Archive for November 2013

When I Think Big and Challenge Myself, I WIN

When I Think Big and Challenge Myself, I WIN
My life has been about a lot of little challenges. Challenge is not a new term for me. I have had to learn early in life that things do not get handed to you without working hard. You simply have to go out there and get it. You can call me stubborn.  You could also... Read more »

Saying goodbye: A "Love" Letter to My Ovaries

Saying goodbye: A "Love" Letter to My Ovaries
It is not fun being a woman at times. It is worse when I had to deal with pain caused by my ovaries. During majority of my life, I have had to fight a battle with endometriosis – an autoimmune disorder which causes a development of uterine-lining tissue outside the uterus. A woman’s ovaries is the... Read more »

What is Sad About Living and Dealing with SAD in Chicago

What is Sad About Living and Dealing with SAD in Chicago
We are entering a time of the year where you really dread about.  It starts after Daylight Savings Time when evenings get dark outside much earlier than you want.   The days start to get more grey and less sunny.  You tend to get a little bit moody and not as cheerful. It is Seasonal Affective... Read more »
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Toxic Stress: When Too Much of a Bad Thing is Never Good

Toxic Stress: When Too Much of a Bad Thing is Never Good
Stress never should make you sick….literately.  It really should not. By definition, stress is a simple reaction to a stimulus – a stressor – that throws us off either physically or mentally.  Stress is something that something that should be well managed and kept under control.  A little bit of stress keeps our life interesting,... Read more »

Veteran's Day: 6 Ways to Thank Veterans Everyday

Veteran's Day: 6 Ways to Thank Veterans Everyday
Today is Veteran’s Day – a day that we remember the day of the Armistice Day treaty signed after the end of World War I and honor all Veterans living and deceased.  I believe that every day should be Veteran’s Day and we would honor them daily by remember the sacrifices that they have made... Read more »

Bullying in the NFL: Should have the Miami Dolphins acted sooner

Bullying in the NFL: Should have the Miami Dolphins acted sooner
After writing my previous article on bullying, I thought I was going to be through writing about the subject of writing of bullying. I was wrong! Bullying is definitely a subject that hits both young and old.  Unfortunately, in this case, the bullying involves two players in the NFL – one being the victim and... Read more »
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One Adult's Struggle with ADHD: Continuing the Journey

One Adult's Struggle with ADHD: Continuing the Journey
Part 2: Starting the ADHD medications Note from author: When I wrote my article on Wednesday, I did not expect to receive as much attention from the huge number of readers.  I appreciate that many of you have forwarded this article via Google, Facebook, or Twitter.  I also received a few e-mails from people who... Read more »

SNAP Program Cuts in IL: How You Can Help Your Community

SNAP Program Cuts in IL: How You Can Help Your Community
Today is a sad day for IL families who need the benefits from the SNAP program. The SNAP program is part of the Federal program that was part of a farm bill that was recently under the pressure from the Republicans in Congress. The budget cuts were part of a $5 billion cut nationally in food... Read more »
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    Greetings, Chicago Suburbanites! Welcome to Active Suburbia! My name is Denise, but I am known as Firefly, Red, and "Hey there". I will be your tour guide to everything active within the Chicago suburbs. In this blog, I will be your guide to places within the Chicagoland Suburbs that will help lead a more active lifestyle and a lot of fun too. In fact, studies have shown that reading this blog will bring a smile on your face, a spring in your step, and burn those last nasty 5 lbs that you can't get off. (Ok, everything's true except for the last one that hasn't been proved.....YET, but I am determined to make it true.) Here's a short introduction about myself: I am a very active person. You can say that I have endurance, determination, grit, and hard work in my bones. I enjoy running and cycling. I have completed a couple of marathons, half-marathons, 5K's, etc in my running career. I also enjoy trying most things active and willing to explore if I have to. I enjoy checking out the trails near me and doing a lot of running. I also enjoy teaching Pilates and yoga. I am also a suburbanite living in the awesome suburb of Berwyn. I am a suburban girl at heart and love every minute of it. I originally grew up in the frozen tundra of the Twin Cities. I am also a die-hard sports fan and enjoy the competitive nature of it. I love baseball, college and professional football, and even hockey. I am always interested in finding more fun places within the Chicago suburbs. If you know of a gem, shoot me an e-mail at activesuburbia@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Twitter too.

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