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November 14, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Spirit of National Speakers Association Day - Created by the National Speakers Association, this is a day for members of the association to support one another. Connect with other members, mentor each other, refer business to other members without expecting anything in return. These are all ways you can support other members and the association and help build a stronger speaking community.

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day – This is a day to loosen up by letting go of the stresses of your life and instead spend time doing what makes you happy.

National Pickle Day – I love pickles and my late uncle made some pretty delicious ones. If you are brave and have a good recipe, try your hand at making homemade pickles today. We managed to replicate my husband’s grandmother’s recipe and it came out pretty great (after a few not so great tries). If that is not for you, buy some from the store, they have all different kinds that are delicious.

National American Teddy Bear Day – Named after former President Theodore Roosevelt, this cuddly and cute stuffed animal was created in the early 1900's after the President refused to shoot a bear that had been tied up and clubbed. Although he didn't exactly save the animal since he ordered one of his men to shoot it to put it out of its' misery, the story resulted in a political cartoon being created featuring a cute bear. Two toymakers, one in the U.S. and one in Germany, unbeknownst to each other, each created a stuffed bear around the same time, both of which very quickly became known as Teddy's Bears.

World Diabetes Day – This is a day to spread awareness of the symptoms of diabetes and the steps to take if you develop this disease. It is possible to live a full and active life with diabetes. I’ve looked into it so I know. This is a day that is near and dear to my heart because I have many family members that have diabetes and are managing to live a pretty normal life by eating the right foods and getting exercise when they can.   

International Girls Day - Today we need to encourage our girls to become leaders. Our daughters can be anything they could possibly want to be if they are willing to work for it. She could be a scientist, a professor, a CEO of a major corporation, a politician, an athlete of the highest levels. Don’t let your daughter be put off by stereotypes or the expectations of others. Let her dream of what she wants to be and if she is willing to work hard for it, don’t do anything to discourage her.

National Spicy Guacamole Day - This is a day that is not going to be for everyone.  Myself, for example. I love guacamole, especially homemade guacamole, but I’m not so much into spicy. So for those of you that are, enjoy this day.

Operating Room Nurse Day – This is a day to celebrate operating room nurses. Doctors cannot possibly do everything themselves in the operating room and they rely heavily on nurses to assist them. Without nurses, I would venture to say that operations would not be possible.

World Orphans Day – Celebrated on the second Monday in November, this is a day to raise awareness of the issues that orphans and displaced children around the world face. Having no one to love and take care of you is a terrible and very scary situation for a kid to be in.

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