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Mondays get a bad reputation. We groan over them, grumble about getting up for work, even songs are written about them: “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down…” But Mondays are great, because they bring with them an opportunity to make THIS week better than the last. It’s a shiny new start that arrives every seven days. So, Happy Monday, Arizona!

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Social media sites are a great way to stay in touch with friends. Sites like Facebook allow you to share in someone’s life, even across the planet. It’s pretty remarkable, when you think about it: long lost friends have been reunited, connections have been made,  and countless online communities have sprung up, each geared toward bringing together people with common interests: Photography, cooking, sports, parenting…you name it, there’s a Facebook group for it.

But with as wonderful as sites like Facebook can be, they can also wreak havoc on one’s self esteem. Take the following status, for example:

“I just ran 12 miles and now I’m off to make a 10-course gourmet meal while my children play happily in the backyard. Oh and look, I lost another 5 pounds!”

Embellished posts like these can be a little disheartening when the closest you got to exercise today is wearing sweat pants, just ordered take-out pizza and had to referee your own children whose voices reached ear shattering levels over a toy they both wanted to play with at the same time.

If you’ve found yourself reading Facebook status’ and comparing your life to the seemingly perfect lives of those in your newsfeed, you’re not alone. Most of us have.  Just remember that what you are reading is just a tiny slice from the highlights of someone’s life; highlights that are often made to sound as wonderful as possible.

So enjoy social media for the all the good it brings, but remember that there’s no such thing as a perfect life…unless it’s on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

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There is nothing like a brand new box of Crayons.

I’ve been an adult a long time and I still get excited when I open a box: each crayon standing at attention like a colorful soldier ready for a child’s hand. And with so many colors, it’s difficult to pick a favorite. I was always drawn to Perwinkle-that lovely purply blue. It reminded me of the color of the horizon, where the ocean meets the sky.

As a kid, I didn’t think much about the significance of a box of crayons; like most children, I was too busy coloring a masterpiece. But, as an adult, I marvel at the colors.

Some are quiet, like “Sea Green,” and “Cotton Candy.”
Some are bold, like “Electric Lime” and “Atomic Tangerine.”

And they all coexist under one lid, in one box, because although different, their differences are valuable. You couldn’t color the ocean if every color in the box was pink.

I think people are a lot like crayons.

Some are quiet
Some are bold
Some sit in the front row of the box
Some the middle
Some the back

But no matter where they are in Life, each is necessary and each important. And each has their own story to tell and their own page to fill with their unique color. After all, no one crayon can create a masterpiece; you need the whole box to make it beautiful.

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It’s good to CELEBRATE. Not just the milestone accomplishments, but all the many steps along the way, for each step forward is worthy of applause.

Join with us for the Cottonwood Recovery Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 20th at Garrison Park. We’ll have live music and free lunch while we celebrate the spirit of recovery as a community. Hope to see you there!

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For many of us, our day doesn’t start until we pour that first cup of coffee, so it’s only right that a beverage so widely consumed should receive a month dedicated to its recognition.

August is National Coffee Month and a great time to talk about the benefits of this rich, brown beverage enjoyed by 83% of Americans. For years, we heard about only the risks involved with coffee consumption: increased risk for ulcers, anxiety, insomnia, etc… But researchers have found that, consumed in moderation, 2-3 8oz cups a day, studies have shown that coffee may possibly contribute to increased health benefits, such as lowering a person’s risk for heart failure and lowering a woman’s risk for cancer.  This is great news for coffee drinkers, however, don’t expect coffee to be prescribed by your physician any time soon, for while there are certain benefits, there are risks involved as well. As with most things, the key is moderation and, as always, checking with your doctor as to whether coffee consumption will interfere with any medical conditions you are experiencing.

So if you love your coffee, raise your cup in a toast to the benefits!

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