Welcome to NFD and to February, where it’s all about hearts and feelin’ the love!    I am so very happy to be “over and done with” January.   The post-holiday let-down.   The cold, cold temperatures and no Mr. Sun in sight.   Those resolutions that are fading quickly (though we JUST published a great article on “Resolution Re-Do’s this week from the fabulous Linda Ragsdale – go back and read it if you missed it!).  Whatever the reason, I am not too fond of January, but it is behind us now and it’s FEBRUARY!

Image from WSA archives

Anything heart-related always makes me think about February.  And makes me smile.  Not just the Valentine’s Day holiday – which I really think is a holiday to express our love with all of our family, friends, and others who cross our paths, not just a “sweetheart” – but what the heart represents.  Love- which is something most of us could use a little more of – is the essence of all of those heart-shaped things we see anywhere this time of the year from coffee cups to greeting cards to post-it-notes to seemingly any and every object known to man.

So, what’s going on in February 2018 with NFD?  Well, New Focus Daily and the Women Survivors Alliance (WSA) have a big, big, BIG announcement that will warm your heart.   We will be announcing a NEW Ribbon of Support for WSA that just screams “love” and that is going to put a smile on a lot of faces.    Look for it tomorrow.

Look also for some great articles this month that center around the heart, love and relationships, staying heart-healthy and fit, and more. We will have Chef Mary warming our hearts and souls with a great heart-healthy recipe, and one of our regular “heart warmers,” Miss Jessica Meyer!  We also have one of our somewhat-new contributors, Cindy Small with another feature story written JUST for the “month of love.”

Speaking of NFD contributor Linda Ragsdale, she has been sharing for a while ANY time she sees a heart, especially when she finds one in the most unexpected places – not just in the “heart month” of February.   She can find a heart just about anywhere and is on the lookout year-round, NOT just in February.  I remember so many pictures of hearts she has found over the last year or so.   Last year around this time she “found” a heart in her cup of soup (it was a little noodle that sure enough was somehow twisted into what looked like a heart!).  I hope YOU smile anytime you see a heart this month – happiness is good for the soul, so let those hearts you see this month inspire you, along with all the great content we have in the magazine.  That’s our goal – to inspire, educate, and empower!  And look for a great article this month from Linda that is perfect for heart-month – we’ll let you be surprised about what this “heart-lady” has for us this month!

Remember we talked last month about “inspire” and what that word means. One definition of the word “inspire” is  “to give rise to, bring about, cause, etc.”  In addition to inspiring us to “be better” in all areas of our lives, that may include the love we give and show to others I hope you are inspired this month by the articles you read in NFD magazine and anytime YOU see a heart in your day-to-day activities, to share a smile or kind word with someone or even with yourself- guaranteed to be a day-brightener! 🙂

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Wishing all of our NFD readers a WONDERFUL – and yes, INSPIRING – 2018 and a heart-filled February!

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
Helen Keller

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.” ~ Stephen R. Covey 

 

Be educated, empowered, inspired, and for our cancer survivors, stay SURVIVOR strong! 

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Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She has served since October 2015 as interim director for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease.

Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with New Focus Daily and WSA.

About The Author

Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She has served since October 2015 as interim director for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with New Focus Daily and WSA.

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