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Each February is American Heart Month, a month dedicated to maintaining or bettering one’s health through paying attention to their heart to protect against America’s number one killer, heart disease. This month has always been about hearts, largely in a romantic connotation, but the American Heart Association is celebrating the 57th annual Heart Month. February was adorned with this honor in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, nine years after his own heart attack.
We’ve finally made it to 2021! After a hellish year behind us, it feels as though we’re prepared to take on whatever we may face in this new year. The fresh start of New Year’s is often associated with a new and improved diet, exercise regimen and maybe even a new hobby to occupy our extra time. While more leafy greens and painting are certainly great resolutions to implement and keep, integrating more philanthropy into your life may be the change you need.
December is finally here. Our snowbird friends have joined us for the winter, and we’re buckling in for various holiday celebrations and bracing ourselves for the continuance of dropping temperatures. You may have started planning out your month between finances, travel and managing the dwindling hours of sunlight in order to stay organized during the jolliest time of the year. You might also be wondering what would make a perfect gift for that one person (or people) that seem to be impossible to shop for.
November has always been a favorite month of mine. Growing up in the Midwest, it always meant that the weather was officially set for cozy holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and the new year. The cold November rain that Axl Rose so passionately described is in full affect, making it perfect weather to curl into a plush throw blanket and pick up that psycho-thriller novel you’ve been working on for, well, too long.
With autumn well under way, October promises cooler temperatures for Floridians and the hope for less rain than September gave us. Not only does the weather begin to make its seasonal pivot, but this month means the start of the rich, cozy holiday season—starting with Halloween, or Día de Muertos for those practicing Mexican culture, moving to Thanksgiving and finally December’s family-oriented holiday celebrations.
My most comforting memories involve family, specifically time spent with my grandparents. When I was younger, I would spend a weekend here and there at their house. My grandma would pick me up on a Friday from my parents’ house and we would go to our local Meijer. I would “help” her do the grocery shopping for the week.
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