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It’s Not Too Late: Reshape Your Story

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

A cancer diagnosis brings a spiritual journey for many. Regardless the prognosis or treatment, cancer patients and their loved ones are suddenly faced with the realization that time is not a limitless commodity.

But why wait for a medical diagnosis or another life altering event to force you to revisit your priorities?  What story do you want to tell?  Do you want people remembering you for hitting volume and profit targets or your thousands of “friends” on Facebook?  Or would you prefer to live a life filled with stories that reflect your honesty, kindness, and integrity?

Life is precious.

Reshape Your Life

Don’t be afraid to pivot or change priorities:

  1. Choose carefully who and how you spend your moments. Trying to make everybody happy is impossible.
  2. Be brave.  Celebrate your life instead of wasting energy with those you don’t like or at a job simply going through the motions.
  3. Be selective. Allow your story to unfold based on the person you truly want to be remembered for.

Use the experiences you want close family/friends to remember, as your guide.  Be honest with yourself about what you truly value versus simply what you want.

Two very different questions… Two very different outcomes.

~ Lianne

Live Life to the Fullest

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

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Do you live every day with purpose, conscious and in the present?

Are you focusing on the right priorities that will help you grow into a kind, generous and loving person?

When something unexpected happens,  how flexible and open minded are you?

When we woke up this morning, we were handed a gift called “today.” Not only is this gift precious but also priceless. Consequently, anything of value should also bring an increased desire and responsibility to not lose, waste or throw away that gift. While it’s completely logical that as we move through life we accumulate stuff: knowledge, experiences both good and bad, material possessions, connections, even weight. There is one thing we will never gain… Time.

Knowing each moment is precious and you live each day only once:

  1. Discipline yourself to live each day to the fullest.
  2. Find the courage to live your life on your terms, following your own goals and inner voice.
  3. Choose to live each moment with passion and commitment.
  4. Eliminate the noise and drama of others who don’t believe, support or pump you up.
  5. Life isn’t measured on a curve so avoid comparing yourself to others which only robs you of joy
  6. Most important, be the best you can be.

~ Lianne

Finding Confidence When it is Hardest to Find

Thursday, November 17th, 2016
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Sunsets serve as a calming symbol and is a time to reflect. An important part of finding confidence is finding yourself.

When you have had something bad happen in your life, that is usually when it is hardest to find confidence. If you are living with cancer there are so many things to worry about and feeling good about yourself might be the last thing on your list of things to do, but it shouldn’t be. Here are a few simple things that could help you feel beautiful, strong, and happy today.

If your health permits, get some exercise. Just going for a walk can be enough to boost your mood and make you feel more confident. Being physically active will boost your endorphins, or happy hormones, and will help you walk with your head held a little higher.

Volunteer. Helping other people makes you feel better about yourself because you know that, even when you are going through some of the hardest times of your life, you are giving back to others. Sometimes confidence has nothing to do with looks and everything to do with feeling good about who you are.

Go shopping. Sure, it’s cliché, but having new clothes to wear, even if it is to the grocery store, makes you feel better about yourself. After a few compliments you will be feeling more confident than ever.

If you can’t afford a nice new outfit, wear one you already have. Nothing beats new clothes, except an old favorite. The next time you have to run errands wear something that makes you feel beautiful. Choose a dress that you haven’t worn in a while or a pair of shoes that dress up the clothes you wear every day. It will make you feel more confident knowing that you look great and didn’t spend a penny.

Have a spa day. You could go get your hair and nails done, get a facial, a massage, or you could have an at-home spa day. Whatever you choose, pampering yourself is a great way to find your confidence.

These simple additions to your life could make the difference between a really hard day and one that makes you feel more confident than you have in weeks. You deserve it.

~Amanda

Something To Ponder Today…

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

People Can Change… Really.

Embrace Each Day.

Enjoy not only the experiences but appreciate the people around you…  As we grow older, we realize that genuine, beautiful, honest people are the exception rather than the norm.  In today’s world, it is rare to meet someone who is kind, thoughtful and generous of their time or heart.

Whether you believe life is simply a random set of events or that everything happens for a reason, when you meet someone special, platonic or otherwise, nurture the friendship and take care of their heart like your own.  And it doesn’t even have to be someone you know.  Don’t let a stranger walk away if you think their handbag is amazing or what they said in class was insightful.  It doesn’t cost you a thing to appreciate someone and make them smile.

Most of You Already Know These Things, But Here’s a Friendly Reminder of 15 Things To Give Up To Be Happy.

Be Patient and Gentle On Yourself… Baby Steps To A Happier You…

http://www.purposefairy.com/3308/15-things-you-should-give-up-in-order-to-be-happy/

The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

“Secret 29:  Spending your time imaging what would have been if you could have changed some little thing, some decision in your life, is counterproductive… Don’t wallow in disappointment over how you got to where you are.

Think about what you need to do to get where you want to be.”

~ David Niven, Ph.D, from “The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People”

HPV Vaccine… Encouraging Sexual Promiscuity?

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Should my daughter get the HPV Vaccine?

A controversial topic… However, I appreciate the opportunity to answer using facts.

Facts about HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

– HPV is a group of strains of a virus that affect the outer skin layers.
– Approximately 40 out of 250 HPV strains are sexually transmitted.
– Strains may lay dormant for years.
– HPV is considered the most common STD today.
– HPV is transferred skin to skin or surface to skin incl. oral sex or objects.
– No way to detect if your sex partner is carrying the virus.
– Condoms can protect against HPV but not 100%.
– 15 strains of HPV lead to cancer and other complications.
– 4 strains lead to cervical cancer if left untreated.
– HPV Type 16 & 18 are responsible for 70% of all cervical cancer.
– Detection is only through pap test.
– The HPV vaccine specifically protects against these 2 strains.
– Estimated 3-4 thousand women die from cervical cancer each year.

What’s scary is that we all are going to contract HPV and spread it on to someone else at some point in our lives.  In fact it is estimated that, today, over 90% of people contract HPV at some point, many of us more than once.

Although the HPV vaccine is widely available, whether or not your daughter should receive the HPV vaccine becomes a deeply personal decision mixed with moral, religious, political, economic even socio cultural arguments.  On one hand, if your daughter is not sexually active, there may be no need for her to have the vaccine. However, on the remote chance that she will be, the HPV vaccine is a cancer prevention vaccine and should be carefully considered amongst the other arguments.

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Taking the Holidays… Day by Day

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

You may not feel festive this holiday season.  But that’s ok.

You may be in the middle of cancer treatments and find your energy level low. Or you might be experiencing guilt about not being able to do something for someone close to you that has been diagnosed.

The often-unrealistic expectations of the holiday season can cause tremendous stress for anyone, let alone a cancer survivor.  So don’t worry about being at your best, trying to be all things to all people.

Here’s a few suggestions on taking care of yourself this holiday:

Make the Holidays About Your Relationships: Try to get together with family, friends and co-workers. Celebrating alone is difficult, so don’t be shy about accepting invitations with others.  Keep in mind you’ll want to find the right balance between “people time” and “me time”. Give yourself permission to pace your activities.

If you need to, decline an invitation or two so that you have enough energy to enjoy the gatherings that are more important to you.

Create A New Tradition: Give yourself permission to change up the usual holiday traditions. The fancy get-together could be a “potluck”, letting your guests share their favorite holiday recipes.  Allow someone else to host the meal or, even better, take the party out to your favorite restaurant.

Be A Modern Shopper: Use mail order catalogues, shop over the telephone, or try online shopping this year.  Don’t be afraid to take advantage of gift-wrapping services and direct shipping options. If you prefer a more sentimental gift, share your thoughts and feelings. Make your gift personal this year by writing a short note or letter.

Express Yourself: Fighting cancer is scary. It is an emotional roller-coaster ride.  So try not to be afraid to express your feelings in ways that will help you .  Tears can bring a sense of relief. Laughter can be therapy. Sharing can be comforting. Let your feelings breathe by talking them over with a loved one, friend, or professional counselor.

Happy Holidays Pink Inspires Fans!

Choices

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

From the time we are young, we are expected to have a plan and execute it.   In fact, technology encourages us to lay out our daily schedules, upcoming tasks, and record short and long term goals.  Personal information like our anniversary date or children’s’ birthdays are marked, and dare we forget, we are simply reminded with a pop up window.  Life moves efficiently along and on track.

So how fair is it that, with three small words “you have cancer”, your life can be completely turned upside down?   Literally in a matter of seconds, our carefully laid out plans simply don’t matter.

It is important, however, to remember that we always have choices… Maybe not about the cancer or news itself… But there is much we CAN still control:

Control our ATTITUDE

Choose to FIGHT

Choose to be POSITIVE

Choose to LOVE and BE LOVED

Life is Change.  Growth is optional…  Choose Wisely.

One of the Many Voices of Pink Inspires

Beautiful Girls

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010


At Pink Inspires, we know doctors don’t have all the answers… Perhaps you can help.

Does anyone have information or here say regarding the statistics of a breast cancer diagnosis between the right and left breast?