Listen, Clear, Travel | 3 Words for 2016

2016 has been a fantastic year for me personally.

For my blog, not so much.

At the beginning of the year, I outlined over a dozen blog posts intending to finish and schedule them weekly.

Great plans for my 30 Women Who Mean Business series, and inspirational metastatic breast cancer updates, as well as, relationship marketing advice fell to the wayside as I lived my incredible life.

Those unfinished blog posts are still sitting in my editorial calendar queue, like this gem from January:


It’s My Birthday! | 3 Words for 2016

Friday, January 15th, was my 46th birthday.  I spent over 6 hours pole dancing, or rather connected to an IV Pole.  I pole dance every three weeks.  Good times.  Knowing the chemo is working makes it easier.

Pole Dancing on my Birthday

Pole Dancing on my Birthday

My Three Words for 2016

Listen

I am listening to a biography of Elon Musk.  Musk runs Telsa Motors, and Space X.  He is a co-founder of PayPal which netted Musk $165 million when eBay purchased the online payment solution.  Musk divides his time between Tesla Motors in Silicon Valley and Space X in Los Angeles.  To maximize his time, he listens first, and advises second.

Listening more and talking less.  Yup, that’s a good thing.  I’m working on being a better listener.

Clear

My office, intentions, and PET scans will all be clearer in 2016.

Travel

I love to travel:  camping, resorts, road trips, discovering new places, people and things.   Unfortunately, it has been years since we have taken a vacation. That will be remedied this year.


Living My 3 Words

I’m not sure why it has taken so long to hit “publish” on this post. Perhaps, I felt it needed more. January seems like a life-time ago. Good thing publishing this 3 Words 2016 blog post wasn’t necessary to manifest the intentions.

While I haven’t been blogging as much as I like, I have lived my three words.

I can’t say I am the best listener in the world, but I am consciously working on it.

My office is still a hot mess but I have so much more clarity in my intentions. And by gosh, by golly, my scans have been clear all year! Hallelujah.

Clear scans meant those travel plans could proceed! And boy did they!

Over the summer we visited 8 colleges in 12 days, helping our daughter narrow down her choices to 4 exceptional schools that are a good fit for her personal and educational goals. Last month my husband and I took a road trip to Salt Lake City for a technology convention visiting Las Vegas, Zion National Park, and the breathtaking beauty that is Southern Utah along the I-70 corridor. Even better, we are now making plans for a summer 2017 trip to Cancun.

Yup, 2016 has been a fantastic year!

Zion National Park. Photo Credit: Shane Rodarte

Zion National Park. Photo Credit: Shane Rodarte

Carol Hackman

Carol Hackman Believes Everyone Deserves to Feel Beautiful

Carol Hackman is a Mary Kay Consultant in the Greater Houston, Texas area. She teaches skin care and color cosmetics while building relationships with her customers. She believes that she is not just in the beauty industry but also in a relationship business.

“Everyone deserves to feel beautiful!” – Carol Hackman

How did you get started in your business?
I wanted to make a positive impact on others.

How has your business made you better?
I am now able talk in front of groups of women whether it be teaching, motivating or inspiring other.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
Gratitude is more than just saying thank you or showing appreciation. It is a way of living.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
I appreciate Mary Kay Ash and her gumption to go after her dream despite the odds.

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Top 10 Breast Cancer Myths According to Dana-Farber

It’s October.

For many Americans, that means Columbus Day (a 3-day weekend for many), decorating for Fall, and stocking up on candy for trick-or-treaters.

For many, October also means breast cancer awareness and the pink-washing of America.

I will share my thoughts on the whole pink thing in a future post.

Despite bringing awareness to, and opening up dialogues about, the disease, Breast Cancer Awareness Month has yet to quell a myriad of myths women believe.  I must admit, until I read this recent article on the Dana-Farber blog, I believed a few of them myself.

Top 10 Breast Cancer Myths

  1. Breast Lump = Cancer
  2. If a lump is painful, it is not cancer.
  3. Only older women get breast cancer. (I was diagnosed at age 44, my sister at age 42.)
  4. Most breast cancer is hereditary. (Neither my sister, nor myself, carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.)
  5. Deodorant/antiperspirant causes breast cancer. (Well, snap. I believed this myth.)
  6. Men don’t get breast cancer. (Oh, but they do!)
  7. You should avoid sugar and soy if you have breast cancer. (This myth makes me feel very uncomfortable as I have written about sugar in the past. I love tofu but have seriously limited my intake of soy because of it’s estrogen-like properties.  Sorry Dana-Farber, I’m going to have to continue to my research into this one.)
  8. Self-screening is the most important factor in early diagnosis.  (Umm…  keep on self-screening, people.  It’s how I found Bertha.)
  9. Exposing the tumor to air during surgery can cause cancer to spread.  (To quote the adorable lemur from the Madagascar movies:  “How is that even possible?”)
  10. A mastectomy is the best therapy.

See the full article with infographic on the Dana-Farber blog:

Ten Myths About Breast Cancer [Infographic]

Photo Credit: HelloWoodlands

Is Cancer a Gift?

There is a great debate over whether cancer is a “gift” or not.

Shortly after being diagnosed with aggressive Her2+ ER+ Breast Cancer two and a half years ago,  the unwanted guest in my breast I call Bertha, metastasized to my lungs.  Despite being now NED (no evidence of disease) the professionals tell me I will be in treatment for the rest of my (lusciously long, happy life).

Thursday night I had the honor of serving as a judge with four other amazing breast cancer survivors at the first annual Bravissimo! Bra Art Competition and Handbag Auction benefiting the Montgomery County, Texas Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

As difficult, frustrating, and at times down-right infuriating these past two and a half years have been, there has also been happiness, love, and much for which to be grateful.

I choose to feel blessed.

Photo Credit:  HelloWoodlands.  View more images from Bravissimo! Bra Art Competition and Handbag Auction:

Bra Art Competition Raises Funds For Cancer