JUNE 2015
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Speaking in Tampa last month at Walk to End Lupus Now™

Hi Friends,

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 worth looking.

Happy Summer!

Hugs, Cindy 
featured article |Goodness and Gratitude     
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I love 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, Elle Kincade,
at the 2015 Walk to End Lupus Now™ in Tampa.

May 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!

As 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;
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."

~ Marcel Proust

 
books |What Cindy's Reading
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 sunscreen.
The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell YOU
by Mike Dooley

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.

Live Happy Magazine
Publisher: Live Happy LLC

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.

Real Simple Magazine
Publisher: Time, Inc.

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.

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Where's Cindy? | Upcoming Appearances

Walton County Prevention Coalition Leadership Training
Is My Board Bored or Onboard?
June 24, 2015, Florida Panhandle

Scleroderma Foundation National Patient Education Conference
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(Right) Cindy flanked by colleagues Bryan C. Callahan MS,
Co- Chair/Coordinator and Judea Kring, Project Coordinator
of the Walton County Prevention Coalition.

Cindy lecturing last month on Mission, Money and Multitasking: Sustaining Your Nonprofit
at Walton County Prevention Coalition Leadership Training in Defuniak Springs, Florida.
I would love to speak to your group.
Simply contact me at cindy@cindyconey.com and we'll work out the details!
 
ABOUT 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.