Are You One in a Million? Taking the Million Moms Challenge

Here’s a chance to participate in something big, something amazing, something relevant and extremely important.  This coming Monday the Million Moms Challenge begins its mission to create a global community where every mother has the tools for a healthy pregnancy and a baby who can thrive.  This is a call to action to engage a million Americans with the millions of moms in the developing world facing issues regarding their pregnancies, childbirth and children’s health.

If you want to hear more about the campaign or participate there are so many ways to get involved:

  • Head to Facebook and ‘like’ MMC on the new Million Moms Challenge Facebook page.
  • Take the pledge to be one in a million by clicking here.
  • The Million Moms Challenge web site, www.MillionMomsChallenge.com will go live the morning of Monday, September 19th as will the official Million Moms Community.  Simply go the ‘community’ tab and become a member.
  • In October, BabyCenter will host the BabyCenter’s ABC Million Moms Challenge Global Baby Shower, an online party that will be held on Twitter and The BabyCenter Community. Keep your eye out for the official date (coming soon).

The Million Moms Challenge is a joint venture between ABC News and the UN Foundation in conjunction with Baby Center and World Class Partners. Using traditional and social media this initiative will build a community that connects moms everywhere around crucial issues that are a priority for all mothers, including the right nutrition to support their pregnancies, trained mid-wives to assist in safe deliveries of newborns, and life-saving vaccines that allow children celebrate their first birthdays.  To launch the initiative, hundreds of moms, dads, babies and kids will gather in Times Square for the official launch set to air on Good Morning America on Monday, September 19th.

I am one of the million.  Are you?

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Do you know someone who has found their marbles? If so, send an email to Jessica @ FoundtheMarbles.com.

Thoughtful Thursday: Color a Smile

If you have a child who loves to draw or color, you might want to check this out.  Color a Smile is a non-profit organization that collects crayon drawings from school children and distribute them to nursing homes, Meals on Wheels programs and to individuals throughout the country.  They are always looking for young artists, either children in their homes or school classes and children’s organizations. For more information about Color a Smile, go to: http://www.colorasmile.org.

Time to link up! Just add your favorite post from the past week and check out some of the other great sites in the linky. That’s all there is to it! We would appreciate it if you would follow the hosts: Look Who Found the Marbles, Do Sweat the Small Stuff and Rock & Drool.

What’s With All the Haters?

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” –Dr. Seuss

Since June I have heard multiple stories from bloggers regarding haters in the blogging community. Just to be clear, I am not talking about mild disagreements or people who just don’t click.  I am talking about vicious comments on blogs and Twitter, bullying, threats and sabotage.  That’s not even mentioning the entire sites devoted to hating certain bloggers.

Prior to becoming a blogger I worked at a media company which has competing entities under its umbrella.  Competitors working in the same building.  Yet, the tension there was not nearly as thick as some of what is happening lately in the blogosphere.

I don’t get it.  What’s with all the haters in the blogosphere?  Why can’t we all just get along?  Seriously, folks.  Aren’t there better ways to spend one’s time than spewing hatred on Twitter?  Shouldn’t we instead be celebrating one another’s success?

When I first started in blogging I was the subject of some rumors and whispers behind my back.  While I didn’t want to let it bother me, it really did.  Friends told me not to waste my energy on it but we all know that it’s so much easier to say that than to do it.  Finally, after months of hurt feelings and anger I was able to let myself ignore it and just move on.  Fortunately at about that same time, those who had bought into the hype began to recognize the real situation (and my experience is small potatoes compared to what some of these other bloggers are dealing with lately).  I have found great friends and supporters through this sphere, some who I know only through Twitter and others who I now call friends ‘in real life.’

There is enough room here for everyone to have success.  Differing opinions are not just allowed, they are welcome.  That’s what sparks interesting conversation and friendly debate.  However, as the saying goes, when we start to attack the messenger rather than the message we have lost the meaning of the debate.

Those who are the subject of hatred did not ask to be placed in that role and all of it, albeit deflating, is not ultimately going to change a thing.  For the most part, those who are the subject of the hatred are in that position because they are successful.  These attempts at bringing them down are not going to work and may even help to boost their success.  So why bother?  What are the haters going to prove, anyway?

Let’s face it.  These haters are not going to disappear any time soon.  I guess it’s up to those of us on the outside to either ignore the nonsense or, at the very least, give it due diligence before drawing any conclusions.

And so I ask again.  Can’t we all just get along?

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Being Kinder to My Body

Month one went well.  Month two went a little better. Month three is not a pretty site but I am moving on to month four with a vengeance.

We all have our setbacks.  Right?

This past month I did not drink enough water, get enough sleep and I ate too many empty calories.  I didn’t eat enough vegetables either. I’ve got to find a way to sneak more greens into the boring old diet.  If you have any suggestions (short of turning into a rabbit), please let me know!

Ideally I would like to take off a few pounds, so I can be more comfortable in my own skin.  Hopefully by sticking with it the pounds will come off.  Fingers crossed.

On the up side, a few of the recent changes which have become permanent and for those I am proud. Also, though I’ve eaten more empty calories than necessary, at mealtime I’ve been better about watching my portion sizes.

This little crusade to be kinder to my body was made public, in part, because I figured that by putting it out there in the universe I would be more likely to hold myself accountable for my actions. This past month was a bust but I am going to get back on the wagon in month four, for real.

That’s enough about me.  What are you doing to be kind to your body?  What do you need to work on?  If you have any tips on what works for you please share them!

Let Us Never Forget

“… for those of us who lived through these events, the only marker we’ll ever need is the tick of a clock at the 46th minute of the eighth hour of the 11th day. -President George W. Bush

Let us never, ever forget… the fathers, the husbands, the sons, the mothers, the wives, the daughters, the brothers, the sisters, the co-workers, the friends, the loved ones, the innocent, the brave.

2,977 victims
246 on four airplanes
184 at the Pentagon, 55 of them military personnel
2,753 victims at the World Trade Center
411 emergency personnel
1,609 people lost a spouse or partner
Approximately 3,051 children lost a parent
At least 200 people fell or jumped to their deaths

Let us never, ever forget.

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