First Lady Tackling Childhood Obesity

It’s no secret among those who know me in real life that I’m a liberal Democrat, or that I absolutely adore First Lady Michelle Obama as a career woman, mother, wife, and fitness role model.

She just strikes me as authentic, and authenticity has come to mean a lot to me over the past few years.

And I absolutely love her big cause right now, fighting childhood obesity, because it is an epidemic that has impacted — and will continue to impact – our country, if we don’t take collective action to mitigate it now. Continue reading “First Lady Tackling Childhood Obesity”

Change I Can Believe In

obama20hopeChange is coming to America, and the world … you can just feel it in the air, can’t you?

Ok, I might be exaggerating just a smidge, but I think you’d have to be living under a rock not to know that today, our nation’s newest president will be sworn in. It’s a historic moment … and also an American moment.

Regardless of party affiliations and loyalites, it feels like, for the first time in a long time, much of America is on the same page with where we want things to go in this country: we want change. And, in typical American fashion, we want it STAT. (Ok, we wanted it yesterday).

I’d be lying if I said I wished I weren’t there amid the throngs of celebrants. Back in 2000, my senior year of college, my friends and our boyfriends (now husbands) all bundled up in the sleet and snow and went downtown to watch the swearing-in ceremony thanks to some awesome tickets scored by a friend working for a senator at the time.

(OK, full disclosure, I went to see President Clinton and that was it). Anyway, it was quite an incredible experience being there first-hand in 2000, and today’s Inauguration is going to be even more momentous.

Yet the 2000 Inauguration was the last pre-9/11 inauguration and the world has changed dramatically. Today, President Obama will inherit essentially something comparable to World War 2 and the Great Depression combined. Change isn’t just important; it’s essential to the future of our country.

But with change on the horizon (and believe me, I am sooooo excited to see a change of government!!) it’s important, too, to remember that any change doesn’t take place immediately. Continue reading “Change I Can Believe In”