Sunday, November 30, 2008

World AIDS Day 2008- Out of the Shadows

Know Your HIV status?

At the end of 2003,* an estimated 1,039,000 to 1,185,000 persons in the United States were living with HIV/AIDS [1]. In 2006, 35,314 new cases of HIV/AIDS in adults, adolescents, and children were diagnosed in the 33 states with long-term, confidential name-based HIV reporting . CDC has developed a new and innovative system designed to estimate the number of new HIV infections (or incidence) for the United States in a given year. Using this new technology, CDC estimates that 56,300 new HIV infections occurred in the United States in 2006.As a Clinical Technologist I see an alarming number of new HIV cases. What's your perspective on HIV/AIDS? What can be done to stop this epidemic? How can we educate our communities to bring more awarenss to the devastation of this disease? Do you know your status? Get tested! Go to find testing sites near you.

Support World Aids Day! Know Your Status!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday Motivator-"Destine For Greatness"

Nelson Mandela who went from being a prisoner to president, eloquently illustrates the significance of embracing and accepting our GREATNESS. We need to comprehend this on a much deeper level in order to progress from survival to success to GREATNESS.
Please read and contemplate the following words which may already be at least somewhat familiar to you:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant?" Who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking So that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us: it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, We unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.

--Nelson Mandela's 1994 Inaugural Speech (fragment)

Friday, November 14, 2008

You're Beautiful!

Flipping through a popular magazine while waiting to purchase groceries, or channel surfing to find Dancing with the Stars, I’m often frustrated with the bombardment of images of frail thin women selling everything from lipstick to shampoo. We're trained to believe that a size 14 is the entry gate to Plus-Sized Kingdom.Our society portrayal of beauty is flawed and doesn’t represent the average women. Despite society’s flawed expectation of what makes a woman beautiful, every woman possesses the true essence of beauty. Beautiful is your smile, your personality, your ability to love and take care of your family, to cherish your self-worth, unwavering integrity and character, to stay poised and strong during turbulent circumstances. Beauty defined is excellent and wonderful! All women despite race, size, shape, age, or economic class can live up to those expectations.

What size is the "Average" woman?

The average American woman is 5'4", weighs 140 lbs, and wears a size 14 dress. The "ideal" woman--portrayed by models, Miss America, Barbie dolls, and screen actresses--is 5'7", weighs 100 lbs, and wears a size 8.

One-third of all American women wear a size 16 or larger.75% of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance.

50% of American women are on a diet at any one time.

You're an unique original design by God! Flaunt your flaws, embrace your natural beauty, and know that You are Beautiful!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Redemption For the Frivolous Spender

Have you purchased a very expensive pair of shoes that you could not LIVE without, despite not having room for the ones at the house? Did you purchase that Flat Screen HD TV for the bathroom so that you won't miss the game while handling business? Or you just couldn't pass up the opportunity to purchase that rotating jewelry case from QVC for 5 easy payments of 69.99. The current condition of the economy should have everyone holding tight to loose change and clutching their wallets, but some can't kick the habit of spending frivolously despite current economic conditions. They say confession is good for the soul and admittance is the first step toward recovery, and Spendster offers a place for frivolous spenders to bare their soul.

Spendster was started by the National Endowment for Financial Education, a nonprofit aimed at helping people learn about handling their finances. It's intended to offer a place for spenders to admit poor spending habits and make steps toward better ones.

Most people buy on impulse or feel compelled to spend their money because "it was on sale". Only to regret the decision later and to be stored in the "junk "drawer or garage along side many other unused purchases. Whether it's the 600 treadmill that doubles as a clothes hanger, or that collection of pricey handbags that lives in the back of your closet, Spendster offers tools that not only provide insight into your current spending habits, but also provided resources to compare the benefits of investing over spending.

The purpose of this site is aimed at getting people to think rationally about their spending habits. The site notes, "Share your story of impulse buying, over-spending or just plain wasting money on the stuff you don't need."

Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday Motivator-Follow Your Dreams

All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.
-T.E. Lawrence
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