Live Inspired and Feed Your Spirit with Michelle Sedas!

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Are you constantly doing for others? Do you feel exhausted and overwhelmed, but still spend what little energy you have on others? Do you feel  guilty saying no and taking time for yourself?

Inspirational author, Michelle Sedas joined Mom of Many Hats Radio to share her inspiration and experience resulted in her beautiful book Live Inspired.  We discussed how you can stretch your mind, gladden your heart, and nourish your soul. Taking the time to feed our own spirits makes us better able to feed the spirits of those we love.

As moms, and as women, we often give and give until we have nothing left to give.  It is so easy for us to get into the cycle of pouring out of the pitcher, but not taking the time to fill it up.  We love our children and want to do for them, exist for them, and give them our all.  But at the end of the day, if we try to pour from an empty pitcher, everyone ends up thirsty.

Michelle shared pearls of wisdom that she has learned and clung to in her own journey as a woman and as a mother.  These things have helped her to  live inspired everyday. Michelle gave these inspiring gems to our listeners to help them refill, refresh, and live inspired too:

  • If we stay busy, we feel we are doing right. We need to slow down and drink in the moments.
  • Women that know the importance of self-care are the women that shine. We need to take care of ourselves.
  • We only have one life to live.  This is it, so, act now!
  • There is nothing in life that at some point can’t be laughed at.
  • Get in touch with what sets you on fire.
  • Mix it up!

Michelle Sedas is the author of Welcome The Rain, Live Inspired, and the coauthor ofThe Power of 10%. She is the cofounder of Running Moms Rock and the host of the Inspired Living Cafe.  She randomly writes a blog, fittingly titled: What’s Running Through My Mind… random musings by Michelle Sedas

To purchase or learn more about Michelle’s books and to read her blog, visit MichelleSedas.com

You can also connect with Michelle on Twitter: @MichelleSedas or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MichelleSedasAuthor

Breast Cancer is Not Always A Lump! Terry Lynn Arnold 2-17-12

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Breast Cancer Isn’t Always a Lump!

Are you aware of the symptoms of breast cancer?  Do you do a regular self breast examination? Are you aware of how a healthy breast should look?

As women we are made well aware that we should do regular self breast exams as part of our breast health routine.  We are trained to understand how they feel, and how to feel for lumps.  But do we often pay attention to how they look? The reality is that breast cancer is not always a lump!

Our guest Terry Lynn Arnold of the The Inflammatory Breast Cancer Network shared her breast cancer story with a cancer that many women have never heard of – IBC – Inflammatory Breast Cancer.

Terry was diagnosed with IBC, an aggressive and, considered the most fatal types of aggressive breast cancer, in 2007. Terry woke one morning to find her breast discolored and swollen.  Thinking she had fallen during the night or somehow injured herself, she tried to understand why she was having this issue. She made an appointment to see her doctor and have it checked out.  Initially, her doctors had no idea of what was ailing her. It wasn’t until four months after the symptoms appeared that she was given her diagnosis of IBC.  At that time, her doctor told her to go home and plan her funeral.  Terry was in stage III cancer.

Terry made the decision to seek out a second opinion at MD Anderson in Houston, near where she lives.  She was given hope when the doctors at the cancer treatment center there told her they thought they could help her. Through her medical team, the support of her family (which was made stronger in her battle) and with a determination to beat IBC Terry made it through her treatment.  Today she is 4 years out from her diagnosis and is NED – no evidence of disease.

In the four years since her diagnosis, Terry has helped to spread the word about this little known type of breast cancer , sharing information with women, and organizations. She also shares with doctors and the medical community- which often knows little about IBC. Terry has shared her story in various media outlets and print publications, cancerblogs, newspapers and MD Anderson’s Cancerwise.

So What Makes IBC Different Than Other Breast Cancers?

Breast Cancer is not always a lump! IBC is a breast cancer that spreads through the lymphatic tissue causing swelling and inflammation. There are very strong visual clues (see the SISTER check on the side bar) including swelling, discoloration, dimpling and texture changes. There can also be pain associated with IBC. It is diagnosed in Stage III or Stage IV which means at diagnosis, there is a fight for life in full swing. Treatment for this type of cancer does not follow standard breast cancer treatment protocol.

Reaching Out and Giving Back

Terry has learned a lot on this journey and has been called to help others that are diagnosed with IBC. She has created The IBC Network on Facebook  and The IBC Network .org, an organization that provides support, information, and hope for women who face this rare and often isolating type of breast cancer.

To hear the entire interview and more valuable information, you can listen to the broadcast at the listening links above.

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Fund the Farm – Giving Back 2nd Friday Parenting

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Giving Back

In the holiday season, how do you give back to the world? How do you show your children what giving back is? Do you limit your giving to your family, or do you extend it beyond your biological or family circle?

Today on Mom of Many Hats Radio, we spoke to Amber Singleton Riviere, who is giving back to the world in a wonderful way. She is also showing that parenting and the nurturing instinct is not simply dependent on biological connection, but on heart.

Fund the Farm

As the founder of Fund the Farm, Amber Singleton Riviere wanted to find a way to have a greater impact on foster care within the U.S.  After deciding to adopt a child of her own, it didn’t take long for her to decide it would be from foster care.  When she saw the number of kids who had been abused, abandoned, neglected, or for whatever reason ended up in foster care, she was at first overwhelmed and heartbroken.  Over time, though, she started to see that she had room for these kids or, rather, could make room, and so began the idea of Fund the Farm.

Amber shared her heart with as she told us about the process of being certified as a foster parent and of learning about the foster system.  In her experience, she learned that there are 500,000 kids a year in the foster system, many of them in sibling groups.  She also learned that a large number of kids “age out” of the system, never having had a place of permanence to call home.  This touched her and she realized that she could make a difference for many of these children if she had the proper space and environment.  Thus, the idea of the farm was born.

The farm will provide a sustainable and stable place for children in the foster system.  It will give them the things that they need to learn to sustain their basic needs – shelter, care, and learning about gardening, farming, and land. But it will also teach them about sustaining their ability to exist in the world through teaching them responsibility, teamwork, community, the value of fresh air and enjoying the outside time.  It will teach them about working hard, fitting in, and what it is to have a home, stability and a place to return to.

How You Can Be a Part of this Project

It is a lofty goal, but reachable.  As with any project, it requires funding.  Amber has created the Fund the Farm project on Indiegogo.com/FundtheFarm , where donors can contribute as little as $5 or as much as their heart leads them to.  Each contribution will make a difference in a child’s life not only today, but for years to come. To learn more about this fantastic project and how you can be a part of it, visit the Indiegogo.com/FundtheFarm site or click the video above.

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Tough Conversations! 2nd Friday Parenting Hat

Do you dread those tough conversations with your kids? What kinds of conversations are hard for you as a parent to have with your kids? What conversations are tough and uncomfortable for  your kids to hear?

Sometimes it’s difficult to sit our kids down and have frank discussion about things they may encounter in life.  We feel self conscious, uncomfortable, and even maybe a bit embarrassed when we are faced with having the conversations with our kids about sex.  We may think that our kids would never have a need to know about the dangers of alcohol and drugs.  We may think that our kids are on the right path and don’t need a lot of direct conversation about things that happen in life and  the choices they will face – and of the consequences of both.

Tamra Wade of PaperHopeBlog joined Mom of Many Hats Radio to talk about the discussions we must be having with our kids.  She shared with us personal stories about the types of conversations she has had with her daughters, how she has approached them, and how they have played out. Through her blog  a collection of writings and stories from her  own life as a teen,  she shares her journal entries from her angst filled teenage years as a source of conversation for other moms and daughters to base tough conversations around.  Through the use of these stories, parents and kids have a safe and neutral place to talk about the situations and decisions that kids will face in their lives.

Although as parents we often feel uncomfortable about starting the conversations, we must get past our own discomfort and have frank and honest conversations with our kids. In today’s world our kids are facing the same things that we did when we were their age, but it comes at them so much faster and furiously due to technology.  For that reason, we need to be proactive and have the tough discussions with them. Tamra gave us these tips on how to do that:

  • Set a Good Environment – Choose a time, a place and an environment that is going to be free of other distractions or siblings that may interfere with the conversation.
  • Share Stories – People relate to stories that are similar to what they are going through.  Sharing a story helps to make the other person feel like they are not alone in a situation or decision.  It provides a safe place and a conversation starter.
  • Ask Open Ended Questions – Open ended questions require more than just a yes or no answer.  They encourage discussion and keep the conversation flowing.

If you would like to know more about how to have tough conversations with your children, visit Tamra’s site PaperHopeBlog.  To listen to the broadcast of this show, click HERE To listen to broadcasts from any of the Mom of Many Hats Radio Shows, click HERE .  To take Mom of Many Hats Radio with you where ever you go – get the FREE ITUNES downloads my clicking the PODCAST GAL on the side bar!

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Third Friday Health And Beauty/ Breast Cancer IBC

Did you know that statistics show that breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women? Did you know that breast cancer is not always a lump? Did you know that men are not immune to breast cancers?

Today on Mom of Many Hats Radio We had a very important conversation about Breast Cancer.  Amy Schultz is a wife, a mother, and my sister in the midst of the battle with IBC – Inflammatory Breast Cancer.  Amy had a clear mammogram 13 months prior to being diagnosed in stage IV inflammatory breast cancer.  She went to her Doctor for a cold and by chance had her doctor look at rash she had on her breast.  She hadn’t given a lot of thought to the rash, but her doctor was aware of the symptoms of IBC an sent her directly to a breast surgeon.  That day she had an initial diagnoses – confirmed two days later, of IBC.

Amy’s IBC did not manifest in the form of a lump.  IBC rarely does. IBC is a rare and aggressive type of breast cancer.  It is a cancer that block the lymphatic system resulting in swelling, dimpling of the skin, and a sheetlike growth of cancer cells.  When it is found, it is almost always in a late III or IV stage – meaning that it has metastasized (spread) to other parts of the body.   It is often missed by mammograms and misdiagnosed.  For these reasons, it is important for us to know the symptoms and advocate for our own heath.

Amy has had chemotherapy, radiation and a mastectomy.  She is still in treatment after a host of different types of chemotherapy cocktails.

Along with regular self exams, clinical exams and mammograms (at the interval recommendation by your Doctor) a you can add the SISTER check to look for signs of IBC.

SISTER CHECK

  • S – Size or Swelling
  •  I – Inflammation or Itchiness
  • S – Soreness
  • T – Texture or Orange Peel Appearance
  • E – Engorgement or Flattening Nipple
  • R – Redness or Change in Color

To  hear more about Amy’s Journey and this important conversation please click HERE. To learn more about IBC please visit The IBC Network To listen to past Mom of Many Hats Radio Shows click HERE or click the Itunes Gal on the sidebar to listen to broadcasts on the go!

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Third Friday Creativity Hat! Ann Skydell Harmon of Ann-Made 9/23

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I was first introduced to  Ann Skydell Harmon of Ann-Made through an article in First Magazine article (June 6, 2011 issue) that featured her and her company.  I knew then that I just had to have her on the Mom of Many Hats Radio Show. I was blessed to have the opportunity to speak with Ann on today’s show and we had a wonderful time.  My impression of her was confirmed. Ann embodies what it is to be a mom of many hats.  Her outlook is exactly what the Mom of Many Hats Radio Show strives to illuminate – that as women and moms, we have many roles and experiences and they are all valuable.

Ann shared with us the story of how her company Ann-Made was born out of her work with special needs and at risk kids. Her goal as an art teacher was to teach them to use creativity to think through life’s everyday problems.  Through art and creative problem solving, she wanted to give them a different lens to see life’s issues through. In a classroom project, she found the creative outlet and product that brought her to where she is now – a socially and environmentally responsible business owner. She utilized creative strategies to create her company, and provides those that help her a creative outlet to better themselves.

Besides being a company that does good and responsible works, Ann-Made pieces are unique, beautiful, and made with quality in mind.  Ann uses her creativity and her graphic arts experience to create designs that are eye catching and different than anything you will see. The pieces are produced by a group of women that benefit from the employment opportunity, with materials that are obtained responsibly.  From production to the sale of her jewelry, the positive ripple effect is a wonderful contribution to the world.

To see Ann’s work visit AnnMadeArt.com!

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Tips for Nutrition -Third Friday Healthy Hat! Nicole La Placa of Lyrical Nutrition 9/16/11

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Do you ever feel like your hats are just a bit off balance?  Is it sometimes difficult and tiring to juggle them all?

Health Coach Nicole La Placa of Lyrical Nutrition joined us this week to talk about the role that good nutrition plays in our day to day activities. Nicole is the CEO, founder of Lyrical Nutrition.  She works with clients, individuals and groups to help people find a a healthy balance between diet and lifestyle. She shared tips for on the go snacking to keep your energy up, some of the pitfalls we encounter when we are trying to get a grasp on our nutrition, some easy ways to make changes to our nutritional habits,  and some of the factors that contribute to our nutritional challenges.

Nicole left us with some wonderful tips for working towards a healthier lifestyle and to to help us juggle all of our hats. Here are a few of them:

1. Set reachable goals. Celebrate when you get there. Set the next one. It’s the small steps that will get us there.

2. Fight the media images that impact how we think we should look or be.  We are all different and complex. We need to love ourselves for who we are and be the best that we are meant to be.

3. Use an 80/20 rule with nutrition. Eat great 80% of the time. Healthy eating is bot about perfection.

4. When traveling, take note of where grocery stores are so you can purchase healthy snacks instead of fast food options.

If you are would like to know more about Nicole, click her image above or contact her at: www.LyricalNutrition.com , e-mail LyricalNutrition@Ymail.com, Twitter , Tumblr, or Facebook!

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Second Friday Parenting Hat: Instinct, Intuition, Information 9/9/11

What leads your parenting style? Do you rely on instinct, intuition , or information most in making your parenting decisions?

Surely we are all guided by all three in our parenting.  But, how heavily we each rely on instinct, intuition, and information differs from person to person.  For some of us we may simply just know what to do out of instinct.  Our instant reactions to parenting situations are what guide our actions and parenting style.  We can rely on what our natural reactions are to guide us to what to do in most situations.  For some of us, intuition and “feeling” the right way to react and proceed is what guides us. We consider ourselves in tune to our children and their needs.  We may have some internal struggles about what to do, be we rely on what our gut is telling us.  Still for other of us, information from others, from books, or from other sources may be what drives how we parent. We need the checks and balances of a logical argument to guide us in the decisions we make.

None of these are bad, but is there a point where relying on one too much can be detrimental?  Is there a difference between women and men and what drives parenting decisions?

Join us this week at 5PM EST as we talk to Sharon Girodo of Mom Time TV and Bruce Sallan of A Dad’s Point Of View, about parenting styles and the driving factors behind them. Click the links or the images below to find out more about these two fabulous parents!

                 

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Creative Hat With Sarah Witenhafer, Author of Tamed 8/26/11

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How do you define creativity? We looked at wearing our creativity hat with Sarah Whitenhafer.

As moms, we engage in so many activities that are creative, but we don’t always realize how valuable our creativity is.  Our creativity is an expression of ourselves.  It is also a lesson to our children about how to express who they are through creating something outside of themselves.

Creativity comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  It could be music, art, dance – anything that allows an outlet of expression that is different that the common spoken word.  Sarah shared her creative journey with the written word as she took us through the process of writing her novel, Tamed .  We talked about what creativity is, what impact it as on us as moms. and the impact it has on our families. Sarah shared with us what blessings the process of being creative brought to her family, her faith, and her self.

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