A year of joy

One year ago I heard the words “you have cancer” – for the third time. Three separate cancers. Stunned. Disbelief. Anger. Disappointment. All immediate emotions. After that diagnosis, I didn’t expect this to be a year of joy. Lots of joy. Finding joy Clearing a third cancer was…surreal to say the least. Difficult to describe,

Benefits to solo travel

I love to travel. Exploring new places and meeting new people can be so much fun. I’m grateful for many wonderful travel opportunities with friends and family. It’s awesome to make new memories with awesome people. However, the past few years, I’ve also discovered the benefits to solo travel. It’s interesting to learn that many

Tips for happiness during holidays

While this time of year brings sparkly lights, Santa lists and jolly, it’s not always a happy time for everyone. Facing a disease, the death of a loved one, infertility, relationship issues or other can make the holiday season a challenging time. As a three time cancer survivor and daughter who lost her dad to

A few of my favorite charities

Today is Giving Tuesday, a ‘global generosity movement.’ Falling the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, it is a day to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity. Charities look to this day to raise signifiant donations to support their programs. On this special day of generosity, I wanted to share a few of my favorite charities (if you need

5 ways to express gratitude

There is much talk this time of year about gratitude, helping others and saying thanks. While this should be our focus year round, I appreciate the extra momentum too. It’s a great opportunity to pause from our hectic, daily lives to focus on ways to express gratitude. There are many ways to express gratitude. The

5 indoor activities that keep you moving

Early, dark evenings mixed with cold, snowy winter weather make it difficult for me to exercise outdoors. There are thankfully lots of indoor activities that keep you moving when you can’t be outdoors. Winter weather brings me indoors for biking. As much as I prefer to bike outdoors, I’m thankful I can put my road

Four life lessons from Dad

Today is a special day in my family’s world, for today we celebrate my dad’s birthday. And reflect on many life lessons from Dad. Despite cancer taking him many years ago, his love and advice still influence me in my daily life. It’s been 15 years since his death and I miss him every day.

Benefits of spending time in nature

I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors. From hiking in the woods to biking to camping to reading a book on a blanket under the trees to gardening and so much more, I love opportunities to be outdoors. And that’s good because there are many benefits of spending time in nature. Growing up, my sisters, friends and

Breast cancer awareness facts

October. The month of welcoming fall, orange and black for Halloween and……pink. October is breast cancer awareness month, a focused attempt to ensure women get their preventive breast cancer screenings and raise awareness of the need for research and new treatment options. Did you know that one in eight American women with develop breast cancer

Tips for living your best life

Do you live fearlessly? Do you open your arms and mind to new experiences? Are you open to love? Afraid of change? Appreciate each day? Are you living your best life? I’m always looking for motivation and tips for living my best life. As a bone cancer, melanoma and now breast cancer survivor, I try