Friday, October 28, 2011

#PREVIVORS - Raising Awareness

I recently had the opportunity to share in a local news story to help raise awareness for BRCA1/2 mutations and those of us who are living our lives as Previvors; and for FORCE which has given us a voice.

Amy Shainman, our local FORCE coordinator was featured in the story, done by her husband Jon who is a news reporter and weekend anchor for WPTV, our local NBC affiliate.

There is so much information out on genetic testing for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancers (HBOC) it is so important to raise awareness that there are choices, preventative measures and education for those who have learned they have a BRCA mutation or those who want to learn more about it and what they can do.

I can only hope that sharing this story may help someone else out there.

Some Women Undergoing Surgery to Stop Cancer Before it Starts

Monday, October 24, 2011

Motivational Monday - October 24, 2011

The best and most beautiful things in this world
cannot be seen or even heard,
but must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

Monday, October 17, 2011

Motivational Monday - October 17, 2011

If you live in the South Florida area you know it is a rainy Monday;...

...but don't let this rainy Monday get you down like the old Carpenter's song (and this goes for everyone, even if you are not in South Florida).

Here is your Monday Motivation:

Shall we dance...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Motivational Monday - October 10, 2011

I know I am getting this in a bit late (Monday is technically over on the east coast), but better late than never...
Today I am dedicating this Motivational Monday to a wonderful and beautiful woman, my mom!!!  She turns 87 years young today!!!

Isn't she lovely!
When I was in my early teens my mom brought me two small inspirational plaques to display in my room.  They weren't anything fancy, and I believe we got them at the local Woolworth's store (yes I am dating my self by mentioning Woolworth's), but these plaques were special because she brought them for me.  The saying on one of them has always stayed with me because of the quote on it.  The quote was an Eleanore Roosevelt quote, but it was written in Spanish; El futuro pertenece a aquellos que creen en la belleza de sus sueños".  At the time my Spanish was not very good, so mom translated it for me; translated it reads: "The Future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams".  It was her hope and aspiration that all of her children would reach for (and achieve) their dreams. 
I can't quite remember what the background picture looked like,
but I am going to improvise with this cloud picture for inspiration.

So today I share this quote with all of you, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams", I hope it will serve as inspiration to some, if not all; and I add to it, that I firmly believe that it is never too late in life to reach for your dreams.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Motivational Monday - October 3, 2011

For as slow as I run, I know this was motivating to me. 

Hope it will be for you too!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Courageous: The Movie ~ my personal review

In theaters today Courageous: The Movie; it is the fourth movie done by Sherwood Pictures a ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga.  I had been looking forward to the release of this film and had the pleasure of seeing it, on its opening weekend, on a mommy-daughter date.  I have seen all four of the movies that have been produced by Sherwood Pictures, up to now my favorite has been Facing the Giants, however, this one has come close to taking top honors.  I just thought I would take time to share my thoughts with you.

From a critical point of view I was pleasantly surprise to see the development/improvement of cinemetagraphy, writing, character development and acting from their first movie, Flywheel, to this one.  In a previous blog regarding a movie from a different Christian production company I mentioned that the acting left something to be desired, and in my (humble) opinion I find this to be true in many "family friendly" (Christian) movies.  This was not the case in this movie.  Overall the acting was very good.  And most importantly the message was delivered in an entertaing way.

I laughed, cried, held my breath at times, and more than anything I was thoroughly touched by the message of this movie and pray that its reach goes beyond that of the previous three movies by Sherwood Pictures because I believe it is a message that can truly change our world.

Following is the synopsis of the movie as quoted from their website:
Honor Begins at Home

Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.

While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they're quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.

When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God ... and to their children?

Filled with action-packed police drama, COURAGEOUS is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. Riveted moviegoers will once again find themselves laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children.

Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That's courageous.
I highly recommend this movie to all of those looking for family friendly movies (keep in mind it is PG-13, so if you have little ones, you want to get a sitter).   I especially recommend this movie to dads, dads-to-be, young men who may one day be dads, and any man who is in a position to influence the lives of our youth (I think with saying that I have covered most men I know ~ so get to a theater near you soon). 

The movie's website goes beyond just giving information on the synopsis, cast, etc. it provides resources for making an impact in your community, your church, but most of all your family; be sure to check it out wither before or after you have seen the movie.

I look forward to hearing what others think about this film, so feel free to let me know.

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