National Sibling Day

Hello everyone! Today marks National Siblings Day– a day to recognize, celebrate, and acknowledge siblings, if you have them, of course. I have two older brothers and two younger sisters. Growing up, we were very close. I recall racing our remote controlled cars, playing with our G.I. Joe’s, beating them (sometimes) at ‘Contra’ on Nintendo, and riding our bikes all over the city. With my sisters, I can remember playing with Barbie dolls, hide and seek, jump rope, letting them do my hair, being their protector, and much more. In my neighborhood, we were dubbed the Bailey boys and girls. It was such a joyous time for me. To this day, when I think back on those times, I smile and take a moment to reflect. Each of us have separate lives now, but still remain close to one another as siblings should. To my brothers and sisters, although I may not say it as much as I should, I want you to know that I love you very much and I’m proud of each one of you. I pray for your health, happiness, security, and well-being everyday. I stand proud to be a Bailey and I’m even prouder to be your brother. I love you Lil’ William, Bobby, Brittany, and April. -Jeffrey

National Kidney Month

This post is a bit late for me, but I want to bring to your attention that this month is Kidney Disease Awareness. Information taken from Davita Dialysis website:

Kidney disease develops when kidneys lose their ability to remove waste and maintain fluid and chemical balances in the body. It effects 1 in every 7 adults in the United States. There are minimal to no signs of kidney disease, which, unfortunately, makes it sometimes impossible for individuals to be aware that he or she is experiencing an issue until it reaches later stages. Individuals with diabetes, high blood pressure, or even cardiovascular disease pose a higher risk of developing the disease. While the disease doesn’t discriminate, African Americans are 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with Kidney failure than any other ethnic group.

If you suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., it is important that you consult with you physician and have a kidney screening. For more information on raising awareness for kidney disease, please visit DaVita.com/KidneyAware .

Happy National Nap Day

Happy National Nap Day!

As I have grown older, napping has become one of my very favorite things to do, especially when it rains. I try and take a nap everyday but it doesn’t always happen. For me, it’s both rejuvenating and comforting mentally and physically. I find that after napping, I’m in a much better mood and I’m more apt to want to tackle the remainder of the day. Surprisingly, when I do take a nap, I’m down for at least 2 hours, as anything less is a just tease. Haha. Napping carries a lot of great benefits.

According to Web MD, here are some benefits of taking a nap:

1). It can help improve your memory
2). It can help keep you more consistent
3). It may lift your mood
4). It helps with alertness

Napping can help us function more efficiently in our daily lives. So, take advantage of a little extra sleep a day. I hope you all are enjoying whatever day you are having and if you get the opportunity to enjoy one- TAKE A NAP!