Welcome to Unconditionally Her and to September.  It’s our last hoorah for summer as once October hits, it’s all about slipping into the next season.   Some months seem like there are really lots of opportunities to celebrate.   You know, a new year which we celebrate in January, religious observances and celebrations in the spring, the patriotic hoopla and celebrations in July, the late year holidays. While we have Labor Day in September, it seems like a relatively low-key month. Why not celebrate the everyday? I joined a social media group several months ago with thousands of members that is focused on table settings.  I am amazed at all the beautifully set tables with the most gorgeous china, flatware, linens, and decors.  People post daily these wonderful arrangements, and the overarching theme seems to be “celebrate the everyday” and don’t wait for a special event to celebrate.  “Take the Trip. Eat the cake. Buy the shoes.” Most of us have seen that quote before, encouragement to celebrate every day. What a great philosophy.

 

So, what can we celebrate this month other than Labor Day?  While there are a million things to celebrate, we will share just a few this month.   How about women celebrating cancer survivorship?  Take advantage of those last days of summer taking a walk or hanging in the back yard, having coffee in the park with a co-worker, neighbor, mom, sister, BFF, or with another lady and celebrating good health and sharing what could be life-saving information.  September 23rd marks Global Teal Talk Day, a day to educate others about ovarian cancer, a disease that impacts 249,000 women annually.  Look for a link in our social media this month about Ovarcome, a national non-profit dedicated to helping women overcome ovarian cancer and celebrating life.

 

September brings other opportunities to celebrate with others in our lives around issues that touch so many.  National Recovery Month “is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives” according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). 2021 marks the 31st year for the observances and the celebration acknowledges and celebrates the gains made by those living in recovery.  We’ll share resources about mental health and substance abuse, something that touches more lives than we may know, in this month’s edition of Unconditionally Her. It’s a serious topic but one that needs attention and one that needs to be talked about.  Stigma is real for both mental health and substance abuse and it shouldn’t be that way. Sharing and talking is one way we can reduce the stigma and we’ll do just that with several articles publishing this month.  Many of our Untold stories shared throughout the year also deal with mental health and substance abuse issues, the realities, the challenges, the successes, and the celebrations.  It’s real. It impacts many.  And we can do something about it for ourselves or for those we love while we celebrate those in recovery.

 

Join us as we jump into September as we celebrate life and all that is good in it.   Along with our usual great fun stuff we have in store for our readers this month, including the usual sip-of-the month, recipes, UNTOLD stories of inspiration, and more, we’ll share opportunities to celebrate life in some unexpected ways.  Come join us, and don’t forget to “Take the trip. Eat the Cake. Buy the Shoes.”

 

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