Michigan Produce can kick Cancer


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Did you know?


Did you know that many of Michigan’s produce are not only delicious and help the local economy, but it can also help you kick cancer?

Asparagus and Carrots help fight all cancers. Cherries, peaches, soybeans and strawberries will fight against breast cancer. Cherries, straweberries, grapes, and apples can fight against colon cancer. High bush Blueberries, onions and soy beans fight against prostate cancer. Next time you are at the local market picking up your groceries take a stop by the produce department and pick up some locally grown produce. Not only will you be helping local farmers, but you will also be helping your family fight against cancer. Not too mention, Michigan has some of the most delicious produce around! 



What the Gales of November Remember?


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What the Gales of November Remember?


Being born and raised in Michigan, it’s hard not to have a fascination with the shipping industry and our Great Lakes. I have traveled around much of this great state my entire life and every time I see one of those big freighters on the our fresh water seas, I feel like a kid on Christmas. I stare and just marvel at the size of those ships. They have been a fascination of mine since I was little and first visited the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie when I was just a little girl. 

After graduating college, something told me that I was going to land a job in the upper Peninsula. In fact, I remember laughing and teasing my mom about it prior to graduation. She always said “You have to stay in Michigan, no moving out of state.” So my response was always, I will get a job in the UP which is start part of Michigan, but just as far away as an out of state job. Wouldn’t ya know it, my first teaching job was in Ishpeming, Mi which is in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I lived just outside of Marquette for a year and LOVED every minute of it. 

What brings me to this story is today is the 38th anniversary of the Edmund Fitzgerald. I don’t remember of hearing this tale when I was younger. It wasn’t until I moved to the UP that I truly remember hearing about the Edmund. I may have been told this story, but it just never cemented in  my long term memory until I was much older and living in the Da Yoop (as I like to call the Upper Peninsula). 

One evening in November, I left Ishpeming around 5:00 after work to head back down state for Thanksgiving break. If you have ever traveled along US 28 in November, then you know how restless Superior can appear. It’s a long beautiful stretch between Marquette and Munising of nothing but Superior views and fields of trees. 

I hit Munising around 6:00 or so that evening. It was a dark, drizzly and erie Michigan November night. The radio began to play Gordon Lightfoot’s the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. It’s an erie song about the tale of the Edmund Fitzgerald. I am not sure why this moment sticks out in my head, but it’s been forever cemented into my mind. Maybe it was because I was traveling along the lake they call Gitchi gummi on a cold, erie Upper Peninsula November night. 

I hadn’t thought much of that night until I heard this song being played on the guitar a few years later and after I had left my Upper Peninsula life behind to resettle back down state. It brought tears to my eyes instantly. This song now represents to me my life in the Upper Peninsula. I truly enjoyed my time up there and often stop in my tracks when I hear this song to reminisce about my times along Lake Superior.  

Today is the day the anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and this whole week, I have been listening to stories of the Edmund as well as the Great storm of 1913. I have been reminiscing about my life in the UP and my love for our maritime industry which has me motivated to learn more about our maritime history and our great lakes. 

Students Remember Edmund Fitzgerald – Northern Michigan’s News Leader


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Students Remember Edmund Fitzgerald – Northern Michigan’s News Leader.

This is very cool! I can’t wait to do something with my students next year! I just ordered a book on the Edmund Fitzgerald today for my room and contemplated sharing Gordon Lightfoot’s song with my students today after we discussed the Great Lakes. However, we didn’t get to it. Next year’s 3rd graders, for sure! 🙂

Great Storm Of 1913: Nightmare On The Great Lakes – Northern Michigan’s News Leader


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Great Storm Of 1913: Nightmare On The Great Lakes – Northern Michigan’s News Leader


Anything Michigan history related to me is fascinating especially when it comes to the Great Lakes. We often forget the power of these Great Lakes and what mother nature is really capable of doing. This video is part 1 of a 3 part series on the Great Storm of 1913.

Dream Big!


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Dream so BIG that they SCARE you!

My whole life I have been a dreamer, but since the start of becoming a fitness coach. I have learned how to turn those dreams into goals and the goals into action plans to make them happen through personal development. I now have all the tools to make it where I want to be in life. My ultimate goal is to pay off my endless debt of student loans, build my dream home, and being financially free to be home and raise a family. These things are  all possible for me to complete in the very near future with the help of my coaching business because let’s face it, if I remain just on my teaching salary, I may never attain these goals.

The best part of this business is helping others to not only become fit and healthy which adds to boosted confidence and self-esteem with over all happiness mixed in, but also helps me to help them become financially free. My parents are just like any other typical American right now. They are struggling to pay bills. My mom’s hours have been cut at work because of government funding cutting services provided by their agency and my dad is a product of school districts and their refusals to hire full time with benefits for hourly jobs now because of privatization. Part of my goals are also to be help them become financial free and get them out the rut they are in along with many others just like them.

As I type this, I am watching the CMA’s and it just confirms to me that DREAMS can come true, so why dream small. GO BIG! Florida Georgia Line are on FIRE and making their dreams come true. We live in such a wonderful country to be able to build and grow our dreams. We can all be successful when we find our passions, learn successful tools/strategies and put in the hard work!

Here’s to BIG dreams and helping others filling their BIG dreams! 🙂