Harriet Jodi Levin’s Status Update Saturday, September 8, 2012. She writes:
My dear funny friend Allison Ziering Walmark posted an article a few weeks ago written by her friend Lauren Cahn Schoenfeld about surviving breast cancer. Because Allison posts the most fabulous and amusing things on FB , I felt compelled to read this article.
I got through the first few paragraphs, and there were too many similarities to ignore. I was inspired by this article and decided that is was possible that the lump I had found on my breast might be something. It was, and it turned out I had breast cancer.
Today thanks to Allison’s posting of this article, and her ” behind the scenes” love and support… I AM CANCER FREE!!!!!!!! I intend to stay that way with radiation and possibly a little chemo. Alison..you are my HERO!!! I owe you and Lauren my life..I really do. I always loved you, but now I am indebted to you FOR LIFE!!! xoxo
Allison Ziering Wallmark Replies:
When next you see me, I shall escape into a phone booth and don my fabulous “S” sequined shirt and even more fabulous cape! You did this one yourself, sweet friend! You’re the Superwoman!
[Read in Rod Serling’s VOICE] The power of Facebook. You never know when something you post will be the right message for the right person at the right time. Allison delivered a message that reached her friend when she needed to hear it most.
Miguel Ruiz says messengers are angels. Everyone is a messenger. Some operate on a higher vibrational frequency than others. They sense who needs what when.
Ruiz wrote the book, “The Four Agreements”. He asks that you think about what kind of message you deliver to people you love the most. Most importantly, what message do you tell yourself. He says deliver one of truth to yourself and others because truth exists without you. Especially in health.
People often ignore early warning signs. Symptoms will exist despite that. Truth exists without you. When a health article catches your attention –there may be a reason–a message for you. Don’t discard it. It could save your life.
Allison Ziering Wallmark is an angel. Thanks to her, Harriet Jodi Levin is cancer free and filled with gratitude. Another example of the power of Facebook. And friends. Connected by powerful brain waves. Transported with heart.
I am no longer alive when Miguel Ruiz writes “The Four Agreements” or the Fifth one. Or when Facebook or these two lovely ladies were born. That’s why you have just entered another dimension. The Health Zone.[cue music] -Maria Dorfner
“There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.” —Rod Serling
I uploaded a new photo to Facebook. It always catches me off guard when it pops up JUMBO size. I’m thinking, WHOA…
JUMBO shiny face.
It doesn’t bother me. It bothers other people. Okay, two. TWO people. My sister and my niece laugh and ask, “Why is your face so shiny?” in the same tone they ask, “Is THAT what you’re wearing?” right as I am about to dash out the door.
I don’t see the shine as a problem. But I caught the following headline from SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE, which brought back a stab of teenage angst:
“GET A SHINE-FREE FACE: Some things may look better shiny, but never your face!”
Maybe it IS a problem. Saturday Night Live would definitely file this under, “White People’s Problems.” That’s when you don’t have any, and start making s@%t up.
Well, SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE has some remedies. Apparently, I was too busy working at that age to flip through beauty magazines. I was into reading encyclopedias. My Dad refused to buy them. Salesmen sold them door-to-door back then. If you had them, you were rich.
My aunt & uncle must have been loaded because they had a complete A to Z set. So I ran around the block to their house every night to read them. My uncle nicknamed me, “Maria, Go Home.” I’d say, “NO! I’m not finished.” I had to read very fast. Clearly, he was annoyed at having to walk me home each night.
1976 was the worst. David Berkowitz went on a notorious killing spree in Brooklyn. That really cut into my encyclopedia reading. I had to wear a scarf on my head and SPRINT around the block because he was randomly shooting brunettes in the head. I was just a kid. Didn’t matter.
My genetic hair color made me look like a turkey out on Thanksgiving Eve. Then the New York Post released Generic Man sketch. I couldn’t even talk to anyone I knew without secretly thinking he was a killer. After awhile, I started looking at family members with a raised eyebrow. Where were YOU last night?
I digress. Back to shiny things. Below is my Facebook photo. Shinier than an NBA championship trophy. Did you think it was the one at the top of the page?
Below are thoughts from SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE readers who don’t have to worry about getting murdered. It’s fun reading their home remedies, as I can tell they are real and not from people being paid to tell you something works. Thank goodness beauty is more than skin deep.
Meanwhile, let’s look at that article to find out what teens do for their overproduction of oil because let’s FACE it –they have more time to CLEAR things up. Although, I’m a little concerned about Tiffany. And Shanniqua? You go girl.
GET A SHINE-FREE FACE
Some things may look better shiny, but never your face! Get an oil-free, healthy glow with these real-girl tips!
“My mom taught me to put rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and rub that on your face. It grabs oil and leaves your face shine-free — it works every time!” –Stephanie, 14, Melville, NY
“Clean & Clear oil-blotting sheets don’t clog pores, and after a couple of blots your skin goes from shiny to a healthy, smooth glow. Plus, a 50-sheet pack can fit anywhere, even the tiniest of purses!” –Danielle, 16, Vienna, VA
“Make a mask from eggs and sugar. It’s great for everyone!” –Haley, 15, Gastonia, NC
“Rub a drier sheet over your face right after getting out of the shower!” –Tiffany, 15, Boonville, IN
“Once a week, I mix the juice from an orange and some egg yolk and put it on my face for about 10 minutes. It sounds disgusting, but it totally works!” –Caitlin, 17, Toronto, ON, Canada
“Wear face moisturizer with a sheer powder on top of that. It keeps your skin shine-free for up to 10 hours!” –Krystal, 15, Havre, MT
“If I’m out and need to de-shine, I grab a toilet seat cover (unused!) from a public bathroom and use it like an oil-absorbing sheet. It works and it’s free!” –Shanniqua, 16, Ventura, CA
“Caress Body Soap dries up my skin a bit, and leaves my face not shiny or oily at all!” –Jenna, 15, Melrose, MN
“I mix baking soda and water and leave it on my skin for 10 minutes, then I rinse it and put witch hazel on. It makes my skin smooth and oil-free!” –Ashley, 14, Philadelphia, PA
“I use a light, gentle moisturizer every night. Keeping your skin hydrated (and clean) keeps your pores from producing oil.” –Rachel, 14, Rocky Hill, CT
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THE BOTTOM LINE IS WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH SHINE IS NOT BAD. DERMATOLOGISTS CALL IT “LUCK”. BEST KIND OF SKIN. So don’t sweat it if nothing works. I’m not. Healthy skin is a combination of good nutrition, exercise, plenty of rest, lots of hydration (water) and being a person of integrity. That means honesty when communicating. Also, be grateful your entire Summer isn’t ruined by having to worry about getting shot by a mad man.
ABC-TV is safe. Mark Cuban is safe. And so is Mr. Quiggly.
A start-up is a business or undertaking that has recently begun operation.
A Healthy Start-Up is one that has founders that make their mental, physical and spiritual health a priority. They know that if they are unhealthy, it infects the rest of their team and their company. The same is true if they are healthy. People emulate those they admire. If you’re a leader — you have the ability to influence others. Influence them towards daily healthy habits. Neglect your health. Neglect your company. Great leaders have already learned this valuable lesson.
Lead your team towards healthy habits. Build a healthy company.
Successful companies are built with a strong foundation. Think about it. If your own mind, body or spirit suffers, how can you possibly bring your best to team, employees, clients, customers, board or investors? The answer is you can not. Taking time to nourish those things daily is not selfish or time wasted, it’s actually selfless and time/energy gained to serve all the aforementioned best, as well as family and friends to bring life balance.
I believe Entrepreneurs need to think of their HEALTH as a BANK ACCOUNT.
Make deposits now.
Benefit later. Health is Your Greatest Wealth. Talk to any old rich person to confirm.
Here are 5 things you experience when working on a startup, which may affect health.
1. You will be excited. New start-up. Woo-hoo! I’ll work 24/7 on this!
2. You will get too busy to prepare meals. I’ll just order in a pizza. Again.
3. You will experience information overload and sit at a computer for hours on end.
4. You will get bummed out and not know why. (Refer back to #1, 2, 3)
5. You will get tired and have no time for family or friends.
REPEAT. WHAT GOOD IS IT WHEN YOU, THE FOUNDER, ARE NO LONGER AROUND TO REAP THE BENEFITS BECAUSE WHAT YOU’VE REALLY BUILT IS AN EARLY GRAVE. ALL 5 MAKE WITHDRAWALS IN YOUR ACCOUNT.
The good news is every day YOU get to decide which one you’ll do.
Your aim is to make DEPOSITS into what I call a HEALTHY START-UP ACCOUNT.
1. You will be excited.
You are running on adrenaline. Your dream team is in place. You have a great team in place. You have a vision. You’re executing on it. You’re making sales. You’re gaining traction. You’re meeting with potential investors. Exciting. So exciting you can’t sleep.
Tips to sleep: Create a dark area at room temperature (not too hot, not too cold) with a fan or quiet music (no gadgets!). Remember, you are excited and may be running off of adrenaline. But the same adrenaline will zap your energy and exhaust you if you don’t regulate your daily sleep. Set a regular time for turning in and try to get away from technology and relax your mind beforehand. Step outside, stretch, breathe.
SLEEP is a DEPOSIT. Repeat that with me. Sleep is a deposit into your Healthy Start-Up.
Here is expert advice from sleep specialists Dr. Kingman Strohl of University HospitalsCase Medical Center, Dr. Joe Golish of MetroHealth Medical Center, and Dr. Douglas Moul of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation:
Go to sleep an hour ahead of time. Same time. Every night.
Don’t just jump into bed — start your sleep ritual an hour or two ahead of time. And, this is crucial: Try to go to bed at the same time every single day. Discern what the best time for you is and go for that, consistently. Don’t tough your way through your sleepy hours and chance getting a second wind.
Avoid all stimulants.
• That means caffeine in any form (it’s OK to drink some in the morning, but not cup after cup after cup), watching TV, working out, doing anything online (the blue light given off by TV and computers have shown to be disruptive to the pre-sleep cycle), arguingwith a family member. Consciously cultivate peacefulness before bedtime. No alcohol before bedtime either (if you fall asleep, you’ll likely wake up again in a few hours).
• Let go of anxiety about going to sleep, and of worrisome thoughts. This isn’t easy, and it takes practice. “You can’t change the world,” Strohl says. “Remember that!” It’s okay to read an enjoyable, but not too stimulating book, which can take your mind off worries.
Lavender is surprisingly effective.
• Good sleep habits are imperative, says Strohl. It’s important to remember that everyone has insomnia at some point and hardly anyone falls asleep right away. We really shouldn’t, because it takes awhile for our bodies and brains to wind down. In fact, says Strohl, “If you are falling asleep within five minutes of your head hitting the pillow, then you are sleep-deprived.”
Cool, dark room with lavender mist.
Do things to create a supportive sleep environment: Make your room cool and dark, don’t have a TV or computer in it, spray a lavender mist on your pillow (it is supposed to be surprisingly effective for promoting drowsiness). If you still can’t fall asleep, get out of bed and read for a while in a chair or inanother room. When you get sleepy again, get back into bed. This way you won’t associate your bed with your inability to sleep.
What about herbs and supplements?
• Some people use melatonin, a dietary supplement available over the counter, to help them sleep. But be careful: the strength of it varies because the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate dietary supplements. Your doctor, however, can prescribe a melatoninlike drug (Rozerem orthegenericramelteon, a melatonin receptor) as an alternative. Some people say valerian, another herb, works for them, but doctors say studies have shown that might just be a placebo effect.
What about prescriptions?
• Try reconditioning your brain. If you are taking a prescription sleep aidand want to stop, start taking it with a glass of warm milk, Strohl says. Tell your brain the milk is making you sleepy. Then, after a week or two, just drink the milk. Your brain is highly suggestible, so this will work — you will establish the thought that milk is what makes you sleepy.
• If you decide to stop taking your prescription sleep medication, it’s best to do it on a weekend or when you have a couple of days off. You will toss and turn for a few nights, but, doctors say, your body will adjust. You have to be patient and give it a few days.
What about coffee during the day?
If you’re tired during the day as a result, beware of compensating with caffeine. As doctors point out, a regular cup of the coffee that we drink today (and it’s usually not a cup if you measure it out, but two or three) has twice as much caffeine as it used to. The same goes for energy drinks or caffeinated soft drinks. They will affect your ability to sleep.
I find it funny because I realize getting coffee away from people in Silicon Valley, NYC or any Urban Jungle is like getting shoes away from Imelda Marcos. Addictions to either (shoes or coffee) aren’t healthy. Period. One or two cups in the morning is fine, but most people crash mid-afternoon and reach for more.
It’s not going to be easy to stop drinking coffee if you’re addicted to it.
If it would completely stress you out to quit your coffee addiction right now, try taking breaks. Try white tea (15mg caffeine) vs. coffee (120 mg caffeine).
2. You will be too busy to eat right.
BREAKFAST, LUNCH and DINNER and spending time OUTDOORS are a DEPOSIT.
Remember when you wake up ready to go to work exclaiming you’re not hungry and just want coffee –that’s a withdrawal in a healthy company leader. That’s you. I’m a big fan of protein in the morning. Protein contains tyrosine, an amino acid that elevates the brain chemicals dopamine and norepinephrine. It makes you feel full too, so you don’t overeat. Protein keeps your metabolism steady. Two eggs in the morning. Ten almonds and water or tea mid-morning before lunch rolls around prevents rollercoaster highs and lows. If you can be outside –the fresh air will do you good. Breathe in the fresh air. If you’re in NYC, unless you can see trees, disregard. Also, whenever you have a meeting –if you can have it outdoors . If you can walk and talk (I always say, “Let’s be like West Wing…”) –even better. All healthy deposits in you and your team. Relaxing together eating a healthy and leisurely meal is wonderful too.
3. You will be on information overload.
MEDITATION is a DEPOSIT.
Emails, Meetings, Conferences, Phone, Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Trade Magazines, Trade Shows, etc. can drain you mentally. Take breaks. Once you do, you’ll take more of them because you’ll notice a positive difference in how you feel engaging in your real community instead of the on-line one.
Computers can be illusions. You won’t recognize when your inbox or online activity really looks like THIS. But you’ll feel it. Before computers, we could visually see when we were “swamped.” Now, it’s hidden. Ten thousand emails. Five are vital. Don’t sweat it. Set technical boundaries. Give yourself at least an hour each day when you are away from all electronic devices. The more, the better.
Whenever you stop to check in with the real you without devices —it re-energizes you. Just 3-minutes of meditating will make you more alert. I recommend doing so first thing in the morning when you wake and again at noon and 3 p.m. These mini-meditation breaks will energize you and keep you focused. Smile at and deep breathe. Breathe 10 seconds (count to 10 slowly) inhale and 10 seconds exhale.
Science and technology reporter, Daniel Sieberg wrote a book called, “The Digital Diet” I recommend. His 4-step plan to help you regain control, focus, and true connection in your life are as follows (but pick up the book for details):
Step 1//Re: Think:
Consider how technology has overwhelmed our society and the effect it’s had on your physical, mental, and emotional health. Step 2//Re: Boot:
Take stock of your digital intake using Sieberg’s Virtual Weight Index and step back from the device.
Step 3//Re: Connect:
Focus on restoring the relationships that have been harmed by the technology in your life.
Step 4//Re: Vitalize:
Learn how to live with technology—the healthy way, by optimizing your time spent e-mailing, texting, on Facebook, and web surfing in this book.
4. You will get bummed out. Meetings will get cancelled. Things may not move as quickly as you’d like. Frustrations at limited resources to compete will happen. You will get bummed out. That is why it’s so important for you to stay in top mental, physical and spiritual form. You will be able to overcome challenges when you are healthy.
On a daily basis, projects can pile on stress. Get up every 15 minutes and stretch or walk around. Exercise. Break it up into 15 minutes of activity if you can’t break away for longer. Walk. Run. Climb stairs. Breathe deeply. Repeat. Take breaks to get outside as often as you can during the day.
Be centered. Centered people do not react. When something happens outside of them –they can reflect on it. Anyone who reacts immediately in a highly emotional state isn’t centered. No good decision is ever made out of anger. Remember that. If you are going to run a company –your ability to remain calm and make good decisions is a must. It sounds odd, but you actually have to practice being calm. Test it out with family members. When someone says something that pushes your buttons –practice not reacting. Breathe. Observe. Don’t react. If you have to silently count to 100 inside. The situation may diffuse by the time you get to one hundred.
Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. John F. Kennedy
5. You will get tired. – Start back at #1.
In summary, don’t be one of those founders that brags and boats about not getting any sleep or living on coffee. It sends the wrong message to your team. Be a healthy example. Surround yourself with a healthy team. Build a healthy company or companies.
Consider this advice (some is the same) from local CEOs, published in SMART CEO Magazine.
Meditate: You don’t have to be a monk,
but ﬁnd that one activity that can
always relax you to re-center your mind.
Make it a plan: Schedule your activities
like you would schedule a meeting –
and don’t skip it. Personal time is just
as important as business time.
events and nonproﬁ t organizations
provides a great opportunity for teambuilding and giving back.
Deﬁne your goals: What do you want to
accomplish? Deﬁ ne it, and chase after
it. You’ll be more likely to succeed if you
have a vision.
It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. Mohandas Gandhi
I recommend a copy of Mark Cuban’s book. In one day, the slim under-100-page book, titled “How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It,” soared to the top of the bestseller charts at the big online book-buying sites, with particularly strong sales onAmazon, iTunes and Barnes & Noble.
Surround yourself with healthy, positive, can-do/will-do people. It makes a huge difference in execution, results, growth, success and being a healthy founder with a thriving, healthy company that values a balanced life and health as your greatest wealth.
Tonight, I spoke with Jennifer Flood, President of the Flood Sister’s Kidney Foundation, and she is thrilled that her non-profit, which she founded three years ago, is going international.
“When my sisters and I first helped my father get a kidney, we knew we wanted to help other people in the same situation, but we never dreamed how big it would get. We’re so excited it has grown so large.”
~Jennifer Flood, Founder & President, The Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation of America