Speaking in Tampa last month at Walk to
Happy June! I love that we are
following a month of celebrating mothers with a
month of celebrating fathers. I can't wait for
June 21st to honor both my own father and my
husband, who is a wonderful dad to our grown
girls. Here's hoping that your June is also a
cause for celebration.
I am a firm
believer that life is simply too short not to
celebrate all that is good. When we are faced with
challenges, sometimes we have to look a little
harder to find those good things, but it is always
the warm feeling of gratitude.
That feeling of my heart smiling in thankfulness.
May was filled with so many of those moments for
me. I witnessed over and over again the kindness
and generosity of the human spirit that makes
being alive such a gift.
Take the Walk to End Lupus Now™ event.
First, I received so many unexpected and generous
donations, all given by people who simply want to
help other people live better lives. As I stood
line to begin the walk, I introduced myself to the
woman behind me and inquired about her reason for
participating. She said her daughter was diagnosed
with lupus when she was 12 years old and succumbed
to the disease at age 30, leaving behind a 10
month old son. This woman had recently flown from
her home in Cincinnati to Tampa to visit friends,
and those friends had surprised her with a walk
team they had put together in honor of her
daughter. Through the tears that had welled up in
my eyes as she shared her touching story, I could
see how grateful she was for the love and support
of those wonderful friends. And then there was my
own friend who had two cousins drive all the way
from Chicago to Tampa to surprise and support her
on the day of the walk. Imagine her gratitude! The
stories of human goodness and gratitude abounded
at the walk that day and you could feel it in the
air. Lots of warm hearts and smiles and, in my
case, big hugs (and purple pants!).
Cindy with fellow walker and friend,
at the 2015 Walk to
End Lupus Now™ in
was also a month that I saw social media light up
with expressions of gratitude for mothers. I kn ow
that, for me personally, the effort both my
daughters made to honor me on May 10th certainly
made me a happy mama! Did you know that people who
are grateful and express gratitude are happYer?
Although it seems like common sense to me - who
isn't happy when their heart is full of
thankfulness and appreciation - research has
actually confirmed that one of the ways to be
happy is to express gratitude. Win/win!
the page on the calendar flips from May to June,
I'm planning to continue celebrating all the
things in life that I'm grateful for, beginning
with my father this Father's Day month. I am
beyond grateful that he is here to celebrate his
88th birthday and Father's Day and that my mother
is by his side. Yes, I'm most grateful for my
family and friends. They never fail to support me,
bring a smile to my face, hug me, make me laugh
and love me despite all of my quirks. Who wouldn't
be grateful for that?
"Let us be
grateful to the people who make us happy;
are the charming gardeners who make our souls
I must admit that I haven't had a lot of
time for reading lately. House hunting consumed
the time I had between trainings and
presentations in May! But these light summer
reads will be perfect tucked into the beach bag
next to the
The Top Ten Things Dead People
Want to Tell YOU |
Here's the deal: I got a very special offer
to purchase this book at $1.99. Seriously, how
could I not find out what dead people wanted to
tell me for $1.99? And, guess what? I enjoyed
the book; not the letters from dead people
especially, but some of the messages.
Here's a sample: TBT=Thoughts Become
Things. I do happen to believe that the
things we focus on become our reality. This is
one of the reasons I try very hard to think
positive thoughts. Who wants to waste energy
thinking about what you don't want to have?
Here's another point made by the book which
holds true for me: Life experiences from
challenges are hidden gifts. Love that! You
are actually reading this newsletter because of
the challenges I have faced with lupus and my
desire to help others.
Publisher: Live Happy
As you know, I usually review books here.
But this month I have to tell you about my
latest magazine subscription. When I saw the
title of Live Happy Magazine, I knew this was
one I could not pass up. The articles and
stories were a perfect read tucked into my crazy
month of May! You can subscribe to the magazine
and read articles at www.livehappy.com
Again I love the title. EXACTLY what
I need in my life right now...simplicity. I've
always loved this magazine and the tips and
ideas given for simplifying life. It also has
some great recipes that are easy and quick to
prepare. Check it out at: www.realsimple.com
Cindy's latest blog
County Prevention Coalition Leadership
Is My Board Bored or
June 24, 2015, Florida
National Patient Education
July 17-19, 2015, Nashville, TN
Cindy flanked by colleagues Bryan C. Callahan MS,
Co- Chair/Coordinator and Judea Kring, Project
of the Walton County Prevention
last month on Mission, Money and Multitasking:
Sustaining Your Nonprofit
County Prevention Coalition Leadership Training
in Defuniak Springs,
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CINDY CONEY Nationally
recognized keynote speaker and resiliency educator Cindy
Coney has assisted thousands in moving beyond "coping"
with limitations to recapturing joy, balance and freedom
through her speeches and pioneering educational training
for patients and healthcare professionals. Diagnosed
with lupus in 1980, Cindy has traveled the globe to
share her story of thriving after a chronic
diagnosis. Read more.
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