It is Christmas week. How are you feeling? Time for a mental self reflection moment. This is a busy week even if you do not celebrate Christmas. The roads are filled with traffic of last minute shoppers, people going home, airport lines are full, grocery lines are full, mall shopping lots are full. How is your heart? How is your mind? If your mind feels as full as the sometimes craziness of this season, take time to close your eyes and listen to the music of your heart beat. Is your heart full? Gauge what is filling your heart. Is it full of love, excitement, joy, compassion? Is it full of sadness and fear? Is it full of both? You are here. We all give gifts to one another this holiday season both tangible and intangible, and remember when we give we can also become slightly drained. Nourish YOURSELF. Give yourself the gift of intangible and maybe a tangible item. Give yourself the gift of self love. Remember when we become too “full” and busy with those metaphorical lines and physical lines we can exhaust ourselves to have joy. Put your hand on your heart, feel that? Your heart beat is beating music from the creation of time. The blood that is beating through your heart is part of the same blood that beat through the son of God. You are such a gift. Your very presence on this earth is a gift. Merry Christmas week my friends. Thank you all for the music of your own heart beats as we move forward on this journey. #namaste The light in me (and the heart beat) is the light in you.
This Friday I am honored to speak to hundreds of students at the PEACEJAM Southeast conference at Florida State University. CAN I HEAR A “PEACEJAM?”
The PeaceJam Foundation is an international organization whose mission statement is “to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody. PeaceJam PeaceJam Southeast
A few more days of summer left and the need for blood is vital. http://www.redcrossblood.org/2015-summer During the summer months blood donor collection drops significantly. As we celebrate summer, we go on Vacations, races, and family bbqs. So much busy fun time happens in the summer, that people often forget to donate blood. People who need blood do NOT get a vacation from needing blood transfusions. When trauma or sickness strikes it is immediate and the only way lives can be saved is if selfless heroes are willing to donate.
Happy National Cycling Month.
This month is part of a national movement to bring awareness to cycling. This month I will be focusing on raising awareness about cycling safety with both cyclists and drivers. We must all follow one common rule on the roadways and that is RESPECT. Cycling is such an incredibly fun activity that provides so many health benefits, as well environmental and economical. Remember to wear brightly colored clothing when you ride. ALWAYS wear a helmet, and make sure you understand the rules of the road.
Lets make it a fun and SAFE cycling season.
It is here! Spring! It certainly has been a long winter. The snow in the north east has been consistent and BEAUTIFUL! Always reminded with every snowfall how powerful the silence of snow fall can be. We can learn so much when we listen to the silence and watch the earth become blanketed in white. Things become clean and covered with heavy snow, it is truly powerful. With the ground finally thawing and life starting to wake back up I am excited to share that my surgery countdown has begun (until Im “finished”). Since my December post, I had expanders removed and massive scar removal on my left side. January 2nd, brought another major surgery which lasted about 7 hours. I am still not able to run, however I am continuing to embrace this journey and much like spring my body is changing and growing with each new day. I do not have any races scheduled this season as my body is too altered medically to allow racing at this point (not that I RACED, rather PARTICIPATED since the trauma). In late January I was honored with receiving a Heroes award at the Society of Critical Care conference in Phoenix, AZ along with my trauma surgeons.
I hope by late summer that I will be able to start running again. We have been working on writings dealing with “Finding strength in Vulnerability”, and as I go through these vulnerable phases and find strength, I am honored to share them with you. I will be speaking again this spring and look forward to sharing with you. Please contact info@colleenkellyalexander if you would like me to come to your event. Happy Spring! Roll those shoulders back, breathe in that NEW SPRING air, and let your body and cells be fueled with LIFE!
Utmost gratitude and perseverance, Colleen
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The holidays are a critical time for blood donations. Every TWO SECONDS someone needs blood!
The New Years holiday time tends to run critical low blood supplies, so please consider donating on New Years Eve! Start out 2015 saving lives! You never know if the next life you save could be your own!
Happy Fall! I hope you are enjoying the change of season. Look outside. Be outside. Depending on where you live, you have the ability to experience the leaves letting go and falling to the earth. The smells have changed, the ground has changed. The air has a slight chill that permeates your being. Change is happening. In a few more weeks many of us will experience trees with out leaves, and some snow gently sprinkled on the ground. Winter will be among us. Life has so many awesome lessons to teach us when we look, listen, smell, and be. Think of your self as one of those trees that is losing its leaves. You are preparing to go into a season of strength building so in the spring you can burst forth with new shoots, and new growth. Life is pretty amazing. Look up at the trees, pick up a leaf, then recognize how awesome it is that we are so connected even through these changing seasons. I hope to meet you at an upcoming talk! I will be in Westport, CT on November 13th a THEORY for a Red Cross event.