Meet Andi! (YEG)

Before we get to the main attraction a couple quick notes about this morning’s workout:

  • Great job today for all of you who raced 28:19 day
  • Congrats to Trent and Lee-Ann who earned Abe’s hat and t-shirt
  • The answer to your question, “What’s in the bag?” was NOTHING!
  • #justshowup 6AM
    • Friday – Walterdale Hill

    AND NOW…THE REAL DEAL…MEET ANDI!

    You can count on Andi to #justshowup with joy, kindness, a big smile and even some days…cookies! Andi has been a part of our November Project community for years and has embraced the core foundations of what it means to be a supportive, inclusive, positive community member. Whether you need a partner to do a long run, advice on your cable needs, a friend to explore with, or insights on how to make the most of a #traverbal, Andi is there for you! Below, Andi shares with us her November Project musings. read more

The F Word (YEG)

One of the most powerful pieces of November Project is the connections that you make. Today’s guest post is from someone I admire and respect tremendously. I’ve been taking notes since the day I met them and have nothing but powerful memories that bring a smile to my face. I know that many of you feel the same way about him and his family. He has a very unique mix of practicality, while pushing the boundaries and living on the edge. His sense of humour is fairly intelligent, and 90% of the time has me wondering if he’s being serious or messing with me. At this point, I’m 98% sure that he’s not messing with me about this move and that it’s really happening. And while I’m so sad about them moving, I’m excited for them to be closer to their family and to start the next chapter of their lives. Without further adieu, here’s a final goodbye from our friend, Matt Edmonds. read more

How NP Amsterdam Is Helping Me Build My Confidence Back – by Dani Holmes-Kirk

Dani Holmes-Kirk

Today is Dani’s ONE year November Project Anniversary!! Gefeliciteerd!!
It took her a while to join us, but we are so glad she did! Dani shows up with high spirits, smiling from ear to ear, colourful & sparkly, and ready to give it her all. You can wake her up for NP cheertunnels and is a pro at #runselfies.

This is Dani’s story of expat life in Amsterdam, finding community & confidence. read more

Meet Ben (YEG)

First, a few quick announcements:

  • #justshowup 6 AM
    • Monday – Grizzly Bear Lodge Park (Kinsmen) Wednesday – “The Future is Bright” – Wear your favourite sunglasses as we climb Commonwealth StairsFriday – Walterdale Hill
    #savethedate
    • Wednesday, August 28 – Old 96er & the Gristle – last chance of the season
    • Monday, September 2 – Sunrise 6K
    Until next time…SMILE! J

    & now…the main attraction…BEN!

    Ben’s dedicated work ethic, kind spirit, and generous nature make him a cornerstone of our November Project Canada community. You can count on Ben to give 100% every morning and still find a way to dig a little deeper and inspire others to do the same. I am confident that as you read Ben’s NP journey you will connect to many of his experiences. I am excited for him as he will be lacing his sneakers Sunday morning, ready to light up the marathon course for his marathon debut. Whether you are on course or at the cheer station, cheer on Ben and the many other community members who will be hitting the Edmonton Marathon pavement. NP will be joining the lululemon community at 111 street & 102 ave (dress code: wear black). read more

Guest Blog: Meet Natalia Where everybody knows your name (Ottawa)

We would like to introduce you to Natalia a wife, mother, grand-mother and member of this November Project community here in Ottawa. If you have yet to cross high-fives paths with her, she will be ready. You can often spot her riding on her bicycle to and from workouts with Gord her husband. Our smiles continue to beam each week when we get to share our mornings with both her and Gord. Thank you for encouraging those that you share meals with, those that you talk to and those friends of friends that find out about November Project through you we are grateful. read more

GUEST BLOG — MOLLY!

This feels like an important week to make a statement in Baltimore. We, November Project Baltimore, are a group of individuals who mostly live and work in Baltimore City. NP would not be what it is without ALL of the people who show up to our workouts and encourage others to do the same. We “make the city our playground” and workout in parks and on streets within city limits. We love telling other people what fun it is to meet up with this group before the sunrises and who joyously celebrate the ability to connect with others and form relationships at these workouts. November Project is also a different experience for every body that chooses and has the ability to come. We hope we are a welcoming and inclusive group where people trust one another and feel supported but also challenged. Until the dawn of time November Project will be in cities doing exactly this because it can (and does) make a positive difference in peoples lives. To have people to show up to meet that look you in the eye and tell you “I’m happy you’re here” can turn a rough day or week into a slightly better one and give a sense of belonging where it might be missing. read more

Sharing your story (Ottawa)

This past week I was in Edmonton. We’ve talked a lot about this global worldwide movement we are a part of. When I had a chance to connect with members of the Edmonton community, that’s when I truly understand that and feel that. It’s a privilege to be able to #traverbal to a new city, do a new bounce, new people, but same positive and welcoming community, no matter where you go. When visiting, I get to hear about what brought them out, what keeps them showing up, I learn what another city does to create the space that people want to come back to. The feeling, the buzz, the connections, the experience leaving that morning after 30 minutes of movement with others, is what excites me to share with others. I want to share it because I truly want others to experience the same thing. When I went to the grocery store after the workout, I met a nice gentleman working there and learned he had recently moved to the Edmonton area. Knowing how challenging it can be to make the big move and go through an adjustment to a new city, I shared with him about November Project, a place to check out to make new connections and explore the city. I’m not sure if he’ll show up, or if he’ll tell his wife and bring his kids, but if he shows up on Friday when I’m still there, I’ll sure be one of the first one to welcome him to the community.  read more

Sangha Stories – A Seed Grows In Brooklyn

This blog is a little bit about being in the work from ‘me’ to ‘we’and what I’ve had the privilege of witnessing behind the scenes at the helm of November Project Brooklyn. The snippets below are to give glimpses from all angles, yet will never reveal all:

November Project Brooklyn – Day One Workout, May 2017

sangha (n)– originating from Sanskrit: the word has evolved from referring only to devout yogi practitioners to talk about overall community. It’s one thing to bring people together, to do that activity on the agenda, and call it a day. It is another to hold the space for people to come together who are, “engaged in serving and bringing joy to one another, and who inspire each other to contribute…the contribution of every individual to the community, and of the community to the greater world.” Bringing it back to a blog of yesteryear, every interaction matters. Not just your intention, not just your gooddays, and knowing we all are in this work together read more

The NP (Nurse Practitioner) at NP, Meet Lee-Ann (YEG)

She’s a ray sunshine. Her kindness is matched by her determination. Seems fitting that Lee-Ann shares her story the day after Mother’s Day. Her two sweethearts have an amazing role model. Meet Lee-Ann!

I imagine every one of us can still vividly remember our first NP workout… I mean, how do you forget something as bizarre as that?! A friend had told us about NP, and Jorgen, with great foresight, determined that if we were ever going to try this free fitness movement out, it would have to be before the darkness and frigid temperatures of fall set in. And so we arrived at a random parking lot on the edge of the Ledge grounds one chilly Monday morning in August 2015. I remember sitting in our car in the empty lot at 5:50 am and thinking, “What are we doing here? Did we get the spot wrong? Should we just go home?” And then… the swarm descended😂 Piles of cars coming out of nowhere, pulling into the lot and then people piling out of said cars towards the infamous “pin drop”. So we followed… and soon ended up in a raucous whirlpool-esque warm-up led by Andrew, then told to “find someone you didn’t come with” and commence speed dating circuit training. I sincerely apologize for anyone that had to endure log roll partner push-ups with me that day- what a riot 😂 We survived the workout, posed for the picture, hugged “someone you didn’t come with” (pretty easy pickings for us newbies) and headed back home. I couldn’t walk for 2 days after… and I was hooked! read more