I am a child psychiatrist with specific expertise in Youth Mental Health and Parenting. I publish a blog about those topics every Monday. I also publish book reviews on Friday.
While these are often about books on mental health, medicine and parenting, sometimes I just write about great books I’ve read. I am writing my own parenting book based on a parenting program that I’ve designed. I have spoken about parenting at conferences nationally and internationally.
Our blog is about giving people small tips that can make a big impact on their health. Small lifestyle changes that they can live with.
Our focus: We only provide health and fitness information, articles, and stories. We do not endorse diets, pills or quick fixes. And our articles, exercises, tips, recipes, and product suggestions are related to fitness and health. You won’t find unrelated articles or products for sale (unless the ads are with WordPress – we can’t control those).
And, since exercises normally take a few tries to get right, in case someone is away from a computer or phone, all of our exercises are formatted for printing. That way, if you go to the gym or travel, you only have to print your favorites for reference. Here is an example of one of our most popular workouts: Flexibility workout plan
I actually do this exercise at 5am every Monday and love it! It’s quick and easy.
My inspiration for Professionals Health Connection was two-fold. Firstly, I had a high-stress job that required 12-hour days and some weekend work. By sitting at my desk all day, I began to gain weight and the aches and pains from the constant typing and mouse use was beginning to take its toll.
To help the situation, my husband and I joined a gym and as a present, he signed me up for a trainer (at the time I had no desire to get a trainer).
After just 5 training sessions, and about a month of going to the gym, my ‘mouse’ arm wasn’t hurting anymore, and other aches and pains were becoming more manageable. I also began to feel better mentally. In other words, my stress was becoming more tolerable.
And second, being in the technology field, I always wanted to learn more about websites and how people share information. With that thought in mind, I set to learn more about blogging and found WordPress.com (which I highly recommend!)
Since these two activities were going on simultaneously, I had the idea that I would share what I was learning about being active – what I call my ‘body 1.01’ information. So shortly after I married the two – I could have my new exercises and workouts available always available – and I could share it! Voila now that made sense! That made it so much easier for me to form new exercises and workouts and share them at the same time. So, with the hopes it would help people that found themselves in a similar situation: lots of sitting work and not enough activity, I launched Professionals Health Connection.
As a side benefit of all that exercise, I started asking questions about nutrition. I had (and still have) questions that I’m sure everyone thinks about at one time or another, so I share my research on those too. I also have a trainer in the family as well as a best friend who was a PE teacher to provide topic ideas, assist with research, and critique as needed.
My blog “What Define’s Me ?“ is a personal tale of my struggles and triumphs. Of a mom who has had her share of battles ranging from cervical cancer to being the victim of domestic violence.
I started my blog three years ago in hopes to have a voice. Being a submissive wife for many years left me without one. I was unable to verbally stand up for myself. I made a promise to never reread or correct my thoughts. To never question whose feelings I may hurt but to simply get my own feelings out. To let myself know it was okay to speak up and to defend myself.
I share of my new found love and how it has uplifted me in many ways! I share of our journeys and adventures. I sometimes share of my cooking experiences as that is what I am skilled at.
After years working in healthcare, I retired as a nurse practitioner to be a full time writer, co-author, and blogger. From the blog’s beginning in 2014,Before Sundownhas been honored with awards, and blog tours. I’m ever grateful, and appreciative of dedicated worldwide followers who like, comment, share and tweet posts.
I started the blog to connect with other bloggers, and in a way to learn more about writing. I also wanted to support other bloggers, friends and family by writing blog posts about them, their books, interests, professions and travels.
The collections of sunsets/sunrises on the Welcome page came from bloggers all over the world. I wanted visitors to remember what made you smile Before Sundown. What better way then to offer breathtaking sunsets or sunrises? A monthly featured sunset continues.
Book excerpts can be found as permanent pages on the blog’s menu section. I’m writing Sunset Inn, a fiction book based on real events and people, and made up events and people. My favorite made up person is Eric Herrmann, a Jewish medical doctor, who is the main character Elizabeth’s “beau.” He’s the biggest help in Elizabeth’s search to uncover her famous real grandfather’s secret life in Germany, the theme of the book. Just so you know, Elizabeth is the real me. With all the grandfather research and historical parts, the story just needed a sparked up nurse/doctor romance.
Fun Facts About Me
I’m old as dirt, born in the late 1930s, and plan to live beyond the 100-year mark.
I love whimsy and humor, something I try to interject into blog posts and writing.
I modeled for an Illustrator Photographer as a teenager, and was featured on east coast billboards; Give Life a Lift in West Palm Beach – Tropical Florida’s First Resort. I had jet-black hair and violet eyes, just like Elizabeth Taylor.
I published poetry years ago, and that led me to write “free rein for the brain” fiction.
I attended the same university as my sons, and at the same time. I also knew their girlfriends there (now wives). I was an honorary Frat Mom, and a designated driver.
I lived in Italy, Greece and Japan (5 years in each country). The highlight, traveling and skiing the Matterhorn (Italian Alps), and ski slopes in France, Austria and Switzerland.
I was a tech challenged blogger at the beginning in 2014, and I “learned by fire” how to put the WordPress site together and keep it “blazing” with published posts, and The Sunrise and Sunset Photo Gallery.
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Serve, in many ways, as an aid to my bipolar disorder recovery– I wanted to discipline myself to write on a regular basis, preferably as many week days of the year as possible. So often with bipolar disorder, energy, motivation, and concentration are issues. To be able to fulfill an assigned responsibility with regularity is great preparation for getting back to a normal life.
I also wanted to expand my thinking beyond my illness. Way too often, mental illness becomes too much of a daily focus. I had many interests and loves before my illness consumed me. It was time to revisit them, and explore new ones, too. Reading other peoples’ blogs has also been so enriching and educational for me. I follow bloggers who write nature poetry, travel or culinary-related pieces, social and political pieces, and much more. I also very much enjoy their camaraderie.
Exploremy creative side, and dabble in new styles of writing – Prior to starting this blog, writing was not really a major passion of mine. Sure, I wrote plenty of papers and essays at school and university. Many of my past jobs required a lot of writing, too, especially my most recent one. But all of that writing was communications, sales and marketing-type writing. I was good at it, but it sure got boring after a while! I wanted to write stories, reflections, poetic pieces, and articles on completely different things. I’ve written portions of a potential memoir, researched topics of interest to me, had a little fun, reminisced, and looked hard and deep at who I was, am now, and who I’d like to be in the future. Never before had I expressed such passion, emotion, and love in writing.
Share my bipolar disorder experience with others and help to fight stigma – I’ve spent plenty of time at in-person and online bipolar forums, supporting others and receiving wonderful support. I still do, but there are many people out there that are unfamiliar with or have skewed understanding of bipolar disorder, anxiety, and other mental health issues. I have readers of my blog without mental health issues. That makes me so happy! I also appreciate my readers who have shared their stories and comments.
Halfway through last year, I set a goal of publishing at least 200 posts. I’m happy to say that I exceeded 230 in 12 months! That’s enough writing to fill a book, and is the equivalent of almost one post per work day. I can’t believe it! Of these posts, about 50% include some reference to mental health, but the rest are about other topics completely. Looking back at my very first post The very beginning… I achieved what I set out to do. I am tickled pink!
I am looking forward to reading and writing posts throughout 2018. I’m not entirely sure what direction(s) I’ll take, but I think that’s OK. As time passes, this will be clearer to me.
How many of us just sat there and thought what it would like to do something different? Well, I am one of those people who just felt that at 59, life had not much to offer, OK, I have a great family and friends, but deep inside something was missing.
I could not see my path for the next year, never mind next 10 years. It then it dawned on me that why couldn’t I do something different, why did I have to like every one else. Deep inside I knew that there was a spark, I just had to find it.
So my spark is Menat50ish , I write how I feel and my goal is to try and help men to find their purpose, passion, confidence, motivation just try something different in life beyond each day is a blank canvas and that they can paint any picture they want if they believe.
I originally started my blog as a means to cope with having a chronic illness. After coming down with what seemed to be the flu in September of 2014, I ended up sustaining long-term effects (memory problems, verbal fluency issues, physical aches and pains) which turned my whole world upside down. Two years later I was diagnosed with tickborne disease, SIBO, and immune dysfunction. It’s been such a challenging, lonely journey and I turned to blogging in an attempt to face my health struggles head on.
When I started, I never realized how rewarding blogging would be. It’s been wonderful to connect with so many people and to receive so much support. Now that my health is improving, the focus on my blog has transformed to not just being a form of self-expression but to also help others. So many people are living with a chronic illness and I want them to know that they’re not alone.
Through the lens of health, I write about what goes on in my inner world and various aspects of daily living. In that process I want to both allow others to get to know me and to raise awareness about the health struggles that many people don’t talk about. The value of your health cannot be overstated and I want more people to internalize that! My blog is one small piece in trying to spread that message.
As a family doctor, I spend a lot of time thinking and studying about health, and helping people with their health.
I know people have many questions and concerns about their health, and don’t always know where to turn for reliable answers. So I started a blog to meet that need.
I don’t claim to have the definitive answers to these questions but I offer my thoughts, insights, observations, and sometimes opinions , and those of other health care professionals.
On my blog we explore common and less common medical conditions and treatments, medical history and news, books about health and medicine, stories about real doctors and patients, and try to answer the question “What is health and how do we maintain good health?”
My goal is to inform and inspire you as we all explore