In case you couldn't tell based on the title of this blog post, This week is Children's Hospital Week!
I'm so excited that MAO is participating in the 2nd annual Children's Hospital Week to raise awareness for Children's hospitals in local communities and to fundraise for said hospitals.
if you know me, you know CMNH is one of my first loves. The kids in these hospitals and their families are such resilient, incredible people and it's an honor to even be a small part of their lives.
To raise awareness for this week, CMNH is asking everyone to take a photo with a bandaid on, with the name of someone that means a lot to you or someone you know who was treated at a CMN hospital on the bandaid, and post that to social media!
If you want to watch the Facebook live I filmed with Erlanger Children's (my local CMN hospital) click this link here!
Thanks for keeping up with this rhinestone studded adventure, y'all.
All my love,
Today's the day!
March 2nd is Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss's Birthday!
State titleholders across the nation partner with CITGO to promote literacy initiatives in their home states for the entire "Read Across America Week"!
Additionally, local titleholders across America partner with this initiative during Read Across America Day by going into schools and reading our favorite Dr. Seuss Novels to children to encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning.
I had the pleasure of reading at several different schools in the Hamilton County / Chattanooga area today, and every single class was even more precious than the one before it, (but they were all so adorable how do you compare??)
I hope you all celebrated by reading your favorite novels, books, and poems and encouraged the children around you to do the same!
How cute are these KINDERGARTNERS i got to read with??
Thanks for catching up on my rhinestone studded adventures, y'all!
All my love,
What's that? You need another reason to purchase one of these adorable caps?
Well $2 from Every cap sold from Emmaline's boutique in Downtown Chattanooga goes to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and those funds stay local to my local CMN hospital of Erlanger!
If you want to purchase one of these baseball hats, click the link here!
if you want to generously donate to my CMNH fundraising campaign, click this link here!
Thanks for reading my rhinestoned ramblings, guys!
All my love,
It's the best fundraising Day EVER.
Who doesn't love getting a free short stack AND help make miracles happen??
(literally no one. everyone loves pancakes!)
So pop on by your nearest iHop and make your donation to CMNH and get your free short stack!
You just might see someone in a crown too!
Thanks for reading all about my rhinestone'd fundraising adventures, y'all!
All my love,
On Wednesday, March 7th, I will be traveling from Chattanooga, to our state's capitol in Nashville to make my voice heard and speak to our legislators about recognizing Alzheimer's disease as the public health issue that it is.
Learn more about why I'm going in the video below!
I hope you choose to join me and make your voice heard in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
Let's speak to our elected officials about how they can join us in the fight to #ENDALZ, because our #MemoriesMatter -- and so do the memories of the 110,000 diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
To join us or for more information about the day on the hill, click here, or visit www.alz.org/tn!
Thanks for keeping up with all my (purple) rhinestone studded adventures, y'all.
All my love,
Thanks for reading y'all,
Nothing feels good about failing at first.
Nothing feels good about falling short of a goal you’ve set for yourself.
Why would I ever in a million years espouse the idea that failure might be the very thing that pushes me towards success?
What crazy person ever thought that failure would be the healthiest thing for me?
I did. And I still do.
But I think that’s the really beautiful thing about failure.
Without failure and it’s crushing weight on our souls, after endeavoring for aspirations we’ve worked so hard and come so close to,
we wouldn’t know just how sweet success can taste.
I’ve made failure my friend, because without it, I’d never know how to get back up after being knocked down.
I’d never know why the goal was worth it, if I’d never failed before.
I’d honestly and truthfully have no appreciation for the goals I’ve set before myself if I hadn’t failed in my first attempts and attaining them.
Failure reminds me that even though the thing I want the most isn’t in my grasp, that it’s still within reach.
It reminds me that every time I fail, I’m still trying.
I’m still going.
And I’m not giving up.
Failure reminds me that I’m still moving forward.
Failure has become my friend.
Because without my not-so-easy-to-have friend, failure, I’d never know what true success can really feel like.
No one ever learned a single thing about life by getting knocked down and staying down.
It’s not from the failure that we learn, but what we have learned through the process of failing and in the act of getting back up again.
Getting back up hurts.
Getting back up means admitting that you aren’t where you want to be.
Getting back up means accepting defeat and moving on despite that.
Failure means they might know.
Failure means not only do you know that you didn’t achieve the goal but so does everyone watching.
There’s nothing easy about that.
I hope you remember that failure still means you’re trying.
That means you’ve kept going!
That means you got back up again despite whatever odds you faced today, maybe even just this morning.
So keep going. Maybe failure isn’t your friend yet. But I promise if it is your faithful friend already, in time, success will be your reward and confidant.
Thanks for reading my ever present internal, written down monologues and reflections, y'all.
P.S. I failed 3 times today before 8 A.M. But I also got great news about a database project. It’s all about balance right?
If you want to read one of my favorite articles on failure- click this link!
Those of you in the Chattanooga area may know about the UTC STEM Challenger Space Center,
but this is all new to me!
My inner science nerd side definitely came out today when I had the chance to be a part of this fourth grade's Mission Control operation,
where they learned how to launch rockets, operate a space ship, and so much more!
I loved getting to watch these kiddos take such an interest in STEM and Space Exploration, and I might have been a tad jealous that I didn't know about this when I was in elementary school!
I can't wait to come back soon for more STEM, Space Center fun!
Thanks for reading my rhinestoned wrap ups, y'all.
All my love,
Days like these remind me why I love what I get to do so much.
To be alive and breathing is such a precious gift, and not to be taken for granted.
I hope that every time I have the chance to step into a Children’s hospital that I can make just one child smile.
Sometimes it’s a lot to go home with some of the whispers you’ve heard, unspoken stories you’ve seen, and silent looks exchanged that mean more than a thousand words ever could have said.
If I can make one, just one, child’s day a little bit better by taking my crown off and placing it on their head (sometimes upside down) it’s all worth it. Every bit.
I hope you feel as passionate about Children’s miracle network as I do, and as adamant for cures and care for these children as every doctor and nurse in every CMN hospital does.
I hope my work helps make one life a little bit easier, a little bit changed for the better.
Because my goodness, how these children have changed my entire world.
Thanks for reading, y'all.
All my love,