turn.

There was a decent group of strong runners at the front of the half marathon, and a couple younger guys sprinted out front, but didn’t last for long. I found my pace and just focused on running my race, and not losing sight of the leaders. The first 2-3 miles were quite crowded because we were running through the back of the marathon pack, but there was enough room to get around the outside. My goal was to shoot for 6:30 miles, which was obtainable, but I knew it would be hard work. My first 8 miles were negative splits, starting off at 6:35 mins/mile, and working down to a 6:15.

After looking at the topography of my run from my watch, mile 8-11 were uphill, which explained quite a bit after my times were a bit slower than I wanted. I was able to sustain a sub 6:30 pace, but it was a lot more work than I was putting out in the beginning. From mile 7 to the finish I ran by myself. The leaders of the half marathon were a few minutes a head of me, and I had passed all of the marathoners. I had to self motivate my self, but I was able to hang on until the end.afterwards

Norfolk did a great job at supporting the event! The volunteers and the public safety; police, fire, and community assistant folks were at every cross street directing traffic. I tried to thank everyone of them, but if I missed you; Thank you!! For anyone interested in doing their first half or full marathon, this is a great event. Easy course, well staffed and supported, and supporting a great cause all made for a great event. If I have time in my schedule next year, I will definitely consider doing this race again.

So again; to all of our troops; active and retired, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for all of your sacrifices you have made for our freedoms. Thank you to all the families who have also sacrificed along side of you! God Bless each and everyone of you!!

This is what I am running for again this year. You can read more about it here, and if you can help in anyway, it would be greatly appreciated. Stay tuned for the next update on what’s to come before the end of the year!!!

You can follow David’s blog at http://http://davidruns4good.wordpress.com/

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Don’t Give Up!

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Recently I have made some life changing decisions in my path that have lead me down several roads that have been anything but easy. As we all know, from time to time, our life paths end up going from being on the main road to having to take a detour. I remember hearing this talk from a woman at my church a while back. This woman spoke about her journey home from America and how it was “The Long Way Around.” I don’t know about you, but for me that seems to be my life in a nut shell. Remember how when you were a kid you were always being asked what you wanted to be when you grew up? All our lives we are wired to have a plan. Well, what happens when life takes you on a detour? What if that detour takes you so far away from your plan or dream that the very thing you set out to do seems farther away than ever? What does it all mean? Will you ever find the main road again?

My Friend, I don’t have all the answers, but I will tell you what I have learned. If the detour brings you back around to the very thing that you had in your heart in the first place, it is never a waste of time. If there is something you’ve had in your heart to do for many years and it hasn’t happened yet, but all of life’s detours keeps reminding you of that dream, DON’T GIVE UP…. Maybe the detour is life’s way of reminding you of how very important it is that you stay true to that dream and keep pursing it, no matter what the cost. Great dreams will be left with areas that we can’t figure out, but that doesn’t mean we should ever stop. If the dream wasn’t great, it would be easy to figure out. The greatness of the dream leaves room for the impossible.

 

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Hampton Bay Days with Justin D. Clements

This past weekend I had the pleasure of playing with one of my favorite local musicians, Justin D. Clements, at Hampton Bay Days. Justin and I collaborate our music by ear when we play together. We started playing together at open mic nights and recently doors have opened for us to play together at events!

Check out the live video of us performing my original Come Back to Me ©
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8zAeWR8yr4

What is Hampton Bay Days?

In 1982, Hampton Bay Days was created as a unique outlet to educate the public on the importance of the Chesapeake Bay in the Hampton Roads region, as well as the rest of Virginia and Maryland. The goal of the festival is to provide an entertaining atmosphere while ultimately serving a greater purpose of highlighting aspects of the Bay and promoting its upkeep and preservation. We honor the Chesapeake Bay exhibitors who have joined us at the 2013 Bay Days Festival and salute them for their work focused on the conservation of the Bay and clean water.

The Chesapeake Bay is an estuary – a place where fresh water from rivers meets the salt water of the ocean. But the Bay is much more than just a body of water. Our nation’s history began along its shores. The Bay and its resources have shaped our history, our economy, and our culture. It affects how we live, work, and play on a daily basis. More than 15 million people live along its shores, and it is home to over 2,700 species of plants and animals.

The city of Hampton, Virginia exemplifies all aspects of this great heritage and the Chesapeake Bay will continue to be the primary theme of our annual festival. View some of our resources throughout this site and support the programs that help us continue to live, work, and play on the Chesapeake Bay.

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Life Rolls On

On Friday, August 9th I had the incredible opportunity of performing with a local Virginia Beach Artist, Justin D. Clements at the Life Rolls On Charity Surfing event. It was such an amazing night! I got to meet some really incredible people and had the best time singing for them. Justin and I played a number of covers as well as some originals. This was our very first show together. I want to personally thank Life Rolls On and Global Surf Network for allowing me the honor of being a part of their event.

About Life Rolls On

Life Rolls On Foundation (LRO) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury and utilizes action sports as a platform for inspiring the infinite possibilities beyond paralysis. In addition to producing unique quality of life programs, LRO fosters spinal cord injury awareness, and offers outreach to individuals and their families at the onset of injury.

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Searching for Serenity

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“Where is my In Between, that will take me to who I believe I can be? I’m searching for my place of serenity.”

-Lyrics from In Between

 

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Happy Memorial Day

On this very special day, my heart goes out to all our men and women who have died fighting to protect our country. Thank you so much to all men and women who have served, are serving, and will serve in our military.

My deepest gratitude goes out to each and every one of you, your spouses, children, and other family members who supported you along your journey. Your sacrifice to our country blows me away. You are truly cherished in my heart…

Love,
Bekah Eden

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From the Beginning

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“From the beginning, I wanted to make a difference, I wanted to fight for what’s right from the start.”

– Lyrics from In Between

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In Between VBLOG – Bekah Eden

Hey Friends,
Thank you so much for all your support!!! I really appreciate everyone sharing the new music video for In Between, as well as all the Itunes downloads. I wanted to share some details with you about the items that were included in the music video. In Between is an inspirational song meant to help heal the hearts of our warriors. Some of those warriors were my Grandparents and Great Grandparents. I am truly blessed to be able to honor their lives through this song and video. Hope you enjoy and share with all your friends.

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