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How many calendars is enough?

I am honored to be invited to be a participant in the 2013 TEDMED "Great Challenges Day" and I am striving to create 30 posts in 30 days for WEGO Health's Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge.  I feel like a true #Gladiator this month.  I am #ScandalObsessed I admit it.  The best "virtual" medicine for me often comes in the form of a tweet or retweet from a cast member.

Tonight after a busy day of finalizing my TEDMED plans, I put "California Years" (a Jill Sobule CD.) on full blast and somehow made it to Slimmons Studio where I worked out with Richard Simmons in Beverly Hills.  Happily exhausted, I grabbed a greek yogurt for dinner and waited patiently (aka "watched the rerun of a Grey's Anatomy episode") for the repeat of "Scandal" to start.  

I know why I am going to TEDMED and "Great Challenges Day" but it will be fun to explore my favorite scandalous locations while I'm enjoying our Capitol City.  I can't wait to toast to TEDMED and "Great Challenges" once I'm in the beltway.  But tonight, instead of writing this post, I was caught up on my Twitter timeline, while creating the vision for the "Men of Scandal" calendar... that's when I realized I would want and covet more than one calendar.  The Men of Scandal calendar would be where I kept my workout and fitness schedule.  The Scandal Datebook with tips by @scandalmakeup would become my new desk calendar (apologies to Moleskine!) and the Lady Fixers "Girl Gladiators" calendar would be where I note and schedule all of my social media chat and health care advocacy activities.  I know Shonda Rhimes may be too busy writing and producing my obsession to design the calendars I desire... but ABC Marketing should get on this.

(Late night Day 11 post for HAWMC!)


Where's the inspiration? Online... of course.

"Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes it meaningful." Joshua J Marine 

As the minutes tick by, and the end of Day 2 approaches... I feel trapped by some self-imposed pressure.  Although it is only the second day of WEGO Health's National Health Blog Post Month, I am already struggling to fulfill my challenge goals.  Why am I doing this again? Wasn't April enough?  I have chosen to participate and reveal myself in an authentic way.  I want the posts this month to be a reflection of who I am as an advocate, activist and citizen journo for the lupus community online.  I will strive to accentuate the positive and find the "flair" however today's post is not the one I originally planned to write and I apologize for not having another post ready to go in the event that as it usually does -- "life is what happens when you are busy making other plans."

Everyone has their struggles and life battles, my battle is with lupus and those that seek to silence my voice as a lupus patient, advocate and activist.  While I enjoy a fancy celebration as much as the next fashionista, I won't lower my megaphone because it makes you uncomfortable.  I had the opportunity to share a little of who I am through the 'Friends of Ricki' Social Media community "Friend of the Week"; it was a chance for me to shine and soar.  Despite doing my best to accentuate the positive and focus my perspective on the "flair" ~ today someone tried to knock me down. 

Calling into question my methods of sharing and activism... little did they know I had just received email confirmation that my Congresswoman, Representative Karen Bass joined the Congressional Lupus Caucus and supports the lupus community.  I am learning (still...) to never doubt that my passion is leading me in the right direction.  I know this post isn't filled with pretty pictures of celebrities and purses, or a wonderful impactful quote from an international superstar but this post is filled with honesty and fueled by my passion.  It isn't what I originally planned and I am dealing with it as best as I can.

Thank you, gentle reader for your patience and understanding.