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Fraud Alert. Ok, maybe it’s a little like “impostor syndrome”

Fraud Alert. Ok, maybe it’s a little like “impostor syndrome”

Have you ever felt like you are an impostor or living a double life?

I often think my life resembles a superhero movie where I am portraying multiple characters with different personalities, costumes, makeup, masks and all.

Let me help to paint the picture for you… in one scene of the action movie I look like I am the cool, got-it-together Super Mom that even has been spotted wearing a red cape and boots. A “Supermom” that can make pancakes on Saturday morning, have dance parties in the living room, while also carving out time to help my son with his projects/ homework with immense enthusiasm for hours. That same “Supermom” can tackle the longest IEP Meeting in history with little effort, (a special shout out to my fellow special needs parents out there, God bless you!) then can transport the family to soccer practice and the grocery store in a single bound.

Scene two depicts me as a savvy business entrepreneur by day that can whip up a creative marketing plan like nobody’s business, while multi-tasking for hours on conference calls and attending events with the top industry leaders. Then in the final scene there is one action-packed moment when I fly away into the sky to put out another “fire” in the local press and social media community…all before lunchtime!

OK back on planet Earth it gets real! I feel like a total fraud on some days. An imposter mom, business professional and human. There are plenty of Saturday’s when the pancakes were burned to a crisp, the homework was never completed, the grocery shopping was never thought of, and there were certainly no “Supermom” crime-fighting action moments in sight. An imposter of sorts compared to what is posted on social media as the perpetual happy family and the “masks” that I often wear as a successful PR professional running a business consulting company.

As a blogger and self-proclaimed sales and marketing leader, I have failed to create ongoing content, felt less creative and inspired on some days, and I haven’t even mustered the energy to say yes to being a speaker at an event or on a live podcast in weeks.

Well guess what? We ALL have those days, weeks and even months. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started there have been less “Supermom” days than I would like and less of a desire to dominate the entrepreneurial community than I care to admit. But you know what? I put one foot in front of the other and continue to move forward one step at a time.

When we give each other support, grace and love, I know there will be brighter days ahead. Hey, maybe there will even be more “Supermom” moments in the near future. You may even get a glimpse of my red cape peeking out under my professional attire while on a Zoom Meeting.

I would love to hear about your “Supermom “or “Superdad” moments, as well as the real-life struggles that make us all human. It’s about understanding why you do what you do and continuing to moving forward.

Drop me a line sometime. We can all learn and grow from one another. We are all unique and different. That is what makes us special.

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Got Stress? 6 ways to lift your mood & spirit today!

Raise your hand if you ever feel stress or have suffered with a high level of anxiety in the last 3 months? If you said no, I am not sure you are being truthful with yourself or maybe you live solo on a tropical island.

In a recent poll, I have found more than 98.5% of people have felt a high degree of stress/anxiety and even depression as it relates to family, home-schooling, health, finances and our current political climate. I am honestly surprised it wasn’t 100%!

If I am being transparent, I have been overly stressed/ anxious/depressed/moody and certainty not the best version of myself lately. It’s been incredibly hard to focus on my freelance business, staying creative with kid’s summer activities 24/7, keeping an upbeat mood with my family during this isolation period and creating a sense of peace and joy in my spirit during these troubling times.

The world is a challenging place right now, with the widespread health pandemic of COVID 19 and the economic and political conditions our country and world is facing. At every turn, our lives seem shaken to the core with no relief in sight! Then I remember that God is greater than ALL of this and I need to keep on sailing on in the mist of the storm.

I started thinking about how I can change my mindset even if I can’t control the current state of the world. I have incorporated a few simple tips to lift my own snarky and anxious mood. I remembered a few oldies but goodies and have tried a few new ones to help lift my mood and spirit. Hopefully some of these will help you too!

6 ways to lift your mood & spirit today!

  1. Keep a Blessings Journal (I stretch myself to think of at least 10 positive things that I am grateful for on a down day)
  2. Light a candle and pray for others (there is always someone that is worse off and in need of prayer)
  3. Use essential oils to enhance mood (my 3 favorites are Lavender, Peppermint and Lemongrass)
  4. Limit negative media content (news, social media books, or movies)
  5. Try to turn off all electronics 2 hours before bedtime!
  6. Yoga/ Mediation/Exercise (pool time in the summer is fun for the entire family)

What have you added to your daily or weekly schedule that has made a difference in your mood or spiritual life? I can’t wait to hear. Please share!

Heart Health Matters

It’s International Women’s Day Today 2020. Did you know there is even gender inequality when it comes to coronary heart disease?

Can you guess what the leading cause of death among women is? Scary but true.

Research done by the British Heart Foundation reveals a surprising statistic: coronary heart disease kills twice as many women as breast cancer in the UK.

According to Harvard Medical School, within a year of a first heart attack, survival rates are lower in women than in men. Within five years, 47% of the women may die, develop heart failure, or suffer from a stroke – compared with only 36% of the men who have suffered a first heart attack.

Understand the Signs and Take action. Your Life or Someone You Know Could Be at Stake!

  • chest pain or discomfort that happens suddenly and persists, like pressure, tightness or squeezing
  • pain can then spread to the left or right arm or to the neck, jaw, back or stomach 
  • sickness, sweating, light-headedness or shortness of breath
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea
  • sudden anxiety similar to that of a panic attack
  • excessive coughing or wheezing
  • As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

Even when the signs are subtle, the consequences can be deadly, especially if the victim doesn’t get help right away.

‘I thought I had the flu’

Even though heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, women often chalk up the symptoms to less life-threatening conditions like acid reflux, the flu or normal aging.

“They do this because they are scared and because they put their families first,” Goldberg said. “There are still many women who are shocked that they could be having a heart attack.

A heart attack strikes someone about every 43 seconds. It occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. This happens because the arteries that supply the heart with blood can slowly narrow from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances (plaque).

Watch an animation of a heart attack

A decline in the natural hormone estrogen may be a factor in heart disease increase among post-menopausal women. Estrogen is believed to have a positive effect on the inner layer of artery wall, helping to keep blood vessels flexible. That means they can relax and expand to accommodate blood flow.

Another great resource is https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/consumer-healthcare/what-is-cardiovascular-disease/menopause-and-heart-disease

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Preventing heart disease..

It’s important to educate yourself and to take measures now.

1- Don’t Smoke!

2- Keep a health weight

3- Reduce stress!

4-Eat right- Choose healthy food and beverages

5- Exercise (move your body)

I thought it was important to share this topic because knowledge is power, especially on International Women’s Day. We need to look out for one another.

Helping to Save Lives Every Day!

This organization is helping to save lives every day! I have been super impressed with the leadership team and how much they care about their company, job, team and their OPO “partners” in the industry.

I am fascinated by the gift of organ donation, transplant partners, medical advancement and the teamwork it takes to complete a difficult, life-saving mission. Each second counts! I am humbled by the men and women that risk their lives every day as emergency rescue workers- That choose to make a difference in the lives of others. Thank you to each ONE of YOU!

Laurel Pendle – LPBC Services

For Immediate Release

Trinity Air Medical Appoints Vice President of Operations, Donna Smith and Vice President of Strategy & Partner Relations, Scott Wunsch

Industry experts are expected to grow organizational efforts with OPO’s and transplant programs nationally.

(Tempe, AZ) Trinity Air Medical is pleased to announce the appointment of two key leadership positions to the organization, vice president of operations and vice president of strategy & partner relations. These two newly created positions are expected to increase operational efficiencies and provide exceptional customer service. “The addition of Scott and Donna demonstrate our commitment to align our services for our transplant partners,” according to Seth Bacon, CEO of Trinity Air Medical.

Trinity Air Medical was established in 2012 and was created to solve the challenges of medical logistics and transportation. Today, Trinity Air Medical has grown to 45 employees, who work exclusively with Organ Procurement Organizations (OPO’s) and transplant centers around the globe. Trinity Air Medical is a nationwide leader for organ and medical team transportation services.

Trinity Air Medical is pleased to welcome Donna Smith, Vice President of Operations who joined the leadership team in September with 20 years of expertise in the organ donation and transplantation field. She is a registered nurse and received her Master of Nursing and Organizational Leadership degree from Walden University.

Smith recently served as vice president of organ operations at LifeGift, one of the largest organ procurement organizations in the country. Smith has served on various national committees in an effort to improve systems and processes.

In her current role as vice president of operations, she will oversee the day-to-day operations and logistics for Trinity Air Medical based in Tempe, AZ. Smith said, “I am excited to join the team at Trinity Air Medical and will look to bring my years of institutional experience, leadership and a collaborative spirit to carry out the mission of saving lives.”

Scott Wunsch, Vice President of Strategy and Partner Relations joinedthe leadership teamin September 2018 and has successfully worked alongside the donor and transplant community for over 20 years. Seth Bacon, CEO stated “Scott brings a wealth of experience to the organization and an intense desire to improve organ donation and transplant efforts. He is an advocate for the transplant community and will be instrumental to the leadership team at Trinity Air Medical.”

Prior to arriving at Trinity Air Medical, Wunsch spent 13 years at LifeCenter Northwest in Seattle, Washington as their vice president of clinical operations.  He also sat on the AOPO Standards Committee and was a site surveyor to ensure OPOs were following industry best practices. Wunsch holds a bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University and a master’s degree from Grand Canyon University. 

Wunsch stated, “Joining Trinity Air Medical has been an exciting professional transition.  Working in the OPO and transplant community for the past 13 years has always been a privilege and I’m excited to continue to be working closely with the hundreds of professionals that are working tirelessly to save lives on a daily basis.  Since joining Trinity Air Medical, the company has seen exceptional growth and we are excited to continue to grow in the months and years ahead.”  His new leadership role is providing business strategies and organizational growth for Trinity Air Medical across the nation. In January 2020 he will serve on the Leadership and Innovation Council with The Alliance.

About Trinity Air Medical

Trinity Air Medical is a healthcare company that specializes in coordination of transplant teams and donor organs safely and efficiently. Our primary goal is to ensure every organ is maximized for transplantation. Timely organ movements and transplant team transportation are the critical links for donors and those lives that are left in the balance. Trinity Air Medical works in synchronicity to ensure the highest level of Safety, Reliability, and Accountability. We strive to be your trusted partner and provider and help fulfill life-saving missions. For further information please go to https://www.trinityairmedical.com/ or call 1888-977-9772. All Media/ Press please call 480-382-6382

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Living “In the Moment” is a Challenge I know…

Living “In the Moment” is a Challenge I know…

I struggle as much as the next person to be present in THE moment. Mindful of the Here and Now. I get it! It’s tough with the advancement of technology, and the ever-present cell phone glued to our hips. Smart Phones, laptops, book readers, gaming devices, notebooks, I-Pads… You get the picture.

Have you ever mistakenly forgotten your cell phone and then half way to the office you had to drive back home? It is that sudden, heart racing, gut wrenching feeling that you may miss something really important (the latest social media update- kidding of course!) client call or even that emergency phone call from your child’s school? I know, I have been there more times than I can count.

What surprises me the most is the vast number of people who have a digital device plastered to their face while driving, walking, sitting, eating and YES even hiking. I am often blown away with the lack of authentic human connection that we all seem to have, even when another person is looking at us from across the counter or sitting beside us at the same table at lunch.

Earlier in my week I decided to detach from my many tech devices so I could get moving outdoors! My goal was to take a scenic nature hike close to home, so that I could “UN-plug” from the world over my lunch break. My intent was to leave my cell phone in the car, but to my surprise I couldn’t bring myself to do it, in fear that there would be an emergency and I would need it. I decided to keep it in my backpack so I could focus on the mountains, wild life and any beauty that I stumbled upon.

To my amazement I could not find ONE single person that did not have a cell phone in hand or were not glued to their mobile device while hiking (I must have come across over 75-100 people during my observation). One person almost walked off the side of the mountain because they were not focusing on the path directly in front of them. How often do we do this in life? Could it be forgetting to be “in the moment” at the checkout counter and not acknowledging the cashier in front of us with a simple hello, or by failing to unplug when your spouse or child needs you in some way? Guilty as charged for me too! Instead of saying, ” just a minute” to my child when I am busy on my device, I want to be more present to provide that instant human connection so that he knows he IS valued and what he says IS important to me. I am a constant work in progress.

My observation taught me that I want to be more aware of the precious human connections around me, and to strive to live “in the present moment” more each day. I discovered I want to take steps to be more mindful by making eye contact with strangers, giving more smiles, offering kind gestures and providing more genuine compliments. Kindness if free people!

How can we all be more present in our daily lives? I would love to hear your suggestions.