Happening in Kansas City
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If someone back in Colorado had told me I would be living and working in Kansas City, Mo., come the New Year, I never would have believed them. To make a long story short, here I am now, living and breathing Kansas City, and I have to tell you, it’s wonderful.
Since I’ve moved to Missouri and started work at PROMO, Missouri’s advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, I’ve been excited to begin exploring what Kansas City has to offer. So far I have found Kansas City to be beautiful, charming and motivated, and that’s a direct attribute of its people. That really excites me for the work PROMO will be doing in 2014.
As I was flying to my new home after visiting family for the holidays, the magnitude of PROMO’s work in Kansas City really sank in for me. From 30,000 feet in the air, you get a unique perspective of New Year’s, while praying that the pilot isn’t also counting down with an overpriced glass of champagne.
I toasted and kissed my partner, as other passengers did with their loved ones, and searched out the window for any signs of midnight. I didn’t see streets and houses, large cities or skyscrapers, or even big lights and fireworks. Pressing my forehead harder against the glass, I saw a big world, all celebrating the promise of a new year. It hit home for me how important Kansas City is in the bigger picture of equality. Although we are proud to refer to ourselves as Missouri’s “better” and laid-back premier city, we play a huge role in moving equality forward for all of Missouri.
So what does equality look like in 2014?
First, let me re-introduce you to MONA. She’s not just a pretty lady — she is what is going to protect you from being fired at work. The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, or MONA, will add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Missouri Human Rights Statute, which protects against discrimination. Right now, you can still be fired, refused housing and denied accommodation just for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Missouri. PROMO and our coalition partners have worked hard to pass these basic protections in areas like Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis and 13 other municipalities; however, our neighboring communities, like Independence, Blue Springs, St. Joseph and Lee’s Summit, are still at risk for discrimination.
The business community has paved the way, bringing fairness and acceptance into the workplace. Business owners who believe diversity is good for their bottom line can visit www.MOWorkplaceEquality.com to show their support for MONA.
Equal access to affordable and quality health care is also a top priority for PROMO. LGBT individuals face significantly greater barriers to good health and appropriate care than our straight allies do. Stress and trauma caused by stigma, not feeling like we can be ourselves in public and at work, and fear of rejection are all factors in why the LGBT community is almost twice as likely not to have health coverage and delay seeking care when needed. Not only do we deserve legal equality, but we also deserve to be as physically, emotionally and mentally healthy as everyone else. PROMO sees opportunities for schools, businesses and the government to implement systems that support better health and care for LGBT Missourians.
Finally, that brings me to the big question of the year. Will you marry me? My answer is yes, but let’s not move too fast. We’ve only just met! PROMO will be rolling out more on marriage equality and our efforts to see it become a reality right here in the Show Me State. If you’re willing, we would love to hear your love stories. Let us know what marriage equality would mean to you and your loved one at PROMO@PROMOonline.org.
Basic protections, health care and marriage are only a portion of the work PROMO is conducting on behalf of LGBT Missourians. Visit us at www.PROMOonline.org to learn more and get involved. Meet me at PROMO’s Equality Day in Jefferson City on Feb. 19. We need you and your voice to be a part of making Kansas City, and Missouri as a whole, an even prouder place to call home.
After the last 2 years of dealing with the pandemic and packing on those COVID pounds here are some motivational quotes that can be the spark plugs to our wellness engines. You can have a full tank of gas, a clean carburetor, all the fluids topped off, and 300 horsepower of Detroit’s finest under the hood, but you’re going nowhere without that initial spark. In your quest for well-being, you need a catalyst to move you from idle to ideal. Here are some motivational jolts to inspire you to get your health and fitness vehicle moving.
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Thomas Paine said, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” You will have conflicts with making time for exercise each day. The treadmill will conflict with your enjoyment of the living-room couch and its fluffy pillows. Your body will engage in conflict with dumbbells and exercise balls as it seeks better health. Embrace these conflicts with excitement, and walk through the smoke and fire. Triumph is waiting on the other side.
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John F. Kennedy said, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” The firefighter’s 55-pound weight loss did not just happen one day on a call. The computer programmer’s success in the Chicago Marathon did not just happen on a Sunday in October. The 4th grade teacher’s significant drop in cholesterol level did not just happen the day before spring break. These people made things happen…and it took time.
Ralph Marston of The Daily Motivator website, wrote, “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” Let today be the first day in 28 years without a cigarette. Stay an extra five minutes on the recumbent bike at the gym today. Start training today for the three-day breast cancer walk that is scheduled for the fall. Tomorrow is always waiting to see what you put in your piggy bank today. Invest wisely and watch the dividends grow.
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Jill McLemore once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.” Set that goal to trim 75 pounds from your body. Only losing 42 pounds puts you way out there with the North Star. Aim to run 750 miles this year. Coming up 68 miles short will still put you past that former planet Pluto and on your way to the Orion constellation. Dropping eight waist sizes by Christmas instead of the projected 10 will let you glow with the luminescence of several brilliant wonders in the sky. By the way, I think there’s a full moon tonight!
Zig Ziglar stated, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Tom Cruise was another aspiring pretty face in Hollywood about 30 years ago before starting to audition for parts in TV shows. Jared Fogle was a morbidly obese college student at Indiana University in the 1990s before beginning his Subway diet. Mark Zuckerberg was just another starry-eyed Ivy Leaguer until he began to implement a social network idea. They all have that common bond: They started something.
These motivational quotes should help get your wellness engine running and once your car is started there’s no telling where your health and fitness can go. Don't forget to end me a postcard when you get there!
This health and fitness article is brought to you by that guy who’s sneaky like a black hole and bright like a nebula. My name is Ron Blake and I can be found playing with my telescope at email@example.com.
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Is there any cost?
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“I wish I could work out, too, but I just don’t have the motivation!”
Give me a dollar for every time I’ve heard that and I’d be in Cabo San Lucas with an umbrella drink right now. Let’s identify a few of your motivations to get you on the right path. They are there … you just need to realize them so you can make it a great 2022.
How about getting healthy so you can be at that Christmas celebration in 30 years with all the family gathered around and exchanging presents? There will be nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, children and maybe some grandchildren, all enjoying the sounds and sights of the season. That would be amazing!
How about being healthy so you can watch the first man land on Mars in 2030? You hear all the talk about preparing for a mission to Mars, but it will be a long time in coming. Just think if you were alive and well to see it happen!
How about being healthy so you can attend that 60-year class reunion? It might even be nice to walk into the function with a spring in your step and a glow of health about you! Many of your classmates will have walked past St. Peter and those pearly gates by that time, but you can give yourself a chance to stay here with some proactive measures.
How about being healthy so you can spend more time being relaxed and retired? It would be awesome to just not have to do anything you didn’t want to do! Get up every day and use that watch they gave you as a fashion accessory only. With a healthy body, you can spend ample time in the lap of leisure well into your 90s.
How about being healthy so you can walk your dog with your grandkids or great-nephews after that Thanksgiving meal many years down the road? It will be so cool to have that turkey dinner with all the relatives, but it’ll be even more fun to be able to move around without having to catch your breath between steps.
How about being healthy so you can continue to enjoy vibrant sunsets, thrilling football games, colorful leaves in the fall, summer barbecues, or birthday cards in the mail?
Everyone can find the motivation to work out! You just have to identify which motivation will get you to your starting line each day and which will help you get to your daily finish line.
There are plenty of great things to enjoy in life. Find your motivation and start earning your frequent flyer miles for your healthy life. Then soar into the future with excitement about what will be!
This article of motivation is brought to you by a guy who knows a good thing when he sees it. That guy of good vision is Ron Blake, and he can be spotted on that bright horizon at firstname.lastname@example.org.