If you’ve been with me for a while you know I typically discuss my love for all things related to natural hair, my crazy ass kids and wine. Literally those are the three top things that I feel represent who I am as a person. But for the last year and a half I’ve also focused on a lot of things outside of my blog. That would be dealing with mental illness.
For the last year and a half I’ve been working as a Crisis Consultant for a suicide hotline. While it is probably one of the most stressful jobs I’ve had, it is also one of the most rewarding! The majority of my jobs since I graduated from college have dealt with mental illness in one way or another but not as intimately as this one.
I’ve been trying to figure out the best way for a while now to address some of the issues that come up when I’m talking with callers. I like to just cut to the chase when I’m talking with people on the phone so I figured that would also translate to how I wanted to discuss this on my blog as well. The only way I figured that would work was if I gave some tips on how to treat people that are dealing with mental illness. [Read more…]
October is the month when the world brings more awareness to breast cancer. But for me, each month is a reminder of how breast cancer can affect those we love. On March 1, 2013 my mom had a double mastectomy after a biopsy showed early signs of cancer. Luckily my mom has her mammograms performed yearly and the cancer was caught so early that she did not need radiation or chemotherapy.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States this year are:
- About 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
- About 60,290 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
- About 39,620 women will die from breast cancer
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The grocery store and I have a love/hate relationship. I love food but hate grocery shopping. LOL
According to the calendar, Fall officially started a few weeks ago. Nashville clearly didn’t get the memo and its been in the 80s & 90s this entire time. But at some point Mother Nature will catch up and that cool crisp air that I so miss and love will be here.
One of my favorite things to make when it gets cooler is chili. Earlier this year I did a 30-Day Vegan Challenge and noticed how much better I felt and even lost some weight! One of the hardest things in the beginning was trying to figure out how to get what I needed without going to a specialty grocery store. Luckily for me my local Kroger has an entire aisle dedicated to just what I needed. As a Kroger Plus Card member, I didn’t realize that in addition to the everyday savings on my favorite grocery items, the program includes benefits from the money services area. This works great for me because I can do my shopping and take care of money matters at the same time.
Chili is one of my favorite comfort foods and its super easy to make. I typically have most of the ingredients in my pantry and just need fresh vegetables.