Laughter is the Best Medicine

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So, is laughter the best medicine? It must be!

by Tristan Cablay

Working to find humor in your daily life has great benefits. Even more so, laughter binds us and connects us to life! All of us have that friend… You know the one who gets us in trouble. I’m talking the girlfriend who sits next to you in the most solemn and quite of places and gives you that look from the corner of her eye. You know that look. The one that evokes giggles and gurgle sounds that get even louder as you try to hold them in. Yep, you know the feeling.

That’s the friend. She is the girl I want on my side when things get rough.That silliness is good for you! We were born with the gift of laughter and being able to tap into that is a treasure. Having a girlfriend around you that can elicit those feelings of happiness will lower anxiety and increase health and wellness as a result.

I’m taking hold your jaw because it hurts laughter.Laughing increases the production of beta-endorphins which is known to decrease anxiety and depression. Laughing also activates the thymus gland, and generally increases the immune system activity.

Laughter is truly the best medicine!

Here’s something we can all relate to on a Monday to start off your laughs…


Fall Exercise Tips

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October Exercise Tips (because it’s finally cooling down!)

by Alix Josey

It’s October, which means the air is crisp and cool. The trees are turning colors. And my belly is completely filled with pumpkin spice lattes (basic, I know). This weather has me excited to get up and outside to get in some exercise. There are so many ways to get creative and fun with your exercise routine, or build a fun new exercise habit. Here are some of my favorite exercise tips for October.

  1. Make it social. Working out is so much more fun when you are with someone else. I love grabbing my friends and our puppies and going for a fun brisk walk in this weather.
  2. Switch it up. With the weather being a little more flexible in October there are more options for fun workouts. You can go for a bike ride, do yoga in the park, or explore some local hiking and walking trails. When you change it up your mind and body can’t get bored.
  3. Treat yourself. Maybe you broke your running record or you exercised 5 days in a row. Every time you hit a goal reward yourself with something fun. I like treating myself to fun new exercise gear. But it can also be that hot pink pair of stilettos you have been eyeing or a new cozy blanket and mug for chilly nights with apple cider.
  4. Get creative. You can go to an apple orchard, walking the orchard and holding baskets filled with apples would be such a fun way to get in some exercise. Or a Halloween scavenger hunt around the neighborhood gets your heart pumping.
  5. Enjoy the benefits. Exercise has such great benefits on your health. This includes increased endorphin production. And any Legally Blonde fan knows “endorphins make you happy.”

October is a beautiful month if you are using these tips to start out on an exercise plan or incorporating them into your normal routine we would love to see it. Be sure to tag us on social @iGoPink and use your hashtags!

Early Detection…It Can Save Your Life!

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Hey hi hello! Today we’re talking about…boobs.

Is this weird? Maybe a little, but what better time to discuss breasts than breast cancer awareness month, ya know? Most young women my age feel invincible, myself included, and especially when it comes to cancer. The scary truth is that you’re not. Whether you’re 20 or 80, black or white, have family history or not, and literally everything else in between, it can happen to you.

A lot of you have probably heard my story by now, but if you haven’t here’s a brief run down. My grandma passed from breast cancer when I was 4, my mom survived when I was 10, and my sister battled a nasty, aggressive, stage 4, tripe negative case of breast cancer at the age of 29. TWENTY NINE. She lost her battle at the age of 30, a week before her 31st birthday. This is not to ask for sympathy, or even scare you, but rather to simply educate.

You may think that any sign of breast cancer is not likely for you, or at least it’s lightyears away. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. All of this to say — CHECK YOURSELF! Is it weird to feel yourself up in your tiny sorority bathroom shower (speaking from experience here)? A little. Could it save your life? Absolutely.

So here’s how if you’re a little lost:


In a mirror with your arms at your side, look for changes in the contour of the breast, swelling, dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, raise your arms and look from all angles; then, push your palms against hips and flex your chest muscles. Look for any dimpling or puckering in either breast.


In the shower, use the pads of your fingers to move around your entire breast in a circular pattern, from the outside to the center. Use soft, then medium, then firm pressure. Check the entire breast and armpit area for any lumps, thickening, or knots.


Lay back with a pillow under one shoulder and put that arm behind your head. With the opposite hand, move the pads of your fingers around gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit. Switch sides. Again, you are looking for lumps, knots or thickening.

And that’s it! Early detection DOES save lives! Many patients admit they’d never done a breast self-exam before their diagnosis. Perform breast self-exams every month (the week after your period). Monthly self-exams help you learn every feature of each breast, so you can spot changes right away. Take your health into your own hands and be proactive this October and beyond!



Bucket List Part Three

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by Tristan Cablay

One of my very best friends had an assignment back in our undergrad studies, the professor had asked the class to write down 100 things that each individual wanted to accomplish, do, or have within the next twenty years. Funny enough, that stuck with me! Her list (which she kept and will comment on every now and again) inspired my “bucket list”.

Now, it is amazing how 100 things snowball off of one another. That volume seems so high when you first start to take on that endeavor. But, as you start jotting down and curating the things that you want in your life, you will be amazed how it’s the little things that really matter…and add up.

So it goes with my bucket list; it is the little things that matter! Of course I have some larger things I would like to do and see. But mostly, my bucket list is living a life that treasures those that I love and leaves the world a better place than it was before I left my mark on it.

My list is not 100 items long. Mine is by far the cliff notes to that assignment, however here are my favorite 10 in no particular order:

Laugh with my daughter on her wedding day. Kiss my son on his.

Watch my kids graduate college

Grow old and cranky with my husband.   Send a plate of food back (because I’m old and the toast wasn’t done right)

Be a beacon of light and faith when the world seems dark

Tour Europe

Cry with my Dad when I receive my doctorate

Give much more than I receive

(Finally) Finish the ongoing project of furnishing my home

Eat ice for breakfast and not feel bad AT ALL!

Simply, honestly, hopefully… Live each day with love

What is your most treasured item on your bucket list? In the comments section below, tell us what you must do with your life.

Bucket List Part 2

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A bucket list rebuttal


View of San Francisco from the top of Twin Peaks, so incredible!

by Tori Carruth

If you read Erica’s post last week, you know that we’re doing a series right now on bucket lists! This was actually my idea (humble brag), but now that it’s come to fruition I couldn’t decide what I actually wanted to write about. Do you ever have so many thoughts and ideas you can’t decide on one because they’re all just kind of scrambled in your head? Same.

If you know me at all, or even if you don’t, you may know I’m a bit of a pessimist. Not that I’m a negative person, my disposition is usually quite sunny and I’ve been told my aura is bright yellow, but I’m still a bit of a “worst case scenario/glass half empty” kind of gal. With that being said, I decided to take this blog in a little bit of a different direction today. I’m not going to tell you what I want to do in the next 10 years.

I used to have a long list of places I wanted to go, eat, shop, and get the best Instagram picture, but I found that every time I wasn’t checking things off, I felt like I was failing at something. For example, in June I had the opportunity to go to San Francisco for work, and all I wanted to see was the Golden Gate Bridge. I had this idea in my head that I’d get the perfect picture with my hair blowing at the right angle and the sun setting, you get the point. I didn’t get to go to the bridge, and instead of being thankful for everything else I saw, I was just annoyed.

Fast forward: I went back to San Francisco this month, and just by chance had to cross the bridge. I didn’t get any pictures at all, but because I was actually enjoying the moment instead of worrying about crossing something off my list. It also made everything else I got to experience that much more special because I wasn’t constantly thinking about the next big thing I needed to do. Some of the spur of the moment places we went were 10x better than the original “list” I had in my head.


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Found some painted ladies and a cute guy, too! 😉

I appreciate what bucket lists are for. I’m all about writing down what you want out of life whether that’s to backpack around Europe or become the CEO of your company. However, it’s important to remember that every vacation doesn’t need an itinerary, every sight to see doesn’t need a picture that will get hundreds of likes, and you’re not a failure if you haven’t completed a list (or even started one).






Bucket Lists Part 1

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by Erica Johnson

Last month we were given a great topic suggestion from a iGoPinkLife reader about ‘bucket lists’…do you have one? Should you have one? What’s the importance of one?

I’m excited to be the first contributor on this topic as I LOVE having a bucket list and I have for at least the last 5 years. Why might you ask? Dreams, goals, desires…and seeing them on a piece of paper just does something to your brain that makes you go, “what do I have to do to achieve that?”

For me, I have two lists: my personal bucket list and my professional bucket list. I was raised to always set your goals high and strive to achieve them…thus my professional bucket list is VERY long and detailed. As an entrepreneur at heart, I work…a LOT. My husband and I run multiple companies so if I’m not at the iGoPink offices, you’ll probably find me up at the crack of dawn working on one of our other companies, or wrapping up a design report after dinner at night. But we love it…we’re both very driven people and ‘work’ is enjoyment for us, as we love helping others!

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Beyond my professional bucket list, I’m a believer in work hard, play hard. My ‘fun’ bucket list is simply that, FUN. I’m an ‘experiences’ person over a ‘things’ person. My #1 experience…travel. Since I can remember, I have LOVED to travel…I’d rather travel and experience new cities/cultures than any thing else. I can truly say that I’ve learned so much throughout my travels; met so many amazing people and today believe I’m a better/more well rounded person from those lessons.

In the past few years, I’ve marked some big bucket list items off my list…my top two would be going to Sydney, Australia (which is now my favorite city in the world and had truly been a lifelong dream of mine), and also getting to ride in a hot air balloon…the peacefulness in the air is indescribable as you watch the sun rise and overlook the beauty of nature. But that doesn’t mean that my bucket list doesn’t continue to grow just because I mark things off. There are a lot of other places I want to travel, and things I want to learn—i.e. would love to know how to take some great photography and also learn to play the piano, both of those remain on my fun bucket list!

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So what is your bucket list? If you haven’t started one, it’s NEVER too late…nor is it ever too EARLY! Set goals. Dream of those goals…sometimes they take years and years to achieve, but it’s a goal to strive after. You’ll be amazed at how having a simple Word document on your computer with your bucket list or a post it note that you keep hidden with a few desires can make such an impact in your life and your dreams ahead! Do one today, you won’t be disappointed!


Stress Relief Tactics

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10 Ways to De-Stress

by Tristan Cablay


Are you stressed out? Your body can tell! Stress is unhealthy. Like a double burger with fries and a milkshake, it packs on “emotional pounds” faster than a late night stop to the local fast food restaurant!   So, we have compiled several easy ways to de-stress…

Breathe! Deep breathing provides the body with extra oxygen. It slows the heart rate down and it allows you to STOP and take a moment.

Laugh! Laughter is truly the best medicine! Connect with someone you love, watch a funny movie, Google funny animals.   Create time for fun!

Write! Scribble out your thoughts. Note your stressors and make a conscious effort to also log ways that you can solve that problem or reframe the issue.

Go outside! Change your surroundings and step outside. Take a moment to change your environment. Sometimes this simple act brings everything into new light.

Drink tea! Amino acids in many green teas have calming agents. They lower anxiety levels. Grab a nice glass of tea and feel the stress melt away.

Try calming scents! Scents like lavender, vanilla, pumpkin, peppermint, and eucalyptus have been linked to creating feelings of serenity.

Slow your mind! Focus on a calm thought, maybe a happy place or memory. Close your eyes and count. Try to slow your mind from frantic paces.

Exercise! Endorphins surge during any exercise, light and moderate to a hardcore marathon, any amount of physical effort helps release ‘happy hormones”.

Eat Chocolate! Grab a small piece of dark chocolate. A moderate amount of dark chocolate has been proven to lower levels of the stress hormones, cortisol and catecholamine’s.

Get Colorful! Colors can evoke feelings! Green is soothing. Blue is peaceful. Purple shades are calming.   Try bringing some peaceful colors into your surroundings.

Try to add one or two of these tactics a day into your routine to chill out and de-stress!

Quotable and Notable

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Quotable & Notable: Change the Station of your Life
By Erica Johnson

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Now that we’ve been blogging on our new iGoPinkLife platform for two months, something you’ve all probably learned about me from my blogs is that I’m a very positive person and LOVE inspirational messages. Morning quotes (which is why we do a #motivationalmorning quote every day on our iGoPink Facebook page) have always played a very important role in my life.

So much of what we turn on via our morning news stations or read on the front page of a news website or magazine is negative. Imagine if we had a “Positive News” station that reported the things going right in our world…not the negative. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to be naïve and not know what is going on with major world issues, but reinforcing the positive things vs. negative things is what I choose to live my day to day life on.

Thanks to my husband, he really started me on this trend…you will rarely find our TV on in our house, and when it is, it’s to learn how to cook something new on the Food Network or a home remodeling idea on HGTV. We fill our time with positive things. His belief is our time is so limited, why not focus on what is good, not what is bad.

Quotable & Notable, today’s blog post, is all about challenging you to do that also. Have you ever tried to ‘rid’ of the negative ‘news’ in your life? This could be via TV or the online daily sources your reading/following or even partaking in office gossip/chatter…and fill that time with positive things? Motivational stories, quotes, inspiration, devotions…if you’ve never tried that, I challenge you to one week of it. We can ALL do something different for one week.

So this week, I hope you’ll jump on the positive channel challenge. Look to change the way you listen and speak for one week. It’s hard at first…trust me, I know! You’ll catch yourself getting caught up in the ‘drama’ vs. finding positive things to focus on. But you WILL be amazed at how you’ll feel when you start focusing on the good and not the bad.

Here’s to a fabulous, positive week ahead!!

The Other Me

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by Emilie Harris, guest blogger

Last year I read a book called The Other Wes Moore. The book is an autobiography written by a Rhodes Scholar who was reading the paper one day and stumbled across his name. The article he was reading was written about a man serving a life sentence for murder who happened to also be named Wes Moore. The more Wes read about the other Wes Moore, the more he wondered why his life had taken such a different turn. How had he become successful and the other Wes Moore had been reduced to a single jail cell? The book is fascinating and I highly recommend it – learn more about it here.

The book resonated with me mostly because I have the same name as a lot of people – Emilie. And as I read it I began to wonder about all the people I could have turned out to be. Mostly, I can tell you. I can tell you that growing up I wanted to be a heartless businesswoman in the middle of a Los Angeles high-rise. In high school the only thing I wanted worse than to get out of Waco, Texas was to disappear completely. In college I wanted to be the President of my sorority – the girl with all the answers.

Before he died, John Lennon told a story about himself as a child. It goes like this: “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

In the end, my other Wes Moore story isn’t about a stranger at all. It’s about me. I have been hundreds of different people over the course of these 22 years and I’m sure I’ll be hundreds of other ones over the course of the next, and there’s a great deal of power in that. I like to think with each new person I get better. I learn from my mistakes. I learn from the people I love, and I work towards a final product by practicing mercy and understanding and most of all, joy.

I guess what I’m saying is this: if someone read about my life in a newspaper and tried to compare it to theirs, I doubt they’d feel particularly moved. The things I’m most proud of, the things I would want a newspaper to write about me, aren’t the cold hard facts. The facts are I work in a cubicle from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday. I run during the week and eat salads more than I eat hamburgers, even though I wish it was the opposite. I do the dishes and watch television just like everyone else.

What a newspaper can’t write about me is how deeply I feel every sunrise and sunset. How it makes me smile to watch my boyfriend with his nephew. The way I feel when my mom tells me the name of every flower in her yard. The intense gratitude I feel when I come home every night to my best friend who wants to hear about every detail of my day. What makes up a person? Why does it matter? I think it’s because it’s like John Lennon said… Your occupation, your name, your hometown, those facts and figures are simple logistics. I’m not sure anybody would want to be the other Emilie Harris, but this ordinary life feels pretty astounding to me most days, and I don’t think I’d want to swap it… even with a Rhodes Scholar.

Emilie Harris is a past high school nerd, present Brand Development Manager for The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau and lifetime pursuer of an unstoppable positive attitude and the perfect fountain Diet Coke.

Heart Half-Empty or Half-Full?

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How to keep your heart half-full

by Tristan Cablay

I continue to pour myself into the things I love: being a mom and a partner in my marriage, being successful at a career that I adore, and making a positive difference in people’s lives! Are all of these things easy? Some more so than others, but they all need a considerable amount of effort and work, so I continue to try everyday. I pour a bit of myself into each capacity that I love. What’s amazing is that my cup never runs empty.

Half empty? Certainly.
Half full? Most of the time.
Dry? Never!

If you love the things in your life that you spend your time and effort on, go ahead, pour yourself into them. Give of yourself, nurture that relationship or capacity and put in extra effort! Sometimes, you may not be at your best, but you pick yourself up and try again. Some days it is easy. Some days it is hard.

What has been the most amazing experience for me is that when I am at the lowest point and I think the cup will never reach full again, some thing unexpected always happens; someone pours into my cup. That is the beauty of giving of yourself, when you least expect it others give support to you.

So today, I encourage you to fill someone else’s cup; to pour yourself with extra intention into someone else’s cup- children, partner, work, really anyone you come across. Look at your glass half full and with the mindset of making everything you touch overflow!