Guest Blog: Oh the Written Word (LAX)

The written word is truly a powerful thing. I still believe that print media lives in some manner and thanks to our November Project blog in the little corner of the world wide web, our written word remains. Today and hopefully in the weeks to come, we’re going to be sharing some stories from folks – from them and about them. No prompt was provided, which makes this even better. I don’t know about y’all but I love talking to people at workouts, outside of workouts, and I also love learning more about personalities and what makes us unique. Join in, follow along, drop a line, and #justshowup.


When Kaitlin and Jesse asked me to write something about myself for the blog, I enthusiastically agreed. I jumped right in! Now I realize what I’ve done.

I mean of course I’m honored, but what I intended to be a short run down memory lane is turning into an uphill climb (and Aprhill is over). I filled a google doc with half thoughts and disparate anecdotes. I tried writing about my childhood, my strength and fears, about how I was first introduced to November Project. Maybe I need another approach?

After days of waffling over how to thoughtfully and tactfully present who I am, I feel only a little closer. Tact eludes me, and lists are efficient.

• I love the cold, especially at night; it makes the stars crisp

• I still have two baby teeth

• My mother battles severe depression, which makes it hard to be 3,000 miles away from home

• Weird Al is my hero

• I love to draw and paint, and have made a career out of animation

• My favorite song is “Dare” from the 1986 animated Transformers movie

• I used to be quick to make new friends, but had some bad experiences, and now I take more time

• The only time I’ve ever cried at work was the day Leonard Nimoy died

Lists are organized and easy to parse, but it feels incomplete, and maybe a little too random? There have to be a couple disparate anecdotes in my google doc that can tie everything together…

In Kindergarten, our class put on Nursery Rhyme plays. Ms. Carpenter asked who wanted to be Little Miss Muffet, and I enthusiastically waved my hand. She chose someone else. This happened repeatedly as I volunteered for role after role. Each time, someone else was picked. In the end, the only role left was one of the King’s horses in Humpty Dumpty. I wore a paper bag over my head and had one line: “neigh.”

Little me wasn’t afraid to seem eager. Blissfully unaware of how I may have annoyed Ms. Carpenter, I would always wave my hand and volunteer, ready to jump right in. These days, it takes me a little longer.

Many years later, my friend Dylan––a member of Boston’s November Project––was visiting Los Angeles. While we were hiking through Griffith Park, he encouraged me to join the L.A. chapter. Eager to start, I showed up and joined NP the next day! Well okay… it actually took me a little time to work up the courage. One year, six months, and three days to be exact; a mere 18 months of waffling.

Every Wednesday, November Project presents me with the opportunity to run up and down mountains alongside some truly marvelous humans. This month marks the one-year anniversary of the day I “just showed up” to NP, and I’m endlessly glad that I did.

BLOG POST DONE! I appreciate you NPers sticking with me on the uphill climb. Or maybe you preferred the easy to read list?

Ok — but only one more, this is all I’ve got left in the google doc:

• My name anagrams to “chaos feline”

Outside of the workout (because that’s actually a thing) Elise is a full-time artist and this is one of her favorite paintings!

Elise, we’re happy you’re here!


Friday 5/10: Workout at Prospect Stairs 6am. Tracker HERE

Sunday 5/19: Finish the Run 5K/10K/Half Marathon – This is a set of races in Griffith Park that support our local community, and are rooted in an incredibly inspiring story. We took over last year and they loved us!! Sign up for the 5k/10k/Half marathon using code NOVPROJECT for 40% off registration!!

Fun Fact: A cat has the power to sometimes heal themselves by purring. A domestic cat’s purr has a frequency of between 25 and 150 Hertz, which happens to be the frequency at which muscles and bones best grow and repair themselves. 

Do Good LA!

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