JULY 2014
Cindy at beach
One of my favorite things...
sunset at the beach!
Hi Friends,

Wow, it is a hot summer in Tampa! Time to head to the beach for the Fourth of July. I can feel that Gulf of Mexico breeze on my face already.

I hope you are staying cool and having a nice summer. With more daylight, it is a great time to enjoy some of those activities you've been saving for another day.

Headed out - got my sunscreen, hat and "beach reads" packed!

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featured article |Fireworks and Independence
"Laughter is the fireworks of the soul."
Josh Billings (1818-1885); [pen name Henry Wheeler Shaw] Humorist, Essayist

I love fireworks. The explosion of light into the dark night sky, followed by the loud boom which sends the dog either scampering for a hiding place or barking protectively at the door. Yes, this Fourth of July celebration of our country's independence, complete with the Philip Sousa March, just makes me proud to be American and reminds me just how hard we fought for our independence.

Yes, independence, be it our own personal independence or our country's, is something we cherish. It is also one of the struggles we face when living with chronic illness and other life challenges. Fiercely independent individuals (like you-know-who) sometimes have days or even weeks or months where we must be dependent on others. Nothing like a set of crutches, a cast or boot on your foot, or a hard brace on your neck to remind you that your independence has taken a vacation and you will be dependent on others for the foreseeable future. Yikes, I hate that! My little independent spirit likes to get in the car and drive whenever and wherever she wants. And oh, asking for help from others, that one is beyond challenging.
"The United States is the only country with a known birthday."

~James G. Blaine (1830-1893)U.S. Senator & Secretary of State

I remember when one of my daughter's was little, her favorite statement was, "I can do it myself." Obviously, that apple didn't fall far from the tree! Yes, we are a family of independent thinkers and doers and when that is taken away, we (especially me) are not happy. I completely understand the devastation an older person feels when driving is no longer possible and their independence wanes. Some of us (me again) are just not good at asking for, or honestly receiving help. It feels like failure. I know, I know, that is silly and people are happy to help those in need, but I struggle with asking for help from others. Plain and simple, I cherish my independence and hate that lupus sometimes takes it away. Continue reading >>

audio books |What Cindy's Listening To
While debating between sharing a list of "beach reads"  or something a bit more thought provoking, I decided that this month I'd share some of the audio books I've really enjoyed listening to. My favorite "listens" are nonfiction books read by engaging authors. I love walking, listening and learning! Here are my favorites:

Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection 
by A. J. Jacobs.
Jacobs is hysterical and I always imagine what his wife must go through living with him on his book writing adventures.

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
by A. J. Jacobs


Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist 
by Michael J. Fox
Have always loved Michael's can do, refuse to quit, positive attitude.

by Tina Fey
How could you not find Tina Fey funny...seriously?

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
by Brene Brown
Loved the content, but was not wild about the fact that the audio book was read by an outside narrator rather than in the author's own voice.

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin
Another oldie, but goodie that I go back and listen to from time to time.
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~ Samuel Francis Smith (1808-1895)
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Cindy Coney 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.
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