Steppin’ Up For Kids

30 days. 317,000 steps. 148 miles. 2 weeks left to go in my mission to help kids and change lives. If you know me, you know that I am passionate about public health and the healthcare field. What you might not know however, is that despite being enrolled in their family’s health insurance plan, many children do not actually have access to the medical services they need due to a lack of comprehensive coverage. The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) provides grants to families to fund their children’s medical needs that aren’t covered, or fully covered, by their commercial health insurance […]

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Masterpiece

I love art. The combination of simple beauty with complexity of skill blows my mind every time I wander through an art museum. I always thought that maybe I was so fascinated because my own artistic ability is so non-existent that even the wine and design places would probably ask me to leave. However, the artistic process itself is pretty metaphorical for our own existence, and maybe that’s what makes art so captivating. Essentially, we’re all just here creating our own work of art. I’m no artist, but I’m in the process of creating a masterpiece and so are you. […]

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To the Women

To the women. To the women who suffered on my behalf. To the women who paved the way for my future. To the women who never stopped fighting for their place in this world. Today and every day I am grateful to be the next in line of generations of strong women. Strong women, kind women, loving women, hardworking women. The kind of women that as a little girl I could look up to and immediately feel my wings grow. I vow to be that woman. Not just for myself, not just for my peers, but for each and every […]

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Pause

Press pause. The world keeps spinning, keeping time against a non-existent clock. The minutes turn to hours, turn to days, and then weeks and months. Before you know it, midnight strikes and the confetti blasts on another New Year. A New Year, a better year. It will always, always be a better year than the year before, right? Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Then one day, no, one year we wake up and our time cards of life tell a story. But not the story we wanted it to tell. Not of summers on holiday or wine induced slow dances with the […]

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Expectations

More and more, our lives are held to expectations depending on what stage of life we’re in. If you’re 5 people expect you to know your ABCs and maybe how to tie your shoes, but probably not much else. If you’re 25, you’re supposed to have a great career, a meaningful relationship, a passport full of stamps from your gap year, and a celebrity’s body posted with the perfect filter on Instagram. This cycle continues for the rest of your life, and if you don’t defend your mind from these expectations, they can very well prevent you from being your […]

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Do What You Love, Love What You Do

“Do what you love, love what you do”. We’ve all heard it, however too many of us find ourselves in jobs or other commitments that we neither love nor enjoy. Partaking in these things becomes a mental and/or emotional burden, and eventually everything in that environment from menial tasks to big projects become points of frustration. As a result, misery ensues, toxicity spreads, and outcomes decline. This isn’t productive for anyone involved, and it stems from the result of not being invested in what you spend such a large portion of your time doing. It’s so important to love what […]

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Progress to Perfect

There’s so much pressure to be perfect in all areas of our lives. However, from diets to deadlines our drive for perfection is creating more burn out than actual achievement. Push perfection out of your mind for a second. Instead, focus on being persistent in making progress towards your goals. Ultimately, pursuing goals isn’t about being perfect anyways, but rather about being one step closer to something you desire. Eventually your progress, or the visible evidence of your journey towards something greater, will become far more valuable than perfection ever will.

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Attitude

I’m the granddaughter of a farmer. A hardworking, god-fearing farmer who, given enough time and rainfall, could turn a dusty patch of soil into a bountiful field of tobacco, cotton, or soy beans. As most depression era folks are, my grandfather was full of proverbial wisdom that he shared with me every chance he could. Among those seeds of wisdom, the one that stuck the most was simply: “your attitude determines your altitude.” Another theme for 2018 is embracing an attitude of gratitude. I consider myself a well-educated and ambitious information addict, who’s dedicated the majority of my life to […]

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