Giving Tuesday

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With the holiday’s right around the corner, I always find myself reflecting over the year and even some self-evaluation. It’s the time of year when almost everyone is celebrating something! Whether its family, good fortune, or simply just celebrating others! But for some people it’s the reminder of their losses and sadness they experienced throughout the year.

One holiday tradition of mine is that my family and I always go out Black Friday shopping and try and score the best deals. But this year was very different for me, I started thinking about the people who get stuck working on days like these and even Thanksgiving, and even longer hours as the holiday season continues. I thought of those people who may be going through hardships, or stuck in the hospital and not able to enjoy their normal holiday traditions or even be with their family.

A lot of breast cancer patients this holiday season may be stuck in a hospital, or may not be able to travel to see their family, or even buy gifts because of the financial struggle they see that comes with being diagnosed. But with Giving Tuesday it gives us all an opportunity to give back and honor those who do not get to spend the holidays as they wish they could.

iGoPink is just one of the many non profits that helps those that need a little extra love during the holiday season. We have a few fantastic programs, and a donation of even $10 could help. Our Help Now Fund allows us to pay mortgage/rent and utilities for women battling breast cancer. During this season, the last thing women want to think of is how they’re going to keep their lights on this month, and we get to make that happen! Our Feeling Beautiful Again program is my personal favorite. We send bags of beauty products all over the nation to women who maybe don’t feel as beautiful during chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation.

There are so many ways that you can give back, whether it’s donating, volunteering, fundraising, or just spreading awareness about breast cancer. Join us and be a part of the global celebration of a new tradition this year!! Have fun this holiday season, and do good!



Thankful Thursday (Happy Thanksgiving!)

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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We’re so thankful for each of you! Whether you’re a woman battling breast cancer, a donor, a supporter, a reader, or just happen to like our pictures time to time, you’re making a difference in our lives and the lives of women everywhere! You’ve seen a bit of each of our staff whether through writing or online, but we thought we’d let you get to know us a little better. Today we’re going to give you a glimpse of our team here at iGoPink. On top of our families, friends, health, and job, we’re thankful for a few other little things too.

Erica- Executive Director and Founder of BCCA/iGoPink (and new first time mom to Noelle!)

I’m thankful for my two babies: my fur baby and our little 4 day old. Our fur baby has been so good being a big sister and watch dog! I’m also thankful for my rockstar husband who is such an amazing provider for his household of ladies (he’s considering getting a male fish for our house to balance out all the estrogen of a girl dog, wife, and baby girl who is completely in love with her daddy!) Lastly, I’m thankful for our iGoPink team! It sounds like a generic “thankful” item, but if you step foot in our offices, you’ll see a team of ladies with serious drive, passion to help others, and a team that knows how to laugh and make someone’s day extra special by turning any situation into a positive one.

 

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Tristan- Assistant Executive Director (and all around super woman)

I’m thankful for Clorox wipes, pizza dinners on school nights, and (rude!) friends who keep me motivated on the FitBit app!

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Tori – PR & Events Manager (and editor behind the iGoPinkLife blog!)

I’m thankful for my two great roomies (aka my best friend, Emilie and our rude cat, Dexter), a boyfriend who travels 1600+ miles for a weekend together, endless wine at Thanksgiving dinner, and 24 hour Starbucks!

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Stephanie- Finance & Missions Manager (and “mom” to the rest of us)

I’mm thankful for my Great Dane pups (and a sandbox that can hold all 4!). I’m also so thankful for my work family who I spend more time with than my home family. If I have to spend that much time away from home, at least I can spend it with these beautiful and amazing women!

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Alix- Program Outreach Manager (and newlywed!)

I’m thankful for expensive candles that make my house smell like a luxury spa, Beyonce’s Lemonade album, and moderately priced, moderately good wine in stemless glasses.

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Amy- Marketing & Partnership Assistant (and dog-mom to Reese)

I’m thankful for hugs from Reese everyday when I come home, friends who snort-laugh as much as I do, and finally making it to graduation.

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Hannah- Program Development Assistant (and newly engaged gal!)

I am thankful for my fiance, who puts up with me even when I am hard to deal with, for Target (which allows me to spend all my money in the dollar section), and for graduation because I’m extremely ready to be done with homework!

 

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Letters to Me

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Inspiration from within

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Where do you find inspiration for yourself? Is it quotes you find online? Is it a person you follow on social media? I look for inspiration everywhere… but I never look to myself for inspiration. As a person who is quick to point out everyone’s achievements but her own, I am finding a way to turn that around. I recently read somewhere (don’t ask where, I believe I found it in a deep social media hole I had dug myself into) recognizing your achievements and praising yourself for those successes leads to inspiration, motivation, and overall improvement in your life.

You’re thinking, “Cool, thanks for that… now what?” We start writing letters to ourselves. Give credit where credit is due, monthly. Almost like a monthly report to yourself. I like to use pretty colors and pens and paper and write a note monthly. You can do it on your phone…you can voice record it… you can type it up and set it to email to yourself a month later.

Remind yourself of your accomplishments for the month. List every single one from “I made my bed everyday,” to “I secured a huge professional partnership.” When you look back on everything you have accomplished, you prove to yourself that you are great! List a few things you love about yourself, “I love my eyes, especially when I’m using my new eyeshadow,” or “I am such a great listener, my friends and family value that about me.” Finally make goals for yourself, keep them in your letter. Next month you’ll see if you achieved your goals.

When you acknowledge all the great things you have done within 30 days, it inspires you to do more. YOU ARE INSPIRING YOURSELF! Then you can use those Pinterest quotes and social media gurus as extra inspiration.

Be proud. You are great and have achieved great things. You are bound to achieve greater things

-Alix Josey



I’ll Give You A Must Read

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It’s the perfect time to curl up with a book and a cup of tea…

by Emilie Harris

I grew up nerdy, and I don’t put that lightly. I was on the debate team, I made money on the side by writing other student’s essays and I was editor of my high school newspaper. As part of my training to be editor of the newspaper, I went to a conference where the speaker gathered 100 other super nerdy writer-types in a room and lit us on fire. I still remember part of his speech that day – “Good writing changes people’s lives.” Every time I finish a book it changes part of me. Below are some of my favorites ever and why you should let them change your life too.

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

“Someone once asked, “If you could take it all back, would you?” At the time I didn’t know. Now I do. I wouldn’t take that terrible experience back for anything in the world. Too much light has come out of my darkness.”

A memoir written by a brilliant New York report who, without reason, loses her mind for a month. This book changed how I thought of mental health and made me wonder how many people in the world are suffering in silence, trapped in their own head.

Walking in Circles Before Lying Down by Merill Markoe

“Well, there’s two kinds of peeing…There’s regular peeing, because you have to pee. And then there’s auxiliary competitive peeing. For acquiring empire. I’m all about the real estate.” 

If you need some soul medicine, like a good laugh brought to you by the sassy narrator of this book, who just happens to be a dog.

Love With A Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche

“When I was a kid, afraid of the Boogieman, I would hide motionlessly under my bed covers for hours on end. Not much has changed since then.” 

When I first discovered the majesty that was and is Eat, Pray, Love, I consumed memoirs about women conquering all like I was starved. This one remains one of my favorites. Go out there. Do the scary thing.

You: A Novel by Caroline Kepnes

“Work in a bookstore and learn that most people in this world feel guilty about being who they are.”

This book isn’t scary like Stephen King – it’s scary like real world, could happen to your best friend, please everyone take care of each other. But also, so good you can’t put it down.

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

“I knew this feeling, the 2 a.m. loneliness that I’d practically invented.”

Would I even be who I am today without this book? I know it’s Young Adult, but I read this book year after year because Remy feels like I did in high school – so lost. It’s nice to get to come back to her and try to do it right.

A Million Miles In A Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life by Donald Miller

“And once you live a good story, you get a taste for a kind of meaning in life, and you can’t go back to being normal; you can’t go back to meaningless scenes stitched together by the forgettable thread of wasted time.” 

If you liked Love Does and Wild, Donald Miller will remind you that your journey is worthwhile. For anyone who has ever felt like they lost their “zest for life.”

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

“Reality is crushing. The world is a wrong-sized shoe. How can anyone stand it?”

If you read nothing else on this list, read IGYTS. This book breaks your heart open and lets the light in. For anyone who has felt even remotely different, for those who feel anchored in grief, for those who long for acceptance. But mostly, in celebration of all kinds of love.

Happy reading! Let us know your favorites.

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.



Finding Balance During Holidays

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How to balance the holiday busy season

By Erica Johnson

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It’s hard to believe that Halloween is over and November has officially begun. Where has this year gone to? When I drive into my local grocery store parking lot, they already have up Christmas trees and décor. (Can I please just make it to Thanksgiving?)

The better question to all of us “on-the-go” busy women, mothers and holiday Queen Bee hostesses is how do you find balance in the next 60 days of ‘the most wonderful time of the year’?
As I sit here writing this, I’m now less than two weeks away from our due date with our baby girl…so let’s just throw that into the working-woman, business owner, wife to an equally as busy man, dog-mom, hostess-with-the-mostest holiday equation and it’s like singing the 12 Days of Christmas for my “to do” list! BUT, I do try to keep things balanced so I can actually enjoy the holidays and today I’m sharing my top 3 tips to finding balance during the holidays!

TIP #1: Plan ahead…for EVERYTHING
If you would look up “type-A” in the dictionary, you’d probably find my picture there. I’m a planner for everything, especially the holidays. Many people will laugh at my planning habits when I’m talking about Christmas during the summer, but then come this time of year and my shopping list is nearly complete while everyone else is stressing out, I get to enjoy myself.

Haven’t even started yet with planning or found the time to do so? Grab yourself a glass of wine (or sparkling water for us prego ones), your laptop and a few hours and you’ll be WELL on your way. Start by listing who all you really need to buy for, what your budget is, and then start shopping online (or at least making a list). I keep my ‘Gift List’ on my cell phone literally all year long so when I’m out, I can know what it is that I heard someone say they’d love, or what they’re really into. You’ll be surprised what a few hours of devoted time to this can do for your shopping stress levels.

TIP #2: Learn to Say No
UGH—we all hear this, but it’s so hard to do as driven women. However, I’ve learned that saying no has some serious power to it. Now, I’m not suggesting that you say no to everything, or your grandmother’s tradition that you know you NEED to be at, but it’s the over committing to everything for everyone mentality. Can you help on XYZ committee; or bake 15 dozen cookies for this party…or host Thanksgiving/Christmas.

Being 9 months pregnant this time of year, I’ve had to tell people, I’m sorry, but my little (growing) family is top priority. I can’t be at everyone’s party that I’ve been invited to. I may just show up only for Thanksgiving dessert. And I’m sorry, but our guest bedroom isn’t a Hilton Garden Inn this year. I’m sure I’ve made some people upset, but I’m also allowing for my husband, baby girl and myself to be able to enjoy our time together without all the extra ‘stuff’ that I normally do. And to be honest, it’s quite alright! Simplicity has something really nice to it.

TIP #3: Give Back
After just writing that it’s okay to say no, now I’m saying give more of your time/money/energy? For me, it’s something that takes away the stress of the holidays and reminds us what this time is about–being thankful for the people and passions we have in our lives and being selfless vs. selfish.

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is either the angel tree, or to go work at a soup kitchen through our church. Or another thing I love doing for others is to randomly pick something small (could be a letter or phone call to someone you haven’t reached out to for a while) or buying a gift for someone but not putting a “From:” sticker on it, and just watching their faces glow with surprise. I love to give…and there are so many ways to do it. Get creative, but you will get so much out of it personally.

As this busy season comes upon us (and then zips by in the next 60 days) remember to take a step back and find YOUR perfect equation of balance. Everyone is different but remember to enjoy the holidays!!!

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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…

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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!

xoxo,

Tori



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

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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).

xoxo

Tori