A Message From The Creator

 

Gratitude Journal

I feel that everyone should have a gratitude journal and put 5 entries in it at the end of each day. What that will do is make you go through your day looking for things to be grateful for.

I learned that from Oprah!!!

 

 

Inspirational Woman Of The Day

Alice Walker

Emine Saner

The Guardian, March 7, 2011

Article History

Alice Walker

The Color Purple, the novel that would earn Walker the Pulitzer prize and bring her fame beyond her previous books and poetry, also brought fierce criticism from those furious with her portrayal of violent black men. But Walker’s work has always been about the experiences and inner lives of black women – she coined the term “womanism” that describes a movement of black feminists who felt ignored by mainstream feminism.

The eighth child of sharecroppers, Walker grew up in segregated Georgia. When she married the white Jewish civil rights lawyer Mel Leventhal, they were the first legally married interracial couple in Mississippi, defying threats from the Ku Klux Klan. A longtime activist, she has been a vocal member of the civil rights movement, the anti-nuclear movement, and in recent years has protested against the Iraq war and been part of a mission to deliver aid to Gaza.

Inspiration Of Style

Pretty pastel fashion will be on trend for spring 2012 with several designers showing looks for spring and summer in these pale hues. In addition to Ralph Lauren, who happens to be one ofthe few top American designers who offers a petites’ line of clothing, other influential designers also featured pastel fashion for spring 2012, including Calvin Klein, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger and others.

 

To wear this look in a modern fashion, combine different colors in pastel separates as shown in the photos above from the Ralph Lauren spring runway fashion show. Look for colors such as pale yellow, blush pink, icy blue, or light lavender.

The upside for the spring/summer 2012 pastel trend is that it’s both pretty and appropriate for the season, perhaps a bit reminiscent of the colors of Easter eggs. The downside for petites is that light colors tend to visually add bulk, and just a few extra pounds on a short woman can be more noticeable than it would be on a taller lady. Certainly it’s a trend that could be skipped if it’s not flattering, or for those who still want to wear pastels, but don’t look their best in pastel clothing, it would be easy to add a touch of light color with pastel fashion accessories, such as a pastel handbag or jewelry in pastel hues.

Women In The News

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Young Survival Coalition Adds Lise Geduldig and Kathleen Werner to Board of Directors

New Appointments Reinforce YSC’s Commitment to the More Than 250,000 Young Women Living with Breast Cancer in the U.S.

New York, New York (April 12, 2012) — There are more than a quarter of a million young women living in the U.S. today who were diagnosed with breast cancer before their 41st birthday. To strengthen its ability to reach more of these young women, Young Survival Coalition (YSC) has added Lise Geduldig and Kathleen Werner to its Board of Directors. Both are new appointments.

Lise Geduldig brings to YSC more than two decades of public relations and strategic healthcare communications experience, including work on advanced oncology treatments. She currently serves as Principal of her own healthcare communications consulting business, which is based in New Hope, Pa., and provides communications counsel to clients across the life sciences spectrum. Her client portfolio includes global and specialty pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies and medical device manufacturers. Prior to founding Lise Geduldig Communications Consulting in 2006, Lise held senior-level positions in corporate and product communications in the health insurance and pharmaceutical sectors. She has been involved with YSC breast cancer awareness and advocacy through volunteer activities, fundraising and participation in its YSC Tour de Pink ride to benefit young breast cancer survivors for several years. Lise is an alumnus of Bucknell University.

Kathleen “Kat” Werner serves as a full-time advocate and consultant working with various organizations, including YSC, the National Institute of Health (NIH), Cochrane Collaboration, American Cancer Society, Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical ResearchPrograms, Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, Research Advocacy Network, the National Cancer Institute and Susan G. Komen for the Cure to bring awareness to the unique issues being faced by young women diagnosed with breast cancer. Kat uses her advanced training and knowledge to help organizations develop public policy regarding cancer research for young women. She is a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Project LEAD Institute, Research Advocacy Network Focus on Research, American Association for Cancer Research’s Scientist – Survivor program, and the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation. A six-year breast cancer survivor and patient navigator, Kat brings a determined approach to her work as a consumer advocate in conducting grant reviews, as a research consultant and as a member of several ethics review boards. In addition to her role as a tireless advocate, Kat has served on several symposiums and often speaks publically about issues facing the breast cancer community. Kat earned her B.A. from William and Mary College.

“As a friend to many women in the breast cancer community, Lise brings to YSC invaluable healthcare communications experience, as well as a passion and commitment to improving and extending the lives of young women diagnosed with breast cancer, said Lisa J. Frank, Board President, YSC Founding Member, three-time breast cancer survivor and Co-founder of YSC Tour de Pink. “A well-respected figure in the breast cancer community, Kat’s advocacy background is an asset to both YSC and the young women we serve. Lise’s communications expertise will enable us to spread the word that YSC is here for all young women affected by breast cancer, while Kat’s accomplishments will help us achieve our mission of generating public support for a community that people are often not aware exists: young women diagnosed with breast cancer.”

About Young Survival Coalition (YSC)

Established in 1998, Young Survival Coalition (YSC) was the first nonprofit organization to focus exclusively on the unique needs of young women affected by breast cancer. Founded by young survivors for young survivors, YSC began as a grassroots organization to advocate on behalf of all young women diagnosed with breast cancer to increase their quality and quantity of life. Based inNew York City, with 23 affiliates nationwide, YSC today provides comprehensive resources, support and education to address every phase of a young woman’s breast cancer experience. YSC is well known for its four national Tour de Pink® rides for breast cancer; regional In Living Pink events;ResourceLink program; as well as educational materials such as its Newly Diagnosed Resource Kit (NDRK)Metastatic Navigator and its Factor Series on topics such as fertility, genetics and breast reconstruction. It also co-presents the C4YW — Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer. For more information or to make a donation, please visit:www.youngsurvival.org.

Inspiration Of Motherhood

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Tina Arena: Motherhood changed me

WHEN I was on Young Talent Time, I was too young to understand what it meant.

I was seven when I started; everything felt natural and fun. It was just part of my life. I grew up in a loud Italian household. I still had a normal childhood – three girls fighting, laughing and telling jokes. [Arena has an older sister, Nancy, and a younger sister, Silvana.]
A lot of commitments had to be made so I could be on TV every week.
Mum and Dad were busy taking me to rehearsals, so Nancy had a lot of responsibility to care for Silvana at an early age.
After YTT, I moved to LA.
That journey was important – I grew up and learnt a lot. I liked that no one there knew anything about me.
My second album, Don’t Ask, catapulted me to a different level of fame [in the ’90s]. 

Young Talent Time didn’t have a great deal of credibility, so when the accolades started rolling in, I thought, what’s happening?

 
Of course, there are periods when you wish you weren’t in the music industry.
There are always low times in life, but they’re necessary in order to live. I consider myself very fortunate to still have creative freedom.
I met Vincent [Mancini, Arena’s partner] in London in 2000. 
I was doing Notre-Dame de Paris in the West End and still living in the US, so there was a lot of commuting to Europe. I think we’ll marry one day – I never say never.
Becoming a mum changed me for the better.
[Arena and Mancini have a son, Gabriel, 6.] That little bundle of joy is the best gift in life.
Motherhood puts everything into perspective.
Living in Paris feels natural. When your partner is French and your child was born there, it makes sense to spend part of your life there.
Being awarded the French National Order of Merit was surreal.
The evening was beautiful – not because of the recognition, but because I was surrounded by friends and family.
I couldn’t think of any reason not to participate in the new Young Talent Time.
[Arena is a judge on the show, which airs 7pm Fridays on Network Ten.] If there’s anyone who can speak from experience, it’s me. I was lucky to have great support when I was on the show. I don’t think anyone could do it without that, particularly a child.
I’ve realised what I do makes me happy, and it makes other people happy, too.
It’s rare to continue to love your work. There are still things I want to do, but I’m a great believer in fate; I’ll let it do whatever it needs to.

 

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