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I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows…

October is breast cancer awareness month in the U.S., which presents many motivational stories.  I was pleased to find a little significance, or tie-in, for this.  Please read below;

My high school self took on a few leadership roles, traveled, and gave a few speeches.  Looking back, I was a wee bit fearless and I really couldn’t tell you why other than, perhaps, young, unaltered, and innocent passion.  Naturally, as a 15 to 16 year old something, I turned to music for quotes.

Regardless, to this day, the lyrics of Greatest Love of All are still some of my favorites and a real pick me up for motivational spirit.  Most of us know the version sung by Whitney Houston.

As a child of the 1980’s, I can remember many Whitney songs playing while dancing around in leg warmers and obnoxious weighted bangle bracelets (for real, I was a fitness-nista).  I tried to find a photo of those ridiculous weighted bangle bracelets, but alas, no luck.  If someone finds a photo of them, feel free to share.

However, the real story behind the song is a woman by the name of Linda Creed who co-wrote it in the late 1970’s while recovering from breast cancer.  Sadly, Linda lost her battle in 1986, but not before leaving her mark on the music landscape.  She was later inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  A more thorough synopsis can be found via the following link;

In spirit and love, happy Motivational Monday!

Ashley L Arnold, MBA, MPH is a lifestyle health educator and coach who supports clients to channel authority over their health, well-being, and overall vitality.  Offering health education approaches and 1-on-1 coaching modules, she gets them out of excess weeds of information and inconsistent practices that don’t get desired results.  Through helping people focus on the right applications paired with appropriate consideration for bio-individual facets, they become stronger, more confident self-advocates for their health.  Bottom line, they will surpass challenges, embrace healthful living with ease, and, best of all, feel a greater sense of empowerment and more energy!

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REBLOG: Top benefits of buying directly from farmers

Couldn’t have said it better. Thank you for the succinct, relevant post!

You and I typically have two main options when it comes to getting groceries. We can go to the supermarket, or we can go directly to the farmers through a farmers market or CSA share. Each one has its relative pluses and minuses, but I think buying directly from farmers is the ideal choice when feasible. Why? Well, in my book, these are the top benefits of getting your food directly from a farmer or rancher:

1) You get the freshest possible food
Most of the food in a typical supermarket was probably picked from the ground weeks ago, and you can taste it. In contrast, any good farmer worth his or her salt will only sell you the very freshest product. Likely they will have just picked the produce or processed the animal hours before you get your hand on it. Fresh food simply tastes better. Your taste buds…

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