Archives for the month of: October, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Month may be almost over, but breast health is a year-round responsibility.

Relationships Do Matter

Here are 10 facts about Breast Cancer from the site

Please Be Proactive, Perform Regular Check ups, Stay Alert and Prayerful, Donate and Support Survivors. #relationshipsdomatter

  1. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. One in every eight women in the United States develops breast cancer.
  2. There are over 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today.
  3. All women are at risk for developing breast cancer.
  4. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between ages 40 and 55.
  5. Nearly 40,000 women will die of breast cancer in 2012.
  6. At present, there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, which is why regular mammograms and monthly breast self-exams are extremely important.
  7. The causes of breast cancer are not yet fully known although a number of risk factors have been identified such as late menopause, diets high in saturated fat, late pregnancies, estrogen…

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A common thread in the sermons I remember from childhood is that Satan will go on the attack once he sees you committing to do good.  So it comes as no surprise to me that I’ve been having some difficulty in both my physical and my mental overhaul over the past couple of weeks.

I’ve recently been placed in a position as the head of my church’s social media ministry. It’s a position I’m super-excited about and I felt really blessed to have the opportunity. I started making plans I thought would really grow the ministry and expand the reach of the church.  Because I connect with social media through my smart phone (due to having a lot of down time during the day), most of my plans involved me using my smart phone. 
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I was inspired by this post to give up chocolate for a week, just to see if I could do it.  Even though Erika Nicole Kendall was motivated by clean eating to give up chocolate, and I’m not attempting 100% clean eating at the moment, I thought an exercise in self-control would do me good.

You have to understand; giving up chocolate for a week was a massive undertaking for me.  I have a co-worker a couple of offices down from me that always has the good stuff on his desk.  His candy dish could win a Nobel Prize, if candy dishes were eligible. I pass by his office to get to mine, and when I’m having a particularly stressful day, it’s nothing to walk about 10 steps and be at his desk with a hand in the dish before you can say “woosah”.

This week, though, I wanted to see if I could resist temptation.  The first couple of days were pretty easy.  I was pretty determined to prove myself capable  and that determination alone kept me away from his desk. Even on office bake sale day, when he not only had his prize-worthy candy dish, but goodies he had bought at the bake sale. Did I mention it was his birthday?  Yeah, I was doing really well, staying clear of his office, when I was informed that it was his birthday.  That meant I would have to visit him. (Luckily he came out of his office at just the right time, preventing me from having to go into the lion’s den.) My resolve threatened to weaken as the days progressed.

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I have gone through different phases with regard to working out.  The first two years of college I mainly went to the gym to watch intramural basketball games. My junior year I worked out twice a day. By senior year it had tapered down to maybe three times a week.

Law school followed a similar pattern. I started out hardly ever working out. Then I joined Bally’s my second year and regularly worked out about 3-4 times a week pretty much until I graduated. Then I moved to Chicago, tried to keep up the routine (and was largely unsuccessful), and then got pregnant.
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Some months ago, I began following a bunch of people on Twitter that I called “The Young and the Ratchet”. They post funny stuff, ratchet stuff, and occasionally stuff that made me think. I wanted to be them. They, to me, epitomized “cool”.

In middle and high school I tended to watch the cool kids from afar. Even if I bought (or had my mom buy) all the brands they wore, hung out at all the places they hung out at, used the lingo they used, ate the food they ate, I knew at my core I would never be them. So I eventually gave up wanting that. I thought I had made peace with that and was happy being nerdy, quiet, socially awkward me. Until Twitter.

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Depending upon which word you emphasize, this question can have a variety of meanings. In some form or fashion, I have asked myself every variation of this question over the course of my life. More so over the past few years.

I will start by answering the question for here.  As in, this blog. I am here basically to chronicle the complete overhaul of myself on a physical, professional, and spiritual level. Over the last year, I have felt brewing within myself a restlessness, a need to jettison something in order to move forward. I had come to realize I was trying to be content with stagnation and had even fooled myself into believing that I was. But the curtains have been lifted and I am ready to make the transition to a healthier, happier, more fulfilled me.