Reminders of Resilience at the BARCC Training

By meredith, August 30, 2011 10:32 am
This past week, when I was doing my week long training with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, or BARCC, I thought a lot about resilience, particularly as it relates to human beings and how much resilience some people have, particularly women. We talked a lot about survivors and their significant others, which can mean anyone that is close with the survivor that is not a caregiver, and I reached a few intense moments where I was angry, upset, razzled, mostly because I thought about how some survivors had to fight to get through the day, to feel okay, for years. They had to go to counseling, or go to doctor’s appointments, write about what happened, or talk to others about what happened: however, that person was going to overcome what happened to them, it was usually going to take a lot of resources: time, energy, and thought, to get through it…to thrive again.

Vitamin D: the magic hormone

By meredith, August 17, 2011 3:12 pm

Did you know that vitamin D is actually a hormone, a very necessary one? More commonly known as the sunshine vitamin because we can get doses of it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, vitamin D teams up with calcium to strengthen our bones and teeth. However, the deficiency of this vitamin is also the most common worldwide, according to Dr. Michael F. Holick in his book “The Vitamin D Solution.”

Most of us don’t get nearly enough vitamin D in our diets; we would have to drink 15-20 glasses of vitamin-D enriched milk per day. Deficiencies in vitamin D can lead to anything from aching joints and depression to an increase in the risk of infection, diabetes, and some cancers. In order to get more vitamin D, it is recommended that we spend a few minutes per day in the sunshine (which does not go along with the recommendations for avoiding cancer); taking a supplement; and consuming foods that contain high amounts of vitamin D, such as milk and eggs, orange juice and oily fish.

Make sure you enjoy a few minutes in the sun! But don’t forget that sunscreen either…

The Universe Provides for Us

By meredith, August 16, 2011 8:40 am

Yesterday I went to Dorchester to meet with a woman that I had met a few years ago and then recently reconnected with on LinkedIn. As it turns out, she does not usually accept requests for connections with people she doesn’t know on LinkedIn, but after reading my blog, she said that I thought like someone who could work at her organization, which intrigued her enough to meet me. Lucky me. Little did she realize, we had met a few years back at a meeting around a grant proposal when I worked at the Foundation. I also ran the Boston Marathon to raise money for the kiddos at her organization, Dotwell. You can imagine my excitement when she sent me a message, not more than a few days after we had connected, asking to meet up so I could tell her about my next career steps…Thank you, LinkedIn! Or more pointedly, thank you, Universe!

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Motivation in Movement

By meredith, August 2, 2011 11:59 am

If you’ve ever been doing a job search while unemployed then you know how tough Monday afternoons can be. Just yesterday, I woke up early, made my coffee, sat on the porch, walked the dog, wrote in my blog, and applied for a couple of jobs, all before noon. Then I felt unmotivated and unsure of what my next action steps could be…Left to myself and my thoughts, sitting at a computer indoors all day, I get kind of sad. I start thinking about things that are unproductive and borderline not positive (I shudder at using the word negative as I’m in a really great place right now so I’m being really gentle with myself. yeah!)

Then my friends Nicole and Melissa got in touch and asked me to do Melissa’s muscle and abs class at the gym that night.  Nicole picked me up, and we met Melissa there. It made me happy just getting out and catching up with Nicole. Then not thirty seconds into Melissa’s class, when I started to hear the bumpin’ lyrics of a latest and greatest top 40 hit, I started to smile. And I couldn’t stop smiling in fact…

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The Versatility of a Tasty Summer Tomato

By meredith, August 1, 2011 1:43 pm

I spent this past weekend in Tiverton, RI,  an area that is full of little markets and farm stands of fresh produce and other tasty delights! I picked up a small container of medium sized red tomatoes and one yellow, to mix up the color and the flavor a bit…Side note: even those that do not like red tomatoes might enjoy yellow ones! Feel free to experiment with different types of tomatoes. Half of the fun is heading out ‘market hopping’ to look for different kinds!

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The Less Obvious Benefits of Daily Dog Walks

By meredith, July 29, 2011 9:15 am

So I love walking Cassie twice a day, mainly because it’s our time to get outside and play. We bond when we jog across the street at our crosswalk in step with each other and then synchrojump up onto the stone wall. Then we walk up our grassy, tree-lined parkway, where she does her biz, and then we make time to play. We will do a wind sprint together, or I will throw sticks for her so she can run and frolic, footloose and fancy free.

It also means that I get out and walk twice a day for a total of 40 minutes minimum, which I really enjoy, especially on nice days.

But I realized again yesterday that walking twice a day also reconnects me with our neighborhood, with our community. I get to walk by Tom, our neighbor who sits out on his front steps reading the paper and drinking coffee every morning and night, or see him chatting with Franco, across the way on his front steps, some nights.

Lately I have been stopping to let kiddos or other people pet the dog, and they so enjoy it.

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Universal Interventions at Life’s Roadblocks

By meredith, July 29, 2011 8:46 am

So yesterday I had another FABULOUS morning. I was up really early, sort of anxious about job searching before heading on a walk with Nicole at 8, after which I grabbed some breakfast with Diana, who’s visiting from Lima. By the afternoon, I had settled into my outdoor office on our deck with some water, raring to go….only, I realized, I had one problem: I didn’t know what to do next. Then I started to panic…

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I’m a Little Tree-pot

By meredith, July 18, 2011 10:14 am

I look up at the trees from my back deck and think about how the relationships in my life may not be exactly where I want them to be…I am reminded, though, of their potential for growth. This great oak didn’t go from straight sapling to tremendous tree. It took it’s time, collected rainwater and sunlight, let creatures build their homes on its branches. Now it’s big and beautiful and contains enough pollywogs to make noses for every kiddo in the city of Boston… Continue reading 'I’m a Little Tree-pot'»

Simplest Stir Fry – YUM!

By meredith, June 27, 2011 1:01 pm

This stir fry includes only five or six ingredients. It’s easy, low cost, healthy, and most importantly, deeLIGHTfully delicous!

Add sesame oil and chopped garlic to a fry pan over the stove.

Saute in Stop n’ Shop Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables until warm.

Add frozen mixed seafood from Trader Joe’s for three minutes, or as directed.

Mix in Trader Joe’s General Tsao’s Stir Fry Sauce until it bubbles and coats everything.

Feel free to mix with brown rice. You can even buy the frozen packets from Trader Joe’s which take only 3 minutes per bag to cook.

Mix well, eat, and enjoy!

Jealousy No More!

By meredith, June 27, 2011 12:52 pm

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”
— Lao Tzu
This quote is so simple and yet so true: my favorite kind. While it seems like it should be clear from the day we are born, oftentimes we feel jealousy because of someone else’s accomplishments. And yet, someone will always be smarter than ourselves; funnier than ourselves; better at playing guitar than ourselves; this list could go on forever, but you get the idea.

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