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By Erica Johnson

Motivational quotes are one of my favorite things…they’re apart of my daily devotions and something I strongly believe a simple quote can give a new perspective on your day. Ask our team at iGoPin, one of my weekly rituals is my “Quote of the Week”. Every Monday morning I’ll send out a quote: some intense, some passionate, some funny, some thought provoking…but it’s a way to frame up the week.

If you come to my office, you’ll even find a book that I’ve kept with great quotes in it since I was in college (that was a few years ago) and it has a plethora of quotes that at different times in my life inspired me.

This week the quote for our team is:

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”  

It’s a great quote to ponder on…how many times has each one of us doubted ourselves? It could be something personally or professionally. I’m a huge believer of having confidence in what you do and this is a prime example where doubt (or lack of confidence) can kill dreams and goals.

Another motto that goes in line with this quote is another iGoPink-ism that we work off of daily: “Point. Fire. Aim.” Meaning: Point=do your research and make the best decision possible. Fire=Try it (vs. sitting around for weeks trying to make it ‘perfect’…just try it.) Aim=Refine it. Take what you learned from ‘trying it’ and make it better.

So next time that you doubt yourself, take a step back, build up the confidence and try it! You’ll be amazed at how far this will get you in life!

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7 Things I Love About Life

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By Tori Carruth

Please tell me someone got that old school Miley Cyrus reference …

It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day little issues we face, especially on Monday. Sometimes, I play the “poor me” game more than I should. I wake up grumpy because it’s too early, I don’t feel like facing the world today, or my hair isn’t cooperating (#petty). Whatever it is, it’s so easy to stay frustrated and let those feelings control you. Sometimes I get in a funk and just feel blah. However, I’ve found that focusing on what I’m truly thankful for instantly brings me out of that and reminds me how lucky I am. Despite the obvious (family, friends, etc.), make a list of little things that brighten your day. Here are 7 small things to be happy about.

  1. Really good coffee
  2. Rainy day naps
  3. Heels that look good, but don’t hurt
  4. Books
  5. Pictures of animals in clothes (check out “bingandwalter” and “tunameltsmyheart” on Instagram for a laugh)
  6. Singing as loud as you want in your car
  7. Belly laughs

What makes you happy? Anyone else love weird dogs in clothes on Instagram? :)

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Between the Pages: Book Inspiration

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By Erica Johnson

Call me old school, but there’s something I still love about picking up an actual book or magazine vs. reading them on an electronic device.   The texture of a real book that makes me feel like curling up with a cup of tea to read for hours.

Being so busy with work, finding the time to read can really be a struggle to be honest. For me, I’m constantly looking for self-help, business strategy or empowering books that help me be a better person, wife, leader, and woman. That’s why I love books like the current book I’m reading, Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson. This book is broken into a 40-day prayer challenge and leaves just a few pages a day to be read (something I can make time for.)

The book is empowering and really makes you think about how you spend time daily meditating/praying or fulfilling what fits your spiritual wholeness. But more than makes you think about it, it teaches you how in your times of not only struggle, but dreams, desires, celebrations and more, that drawing a circle to focus your energy on that one specific moment results in such a greater result in your life.

For me, I’m constantly focusing on how can I better serve others – so I’ve gotten specific with that through this book: how can I better serve the women we work with daily, how can I better serve my team, how can I better serve my family, how can I better serve our blog readers…I’m a believer we’re put here to make a difference and by focusing my morning time through this book and putting a form of devotion around it, it’s making me align my goals, worries, desires and dreams to be on path with something larger in life! And one of my favorite quotes from the other day is here: “If you’re looking for excuses, you’ll always find one.” How great is that!!!

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National Pink Day is June 23rd!

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What?! There’s a National PINK Day?!?! There sure is! National Pink Day falls every year on June 23rd – which happens to be on a Thursday in 2016 – and is a celebration for the color pink PLUS everything it represents!

We would be honored for you to get involved and celebrate this special day with us!

How to Get Involved:

1. Plan to go PINK! Start planning with your family, friends, co-workers, and/or teammates to join together and all wear PINK on Thursday, June 23rd.

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2. Share a Photo! Take a photo (group picture, selfie, etc) when you are wearing pink! Submit your photo to us by sharing online (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with the hashtag #iGoPink, and tag our page (FB: The Breast Cancer Charities of America OR TW: @igopink IG: @_igopink)

Share online and vote daily HERE or below for your favorite #iGoPink photos! If you share a photo with #iGoPink and tag @iGoPink, you will have the chance to WIN iGoPink gear (t-shirts, waterbottles, pink ribbons, bling bracelets, etc)! Winners will be announced on June 23 and June 24.

Enter and vote below:

You can also submit and vote for photos daily on Facebook at http://bit.ly/PinkDayPhoto

3. Create A Fundraiser. Spread awareness and raise funds for women who are still struggling with breast cancer! It’s quick and easy to start your own fundraiser OR join together and raise funds with a team: CLICK HERE to get started!

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Create your fundraiser today at donate.thebreastcancercharities.org/nationalpinkday

4. Make a Donation. Honor a cancer survivor or a loved one with a PERSONALIZED eCard when you donate to help breast cancer patients. Your donation today and on June 23rd makes a difference. CLICK HERE to donate today

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Thank you for joining with us to celebrate National Pink Day on Thursday, June 23rd! With your help, together we can spread awareness about breast cancer and continue to make a difference in the lives of women who are battling breast cancer.

Donate TODAY at donate.thebreastcancercharities.org/nationalpinkday

 



5 Healthy Habits for Memorial Day

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Celebrate Memorial Day and the start of summer with these 5 healthy habits.

1. Plan Ahead! Make healthy meal plans, grocery lists, and check restaurant menus and nutrition before you arrive at the table. Be sure to download the iGoPink Shopping List

2. Have a Potluck! Bring a homemade
dish so you know all the ingredients in at least one item. Easy Dish Idea: Fruit or veggie kabobs

3. Stay Hydrated! Skip or limit the sugary cocktails and sodas. Instead drink plenty of water and enjoy water-rich fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumbers and bell peppers.

4. Eat Before the Party. Don’t show up hungry! Have a healthy snack or fruit about 30 minutes before the gathering to help you avoid overeating.

5. Move around! By just sitting around the food table, you will most likely indulge on more food and sweets. Start up a frisbee game, talk with friends and relatives, and get moving!

Making wise nutritional choices is one of the best defenses against breast cancer. Download our Healthy Eating Grocery List to help you at the store! You will also receive our quick, easy, and delicious Watermelon Tomato Salad recipe.
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Have a happy and healthy Memorial Day weekend!



Feeling Beautiful Again Program Serves Patients with Beauty & Hope

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The Breast Cancer Charities of America is serving women across the nation through their Feeling Beautiful Again program. This service provides women who are battling breast cancer with a beauty bag of hope. If you or someone you know is battling breast cancer, request a free Feeling Beautiful Again bag!

The Feeling Beautiful Again kit, which comes in a reusable pink tote, is full of beauty products to make a woman feel feminine and beautiful again. Amongst the lip gloss, blanket, nail polish, and more, women will also find education information on breast cancer, a step-by-step workbook and the organization as a whole.

“We often hear that after losing a breast(s), eyelashes, hair and dealing with the skin changes that come with cancer treatments, a woman feels less feminine and less like herself,” said Erica Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America. “With these Feeling Beautiful Again bags, we hope to help remind a woman that she is beautiful and strengthen her self-image.”

This little act of kindness can brighten a woman’s day and give someone struggling through the emotional and side effects of breast cancer a new lift on life.  If you or your company may be interested in setting up a ‘Beauty Drive’ to assist with collecting the items put into these bags, or if you know of someone who may appreciate or be in need of a Feeling Beautiful Again bag, please visit www.iGoPink.org/FeelingBeautifulAgain or call us (936)231-8460.



Adriana Story: iGoPink Scholarship Recipient

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Meet Adriana, 2015 iGoPink Scholarship Winner and daughter of a breast cancer survivor!

The iGoPink Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to graduating seniors in the Houston & surrounding areas who are affecting by breast cancer. All qualifying applications will be submitted to the committee and considered for aid.

This is Adriana’s Story…

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“When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer it felt as if someone had stolen our sense of security and comfort. At first, all we expected was for my mother to have the mass removed from her breast. But further testing had revealed the horrible news; she had to go through chemotherapy and radiation to prevent a more aggressive cancer from occurring.

My parents were heart broken. We started praying before dinner. It brought us closer as it changed our lifestyle. When the time had come to cut my mom’s hair because it had started falling out in clumps, my sister, mom and I all cried. Being a woman and stripped of such a simple but signifying thing is truly devastating. I remember the day my mother had told me with tears in her eyes that she wouldn’t come to my track meets or be around any of my friends because of how disgusting she thought she looked. My heart broke and ached at the thought of having such low confidence from a cruel and unwavering disease.

The following months were a trial of faith and courage, but we survived as a family. My mom’s hair grew back think and curly. From her spirit you wouldn’t have guessed a woman as strong as her has cried on the floor in pain from side effects of medications. Most of us don’t receive stares when we visit public places or have to explain to a second grade class why their teacher is bald. Although cancer is such a dreaded thing it taught us to have faith in the Lord. It has brought our family together. I guess it could be a blessing in a way; opening our eyes and helping us appreciate valuable time spent with love ones and good health.”

Learn more about the iGoPink Scholarship Program and how to apply HERE

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January 2016: Take the 31 Day #iGoPinkChallenge

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This January join us and take the #iGoPinkChallenge! Complete the challenge of the day by making healthy choices with the help of the #iGoPinkChallenge January guide. On social media we will also share daily tips, recipes, and workouts – so be sure to follow us on Facebook and online!

Ready to take on the #iGoPinkChallenge? Click HERE to download the FREE iGoPinkChallenge January Guide.

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This January you can also join BCCA’s Jen by going Vegan! Take the #iGoVeganChallenge by eating a plant-based diet without meat or animal products. Click here to download the FREE #iGoVeganChallenge guide.

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Get Inspired and Involved!

1. Print and post the guide on the fridge, wall, office or a visible location that will remind you to keep on track! Complete the guide by checking off your daily challenge, writing down what you ate and drank, and documenting your workout.

2. Check in online! Share a picture or video with a description of what you ate, recipes, workouts and healthy tips on social media with hashtags #iGoPinkChallenge #iGoVeganChallenge and mention @iGoPink (Facebook and Twitter) or @_iGoPink (Instagram)! We will be announcing a winner every week who will receive an iGoPink bracelet and shirt PLUS we will share your post on our iGoPink social media accounts!

3. Check back daily! Follow us on social media and the iGoPink blog for more healthy tips, recipes, workouts and inspiration!

4. Subscribe to receive weekly emails! Get motivated and become part of the #iGoPinkChallenge group. Sign up here below:





Become an iGoPink Fundraiser | Give the Gift of Charity

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How do I raise funds for iGoPink/The Breast Cancer Charities of America?

Thank you so much for helping BCCA raise funds to continue our program services and help patients with breast cancer!

You have the opportunity to create a team or raise funds individually to support patients with breast cancer. To get started raising funds online, we have shared tips on how to get the ball rolling and spread the news about your campaign. We are THRILLED that you have chosen to show your support and we will be here every step of the way to cheer you on!

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Getting Started Tips

 

1. Set Up Your Fundraising Page

It’s easy to get started and set up your personal or team fundraising page!

 

2. Personalize Your Fundraising Page

Let’s get personal! Update your online fundraising page to make it your own, to honor a friend or family member, and so that your page is easily recognizable to people that know you and your cause. You can add your own text, pictures, or even video!

Remember, potential donors will be interested in your cause, but they are primarily interested in YOU. Make sure you tell them why you are getting involved, what your connection is to iGoPink/BCCA, and how their donation will help support women with breast cancer – it doesn’t have to be long!

 

3. Self Donate To Your Page

Make a Donation to your OWN Page. Why? Friends, family and page visitors are more likely to donate to your page when they see that someone has already contributed. Donating some of your own money also demonstrates to potential campaign supporters that your are serious about helping the cause.

 

4. Update your Facebook profile to show your support!

Share your campaign with your friends, family and followers on Facebook! Simply choose the image or images you like, save the photo, and update your Facebook profile photos.

Idea: Take a group photo with your team, make and snap a picture of a homemade sign asking for support, create a photo collage of why YOU are raising funds for breast cancer, and so much more.

 

4. Share on Social

Now that you have updated your Facebook page photos, now it’s time to get social! Start fundraising through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and your other social media accounts with these tips:

  • Share the news. Post an update that you are fundraising to support women with breast cancer! Be sure to share your fundraising page URL, explain why you are supporting the cause, share inspiring stories, and encourage your family and friends to donate.
  • Create a Facebook Event. Setup your own Facebook event page, invite your friends, and post updates on your progress! Learn how to create your own Facebook event by clicking here.
  • Tag Your Friends and Donors. Start on Facebook by tagging those that have already donated and thanking them for their donations. When you tag someone your post gets shared in your activity feed and the other person’s activity feed too. This also sets the frame that people are already donating to your page!
  • Set Goals. $200 by one week, $400 by two weeks, etc. Use your social media accounts to update followers on your progress towards each goal and ask for people to help you get over the next hurdle.
  • Consider Gifts. Offer your own gifts to friends and family who helped you reach your goal. Or provide a raffle or prizes for certain giving levels. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, just a token of your appreciation.

 

5. Individually Email 5-10 Closest To You

Ask family and friends for donations! Getting your “inner circle” to donate to your page will help you build up some momentum. It’s also good to start with the people you are most comfortable with. Don’t have their email? Send them a text!

Sample Email Fundraising Strategy:

  • Day 1 Email #1: Send 5-10 very close contacts (family and your closest friend or two).
  • Day 2 Email #2: Send to 10-15 close contacts (your entire circle of good friends).
  • Day 3 Email #3: Send to as many other contacts you feel comfortable sending a message to (co-workers, friends, friends of friends, distant relatives, your address book, etc.).

 

Thank you so much again for becoming an iGoPink Fundraiser! Remember to have fun and know that your all of your hard work is going to help support women battling breast cancer. Through the generosity of people like you, we can PRESS forward in the fight against breast cancer and continue our program services that focus on Prevention, Research, Education, Survival, and Support. Happy fundraising!



December On-The-Go! Quick Fitness Tips

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Feeling swamped during the holidays? Between the Holiday Parties, family get togethers, shopping needs and added temptations for treats it’s easy to find yourself losing motivation and time in the day to fit in your normal routine.

 

Here’s a few quick tips [with a Pure Barre twist] to feel like you’re keeping your strength and balance during the holiday rush.

 

Strong corechallenge your abs virtually anywhere! [2 min series and repeat as many times as you’d like]
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Take your hands lightly behind your thighs, take your feet hip width apart, round down to where you feel your waist line engage, and make your movements sharp. Maybe you go back and inch up an inch, you lower down slow and come up quick, maybe you extend your arms and maybe you reach overhead and do the same series. For a deeper challenge add a soft ball in between your hands and add squeezes on it for every movement. Just work make sure your abs are the focus, not your low back or momentum.

 

To work your lower abs after you’ve already done the above series – lie down on your back and do your best to zip your legs together so they’re nice and tight. [you could even place that same ball in between your legs for bonus inner thigh work] and try to tuck your hips up toward this ceiling. Avoid the conventional habit of swinging to get a big range of movement: instead press your low abs into the floor. This will shift all the focus to your lowest abdominal section. As you get stronger you’ll really feel this change and won’t feel like your upper body is engaged. Switch up your movements and leg spacing for 1 minute each. The last 15 seconds of each series should be tough but remember to breathe! Repeat as many times as you can!

 

This is a great option to do even while watching TV or during the commercial breaks!

 

Happy Holidays to all!

advisory board jaimeeJaimee Myers

Jaimee is a member of The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s Advisory Board and the co-owner of Pure Barre in The Woodlands, Texas and Hughes Landing in The Woodlands, TX. She has been an athlete all her life – from competitive ski racing to collegiate soccer to Ironman triathlons – and spreads the Pure Barre technique to clients, who see results while having a great time. While living in the Seattle area a few years back, she decided to give Pure Barre a try to put a change in her fitness routine. From the first class she was thoroughly humbled by the fatigue in my muscles and that good deep soreness the next day. She decided to get involved and spread the Pure Barre technique with her friends and family – she believes in it and the sense of community it brings to everyone who takes a class. Pure Barre is all about small, isometric movements that anyone can benefit from – it strengthens, arms, abs and legs without creating bulk.

Learn more about Jaimee