Learn the facts & take action now

In honor of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, I wanted to share this online article: Five Facts To Remember On The UN’s International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women I did this painting (below) over three years ago, it illustrates many things, but I believe that it captures theContinue reading “Learn the facts & take action now”

Move the World

My mom finished her radiation treatment on Friday; she wore a mask  (like this one) to keep her face from moving during each of her 18 radiation sessions. For her, the mask was very uncomfortable, but I think she was extraordinarily brave to undergo treatment, knowing that her type of brain cancer is terminal. SheContinue reading “Move the World”

Ready to win my life back

Today’s post is inspired by a phrase that Dolvett Quince speaks to his contestants on The Biggest Loser. During workouts on the show, he shouts, “win your life back!!!” Last week, when I heard him shout, “Win your life back,” I wept. Since I was 11 years old, food has been an inappropriate coping mechanism.Continue reading “Ready to win my life back”

For the record, I was assigned #8 (These are more like stories, rather than facts)

Today, my post was inspired by my cousin; she posted ten interesting things about herself; I “liked” her post, so she assigned me to write eight statements about myself. Today’s inspiration comes from my cousin, in more ways than one; she is a teacher, so all of my “interesting” facts/stories are about my educational experiences.ThanksContinue reading “For the record, I was assigned #8 (These are more like stories, rather than facts)”

Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio

On the interview show, Inside the Actors’ Studio, host James Lipton asks each of his guests the same ten questions. These are my responses. What is your favorite word? Beloved What is your least favorite word? Potty-training What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Quiet. What turns you off?  Noise.  What is your favoriteContinue reading “Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio”

Breaking

Imagine the sound of a breaking glass; how does it make you feel? How long does it take to clean it up? How long do you spend making sure all the pieces are completely gone from the room?  Do you feel comfortable at all? I feel uneasy, I vacuum repeatedly and then I get onContinue reading “Breaking”

Connected and #inspiredby (People who have made a difference in my life)

I was inspired to write today’s post by Hoda Kotb’s examples of inspiration from the Today Show.  She was told by Ken Duane, “Don’t hog your journey,’’ and  “Share your journey with others, and you’re a power of example. Think of what you are able to accomplish.” On Sunday, I had brunch with a goodContinue reading “Connected and #inspiredby (People who have made a difference in my life)”

Let it be.

This video prompted today’s post: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGgOimJaqT4 Let it be. Okay, so I had a conversation several weeks ago with a colleague about my anxiety regarding flying on planes (and about being in situations where I have no control over the outcome). And he said something to the effect of, “so your calm demeanor, it’s justContinue reading “Let it be.”

Purposeful Beginnings (Via Family Tree)

FYI: This post was inspired by National Adoption Month! I am thankful for folks who choose adoption, especially my grandma and grandpa, who adopted my Mom. I am thankful for my foster parents who didn’t adopt me legally, but who still call me their middle daughter, 20 years after they invited me to join theirContinue reading “Purposeful Beginnings (Via Family Tree)”

Cause for Reflection

About a month before I found out I was pregnant, I told a mentor of mine, in these exact words, “I never want to have kids.” I was confident in my decision based on the facts, which included my parents getting divorced when I was 9 months old,  my mother giving me up on twoContinue reading “Cause for Reflection”