The months of April and May have flown by and I kept meaning to update until the list of things I had to say grew far too long. As May comes to an end, I’ve got a few plans to try and stay on track better in June. More on that later, but first let’s play a little catch up!
My sister was here for almost two weeks to celebrate her birthday. There were many laughs and adventures and of course, many delicious meals! It’s crazy how two people can go from seeing each other almost every single day to only seeing each other a couple times a year. There are times where I miss my sister so much, but then I think about her and this awesome adventure she’s on and I wouldn’t change it for the world. She’s in Colorado now and loving it. I’m only slightly jealous…
My book addiction has gotten more than slightly out of control. I’ve been spending ridiculous amounts of money on books for my Kindle, which also means I’m absolutely overwhelmed by the list of books I now have to read. I’ve toyed with the idea of bringing book reviews to this blog, but I have so many books to read that I don’t even know where to start! Also, I admittedly read an embarrassing amount of “chick lit” and other fiction books that are more summer beach reads than thought provoking pieces. Perhaps I’ll bring books up as I find ones that truly speak to me and offer content that I feel would be helpful for you as well.
Prince Harry (yup, I’m going there.. but stay with me, this is important) was in the States for about a week promoting and overseeing an event called the Invictus Games, which made their debut in the United States this year. These games are tests of strength and endurance for wounded military men and women. Along with physical wounds, Prince Harry and the games have been trying to shed more light on the invisible injuries sustained by service persons, but really, by anyone.
Mental health struggles and bringing awareness to them is obviously something near and dear to my heart, so I am delighted that such a high profile person was here with not only a great event for wounded service persons, but also with an important message such as this: “To those of you watching Invictus Orlando at home and who are suffering from a mental illness in silence – whether a veteran or civilian, a mum or a dad, a teenager or a grandparent – I hope you see the bravery of our Invictus champions who have confronted invisible injuries, and I hope you are inspired to ask for the help that you need.” – Prince Harry #WeAreInvictus
The Invictus Games are headed to Toronto next year (Invictus Toronto), but the US has their own Warrior Games annually which is actually the inspiration Prince Harry used to create his Invictus Games. For more information on how you can get involved in supporting our wounded service men and women, check out the Department of Defense’s Warrior Games.
My group of inspirational women is still going strong! We have about 630 members now, with daily accountability and pictures of delicious meals everyone is making. One of my favorite things about the group is the beginning of what has been dubbed “Motivational Mail,” where we’ve been randomly sending snail mail gifts and words of encouragement out across the country. I have been the giver and the receiver and I couldn’t be more thankful for both aspects. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience that has brought so much fun and inspiration to my life. I have a feeling that a lot of this year is going to be shaped by the women in this group and the connections being made.
Speaking of connections made, I have had the pleasure of making a new local friend through connections within this group and we’ve been having all sorts of adventures. The journey has only just begun so stay tuned as we spend more time exploring Grand Rapids. Until then, I’ll leave you with a tasty treat from The Kitchen: