I came across a folder of my old articles while reorganizing my storage space. After I wrote Get Fit to Go, a compilation of these articles, I thought I was done with the hundreds of columns that I clipped week after week for four years. But I am not done. I will probably read each one again. They remind me of the important subjects that I researched each week while coming up with a topic that had to be filed with the Daily Record every Monday night for Tuesday publication. They remind me of my passion and dedication to both my love of writing and my love of exercise. They remind me of all the great people I met when I interviewed them or photographed them for articles. And they remind me of why I became a nurse when researching disease processes while writing articles on prevention.
This old article I wrote (pictured in this post) is as relevant today as it was when I wrote it; Don't let the winter months make you SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder can be helped with regular exercise. Physical activity releases endorphins that are known as 'feel good' hormones. Get busy moving!... I wrote several hundreds of articles like this and loved my regimen of sitting down to write on a deadline, and being forced to write. Though these articles were not great works fiction, they were valuable and artful and allowed me to be creative. I wrote in my true voice and gave a piece of myself away with each paragraph. The articles remind me that I am an artist at heart.
Here's what else my articles remind me of...the power of having people believe in you. And they remind me, now more than ever of my parents, both of whom are gone and whom I miss terribly. My mom enjoyed the newsletters that I used to write for my exercise clients and told me that I "should get a newspaper column." So I got one. It was not easy. But she said I should, so I did. Timing is everything.
When my mom died of lung cancer, the very last article I wrote for my column was about smoking and lung cancer. I filed that column, which would be my final one, the day after my mom's funeral. I never missed a deadline.
After my last column was printed my dad said, "Don't let this opportunity go to waste. Take those columns and write a book." So I did. Because he told me I should.
My parents were the wind beneath my wings and now they are my guardian angels. I believe in them. And I believe in me. Because I should.
Red onions are a powerful antioxidant and support the immune system. Yes, healthy food is medicine and delicious healthy food is heaven! Bolster your body’s natural defenses with powerful foods and Celebrate a cold-free and flu-free cold and flu season with delicious vegan chili topped with raw red onion. I made this with red and white beans, veggie crumbles, red onion and garlic and tomatoes. 5 minutes of prep and 3 hours in the crock pot. It was filling and satisfying and gave me healthy leftovers for lunch!
As a disabilities advocate I believe that every sector and every aspect of the community should be inclusive of individuals with physical, intellectual, cognitive, and mental health disabilities and other special needs.
At a recent North Jersey Health Collaborative meeting I was elated to meet Ellen de Havilland, Development and Communications Director at the ARC of Union County who will address the health and wellness an access to care concerns of the special needs community in all of the Committee Workgroups.
With the North Jersey Health Collaborative and The Arc of Union County with Laura O'Reilly-Stanzilis RN MS because health, inclusion and access are what bring us together as a community. hashtag#inclusionmatters hashtag#accessibility
This week I had the privilege to attend a presentation by my dear friend, Cynthia Watts Murphy. Cynthia is a life mastery coach whose pure positive energy is infectious.
The frequency of our results needs to match the frequency of our mind! Got that? Cynthia breaks concepts down and inspires aha moment after aha moment as she moves across the stage with the grace of a dancer, and speaks with the truth of someone who truly practices what she preaches.
Cynthia is a Transformational Speaker, VIP Results Coach, Advocate for Your Magnificence
I have worked with Cynthia as a student/mentee in one of her courses. She is supportive, firm in her belief in her system (as any great coach is), and always available to schedule a call when we get stuck or feel like we are stagnating.
Are your personal beliefs about yourself aligned with success? Are you in touch with your inner assets? This transformational life coach has a process to help you figure that out.
On staying the course...I love Cynthia's analogies and her mentor, Mary Morrisey's, podcasts
and Bamboo story. It's not a story about a quick fix. It's a story about patience. Did you know that a bamboo shoot grows only a few inches a year and then by the 5th year it grows 8 feet in one year? That is how major breakthroughs occur in our lives. (Hmm, makes you think twice about the term 'overnight success'.) But success does not happen by wishing alone. It happens by great inner energy and manifesting thoughts into reality with hard work and commitment. By moving the dream forward an inch at a time. We patiently watch the seasons change and witness nature doing her great display in the Spring and Summer
but don't always understand that the deep roots and strong foundations we build will bear fruit at the time they are meant to.
Learn more about Cynthia at https://cynthiawattsmurphy.com/