One From the Heart – February is American Heart Month

I’ll be the first to admit it. I get stressed. Stress affects our health in many ways, but heart disease is a common result in the United States, particularly among women. As a woman, this is a stressor in itself. Worries and perfectionism aside, what are some simple, everyday ways you and I can decrease … Continue reading One From the Heart – February is American Heart Month

Talk early, talk often: Teach your children to avoid sexual assault

As a woman, it’s hard to grow up without exposure to sexual violence of some kind. While I was lucky to get out of my early childhood unscathed, I experienced sexual harassment from several peers beginning in middle school, and was involved in a verbally abusive relationship in high school, which led to choosing a … Continue reading Talk early, talk often: Teach your children to avoid sexual assault

Living with the Threat of Breast Cancer

When I was two years old, my dad’s sister died from breast cancer. She was 42. Sixteen years later, my mom’s sister, age 50, was diagnosed.  These are not my only relatives who have had breast cancer. In fact, every woman in my family, with the exception of my mother, has had breast cancer. My … Continue reading Living with the Threat of Breast Cancer

Women role models, World travel, and Weighty lessons

An American Girl As a young girl, my mom told me that I could do anything and be anything--and I believed her. I took the classes I wanted, played the sports I wanted, and wore what I wanted (much to the dismay of my future self as I look back now on old photos). Today, … Continue reading Women role models, World travel, and Weighty lessons