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Take Time to Be Kind

Did you know that Monday, November 13 is World Kindness Day? On one hand, it’s nice that we have a day set aside to be kind to one another. However, it shouldn’t be limited to just the one day. It takes no more effort to be kind than not, so let’s make sure World Kindness Day isn’t just a one-time celebration.

Some notable women said it best when talking about kindness:

  1. “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” ― Amelia Earhart
  2. “Never be so busy as not to think of others.” ― Mother Teresa
  3. “Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” ―  Barbara De Angelis
  4. “We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.” ―  Ellen DeGeneres
  1. “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

And besides being nice to each other, kindness has tangible health benefits, as well. An act of kindness can decrease stress, boost happiness, lower blood pressure, release feel-good chemicals and inspire more kindness. Want more reasons to be kind? Read this from Huffington Post https://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-r-hamilton-phd/kindness-benefits_b_869537.html and be kind to someone today!

Thanking Those Who Serve

This week many of us will celebrate our military and especially our veterans as we lead up to Saturday’s Veterans Day commemoration on November 11. But acknowledging the sacrifices our armed forces make every day to keep us safe shouldn’t be a one-week thing. In fact, one of our Pure Romance Consultants has made it her mission to make sure female members of the military get to enjoy some of the comforts of home throughout the year while on active duty.

Consultant Jennifer Bary heads up a 501c3 non profit called The WOW Project (@Womenofwarproject on Facebook or http://womenofwarproject.org). Based at Eglin Air Force Base, The WOW Project sends care packages of specialty products, including Pure Romance skin care products, to women who are serving in the military who have been nominated by friends or family.

“We just sent our 300th box,” said Jennifer. “We are hurting for donations as we are receiving requests from all over the country faster than we can fund them. We fulfilled a request for 30 boxes to a special forces unit here locally. The 30 women were the largest contingency of women that unit has ever sent at once.

“They were sent to an undisclosed location,” Jennifer added, “and for the first time ever, this unit has a female in charge of the operation. A pretty big deal!”

Volunteers from members of local Boy Scout troops to veterans and retirees help pack the boxes and get them ready for shipping. “We even had a former member of the Women’s Air Corp who packed for us,” said Jennifer.

Sent with each box is a letter to the women who are serving, as a quick ‘thank you’ to let them know they are not forgotten back home. “If someone wants to send a card or letter, we will include them in the boxes,” she said. “These ladies often leave their children behind, so we try to include letters from children. The ladies often mention those are very cherished items for them.”

So as we celebrate our military this week, let’s not forget the women who are on the front lines and who have left their families behind to keep us safe. If you’d like to help The WOW Project by sending a card or letter, the address is PO Box 1776, Eglin AFB, FL 32542. You can donate on the Facebook page by clicking the donate button or mailing in a donation at the address above. And thank a veteran or someone on active duty this week.

#MeToo

How many times have you seen that hashtag over the last couple of weeks?

The discussion surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct has turned into a national forum on sexual harassment and abuse, both in and out of the workplace.

While more and more women are using the hashtag in social media posts to say they, too, have been harassed or worse, we’re learning that the movement actually started when the hashtag symbol was still known as a number sign.

The New York Times over the weekend ran a feature on Tarana Burke, who, some 10 years ago, created a nonprofit, Just Be, Inc., that helps victims of sexual assault and harassment. At that time, she gave her movement a name: Me Too.

Of course, it was actress Alyssa Milano who helped the #metoo hashtag movement catch fire this past week, not knowing that Burke had been using itor her own nonprofit. Two days after first tweeting about #metoo, after she found out about Burke’s cause, Milano reached out to Burke and even gave Burke credit in a “Good Morning, America” interview.

However the conversation started, the important thing to remember is, we are now talking about something that most of us have kept hidden in our pasts. As consultants, you may find that your clients are now more willing to talk about #metoo moments when you sit down with them in the privacy of the order room.

We’re talking about it. Now, let’s listen to each other. And make sure the movement lasts longer than a 140-character tweet.

Want to read more about Tarana Burke and her nonprofit? Here’s the New York Times link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/20/us/me-too-movement-tarana-burke.html

The Most Important Time? Time for Yourself

We are all extremely busy, aren’t we? Between taking care of our families, running errands, going to soccer games during the week and football games during the weekend, it seems as if we’re always on the go, and always looking out for the needs of others.

This month, though, I ask you to take time for yourself.

Take 15 minutes. That’s all.

Because that’s about all the time that you’ll need to get your annual (we hope) mammogram checkup.

October, as you know, is breast cancer awareness month, but frankly, every month is breast cancer awareness month. Because you shouldn’t wait until your annual mammogram to check your breasts for anything that doesn’t look right.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. In addition:

  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and approximately 460 will die each year.

The good news? The NBCF says more than 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.

Look, we’re women and we instinctively take care of everyone else before we take care of ourselves. But this month, especially, it’s time to take time for yourself. Call your doctor, visit a mobile mammogram unit or stop by your local clinic. It takes 15 minutes. It’s a small investment in yourself, that can make a big difference to you and your family.

Learn more at www.nationalbreastcancer.org.

 

It’s Queen Bee Week!

For the hundreds of you who have signed up to do the virtual Queen Bee 4-Miler, this is the week you’ve been training for! Although you can do your four miles at any time, we’ve been suggesting doing them this week leading up to the Patty Brisben Foundation Gala Saturday night, where the money you raised will be donated to the Foundation.

For those who live in the Cincinnati area, where the Queen Bee Half Marathon and 4-Miler will be run, we encourage you to take part in the event Saturday morning. And if you need some inspiration, here’s Erin Lawry’s story.

Erin has been a Queen Bee ‘pacer’ (a runner who paces other runners to finish in a designated time) since the Queen Bee started four years ago. Erin’s been running since she was 31, and has finished 42 marathons to date. What an accomplishment!

But an even bigger accomplishment may have been the Queen Bee Half she walked last October. You see, two weeks before the Queen Bee, she had breast cancer surgery. Then, she walked all 13.1 miles with a drainage tube still in her body.

“I had no family history, no lumps, no symptoms, triple hormone negative, breast cancer gene negative,” she said. “I’m cancer free today thanks to a quick decision to visit a mammogram truck while running routine errands.”

Today, she’s cancer free and is an inspiration to so many—in fact, this spring she ran the Boston Marathon!  And yes, she’ll be back running the Queen Bee this weekend.

So as you complete your virtual Queen Bee this week, think about the women in your neighborhood and around the world who will benefit from your donations. And during October Breast Cancer Awareness month, don’t forget to get YOUR mammogram as well!