Sunday, January 31, 2010
I was watching Oprah recently with my mother and this episode really hit home. It was about people who had been hurt or killed because of people who were either talking on their phone or texting. Along with the people who had to deal with the fact that it was their fault that someone got hurt because they were using their phone while driving. There was one story that broke my heart!
In November 2008, Shelly and her husband, Daren, were the happily married parents of three beautiful girls, 13-year-old Jessica, 9-year-old Erica and 4-year-old Valerie. "Erica is my little sunshine because she lit up the house," she says. "She was making us laugh before she was a year old."
Two days before Thanksgiving, Shelly came back from a doctor's appointment to find emergency crews on her street. "There were all these people and a child lying on the ground," she says. "I had no idea it was my daughter." Daren says Erica was riding her bike home from school. "Erica was just around the corner from our house," he says. "She was 30 seconds from being home safely."
Erica had been hit head-on by a 5,000-pound SUV. Police say that the driver had recently finished a phone call at the time of the accident. "The driver said: 'I'm so sorry. I didn't see her,'" Shelly says. "I felt badly for the driver because I thought: 'Oh, she's unconscious. She's going to be okay.' … And they started cutting my daughter's clothes off and it was hitting me this is very, very, very serious."
Erica was rushed to the local Children's Hospital, then airlifted to another facility. "The neurosurgeon made it very clear she was going to die," Shelly says. "I spent the night with her that night. I held her. Cried. I kissed her. I sang to her. I just needed to have time with my girl."
That Little girl was 30 seconds and either 11 or 15 pedals, PEDALS away from her home. When I saw that I just burst into tears. I realized that could happen to anyone of us. I am or was guily of text/talking on my phone while driving. Today I took the NO PHONE ZONE Pledge and I am never going to use my phone while driving again. This show opened my eyes to the fact that I have been one of the lucky ones. I have not been in any accidents due to using my phone. I have been thanking god everyday for that. I felt the need to tell you all because I care about you guys to much to let anything happen to you or allow you to carry that burden of hurting someone because you were distracted by driving. Please take the Make Your Car a No Phone Zone Pledge! Just click the picture below and it will take you directly where you need to go.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
You all know that I am passionate about the Pro-Life movement. Well yesterday was the annual March 4 Life in Washington D.C and in Los Angeles, CA. This walk is to make people aware of how important this movement is to our society and the world. We as pro-lifers are trying to create a culture of life and to show that there are other options out there than abortion. It was created as a non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization.
It was started in October of 1973 when grassroots Pro-Lifers became concerned that come January 22, 1974 might just come and go with out having the Supreme Courts decision about abortion properly memorialized or redressed. At the time, no established right-to-life organization was prepared to undertake the planning, financial and operational responsibilities for a high impact prolife March on the U.S. Capitol. But, grassroots prolifers wanted to march! About thirty prolife veterans resolved themselves into a committee and began making plans for the first March for Life.
Since that first march on January 22, 1974 with 20,000 people, the number have only continued to grow. They have reached an estimated 250, 000. I have a feeling that those numbers are only going to continue to increase. Sadly I have never been able to attend the March 4 Life, but I am already planning on going next year with a group of friends.
Hope all is well and if anyone would like more information, please feel free to send me a message or go to this link March 4 Life
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Try not to get excited sadly this is not for me, but I am gonna ask you guys to do me a huge favor. My clinical instuctor from last semester just got engaged and she is trying to get the wedding of her dreams. She signed of for this contest and needs all of our help. I know that you guys dont know her, but I assure you that she is a wonderful person. Not to mention that you know me and I dont judge people lightly. The voting for this contest starts this Monday, January 18th. I ask you all to please log onto this website (http://philly.upickem.net/engine/Details.aspx?p=A&c=10465&s=2550732&i=1&m=X#SD)or click the picture of them below and vote for to them. In order to vote though, you do have to register and create an account, but it would only be for a little while and then you could delete it if you like. This would mean a lot to me and of course my friend Danielle. I hope that you all will be able to go on and vote to help my friend get the wedding of her dreams. Below is a picture of her and her fiance. Aren't they just the CUTEST!! :)
Sunday, January 10, 2010
So today I'm hanging out with my friends and I get this notification from facebook on my phone. It was a friend request from someone that I have not talked to in years! I'm not gonna name names, but she was a really good friend of my mom's and she has known me since I was practically born. After she got married we all kind of lost touch.
I mean we tried to get in touch, but it just never happened. We were all sad when that happened because all of us were so close. She was over all the time, took me to my riding lessons. It felt like we lost a member of the family.
I remember this one time we were driving either to or from her house and she stopped the car. She put me on her lap and let me steer the car the rest of the way. It wasn't much but it's something I will always remember.
So today when I saw that it was her, I just could not believe it. Facebook is amazing in that way, allowing old friends to reconnect. I know that my mom is going to flip when she hears this story.
I hope now that we have found each other and gotton back in touch. We won't loose contact again.
Hope all of you are having a wonderful day :).
Saturday, January 9, 2010
2009 has been quite the year and I am looking forward to what 2010 has to offer! I am usually not one to make new years resolutions, but this year I have decided to make a change!
I want to eat healthier and change my life style around. I know people say this all the time, but I have a cruise that I am going on come june and a wedding come july. I want to look good for both...lol.You guys are helping me, because saying that out loud is holding me accountable and I don't want to make myself look bad...lol.
The other thing is...I want to get my act together with school. I have been in there for almost 3 years its about time I start taking things seriously! The nursing program means too much for me to screw it up now after finally getting in, but sadly with what happened and me haveing to wait a semester to retake a course has shown me just how much being a nurse truly means to me.
I wish you all the best for this wonderful, exciting new year and I would love to hear about some of your resolutions for this year as well, feel free to share :)
Friday, January 1, 2010
Happy New Year everyone!! Wow 2009 sure has been one crazy year! This year has flown by so fast, but I am more than ready to get into the next decade of my life. With everything that has happened this year a fresh start is always a good thing. I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas holiday with family and friends.
Now I must give a shout out to Southern Gothic Productions!
This year, Southern Gothic Productions launched the first episode of their web series, Friendship Union Community Theatre. Also know as F.U.C.T. Another miles stone was when they launched their first short film, The true-love Tale of Boyfriend and Girlfriend. Both of these were directed by the fantabulous man, Nicholas Grey. There were also performances done by the lovely Hilarie Burton. Not to mention all of the new stylish clothing that they have created for us, the wonderful fans of SoGoPro.
One more shout out to Bethany Joy Galeotti, look out for her adaptation of The Notebook being turned into a musical. It should be a wonderful and exciting thing to see. Keep your eyes peeled.
Best Wishes to you all for this New Year!!