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A Little Birthday Motivation Featured Article

Today, I celebrate my 44th birthday (the Presidential birthday, get it?). I think birthdays are like upgrades, you know, like your software. So I am really celebrating LT 4.4.

As I will be off enjoying my day, I thought I’d send a little birthday motivation your way.



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This Friday Go Red for Your Heart Featured Article

fiver mariaThis Friday is National Red Wear Day to bring awareness to heart disease and stroke. Each year, one in three women die of heart disease and stroke. It is the leading cause of death for women. But only one woman in five believes that heart disease is a threat to her.

Now, for those of you who know me, you know that I am not a big red wearer (pink and green are my colors of choice). In fact, when I wore a read dress for one of my husband’s fraternity events in June, he remarked that it was the first time in seven years that he had seen me in read. But this Friday, I will proudly pull something red from my closet (not sure what) to join in this national movement. I am encouraging you to join me.

As women, we, by nature, place everyone’s needs ahead of our own. We want to save the world, one person at time. But this is a time when we need to put the Superwoman cape in the closet (or the cleaner’s) and tend to ourselves.

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women website has information and tips about heart disease and heart disease prevention. Eighty percent (80%) of heart and stroke events are preventable. Learn what it takes and how to notice the signs. Take the time to protect yourself… and then you’ll be around to save others.

If you are in the Phoenix metropolitan area, mark your calendar for the 7th Annual Red Dress Cocktail Party. The Red Dress Cocktail Party is a grassroots event started by my good friend and sorority sister Maria Benson after losing several female family members (including her mother) to heart disease. The primary purpose of the event is to raise awareness about heart disease in a fun setting. What started out as a small gathering of friends has evolved into a highly anticipated event with hundreds of attendees. This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, April 1, at the Arizona Design Center. I invite you to join us as we educate ourselves, celebrate our survivors and uplift one another. For information, please visit the event Facebook page.

So this Friday, I look forward to your tweets, posts and Instagram pics in all of your red! Go Red!