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national women's health & fitness day

It's the last day of September and which a kind of drives the nail into the end of summer. This is when a lot of us tend to slack off a little when it comes to health and fitness. It is the precursor to the holiday and all the delightful cookies, cakes, desserts and sugarplums that dance in our heads. This means it is sometimes hard to keep up with our health and fitness goals.

I am guessing that may be part of the reason that September 30th has been declared "National Women's Health & Fitness Day" . Yup, that's right, we're talking about health and fitness today.

yup, that's me and yup, that's Kerri Walsh and YUP I did actually play volleyball with her. WHAT?

yup, that's me and yup, that's Kerri Walsh and YUP I did actually play volleyball with her. WHAT?

Look, I'll admit I am not always the healthiest person. I have my moments for sure and have tried just about every "eating program" you can imagine and I read about food A LOT. I love food. Everyone says that but I mean, I REALLY love food, all kinds, salty, sweet, sour, bitter. I just love how food is a way to fellowship, express yourself and see the world. Food sustains us, keep our bodies working the way they should and can even cure a broken heart. (I don't care what anyone says.) This can sometimes be a problem, depending on how you look at things. Just about anyone will tell you that at the end of the day, it is all about balance.

The same can be said for fitness. Taking care of our bodies is what keeps us moving, breathing and able to be in awe of the world around us. It is also one of the hardest things to tell yourself on a rainy/snowy winter day when the bed just feels warm and cozy. Sometimes, your muscles ache, your bones hurt, your body is sweaty and smelly. Even though it you feel better later, sometimes the actual process of keeping fit isn't always the most exciting thing to try and do.

National Women’s Health & Fitness Day is the recognized as the largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages int he U.S. It's focus is on regular physical activity and health awareness for women. and here is the thing...

we need that focus

Obviously we want everyone to be healthy but as women it is even more critical. We are the caregivers of the world. Even with the increase of women with not just jobs, but careers, we still take the lead as care givers.

  • Women are more likely to take care of an elder family member

  • On average in American households with two heterosexual parents, mothers spend about 11 hours per week taking care of their children, while fathers spend slightly more than 3 hours per week. 4

  • A record 40 percent of all households with children under 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income for the family.

Despite this, women are less likely to take care of themselves. We forget to put the oxygen mask on ourselves before everyone else. This is why a focus on health and fitness is so important for us. A day that reminds us to focus on ourselves is needed to remind us that the only way we can be at our best is to take care of the body we have been given. It is a reminder to take a breath (a heavy one), wipe the sweat from our brow and have a moment just for us, to make us healthy, strong and happy.

As part of the day there are a ton of local organizations nationwide that will host a variety of events. The focus is on health and not competition. You can get screenings, exercise, and also learn more ways to be/get healthy.  All with the goal of encouraging women to take control of their lives and their health by giving women the opportunity to learn how to make smarter choices regarding their health. More than 50,000 women are expected to participate in their local communities. Will you be one of them?

It's pretty easy. You can google to find a participating location near you OR just get out and do something. Go for a run, hike with some friends or spend the evening as a family cooking a healthy meal. Do something, take a picture and post online to share with everyone. Don't forget to hashtag #womenshealthfitnessday

law & order svu, pinot noir, trees and asking favors from good peeps

What I have learned.

Red Rose Winery - Amity Oregon August 2015

Red Rose Winery - Amity Oregon August 2015

I have been back in my hometown for a little over 5 months now. It seems impossible that so much time has passed. This time has been so different from the typical adult life I was used to. Working from home, not having to go to an office every day and actually spending some time here as if I were a tourist. It's been pretty cool and I have learned a lot. Instead of the usual rigmarole of my posts I thought I would share with all of you what I have learned in the last 5 months of pseudo unemployment/building my own business.

vacation in your hometown.

Lincoln City, Oregon May 2015

Lincoln City, Oregon May 2015

Treating your home like you are on vacation is pretty cool. Sometimes we get so caught up in the everyday that we wait till we have out of town visitors to explore all the cool things around us. I live in Portland and that means that there are a ton of cool things to do. I have probably experienced more Oregon Pinot in the last 5 months than in the entire time I have lived here and most of them are literally minutes away from my doorstep. How did I waste all these years. I have a new found appreciation for the Oregon Coast with its rugged coast line and cool breezes. (Big Ups to the Coho Lodge) . There is definitely something to finding out what all the buzz is about in your own back yard.

Trees are beautiful.

Forest Park, Portland Oregon April 2015

Forest Park, Portland Oregon April 2015

Not just any kind of beautiful. I'm talking about a mind altering kind of beautiful. Why more people don't stop and look up at trees is beyond me. Lucky me, I live in the land of trees. Look up. I mean really look up, trust me it's pretty cool.

Law and Order SVU is the tv equivalent to crack.

This is both awesome and horrible at the same time, especially when working from home. How they can make all of those episodes so fascinating is crazy. What I learned though is this...If you have anything to do DO NOT turn on TNT in the afternoon. Trust me, I am helping you manage your time here.

Get up and move. 

I am horrible at following this and hence have maybe or maybe not picked up a bit of weight since coming home. I promise, I'm working on it. I am setting reminders to get up from the computer and "take a lap" if you will. Work from a coffee shop, a book store or even a local winery. (what? I'm exploring options, don't judge). As I type this and look at my stepper I realize I better practice what I preach.

People are amazing.

This might sound weird for me to say that I have learned this recently but people are really amazing. They show up when you least expect them and they show up in such wonderful ways. Strangers and friends alike show you their colors all of the time and I think we sometimes ignore that. What I have really learned is that it is okay to ask them to be amazing. I have spent much of my adult life unwilling to ask people for what I need because I never wanted to put anyone out. Now, I see it differently. So many people far and wide have reached out to me as I tackle this adventure. I'm not embarrassed to admit than many of these small acts of kindness have reduced me to a puddle of tears. Good tears, mind you but tears all the same. You never know how many people out there really do think and care for you because all we see day in and day out is news and stories of awful things done by people. It really is a shame. 

To everyone who has reached out to me, or said a kind word, liked a post, pulled up this website in any way, followed me on social media, called, sent letters, emailed me etc. The only thing I can say is thank you. You have made it possible for me to vacation at home looking up at amazing trees and closer to amazing people. 

Learning is great! Thanks for helping me do it.  What have you learned so far this year? Tell me below...



P.S. One other thing I have learned. I am needy. I love to hear from people who read the blog or check out the site. Seriously, I'm not afraid to say it out loud. That means I wait all day to see how many people check it out and if anyone left a comment, or liked me on social media. I never knew what a pull this type of feeling had one me until I started this site. So....since I am not longer afraid to ask for things from my peeps I have an ask.  Like, Comment, share with your friends, co-workers, even the people in line with you at the grocery store, follow me on social media, hire me. Heck, do it all, I have no shame!