Our network


Learning How To Balance Our Energy

     Socrates said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.”  While I always recommend positive self-talk, (the examined life is a joyful experience, for example), Socrates is suggesting that we step back from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life and have a look at who we are and what we have become. Perhaps you will agree, the wise teacher has a point! Where, you might ask, do we start?

     A great starting place for self-examination is comes in the form of an intriguing question:  Are we human beings or human doers?  Sometimes, I believe we should call ourselves human doers because it feels like we are always in action… we are doing this and doing that.  We all have such busy lives – going to meetings, conference calls, our kids’ sports games, carpooling, running errands, and so on…like well-oiled machines. 

You Aren’t Still Laying Out in the Sun or Using Tanning Beds ... Are You?

You Aren’t Still Laying Out in the Sun or Using Tanning Beds ... Are You?

Story by Cindy L. Kemper
Cindy is a Leesburg, VA-based, SI certified, AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor

Did you know?

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer—affecting over 2 million people—are diagnosed annually.

  1. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
  2. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  3. Over the past 31 years, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.

With those alarming numbers, we still find people baking in the sun and using indoor tanning beds. We are all searching for the fountain of youth and if one wants to change their look in an instant without needles, knives, sun damage or even a doctor’s visit, sunless tanning is the answer.

Quieting the Chatter

If you’re familiar with Self Talk, you probably read or heard me or others refer to it as our thoughts, inner dialogue, or Board of Directors.  

Our Self Talk can get quite loud at times, especially during times of transition and stress. Our Self Talk is then moving at turbo speed.  So how can we calm down our thoughts when we lead such active, full lives? How can we decrease the overload and stress? How do we quiet down the chatter?

Since having thoughts or inner conversations is part of being human, and because our lives are so busy, here are some ways to help you quiet the mind:

Washington Sports Clubs Opening Doors to Hurricane Irene Victims

Although Hurricane Irene is long gone, her fury is still being felt by millions of east coast residents as they wade through her aftermath in an attempt to return to normalcy.  From severe flooding to lost power and water supply, the stories of all of our friends in all our communities affected are as expansive as those who have felt her aftermath.

3 Ways to Prevent Migraines

3 Ways to Prevent Migraines

McLean, VA – August 31, 2011 - Are you one of the 36 million Americans who suffer from migraine each year? If you are, or if you know someone who suffers from migraines, then you understand how debilitating they can be. A migraine is much more than just a bad headache. The severity of migraine symptoms can make it impossible to function, and the symptoms can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. What can you do to prevent a migraine headache?  Dr. Gary Kaplan, a physician from McLean, VA, who specializes in the treatment of chronic pain conditions, emphasizes, “You don’t have to just suffer through a migraine headache. There are concrete steps that can help you avoid getting a migraine, or at least to lessen frequency and severity of your migraines.”

Open Publishing Empowers 15 Year-Old Girl to Share Autistic Brother’s Story

Open Publishing Empowers 15 Year-Old Girl to Share Autistic Brother’s Story

Open publisher, Lulu, makes creating a children’s book easier for creators than ever.


Anyone can publish a children’s book – just ask 15-year-old Samantha McLeod. At such a young age she is not only a published book author, but also an award-winning one. After being inspired by her mother and autistic brother at age nine, she set out to write a book that aims to help people to better understand autism, but wanted to tell her story her way, through her experiences living it.  After being rejected time and again by traditional means, McLeod was pleasantly surprised by the level of control and freedom over her work she found through Lulu’s open publishing platform.

“Lulu...makes it very easy to publish your work on your terms and...keep your work in its original state as it was meant to be,” explains McLeod. “I am glad and thankful to have been given this opportunity to keep my book all Samantha.”

2011 Fill-the-Boot Kicks Off For Muscular Dystrophy

From Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Services:


Labor Day signifies the end of summer vacation for school children and once again Loudoun County firefighters will be busy filling their boots for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).  Firefighters across the nation position at intersections to collect money to benefit the MDA and “Jerry’s Kids.”  The Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association Local 3756 are determined to help.  During the week of August 23 -28, donations will be collected at various intersections across Loudoun County.