Brigitte's Blog

Are you resting enough?

We all understand that time is our most precious resource. This is one of the reasons as humans we try to cram as much as possible into each day, to include multi-tasking, and avoid resting. Some claim to be masters at getting stuff done. But this constant pressure can affect

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Finding a way to live

“Finding a way to live” can be summarized by acceptance of your situation, adapting and finding the inner strength to find a way forward. As a follow-up to my last two posts, some headway is being made. The first is regarding the book Expecting the Good: Inspiration from a Badass with a

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When it’s your turn

My background has been in the graphic arts industry for 25+ years and have helped countless publishers, non-profits, authors, and corporations (big and small) with their publications and media solutions. My focus now is with solutions consulting and health advocacy, and incorporating some effort for my content. This blog has

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Choosing Hope

A recent visit to the Georgia State Capitol last week was a reminder of the importance of choosing hope. I went as an advocate on behalf of the Cancer Action Network, part of the American Cancer Society. Our goal was to speak with our state legislatures while they were in

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10 Top Health and Wellness Trends for 2019

A holistic approach is the thing now. Everyone wants to be focused on the best way to improve their health and wellness. That is a good thing. There is not “one best way” and is why different wellness approaches are trending at the moment, especially a holistic aspect. The definition

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Hip-Hop Peloton is a Thing

Live while you’re living. One of my recent posts referenced how we should mix-it-up with exercise, cross training benefits (even when you’re 50+). Doing the same thing over and over – repetitive – can overwork certain aspects of our body and cause an injury. As a runner, I mix in

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This is all of us

Be okay with your feelings. I’m stating the obvious, but reminding you that our emotional state (mental health) is important and is connected to our physical health.  We know intuitively that when we’re feeling stressed, we are more inclined to get sick – you can get a migraine headache, acne

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Cross training benefits (even when you’re 50+)

Can exercise make you happy? You’re reading this probably because you are interested in improving your health.  Awesome!  It takes more than interest though…it takes some action. There is no magic pill.  If you just focus on “products” to help you lose weight or look younger, those products will make

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How’re things going with you?

That kid who likes to swing at the playground and not worry at the moment. This makes me smile because I see myself.    A common first question we ask our friends when meeting in person is, “How’re things going?” And a common answer is “It’s all good! My family is

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Cancer gives you a reality check

I’m one of the lucky ones (so far)   Hearing that you have cancer is something no one wants to hear. And I’ve heard it several times. Depending on your financial situation and your access to health insurance, this can definitely hurt your wallet. My health insurance is currently through

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Embrace it while you can

Less is more. That’s a great motto for life.   Christmas time is here. This is the time when we celebrate with family and friends, and enjoy each other’s company. Christmas is quite commercialized in our culture (for a long time) and seems to have lost it’s meaning. This year we

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Exercise: alter the way you see things

That neighbor who likes to run a lot. Could that be you too?   I get a lot of comments from others like, “OMG, I hate running. How do you do it?” Running is not something done everyday and not the only exercise I participate in. That running habit is balanced

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Designing a Healthy Lifestyle

Health doesn’t come from taking medicine. It comes from laughter and love. It comes from peace of mind, peace in the heart and the soul. The lifestyle you have is important and has a powerful effect on your health. I shared a survey earlier this Fall to find out what was

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Being Thankful – 2.0

There are so many things we all should be thankful for.   Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday because we make time to reflect and express gratitude for what we have, while spending time with family and friends. I have a strong bond with my brother, and on this day, it’s a

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Let yourself rest

Rest is a need. In reality, everyone needs a break … to rest …even those of us who thrive on being busy and enjoy what we do. I consider myself a Type-A person with a lot of energy and ideas. But I realize it’s important to recharge on a regular basis; this applies no

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Things we take for granted

It’s about the protection of others. Most of us don’t appreciate what we have growing up. I didn’t with the military family environment around me. My father (who was a Vietnam veteran) that adopted me and my brother was very strict. Boys were afraid to ask me out in high

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Dial it back a notch (or two)

There are random stacks of books just like this at my home because books are important to me. No need to apologize if you do too. There is a lot of noise out there. Many people feel overwhelmed (or stressed) by the amount of “information” and opinions available on different platforms.

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Are you a recovering hot-flasher too?

To keep in-line with the October breast cancer awareness theme, I’m sharing a story that people don’t want to talk about often…what chemo for breast cancer can do to your body. It was extreme. Like clockwork, it came at 9pm each night, and it came suddenly. It only lasted about 2 minutes,

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Being in the Moment Mindset

Feeling the vibrations Heads up. I’m a big Lenny Kravitz fan and so is my husband. Last week we went to a Lenny concert in Atlanta and had a blast. The tour is for his new album Raise Vibrations and Atlanta was the first stop. It was our fourth time

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Why it’s okay if you cry

Crying is a natural & effective way to release stress – even for men What the hell is wrong with me?  Nothing really. I recently was interviewed on a podcast, and the host asked about relationship advice and how my cancer diagnoses (sp?) in the past affected my marriage. It was

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How to Support a Loved One Going Through Cancer Treatment

Thank you to Scott Sanders for providing this guest blog post.  Scott is the creator of CancerWell.org, which provides resources and support for anyone who has been affected by any form of cancer. He is also the author of the book “Put Yourself First: A Guide to Self-care and Spiritual Wellness

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Staying Active (like Running) When You’re Over 50

Either you love running or you hate it. One of my favorite activities is running outside and I have been fortunate to be able to still do so after almost 40 years. I still get that reward-response from it (literally the runner’s high). My family and most friends my age don’t like

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Smiling Does Matter to Others

A smile is so simple. It can change a moment, it can change your day, it can change someone else’s day. That simple act of putting a smile on your face can lead you to feel actual joy or amusement. Smiling does matter. I’ve written about this subject before –

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How You Can Defy the Odds

The month of May is Brain Tumor Awareness month and so far I’m defying the odds as intended. To defy the odds is to accomplish something that most would presume impossible. The phrase is a reference to gambling; literally it means a person who “defied the odds” said “No” to fate, refusing

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