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Why 1 in 6 Couples Need our Support


 

I am blessed. In 1989 and again in 1992 I gave birth to my wonderful curly haired children! With the exception of a premature birth with our second, my pregnancies were easy and uncomplicated.

That is not the case with one out of every six couples in the United States who are faced with infertility! I was really taken by surprise when I encountered this statistic! One in every SIX couples are not able to have children without medical intervention or other help?  WOW!

This month the RESOLVE – the National Infertility Association wants to educate the general population in an effort to show support and compassion for the “one” in every six couples who are challenged with infertility.   National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) was created 25 years ago to help create a supportive and understanding environment for those who opted for the many fertility treatments and options available.  Twenty -five years later the technology, medicine and options have expanded which now means more than ever how important education is to information and services to those who are in need.

I must confess, prior to my partnership with HRC Fertility of Pasadena, I knew very little about what was available to those who had infertility problems. I knew about “IVF” and had a few friends who used donor sperm/egg programs, especially when they were in their late 30′s and 40′s. But, I had NO IDEA of what technologies were now being offered and how amazing the science truly was!

I  was not aware about how each state and/or country allowed for different treatments.  California is very progressive while other states make the legality of some options much more difficult.  The United States, as a whole, is more advanced and accepting. For example, embryo adoption or surrogacy are often not available in some foreign countries. That is why international fertility tourism has become increasingly popular with couples seeking treatments, especially with couples in search of In Vitro Fertilization, traveling to States.

Same – sex couples also have had many more options available in order to build their families.  Donor egg/ sperm/ embryo programs  have been gaining popularity. Surrogacy also has become much more mainstream thanks to celebrities being open about using this option themselves!

For a list of celebrity who have used surrogates read here.

NIAW begins April 20-26th with many online and live events being offered all over the United States.  HRC Fertility of Pasadena will be participating and posting via their social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.  I plan on joining them by  tweeting and using the hashtag #NIAW to help others become more informed.

I know for some this is anything that is of interest to you – infertility. But, for the sake of the millions of people who find becoming a parent a challenge please consider helping out.  Let others know of NIAW and the information available via the RESOLVE website .

Also, May 7th  has been designated as  ADVOCACY DAY where RESOLVE will be campaigning for infertility issues on a legislative level.

And, if ever you doubted what the “end game” was for fertility specialists, let me be the first to tell you that it is about the smiles of their patients and the warm fuzzy feeling you get when you cast your eyes on their newborn child! The photos below are compliments of “medical magic” that has helped create families via fertility options, including some familiar faces!

 

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Note:  I wrote this sponsored blog as an effort to educate readers about infertility issues. I was compensated by HRC Fertility of Pasadena but gladly would have done so for free! My goal is to help them with their efforts to build families!

 


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A Special BlogTalk Radio Episode – Women Networking Groups


What are the benefits of joining a women’s networking group?

Why are women (and men) finding these groups integral to their business marketing plans?

What role does social media play with networking groups?

Meet three women from the BEACH CITIES BREAKFAST CLUB who share their experiences on why they joined a local networking group and the pearls of wisdom they have to share about growing their own business.

CLICK HERE to LISTEN 

Meet Anita Garcia! For more than 40 years she has represented the TUPPERWARE company.  She has seen products change, repurpose, come and go – all the while sticking with the company that was eco-friendly before others even knew what that meant.

Read more about Anita here

Michelle Velasco defines the words GO-GETTER! She is a real estate agent with a mission to buy, sell and make a difference. Her work via Keller Williams is her second or perhaps third career.

Read more about Michelle here

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Photography using the iPhone 5C


I debated for quite some time whether or not to upgrade to the iPhone 5  or to wait until the “6″ came out on the market. Unfortunately, my trusty “4″ decided it couldn’t keep up with my amount of media usage – so the decision was made for me.

At first I looked at the sleek silver 5S option only to have my eyes wander to the less “mature” color version (5C).  When all was said and paid for I walked out of Verizon with a green 5C with a blue cover.  While others may be embarrassed by the teen-esque phone choice, I am embracing it.  After all nothing says “you are turning double nickels” more than a phone that resembles prom wear!

As you might have expected,  I have spent the last 6 weeks testing out my phone- particularly the camera and ALL the settings!  While I am not over impressed with indoor shots, I must admit the outside functionality rocks! Judge for yourself as below are some of my amateur unedited / unfiltered images. (A small sample as I now have taken over 1000 pics)

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The Honey Jar by Dr. Lateefah Wielena


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The Honey Jar – A Book Review


Arguments – Lack of Communication – Anger- Jealousy- Low Self- Esteem – Frustration – Helplessness – Lack of Faith

Do any of these terms describe your present relationship or one that you you haven’t resolved and let go from the past?

If so, then perhaps what will help you decide if this is a relationship worth salvaging or one you need to walk away from is a dip in the Honey Jar, an honest book written by Dr. Lateefah Wielenga from the Counseling Kitchen. 

Included are examples of  how to build cohesive partnership. Suggested is to create an  emotional  couple’s toolbox filled with leaps of courage and  faith, in tandem with communication, feelings of our own self-worth and a bit of relationship “magic”.

Dr. Wielenga is not a stranger to helping couples as she has worked in the psycho-therapy field for many years with clients seeking emotional, relationship and  career direction.  The Honey Jar is a discussion starter.  There are tips and ideas to help a couple move forward, some which are downright romantic. (Write your partner a love letter)   Dr. Wielenga also acknowledges that not all relationships can be ‘saved” despite therapy and a healthy dose of motivation.  (Listen to a recent interview with Dr. Wielenga here)

While some books that offer personal enlightenment can be wordy and lengthy – this one is not.  A neatly written book it packs a huge emotional punch in less than 40 pages!

Learn more about the Counseling Kitchen and Dr. Wielenga here:

The Honey Jar is available on Amazon


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VANITY FAIR + INSIDER + OSCAR = An Educational Opportunity!


You may be perplexed by the title of this blog.  Why would the publication VANITY FAIR  alongside the TV  entertainment program – The Insider -  plus the Academy Awards aka Oscar equal to an educational opportunity?  Let me explain….

Last week I was an invited guest by Insider to represent their show as a CBS social media correspondent. I was not the only one (thankfully) and was very happy to spend the week with many other social media enthusiasts!   We were given full access to the lovely  WeWork   office space in Hollywood at this week long event and tweet-up hosted by VANITY FAIR.  Our “job” was to attend great Oscar related events and tweet, blog and post all about them.  In other words, I got to be a Hollywood yenta with social media moxie!

During the week I worked with amazing social media strategist and influencers. Hour after hour I would marvel at how they interconnected with people on social media with such finesse! The peeps from Instagram were all about algorithms and I learned quite a bit talking to them on how Google and other current trends in social media are now playing a role on HOW we do our jobs! My favorite panel was by far the predictors from traditional media who were frankly – not entirely accurate! (Yes, 12 Years a Slave DID win best picture award despite the panelist’s reasoning why it wouldn’t take home the Oscar!)

Additionally, I was  impressed and in tech envy of those who were sporting the latest and greatest in technology.  The WiFi  cameras were amazing, although I must admit that Rich Cruse  did post some of the best photos of the week  using his “old fashioned” digital camera.

My education continued by learning that many people with public social media personas could co-exist, be supportive of each other and thrive over many hours of intense tweeting.    Together we worked in tandem during the award ceremony broadcast with our efforts resulting in our trending on Twitter! (Until Ellen broke Twitter, that is.)  Our night was filled with furious tweeting and also amazing catering thanks to the generosity of Vanity Fair – thank you!  The photos in the collage below are not staged, we’re truly friends in addition to our role as the Insider Twitterati.

Lastly, I learned that it DOES take a village in social media, but you still have to work with an elected mayor. Bryan Moore  is the heart , soul and “mayor” of the Insider social media community! He is what others might say – “Good people”.

Whew- what a week.  My mind is full of new lessons learned and I guess I will end this post – I need a nap!

Have a groovy week~

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Genius Marketing by PUREX?


Earlier this week this poster, which was part of a PUREX campaign,  popped up on my FACEBOOK timeline again and again!  Is it genius marketing? It is a great reminder that we all need to remember we have a personal censor button and some subjects or personal conversations are meant to be conducted face – to – face and not online for all to see? Or perhaps it is a reminder that I have a ton of dirty laundry that needs to be washed – pronto!

Regardless of how you interpret this post – I say it is a simply brilliant and BRAVO to PUREX for this home run!   The curious me wants to know if PUREX did indeed see a bump in traffic with this viral post?  Share if you have knowledge!

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Olympics 2.0


Unknown-7I really am trying to be positive and enthusiastic about this years Winter Olympics. Afterall, the athletes, their families and coaches have all poured their heart and soul in to this opportunity of a lifetime.  Yet, I am less than enthused. Am I alone or do others share in my sentiment?

I love luge and figure skating.  I admire the athletes for their amazing talents – and yet I find myself going to HGTV or catching up on Downton Abbey instead.

 WHY?

I think it is because this year’s Olympics feel like a news story more than a sports story.  I keep waiting for some disaster to occur.  We have been warned of the many dangers for months and now I feel like I am waiting for “Breaking News” and it won’t be about any sport.  I hate feeling this way, but after conversations with others in my social circles I apparently am not alone.

So, what are your thoughts about this the Sochi Olympics?  And, while we are talking about Olympics consider learning  about a new “mental sport”  featuring  the #OlympicMoms and #OlympicDads. To learn more CLICK HERE. (and thanks to Wendy Young of KIDLUTIONS and Dr. Lynne Kenney, The Family Coach for sharing)

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