Posts Tagged ‘life’

Going Red for Women

February 25, 2014

Go Red for Women logoThis Friday 400 women will attend an annual luncheon hosted by The American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease – the #1 killer of women in America. As the keynote speaker, I’ll be addressing “three shades of red” that can help you live life LARGE:

 1. RED is the color of passion

Is there something you’re passionate about? Family, golf, travel, work, chocolate? If you ask a stroke survivor they’ll say they’re passionate about living a healthy life. Don’t wait for an illness to start taking care of yourself. Work your bucket list NOW!

2. RED face embarrassment can
    be a great life lesson
Have you ever opened your mouth and inserted BOTH feet? Me too (big surprise, right?) Our words have the power to boost someone’s self esteem, encourage strength and instill confidence – or – destroy it all. Watch what you say and think before you speak!

3. RED stands for risk 

If you don’t take risks in life, you risk living a life of regrets. When are you going to take that trip, begin zumba classes, learn how to paint, join a club to meet new people? Staying in your comfort zone = mediocrity.

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Want More Happiness? Try This.

August 22, 2013
 

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        Jaden & Will Smith:     
     “Pursuit of Happyness”

Two funerals and a birthday in one week and I’m questioning life.

 Every August 20th I take an introspective look at what’s happened in the past year and ask myself:      Am I happy? 

 The answer is yes – most of the time (computer problems can kinda lead to a hissy fit) 

What about you? 

In doing research for a motivational speech, I read that one of the top 5 regrets of the dying is not spending enough time with friends and family. Studies show that time spent with friends & family makes a big difference in how happy we feel in general – even for introverts.

Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert explains:
“We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.”

A 72 year study of 268 men discovered that men who were thriving at age 65 had been close to a brother or sister when younger. It concluded that “the only things that really matters in life are your relationships to other people.”

 In other research it was found that relationships and how we help others were important factors in living long, happy lives. People that helped friends & neighbors tended to live to a ripe old age. 

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Furry friend
Leo the Lion
 
As I sit in contemplation on my birthday Number ??? I realize the reason I’m happy most of the time is because I’m blessed with wonderful people around me. Even though my real family is 12,000 miles away Down Under, the friends I’ve made here in Houston ARE my family. 

Color me happy and grateful.

You & George Clooney: Heart Throb or Heart Stroke?

February 20, 2013

Go Red for Women Montana standing front audience smiling

The American Heart Association’s fundraiser in Montana was a day to remember. Who needs 50 Shades of Grey? This was 350 Shades of Red!

February is heart healthy month. Did you know heart disease/stroke is the #1 killer of women in America – more so than cancer?

Being the keynote speaker for the annual Go Red For Women Go Red for Women logoluncheon in Billings recently was a real eye opener. The audience ranged from late 20′s – 50′s working professionals in banking, healthcare and the oil industry. The eye opener was how young the survivors were that shared their story of having a stroke.

Thirty-something year-old’s with babies aren’t supposed to have strokes.

We talked about being fearless: using passion and fear as tools to live a more fulfilling successful life NOW vs someday in the future. I shared the story of the worst day of my life laid off from my office job and how scary it was for a young womanTheresa at piano blue sequin jkt croppedliving far away from home. After grabbing an opportunity to play piano in a hotel for two weeks with no experience, a limited repertoire and a tummy full of nerves, I discovered a passion for performance that motivated me to tour the world on a piano bench ending at the 2006 Olympics.       Olympic Rings small                     

The worst day of my life became the best thing
that ever happened.

The young women that survived the strokes now have a passion for life like never before. They learned a big lesson: Take care of yourself first so you can take care of others.
          
What makes your heart throb? (besides George Clooney) George Clooney
Is there a small business you want to start? A destination you’d love to explore? A class you’d like to take?
Have you taken a step towards it? If not, why not?

All things come to those who wait.

So does death.

 

“Theresa made our Go Red For Women Luncheon a HUGE success with her energetic enthusiasm & uplifting performance!  Our attendees left feeling inspired about taking risks to succeed and really happy they attended our event.”

– Nina Hernandez,  American Heart Association