HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Today let your heart be filled with love and joy. Share a few laughs that bring a smile on your face and someone else’s. Be grateful for another day to share love and kindness.

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What is your true passions in life?

 

Take a moment and think about something that brings great joy to you!

For me, it’s Public Speaking… I know…I know… of all things but it brings great joy to me. It’s something that I have a great passion for and honestly, I should do more of it.

What keeps us from doing what we absolutely love in life? What drives people to do what they absolutely love?

I’ve been holding on to the comfort zone instead of getting out of my comfort zone. How many of you are holding on to the comfort zone?

I think 2018 is going to be the year that I’m going to really work on not holding on to the comfort zone; especially when it comes to doing what I love.  Of course, comfort is great for when you go home. You want that familiarity but I’m talking about fully living and being present in your life.

I know when I’m doing public speaking in front of people it brings great joy to me!

I’ve always had a passion for reading out loud. As a child, I loved performing in plays that brought so much joy to me. Maybe it was my little escape from everything going on having Marfan Syndrome. It was my treasure! It was my gift!

As I got older like some of us we store those talents and gifts away. The very thing that brought so much joy into our lives is boxed away.

2018 is about unboxing those passions of mine and discovering new passions. I would love to become audiobook narrator. I hope to see that dream come true one day. I hope to do speaking engagements and really work on my craft.

I love academia and want to become a professor. 2018 will be the year to work on making that dream come true.

What do you have a passion for in life? Do you need to unbox it? What new passions have you discovered that you have a joy for over the years?

Power Through Challenge

Start of The 2nd Week!

Woo Hoo! We are into the 2nd Week of the Power Through Challenge! My family is doing great on the challenge! Feedback from my family about the challenge is overall feeling better, able to sleep better and noticing inflammation going down in legs and feet. We’ve been encouraging each other. It hasn’t been easy especially when you want something quick to eat but we all persevered through those challenges! I was craving a soda a couple of days and that craving is starting to go away. It’s all for a great cause! Keep pushing through!

5 Facts About Marfan Syndrome

  • Marfan’s Syndrome is a connective tissue disease
  • Marfan Syndrome is caused by a defect in the gene that tells our body how to make Fibrillin-1
  • Increase transforming growth factor beta in people with Marfan’s Syndrome
  • 3 out 4 people with Marfan Syndrome inherited the connective tissue disease.
  • 1 in 5000 people has the connective tissue disease called Marfan Syndrome.

5 Facts About Heart Awareness

  • It’s estimated that 103 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure.
  • Statistics show that only 1 in 5 Americans gets enough exercise.
  • Poor eating habits was a major contributor to 45% of the deaths back in 2012 in the United States (heart disease, Type II diabetes, stroke).
  • Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in the world
  • New guidelines for high blood pressure is 130/80

 

For more information about Marfan Syndrome and Heart Awareness or to make a donation visit Marfan Syndrome Foundation https://www.marfan.org/ and American Heart Association https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

 

Power Through Challenge

First day:

You can do it! We are going to Power Through to conquer this challenge of no fast food or soda for the rest of February. Just think positive thoughts and how much better you’ll feel as the days go by. Ask family members and friends to join you in this challenge. It’s always great to have a great support system. We can cheer each other on for the next couple of weeks.

What better reason to do a challenge which focuses on bringing attention to #MarfanAwarenessMonth #HeartMonth and bettering our health at the same time.

5 Facts about Marfan Syndrome

Today’s 5 Facts will focus on possible features that are present for someone who has Marfan Syndrome.

  • Dislocated lenses
  • Tall
  • Flat Feet
  • Long arm span
  • Thin body frame

 

5 Facts about Heart Awareness

Today’s 5 Facts will focus on Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure

  • Unhealthy diet
  • Family History of High Blood Pressure
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Stress
  • Smoking

 

For more information about Marfan Syndrome and Heart Awareness or to make a donation visit Marfan Syndrome Foundation https://www.marfan.org/ and American Heart Association https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

iterryblog: Power Through Challenge -Marfan Syndrome Awareness and Heart Awareness Month

Ready for the kickoff! For the month of February starting February 5-28 I’ve challenged my family in honor of Marfan Syndrome Awareness and Heart Awareness Month to have no fast food and no soda. I’d like to extend this challenge to my blogging family and social media community who would like to participate in this challenge.

I was diagnosed at the age of 2 with Marfan Syndrome. Here in the United States, approximately 200,000 have Marfan Syndrome but half have not been officially diagnosed with the connective tissue disease. It’s important to be diagnosed early this can help prevent a sudden early death that occurs from a tear in the aorta. When diagnosed early you’re able to do routine checkups with your cardiologist.

My family is joining me on this challenge with a history of heart disease that’s occurred in my family and also me having Marfan Syndrome it’s important to raise awareness. Throughout the month I’ll be checking in on iterryblog throughout the challenge called Power Through providing encouragement, 5 facts about Marfan Syndrome and Heart Health, and updates on how my family is doing on the challenge.

For more information about Marfan Syndrome and Heart Awareness or to make a donation visit Marfan Syndrome Foundation https://www.marfan.org/ and American Heart Association https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

 

 

Valentine’s Day Ideas For Singles

All my singles that need some ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day. First and foremost don’t wait until Valentine’s Day to start celebrating! Yes buy that bottle of wine and pop that cork off. Ok, that was more of a figure of speech. Now I do enjoy myself a nice bottle of Moscato.

I already started celebrating Valentine’s Day early and no it wasn’t buying a box of chocolates and basking in all its gloriousness. Now, don’t let me fool you a box of chocolates will be in my near future on Valentine’s Day, I can’t resist the taste of the deliciousness and I’ll refrain from buying the biggest box.

I took a class recently on essential oils something that I’ve had an interest in for the past couple of years. For me, it’s invigorating to attend an event by myself especially if it’s something that I have a passion for makes it that much better. Just that boost of confidence that I might be needing at that particular time. if I see a friendly face at the event it’s a chance to chit-chat.

Single’s Ideas to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Take a class that you have a general interest in may it be (painting, pottery, cooking)

Attend a conference that will enrich you (spiritually, career, personal development)

Get a group of friends together (pick a theme, everyone brings their favorite snack, choose a movie, decorate). Just suggestions switch it up to what better suits you and your friends.

Do a DIY project for your home. Now I’ll admit maybe I watch a little too much DIY shows. Maybe this could be a time to make a space more personal and be inviting for when you get home from work. Make that space yours. You can start this early by picking out your ideas for that particular space and how you want it to look.

Buy yourself some fresh flowers that brighten your day and bring some ambiance to your home.

Give on Valentine’s Day

One of my favorite things to do on Valentine’s Day is brightening someone else’s day. When my oldest nephew was younger baking cookies for his school was one of my favorite things to do for Valentine’s Day. Here are a few ideas!

If you’re a baker make a couple of miniature heart-shaped cakes for family and friends. If you have kids or like myself have niece and nephews invite them to help bake and decorate.  Find some pretty packaging for the cakes; treat bags would be a great idea and tie the bags with pretty ribbon.

Make chocolate-covered strawberries and get creative with all the various ways to decorate. Find cute Valentine’s Day boxes to place your strawberries in and give to family and friends or take a platter to work too share with coworkers.

Donate clothes to Dress for Success, Salvation Army, or the Goodwill. Check in your community for local shelters or donation centers that you could donate your clothes too.

Pay for someone’s coffee or breakfast that’s a great way to bring a smile on someone’s face.

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Most importantly wake up on February 14th filled with love and gratitude in your heart. Turn up the music that morning. My playlist would include music artists such as Ledisi, Maxwell, Jill Scott, of course, I have to play some Beyonce. Just enjoy the day and if you can brighten someone’s day as well that’s a blessing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed and Sealed with Love

As Valentine’s Day is soon to approach why not start a new tradition for your sweetie. The love of your life that’s been there for you and by your side. One thing that I admire is couples that hold on to love letters that they’ve given to each other over the years. I know we live in the texting age but how special it is to hold on to that handwritten letter from the one that holds your heart. Letters that capture the beginning of new love. Letters that begin to progress through the stages of the relationship. It’s something to see someone’s face who found the love letters that they’ve hidden away for safekeeping; to be holding priceless yet more valuable than the finest diamonds the words written especially for them. The smile upon their face and glazed over eyes. Yes that’s love! Amore!

This Valentine’s Day find a keepsake box that can store your love letters to the one you love. Start a couple of weeks before Valentine’s Day and spend a little time writing a couple of handwritten letters. On Valentine’s Day present your box with the love letters. Continue throughout the year writing handwritten letters and make it fun where you place them. Most importantly take time during a busy week to express your love. Hopefully it will make that day and week much sweeter.

Signed and Sealed with Love