30 October 2015

My Letter to Florida State Senator RE Guns on Campus

Dear Senator Tom Lee, I'm writing to express my concern over SB 68: Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms and CS/SB 300: Weapons and Firearms. As a USF student, and voting constituent, I am concerned for my safety, and the safety of my fellow students. I feel that my safety is put in jeopardy by allowing deadly weapons on campus.

03 August 2015

How I Raised $600 for Planned Parenthood Arizona

I could have easily titled this post, "How I Cut My Hair and Beard and Cried Myself to Sleep for Weeks Afterward" but the truth is that I recently underwent a project to practice philanthropy. At this point I closely resembled a Jesus and many of my friends, family, and colleagues regularly commented for me to "Stop being a god damn hippie and cut your hair." Inspired by the film "Mansome" I decided to drastically change my personal appearance and advocate on behalf of a nonprofit.

photo by K.L. on Flickr

I chose Planned Parenthood Arizona because I could relate to its mission:

Planned Parenthood Arizona promotes and protects every person’s freedom and right to enjoy sexual health and well-being, to make reproductive choices, and build healthy, strong families.

And as I would later learn, had benefited directly from their work.

Six hundred dollars may not be a whole lot of money for an organization that has over $12 million in revenue but I'm glad that I got to do my part, raise a little bit of money, and engage people in a conversation about health and wellness.

Check out the Tumblr site I set up to track the fundraising progress here: http://shearchoice.tumblr.com/

Donate to Planned Parenthood AZ here: http://shearchoice.tumblr.com/donate

01 April 2015

What have I got to show for 946,684,800 seconds?

Some people think the world owes them something on their birthday. I disagree. The world doesn't owe anyone anything. It just is.

Recently I celebrated a birthday. It was nice. There was music, dancing, cupcakes, and booze. During this celebration of time, my friend asked me something like, "What are your goals for the next ten years?".

Birthdays are a terrific opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments and set new goals. I do this type of reflection and future creation regularly so I responded with a short list:

  • Run a marathon
  • Earn a PhD

These are fun and exciting goals and given their importance to me I also want to share good things with people like you. Things that may improve your life. Things like Dr. DeFoore's Goodfinding Newsletter.

The idea behind goodfinding is to actively seek out good; this will allow the mind to create excellent health, great relationships and lasting success. This newsletter is a monthly opportunity to practice goodfinding in your personal life.

Read more here: http://www.goodfinding.com/goodfinding-newsletter.html

It seems fitting that I close this out with a quote from one of my favorite writers:

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
-Henry David Thoreau

18 March 2015

My Letter to Dr. Pepper to Stop Advertising Soda to Kids

Dear Mr. Young:

Please stop marketing Sun Drop, Crush, and other sodas and sugary drinks to kids 14 and under through advertising, advergames, and the use of child-oriented characters.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group should adopt a comprehensive policy on marketing to children. One way you could demonstrate your sincerity about protecting children is by joining the Council of Better Business Bureaus’ (BBB) Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI).

Please let me know if you’re willing to protect children from sugary drink marketing.

Send your own letter here: http://ow.ly/KiG12

17 March 2015

Will you stand with me to help end campus sexual assault?

Please join me and the thousands upon thousands who have added their name to support crucial legislation to help end sexual assault on college and university campuses.


It’s a fact: 41 percent of colleges and universities recently surveyed had not conducted a single investigation of sexual violence on their campus in the past five years. Not a single one.

And research shows that 90 to 95 percent of rapes on college campuses are committed by fewer than 5 percent of the male students.

Too many universities and colleges refuse to acknowledge the problem – leaving survivors of sexual assault to face untrained administrators, convoluted disciplinary proceedings, and a culture that too often lays the blame on survivors.

This is a solvable problem and you can take action today to help end this epidemic on our college campuses.

The bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act will ensure schools take proactive steps to protect their students and rid their campuses of sexual predators. Will you add your name and demand Congress take action to end campus sexual assault and pass the Campus Accountability and Safety Act?

10 March 2015

My Letter to AZ Governor Ducey on Cutting $104 million from State Colleges and Universities

I am writing to you today to express my disappointment in your proposal to cut $104 million from Arizona colleges and universities. Funding higher-ed is a key part to ensuring that Arizona can sustain a successful economy for decades. This news is disparaging and I am deeply concerned with the consequences that this will have for our state and community.

06 January 2015

Rehefitness Newsletter - Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating


Very simply, to eat mindfully is to pay full attention to the experience of eating.


Why not? There are many benefits to mindfulness practice (Davis and Hayes, 2012).
  •     stress reduction
  •     boosts to working memory
  •     focus
  •     less emotional reactivity
Apply that same practice to eating and benefit from an enjoyable meal (Bays 2009).


This is actually a very easy thing to do.
Be curious and pay full attention to the meal.
Savor the intricacies of flavor and texture. Sip your coffee / tea / wine / beer / juice / etc. Pay attention to the colors, smells, and flavors. Maybe say out loud what you like about the food. Ask others what they like about the meal.
Commit to pay full attention to your meal for five minutes. See what happens.

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