Working women today have strong demands on their time, often being pulled in many
directions. It's easy to become frazzled and even depressed. If you are prone to depression
when life's stressors become too much, you may want to try this excellent exercise
for keeping some perspective and balance in your life. This simple mental exercise
has the potential to change your life if you can incorporate it into your daily morning
It involves taking about five minutes each morning in the early silence before the
home begins to stir with activity. Having a special place to do this, preferably peaceful
and beautiful, is especially beneficial. Each morning in this special place, begin
by giving yourself the gift of just sitting in silence long enough to focus and center
yourself. Take a few deep, slow breaths. Then it's simply a matter of letting your
mind focus on all the things for which you are grateful. Remain there until you think
of five things.
When one is feeling sad and blue, it may be difficult to think of even one thing to
be thankful for. Yet it is at just such times as these that we most need to focus
on how blessed we are and how much abundance we have. Living in Flagstaff, we can
almost daily be thankful for the gorgeous weather and the beautiful landscapes on
which to hike, bike, and picnic. Most people take for granted their good health, but
that is a big thing to be grateful for, when you consider how many people suffer from
chronic health problems. The more you practice this attitude of gratitude, the more
you will realize how much there is to be grateful for. This exercise gives you the
power to change your state of being. Try it daily for a week and see what changes
occur in your life.
Girls of Summer
Want to read more about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League active
Read the article "Girls of Summer" by Carey L. Draeger featured in the September/October
1997 issue of Michigan History.
Want to Help?
Click here to learn more about the rape and genocide occurring in Darfur.
How do you define beauty? Does skin color matter? Watch this video:
2009 Vagina Warrior Award Winners
Dr. David Pilgrim Chief Diversity Officer Ferris State University Nominated by Cindy Horn
Autumn McClellan Nominated by Kelley Samuels: "I would like to nominate Autumn for all her work with
the Vagina Monologues. I know it can't be easy, but Autumn has done a great job!"
Justin Jackson Nominated by Pam Kurylowicz: "Justin is one of the most aware and conscious people
I know. He takes time to consider everything and everyone. If there is something wrong
with the world, chances are Justin knows about it and is working to change it.!"
Andrea Beck-Jones Nominated by Teresa Fogel: "Andrea has participated in the Monologues for several
years now and has shared the event with her daughter. This year, when staffing was
low in the department that historically helped this group, Andrea stepped up without
hesitation and took on extra responsibilities."
2007 Vagina Warrior Award Winners
Andrea Beck-Jones: "Andrea is a true testament of strength, wisdom and courage. She has used her wisdom
and strength of character to motivate others. She is a pillar of strength and someone
we can all lean on in times of distress. She inspires students to do better and is
quick to offer encouragement and praise. She is also a single mother who has taken
on the job of raising three beautiful, respectful and intelligent individuals. Her
children are her life; she would do anything for them. Being a single parent brings
many challenges, but she has been willing to not only overcome these adversities,
but has excelled. Through her example, her children have learned to do the same. Through
her example, we have all been touched."
Jason Horn: "Jason is involved in the production on a personal level because he cares deeply
about the cause. Jason is not only my husband, but he is also the proud father of
our 9-year-old daughter, Zoey. He wants his daughter to grow up in a world without
fear of rape or abuse. He wants his daughter to be educated on issues of social justice
because it is when we are educated about issues that we are empowered to make changes.
He wants his daughter to grow up as a strong, self assured, well-educated woman. He
is dedicated to the Vagina Monologues because it matters to so many that may not have
the voice to speak up."
Nichole Wheelock: "Nichole has gone above and beyond the call of duty to open the eyes of our community,
to teach, educate and lead them in the direction of speaking out for what is right
and for those who cannot speak for themselves. Nichole has been a voice for victims
and has helped other people find strength to do so also. She is an outstanding person
who gives so much back to our community and school. She has the kind of strength it
takes to have a voice that sometimes no one wants to hear and fights everyday for
the causes she believes in, even when it feels like she could be standing alone."
How did our idea of beauty become so distorted? Dove redefines "model perfection."
Watch their video "Evolution":
Dove Campaign for Real Beauty
Finally! A global campaign targets REAL women and REAL beauty! Dove's Campaign for
Real Beauty's goal is to identify beauty and help others realize that true beauty
comes in many different packages! Read through the posted messages, check out their
photo album and take their online surveys. Please note: the books listed in this campaign
will be added to the Virtual Women's Center Web site. In addition, Dove has released
a global academic research study across 10 countries, interviewing 3,000 women. Here's
what they found out:
Only 2 percent of these women describe themselves as "beautiful"
About ¾ of them rate their beauty as "average"
Almost ½ of them think their weight is "too high"
Please help encourage those around you that the true definition of beauty doesn't
come from the number or sizes marked on your clothing, but that uniqueness in your
body, mind, soul and spirit is where this REAL individual beauty can be found.
Exercise is Good for Women -- A large-scale, six-year study involving 39,372 American women over age 44 confirms
that exercise reduces the risk of coronary heart disease in women. The study found
that the more energy women spent exercising, the lower their risk of developing heart
disease, including heart attacks, regardless of other factors. Among the approximately
23,000 women who did not engage in any vigorous activity, women who walked as little
as one hour per week had about half the risk of more sedentary women of developing
heart disease. Intensity was less of a factor than the total amount of time spent
Supplements, high energy bars and drinks -- Unless you are working out for longer than two hours per day, you don't need to
supplement with high-energy bars and drinks. High energy is often a code word for
Smoother Skin From the Inside Out -- Women's magazines frequently run stories on how to improve your skin using items
from your kitchen. But you might be better off eating that paste of crushed almonds,
berries and yogurt than slathering it on your face, according to the results of a
new study. Researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, studied the diets
of more than 400 residents of Australia, Greece and Sweden, including both dark- and
fair-skinned people. All the subjects were septuagenarians or older. They found that
those who followed a diet comprised mostly of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and
unsaturated fats had noticeably smoother skin than those who consumed a fat- and sugar-laden
diet. Dr. Mark L. Wahlqvist, lead researcher, speculates that the antioxidants in
these foods, including vitamins A, C and E, help to protect the skin from environmental
stress and damage. More studies are needed, however, to determine how these foods
aid the skin's natural defenses against sun damage. (Source: Journal of the American
College of Nutrition, 2001; 20, 71-80).