Monthly Archives: February 2012

Leap List

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Recently there has been a lot of talk about creating leap lists. Unlike a bucket list, a leap list is a list of goals that you want to accomplish before you make the next leap in your life.

Here is my leap list:

1. See 1 of the 7 wonders of the world 

2. Visit one of the World’s Disappearing Places

3. Take a trip that gives back

4. Learn a new dance- Samba, Tango, Salsa

5. Have a baby
(as much as I say I don’t want one…before age 30 would be nice)

6. Try a triathlon

7. Run a half-marathon

8. Get a tattoo

9. Move to Minnesota

10. Continue my education

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This is the Stuff

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Francesca Battistelli writes about the stuff that drives her crazy, the stuff that get’s to her lately.

Listening to the lyrics of her sweet and totally relatable song I have prepared a few phrases (in bold) that I belive should be considered if she ever decides to write a part two.

30 minute traffic for a 10 mile stretch,
patience please, as I’m running behind

Whoa oh oh

“This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that’s getting to me lately
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I’m blessed
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I gotta trust You know exactly what You’re doing
It might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use”

I lost my voice, twice in two weeks,
call the doctor now, for some antibiotics please

Whoa oh

“So break me of impatience
Conquer my frustrations
I’ve got a new appreciation
It’s not the end of the world”

5 added pounds, on a 4’11” frame
Someone stop me, from picking up that icecream
oh oh oh

“This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that’s getting to me lately

In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I’m blessed
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I gotta trust You know exactly what You’re doing
It might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use”

Let’s Move!

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Let’s Move!


“Let’s Move!
is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping kids become more physically active.

Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies. Your involvement is key to ensuring a healthy future for our children (letsmove.org).”

Thursday February 9, 2012–

First Lady Michelle Obama will be coming to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the “Let’s Move” initiative. I along with thousands of people will be attending this event to not only promote health and wellness but to support the initiative.

Other supporters included in tomorrow’s event are: Olympic Figure Skating medalist Michelle Kwan, Olympic Gymnastics Gold medalist Shawn Johnson, 2011-WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings, Health and Fitness Expert Bob Harper from the Biggest Loser, NASCAR racing champion Carl Edwards, Katelyn Epperly and Casey Blake.

What an exciting event to be a part of, in some small way it is an opportunity for myself and those around me to take a stance against childhood obesity and take the pledge to make a difference.

“The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake.”

– First Lady Michelle Obama at the Let’s Move! launch on February 9, 2010

 

 

Blindside

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How can someone be blindsided by politics if they are not informed?

Growing up in a fairly conservative, traditional, Christian family I was told that my moral values best connect with the Republican party. However, as a young adult forming my own opinions, morals, and values I have come to realize that my stance is neither Republican nor Democrat.

With politics in the forefront as the Republican party is searching for their Presidential candidate it is hard NOT to be informed. For those who want an easy fix to finding the candidate for you, USA Today provides a candidate match game that asks questions based on different topics ranging from Afghanistan to Health Care, Gay Marriage and Climate change.

The results are in…the candidate that most matches my political stance is Barack Obama on 7 of 11 issues. When comparing these results with another candidate match game, my results posted 35% for Tim Pawlenty. The race is heating up with celebrity endorsements, State Caucuses, debates, and more. Educate yourself, be informed to make a conscious decision to vote!