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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;  http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3977.

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!

Introducing “Motivational Mondays”

A few weeks ago, I concluded a professional presentation on sleep, stress, and autoimmune conditions.  Carefully, I wove together scientific information, such as the physiology of stress response, immunity, the dynamic nature between sleep and stress, and hormonal activity, with motivational advice centered on behavior change.

However, floating within my thoughts, was the fact that, bottom line, behavior change can be tough!  It doesn’t come with a magic pill and requires significant mental connection, social support, and favorable response to one’s various environments.

Soon after, I started thinking about all those motivational word art images that stream around Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.  We may not know who creates them, but sure enough, on a periodic basis, one of them will pop out at us, resonate, and prompt us to share.

As a healthy living advocate, scientific professional, and overall nutrition junkie, it is, in part, my job to inspire in order to encourage favorable behavior change.  To better do this and integrate with my blog while further honoring commitment to you, happy followers, I am launching a Motivational Mondays series.  This may consist of a story, quote, personal photograph, or…  dun, dun, dun, one of those silly word art images (public domain approved).  Hopefully this helps get you through the infamous “case of the Mondays” (Office Space fan, yes)!

With that being said, I better “get on it”.  Happy Monday and Carry On!