advice, Did you know?, links, motivation, nutrition, physical activity, Self-Care, Sleep, ted talks, Uncategorized

Random Shmandom Links

I’m getting really good at saving links that I want to post on here and then…forgetting to post them. Below are some random, great articles and videos that I’ve accumulated over the last week or two. I think it’s always important to be reminded how there are so many facets of health. Education on brain fitness, body posture, happiness, and food intake, for example, are all part of health; all part of YOUR health.

My favorite link in this post is the “What Makes a Good Life” TED Talks video.   In college, I traveled abroad in third-world countries where people didn’t have much besides a cell phone (crazy, right?), but they still managed to be welcoming and grateful for the resources they had. During those times of awareness I also read Blue Zones by Dan Buettner and fell in love with the book’s message about living a long, happy life.  Happiness really isn’t about having “things,” it comes down to…well, I’ll just let you watch the video. Enjoy!

How to Remember Names:

What Makes a Good Life? -TED Talks:

Here’s What Happened When I Slept For an Extra Hour Each Night:

The Benefits of Good Posture-TED Talks:

Vegetables Likely To Take More of Your Plate in 2016-NPR:

Keep Things Simple for a Long, Healthy Life-NPR:

What type of topics would you like to be addressed in the blog? Let me know!

Thanks for reading,






advice, Did you know?, Education, For the Kids

Mistakes Are Not All Created Equal – Growth Mindset Blog & Newsletter

Did you know there are different types of mistakes? NPR directed me to this article by Mindset Works that shares the types of mistakes and how they are not all created equally. Most important lesson: reflect and learn from them!

advice, Did you know?, Education, Science, Weight

Lost Posture: Why Indigenous Cultures Don’t Have Back Pain : Goats and Soda : NPR

I thought this was a really interesting article. Why haven’t we done more research around this?

Find out if you have the S-shaped or J-shaped back!

advice, Aging, Cancer, Education, Hydration

Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself…from the sun

I may or may not have stole the “Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself” line from the glow-in-the dark-bracelets I use to distribute at bars in college to promote HIV/AIDS prevention on Saturday nights…but hey it does work well talking about sun protection, too!

In the Midwest we tend to go slightly crazy when we have one sunny day above 50 degrees especially the first week. Enjoying every second of it since it feels like we have most of the year under those cumulonimbus clouds (the big chunky ones).  Last week, I was almost blinded by all the runners’ legs who, I’m guessing, haven’t seen the sun in awhile- mine included. As tempting as it is to just run outside whenever it’s sunny and soak up the sun, it’s important to remember the importance of sun protection as we transition into any sunny season.


This is me rocking a visor, sunglasses with my work’s cruiser bike, and being best friend’s with 70 spf sunscreen. Which yes, I use. Cancer does not run in my family , I do not have cancer or any suspicious moles BUT I am aware how important it is to take care of the largest organ in our body, our skin!

Read the following:

Sun Protection Facts You Should Know

A Guide to Sunglasses

Pretty much anything you need to know about sun protection & cancer prevention.

Alternatives to sun bathing:

Not Caring- Does it matter how tan you are for that wedding? Have you seen pictures of people who have tanned their whole life at 65 years of age? It’s not pretty people.

Self-tanning lotions- Jergens has an awesome self-tanner that you can apply and within a few weeks will notice a glow. Check your local stores to find a self-tanner that works for you.

Spray tans-My first experience as a first time spray-tanner 2 months ago went really well and I highly suggest it if you’re looking for an extra glow for those fun spring & summer events! Check local Groupons  to get discounts.

Or see this picture of a girl who use to self-tan and now is taking selfies post-cancer treatments. Disturbing, yet powerful image everyone should see!

Thanks for reading,


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