Inspiring Women to Live with Poise, Flair, and Purpose

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!

Dare to Bare with Fabulous Fall Skin Care

Just because the calendar says it’s fall, doesn’t mean you have to run to put on long sleeves and turtlenecks. There’s plenty of time for you to show off your summertime toned arms and legs. But the air will get dryer—that means your skin will, too.

Our friends at A Women’s Health offer great suggestions on how to keep your skin’s summer glow going well into the fall. Among the suggestions:

  • Ditch the soap. “Soapy scrubs might feel wonderful after a day at the beach, but they leave your skin dry,” the article says. “When fall arrives, switch to a soap-free hydrating cleanser.”
  • Switch from lotion to cream. “As the air becomes drier, your skin needs a thicker moisturizer,” according to the article. “Creams provide a stronger oilybarrier, which means they both reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin and provide hydration.”
  • Protect your lips. “Start moisturizing now to prevent dry, cracked lips this winter,” they suggest. “Use a non-petroleum based lip balm for best results.”

If you follow me (pattybrisben) or Pure Romance (officialpureromance) you’ll see some of my Pure Romance favorites for skin care, including Save my Skin, Skin Therapy and Revive. All will keep you, and your clients, looking great as we head into the holidays!

For more skin care suggestions, you can read the entire article at http://awomanshealth.com/fall-skin-care-tips/.

What the Foundation Does

In just three weeks we’ll be at the 12th annual Patty Brisben Foundation Gala, celebrating the great work that specialists across the world do to advance women’s sexual health. It’s a fun evening, of course, but while we’re having fun, we’re there for a serious cause: Raising money to help organizations around the world help women improve their sexual health.

The organizations we’ve helped include Cancer Family Care with a grant for counseling for women dealing with cancer and its impact on their sexual health; the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with funding for a study and intervention program to help restore sexual health and improve the quality of life for women treated for ovarian cancer; the Maricopa Health Foundation, helping develop a culturally-informed educational program promoting sexual health among Somali and Swahili-speaking refugee women; and the University of California San Francisco, funding a research study into the development of a therapeutic yoga program for female genito-pelvic pain.

The list of grant recipients is long (you can see it on our website, pattybrisbenfoundation.org) but the need is longer. Women across the world need the sexual health education that you can help provide with your donations, not just now with the fundraiser coming up, but throughout the year.

We hope you have the chance to attend our Gala, or contribute to the Foundation with our Virtual Queen Bee 4-Miler. Any way you can, we hope you can support our cause and we thank you for thinking of the Patty Brisben Foundation. Want more information? Just go to pattybrisbenfoundation.org on ways to help. And thank you in advance for supporting women’s sexual health!

Beating Stress During Stressful Times

Does it feel to you sometimes that the whole world has gone off kilter? It seems as if we had just absorbed the shock of the Texas hurricane, and now Florida is the latest state to be hit by a massive storm. Both areas face weeks, if not months, of cleanup and rebuilding. Add to that earthquakes in Mexico and wildfires out West, and you just want to scream, “Enough!”

You’re not the only one to feel stressed out in this stressful world. Whether it’s taking a walk, doing yoga or just taking a deep breath, all can help you de-stress during difficult times.

Debbie Gisonni, business coach and author, penned an article for our friends at the Huffington Post on “7 Ways to Cope When Times Are Tough.” Among her suggestions are:

  1. Be Grateful. “There is something to be grateful for in every minute of every day,” Gisonni writes. “When you make a list of everything that’s great in your life, your one problem may not seem so terrible.”
  2. Call upon friends. “Research shows that social connections have a positive effect on well-being,” according to Gisonni. “Reach out to friends and let them know what you’re going through.
  3. “Laughter is as much of an emotional release as crying,” she says. “Give yourself permission to laugh, even when times are rough.”

I’d like to add to that, give yourself permission to have a little ‘me’ time. Whether it’s soaking in the tub with our Skinny Dip Body Wash & Bubble Bath or enjoying some Body Silk Skin Moisturizer, take a little time to pamper yourself. The extra 10 minutes you give yourself can help you recharge to face the day.

To all our friends facing challenges out there, we want you to know that we are thinking of you. And you can read more of the article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/debbie-gisonni/coping-strategies_b_2813782.html.