Welcome to Unconditionally Her and the brilliantly colorful month of April! They say that “April showers bring May flowers,” but I am already seeing blooms everywhere.  I found the most beautiful bunch of mixed flowers, including dazzling sunflowers mixed throughout, in my grocery store and had to have them immediately.  While I am not the best at growing flowers – and I do try – I sure do enjoy them.  When my flower selection for the household decor includes a sunflower, I am reminded of the amazing phenomenon of how the sunflower always turns to face the sun.  If you aren’t familiar with it, here is a great video that explains the science of sunflowers and circadian rhythms in just over a minute, explaining why sunflowers always follow the sun. They even turn to the sun on cloudy days. How about that?!?   That big, bright, yellow flower that seeks the energy and warmth of the sun can serve as a reminder for all of us to turn towards the bright, the warmth, and to what brings us energy in this world.   I’m ready for it, are you?!?

April is also the time when I get to give my shout-out.   When I am not contributing to Unconditionally Her, I am working in the discipline of public health and have for a long time, long time (maybe I won’t say JUST how long 😊.  As such, I always give a shout-out to our public health workers during National Public Health Week, with special kudos to those on the front lines keeping our world healthier and safer.   These are the unsung heroes who do their work tirelessly and without fanfare until something “big” comes along (think COVID-19)!   The first week of April is dedicated to public health workers across the globe. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! 

We also celebrate April 7th as World Health Day. Sponsored by the World Health Organization, also known as “the WHO,” World Health Day is an opportunity to reflect on how we can build a healthier world — one where all people are able to live healthy lives and access quality health services.  The theme for 2024 is My health, my right’ and was chosen as a way to highlight the right of everyone, everywhere to have access to quality health services, education, and information, as well as safe drinking water, clean air, good nutrition, quality housing, decent working and environmental conditions, and freedom from discrimination.  April is also minority health awareness month and alcohol awareness month, so more important topics deserve attention. 

We’ve covered our bases with good health, but what else is going on this month?  Unconditionally Her is excited to bring you a full spring lineup to awaken the senses and celebrate the beauty of spring.  Join us as we “turn towards the light” – like those sunflowers – and bring you fabulously sunny and festive recipes, travel excursions, beverages, personal interest stories, and a special announcement of a new event brought to you by our own Karen Shayne and Rhonda Hicks. Plus, our PODCASTS are back! So much to bring light and love to you, our readership this month. Welcome to April, everyone!

 Be Encouraged, Be Empowered, Be Inspired – Be Unconditionally YOU!

“The flower that follows the sun does so even on cloudy days.”                                                    Robert Leighton, American physicist