The rate of antidepressant use in this country among teens and adults (people ages 12 and older) increased by almost 400% between 1988–1994 and 2005–2008.

Today, 1 in 10 people are on an antidepressant.

70% of America is obese or overweight, and less than 5% exercise 30 minutes a day. January 18 is quit day at the gym, according to Strava.

Like others, I have had one heck of a 2020. Divorce, job loss, moved twice, a car accident that left my car totaled, haircut off while sleeping, leak in my condo, I can keep going. I didn’t turn to drugs or alcohol to deal with life; I turned to exercise and clean eating. I ran 1,300+ miles and retaught myself to swim and cycle; swam 50+ miles YTD and cycled 1,600+ miles YTD, getting in the best shape of my life at age 43. I slashed my cholesterol by 40% without a single pill, my blood pressure is 106/60 and I weigh in at 140lbs at 5’10” tall. While exercise and clean eating don’t make life easier, it does allow me to function with a clear head not to mention these efforts instilled a whole new level of confidence in myself. Exercise can be a hard sell. It requires but also teaches self-discipline. And no psych drug will ever do that for you. Checkout this article with the role of exercise on mental health!


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    With over a decade serving alongside top executives at global Fortune 500 and privately held companies as their trusted business partner and advisor, I provide strategic support for all operational efforts to relieve them of administrative functions, allow them to focus on strategic and tactical responsibilities, and achieve key business outcomes. The following are highlights of the value I’ve brought to organizations: Developed and lead and partnered with C-level executives to design and execute company-wide strategic initiatives, including working with department leaders to define, manage, and track their priorities. On-dollar projects, including new space build-outs, flagship events, and multiple-day offsite events to create team cohesion. Researched, prepared, and coordinated corporate communications and marketing programs to build awareness, and collaborated closely with internal and external partners to drive unmatched results. Guided companies towards increasingly sophisticated and effective use of technology, including effective remote work at the onset of COVID-19. Collaborated to produce and write articles, blogs, social media posts, and communications to build both professional and personal brands, increased partnerships, and boost revenue. Served as a Community Relations Strategy Leader for a multi-million-dollar corporation building relationships with 10+ unique nonprofits across the city of Atlanta and galvanizing volunteerism, sustainability, and people-driven community service. Reach out and connect with me here on LinkedIn so we can discuss the challenges you face with managing daily operations. I’d love to show you how I can lend my expertise to help solve them. Strategic Planning | Risk Management and Mitigation | Cross-Functional Leadership | Stakeholder Engagement | Corporate Communications | Project Management | Meeting and Event Management| Policy and Procedure Management | Collaborative Leadership | Workplace Culture | Resource Optimization | Conflict Resolution | Transparent Communications | Business Case Writing | Corporate Social Responsibility | Inclusion and Diversity