Day 25 – Boy Donates Hair

For Day 26, I want to reblog a post from Theresa at

I love what this boy did …

Soul Gatherings

He endured being called a girl, playing sports with waist-length hair and attracting disapproving looks from adults — all for a child in need he’s never met.

Eight-year-old Christian McPhilamy grew out his blond hair for more than two years so he could donate it to kids who have lost their locks. The mission ended with success last week after an epic haircut.


His mom Deeanna Thomas is still awed by his determination.

“Christian has such a huge heart,” Thomas, who lives in Melbourne, Florida, told TODAY Parents. “I don’t even know if there are words to describe how proud I am of him.”

“It’s definitely inspiring to see kids starting so young with wanting to help and do good deeds,” said Christine Wong, COO of Children With Hair Loss, the charity that received Christian’s hair. Wong estimated only 1 in 50 donations to the organization come from boys.


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Day 9: Buy Me A Pie

During a 5 mile walk yesterday with a friend I explained my forgetting issues (reread yesterday’s blog because I forgot what I wrote.) She laughed and told me about an app she has on her phone to help her remember her grocery items. It’s called Buy Me a Pie. Yup — “Buy Me A Pie.” I downloaded this app on my phone (which I always have with me in the store) and filled it with items I usually buy as a way to jog my memory when I am in the store. It has the look of a shopping list and once I purchase an item, I can cross it off and it goes to the bottom of the list until I add it the next time.

I downloaded the free app but you can also get one with no advertisements and other sweet features.   I’ll give it a try and see if it helps me remember that ONE (or more) item I wanted to purchase.

morning walk with debI suppose that’s the fun part of walking with someone – sharing things that I’ve learned, learning from someone else as a way to connect to something bigger than my tiny world.

Today I received a photo from my friend that she took during her morning walk. She said, “I pretended you were here …”

Enjoy the photo and feel free to send me photos of your walk, hike, bike ride or the place you go where you feel the most energy!

Hugs to you all!


Check out the Buy Me A Pie app . Let me know what you think!

Choosing Sanity: Flexibility

I read about a 31 day challenge that forces me to choose a topic and blog about it. I decided to blog about 31 ways to improve your mental health in this glorious month of October but I was unable to get into the challenge by the deadline date. So, here I am with a great topic and every intention to follow through on my own.

Tip #1 – Be flexible. As you can see, I’ve already altered my original goal, refocused my work and am moving forward. Flexibility is key to a good state of mind. The alternative is rigidity which can be pretty painful in a world where change is the norm.

Looking at the Grand Tetons in Felt IdahoI believe flexibility is an art. It allows one to bend like a willow but still be rooted when it matters.

Adventure comes to the person who is standing with arms wide open!

Staying open to adventure, getting out of your comfort zone and taking risks (even itsy-bitsy risks count) helps us learn new things about ourselves.

What kinds of risks?

  • Talking to a stranger
  • Writing to an author
  • Wearing something different (new hairstyle, new cologne/perfume, bold colors)
  • Accepting a challenge
  • Saying no to a request
  • Asking a favor

When the ‘little things’ happen – like getting stuck behind a train, losing the car keys, an unexpected visit, a long line in the grocery store, how we respond to these events can make or break us. In the big picture, they don’t matter. Ok, in the small picture, they don’t matter either when you have a flexible attitude.

And of course, this flexibility allows me to sign up for a 31 day challenge when it’s 5 days underway and then realize I’m already out of that loop.  Yes, some would stop here and walk away. Really?

It’s about the challenge of finding fascinating topics to share with you during the course of this month. It’s about writing more in this lovely blog.
It’s about learning as I write.
And sharing as I learn.

I hope you stay tuned and enjoy the ride!