Mammograms, sunshine & showing up

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Better get to pumpkin carving. All Hallows’ Eve is getting closer!

Breast Cancer Awareness

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It’s that time of year again where we remind you to get your mammogram.  Go make your appointments and do all the tests because your life depends on it.

Four years ago, I went in for my routine mammogram that I had fit between a couple of meetings.  Having done them for 8 years, I knew what to expect.  Two hours later, I walked out with a preliminary diagnosis of breast cancer.  Even without a biopsy, my radiologist was confident that the mass he had discovered on my images was cancer.  In fact, his words were, “I’m sorry, but I am 95% confident that this is breast cancer.”  Those words will be seared into my memory forever.

Atomic habit of showing up!

Our summer book reading has come to an end, but as you know, that doesn’t mean we are laying down the books anytime soon. There are all kinds of readers: those who only read books they can hold in their hands, those who only read on a Kindle or other device, and those who listen only to audiobooks.

Maybe like you, I fall into ALL of these categories. I don’t like to get bogged down into the semantics of whether listening to an audiobook is, in fact, reading or whether reading on a digital device is somehow less than.

If you are learning new things and being entertained in some constructive fashion, I am here for it.

As such, I have been putting in a lot of miles, so most of my book consumption has been of the Audible variety. I have listened to several in the last few weeks, and eventually, I will get to tell you about all (or most) of them, but today I want to tell you about Atomic Habits by James Clear.

I know you may think that book has been out for a minute. This is not new!

Moody Weather

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One of the reasons that I LOVE Colorado is the sunshine and beautiful weather. People think we have snow year-round, and the reality is that we boast over 300 days of sunshine. While we do get snow for a longer season, typically, it melts within 24 hours and is beautiful between those times.  Often, I don’t even wear a coat in the winter months because the sun is so intense.  

Anything is possible

G, after facing some fear of climbing up to the top of Old Rag in Shenandoah National Park.

Start with the end in mind.

This is a good approach whether you are training for an event or beginning college, or contemplating marriage.

According to Google, Stephen Covey coined the phrase “begin with the end in mind,” I mention it because I like to give credit and secondary; if my words of wisdom hold as much weight as a helium balloon, then I thought this little tidbit might help.

Ahem, as I was saying, it’s incredibly important to ask yourself where you want to land at the end of any adventure, whether it is chosen by or thrust upon you.

In my pre-blog, the 2-3 pages of nonsense that I often write before you get my quasi-final product ended with my actual beginning:

Anything is possible.

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” 

-Nido Qubein

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