Many people I know have less-than-perfect track records when it comes to annual physicals, eye exams or regular dental appointments (okay, okay. I’m guilty, too). Unless forced to see the doctor in order to renew a prescription, people are surprisingly unlikely to make reoccurring appointments. I’m speaking as an insured person and of course I understand that access to medical coverage plays a MAJOR  role in how frequently someone sees a doctor. So, I’m talking to those of you who HAVE insurance and AREN’T being proactive about early detection and general upkeep.

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This New York Times article, published earlier this year, discusses the benefits of hypoallergenic hotel rooms. As indoor air quality gets progressively worse, more and more people are stricken with allergies ranging from animal dander to mold and dust mites. Traveling can be extremely unpleasant for people sensitive to these common allergens.

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Earlier this week, I had a spontaneous encounter with the American Red Cross. I decided to give blood, not having done so in about 10 years. In high school, donating blood was greatly incentivised– who wouldn’t opt for a “get out of jail free card” and complimentary cookies? I’m pretty sure I only participated with the promise of missing Algebra or something. But, nonetheless, this week I was considered a First Time Donor because it had been so long since my last bout of “generosity.” The nurse doodled F.T.D. with hearts and stars on my health questionare. Apparently these American Red Cross people get very excited to have new blood….muah ha ha!

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Introducing guest blogger, Adam Becker… runner, lover of delicious food and brother-in-law extraordinaire! If you’re looking for some inspiration, head over to his blog  The Becker Top 5, cleverly written, with topics ranging from running goals to weekend projects. Thanks for the contribution, Adam!

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Enjoy this guest post written by Anna Reed, my nearest and dearest friend. She is also the gal behind PoseCity, a blog about Portland fashion and culture.

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As I embark on a new job, move across town and begin an entirely different daily routine… I need some space to breathe. My blog will survive these changes, I’m just not entirely sure what it is going to look like in this new season of life. Please bear with me as I muddle through, trying to find time to continue writing and encouraging others.

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