TGIF: The Final Countdown: On exquisite blueberry tarts, epic writer’s block and savouring the moment.



Epic case of writer’s block.

Hence, the chipmunk rambling below.

I’m reeeeally nervous about being on video.

Be kind.

So my SheLoves peeps, I have 2 simple thoughts *cough* asks *cough* this week:

1. GIVE: If you have been following our journey and not yet given to this incredible cause, we’d love for you to be part of this beautiful story we are all writing together. You can donate: HERE!

If you are thinking, “What is she talking about?” Read the story: HERE

Now, you have no excuse.

You can donate: HERE
($5, $10, $20…. $200 anything! We’re not picky. We’ll take it!)  

2. PRAY:
Please keep the girls running the half-marathon in prayer. We would love your words of encouragement! We need you to be our cheerleaders during the final leg of this journey.

Mind over matter. Faith over logic. Love over all else.

Alright my little cupcakes, I love you more than the exquisite blueberry custard-filled tart that I was lusting after on the skytrain,

To read more TGIFs from Tina: Click here.

SheLoves Half-Marathon for Living Hope
– How it all got started? Read the story: HERE
– Donate: HERE
– Facebook Event Page: HERE

Tina Francis
My name is Tina. Loved ones call me: Teen. Words are my chocolate. Music, my caramel. Photography, my bread. Girlfriends, my butter. Confession: Some girls dream about Manolo Blahniks or their next Hermes bag. Not me. I dream of freshly baked bread, perfectly barbecued meat & steaming bowls of Pho. My dream lover *cue Mariah Carey song* is someone who would read out a menu to me in Barry White’s baritone voice. I celebrate food, ask for help, interrupt conversations, laugh and cry hard, acknowledge the elephant in most rooms, fight for the underdog and believe in the power of storytelling. I was born and raised in Dubai and currently live in the beautiful city of Vancouver, known for some of the best sushi in the world.
Tina Francis
Tina Francis


  1. You are fabulous and hilarious and real. All the best tomorrow!

  2. It was like you were right next to me. At some points, I wanted to reach out and nudge you and share a secret smile. 😛

    • Hi Sheets! *reaching out and smushing your cheeks* I did it Sheets! I did it! I’m barely alive but that is besides the point. Haha!

  3. I’m not sure why, but the giving links/marathon page links are showing up as the dreaded 404 Not Found 🙁 I’m a bit of a last minute person, gettin’ in my encouragement, prayers and support in under the wire!

    Just wanted to say to all you women, though I’ve not had the joy of meeting you (except Idelette), I think you are all AMAZING! just cause. And even more so because of what you are doing, and why you are doing it.

    I have been enjoying following your journey loosely here and there… and it’s finally here! I even thought of joining you on race day for a practice run (I am doing a full marathon in Oct… ACK! what was i thinking!), but alas, logistically getting to Surrey at that hour using public transit on a Sunday morning may prove to be too much. And the money will be better invested in supporting the cause instead of adding another race t-shirt to my stash. I am moved to make it a charity run of some kind so it’s not just about me or my own insanity of putting myself through ridiculous physical pain!).

    My heavenly Father, I thank you for these 38 amazing women. Thank you for creating them beautiful and strong in body, mind and spirit. Thank you for your faithfulness in seeing them through every single step of this journey, and how you will see them through to the finish line. I pray for your Spirit to fill them with joy, perseverance, and especially your power in their weak moments of the race, that same amazing power that raised Christ from the dead is theirs to push to the finish line. Watch over their steps and do not let them falter. Let them have great fellowship as they run, and a clear sense of your presence and delight in them as they run on Sunday. And after the race, bring great enjoyment to keep savouring the moment, and give them joy in re-fuelling with food, fun and fellowship, and recovery for their bodies. Thank you Jesus, Amen.

    • Thank you for your incredible words Justine. Trust me, it was only prayer that carried me and so many others across that finish line. It was a battle of epic proportions. I had my worship music on a loop. I love what you said about savouring the moment with food, fun and fellowship! My 3 favourite F-words! 🙂

      On a sidenote: You are doing a FULL marathon?!!!!!!!!! ACK! *bows to the master* Incredible!!!! When is race day? I’d love to keep you in prayer. Now that I’ve been through half of one, I know *how* valuable prayer is.

      Hugs dear friend,

      • Tina, So wonderful to see the photos of beauty, strength and victory! 🙂 Feels amazing, doesn’t it? Thanks for offering to pray for my run… it means a lot! It’s this Thanksgiving Sunday 8:45am for about five hours is what I’m aiming for. Goal is to get to the line in one piece, still alive (I’m definitely not a master… just slow and steady!) Will be praying to pass some of the time, and worship music when the going really gets tough! Other goal you ladies inspired me to is to raise money for an organization that helps get exploited women and their children off the streets. Here’s to stomping out injustice with every step that is taken!

  4. How adorable are you? Let me answer: very. The camera loves your face.

    To explain to you how I feel about race day would be this:

    Have you ever been face to face with a drop dead gorgeous guy? It’s intimidating to be around him or to even look at him. Thoughts pour into your mind pointing out your own inadequacies and flaws Despite knowing that your chances to be with him (… or even talk to him) may be slim, you still get butterflies — the good kind that happens when you’re nervous but are signal of hopefulness?

    THAT guy is like this half-marathon to me. Today, I was thinking about race day and I got butterflies. The good kind.

    The metaphor kinda falls apart after that.. but you know… whatever. haha

    Just wanted to say that I’m so glad to do this race along side you and I want to thank you for saying ‘yes’. Your ‘yes’ was the spark to the flame. so thank you. xx

  5. Love, love LOVE. Thanks for being chit chatty and real. I love that your post is coming from exactly where you are at. I’m proud of you for taking a vulnerable step and sharing this video. And, like Ash, now I want a blueberry tart too!! xo

  6. Ashley Mandanici says:

    Now I want a blueberry tart… and an alarm clock… i don’t know how to feel about such cravings! haha. So excited about what you’ve started and the stage that has been set to bless our sisters in Uganda. I can’t help but think of the incomprehensible pain our Heavenly Father endures when one of his precious daughters is hurt, mutilated, disregarded in such a way, and the joy He must feel when her sister runs to pick her up (hey- that works figuratively and literally!). In the same way a parent craves for their children to love one another, to stop squabbling and start helping one another, i imagine God feels the same way about us. I’m very proud of you friend and will be cheering you on and praying for you (real prayer- not just “foyer prayers.”)

  7. Amazing how you can keep my attention for 12min, girl! Loved the alarm clock as blueberry tart. haha. Adorable. And yes, I want to savour the moment … Here’s to more Meg Ryan moments! xoxo


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