Posts by Carol Ploen-Hosegood

Never give up on a childhood dream!

As a kid I use to lay in the grass and watch the birds float across the sky. I imagined how peaceful and fun it would be to play in the wind and view the world from above. I wondered why people couldn’t fly? I thought about making myself some wings and jumping off the…

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Women’s Health

Why focus on women’s health? Men get sick too. Aren’t we all the same? On many levels yes, but on many others not so much. In addition to the differences between men and women much of the research that has been done over the last 50 years has targeted men in the sample groups or…

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Lessons from the Blue Zone

What is a Blue Zone? A Blue Zone is a geographical area that has been studied and identified as a place where people live on average 10 years longer than the rest of the population. Not only do they live longer but they do so independently, doing what they love. You can imagine how this…

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Black Bean Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Ingredients 15 oz black beans drained & rinsed 2 whole bananas 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa (and/or cacao powder) 1/3 cup agave nectar 1/2 cup dry oats 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips 1/2 cup almond butter or whatever nut butter you prefer 1 tsp vanilla extract Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8×8…

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From 51-81, age is only a number.

As I reflect on our Costa Rica adventure: exploring the blue zone I have a huge smile on my face. We learned about the 9 lessons for living longer, explored the culture, the incredible biodiversity and beauty of Costa Rica and challenged each other to step outside of our comfort zone and try new things.…

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Belly laughs and Giving Back

Two pillars I love #HaveFun and #GiveBack, what a great combination! I was at a comedy show before Christmas and I honestly was laughing so hard I wanted the comic to stop because my stomach hurt so much. You thought I was going to say I peed my pants but thankfully I had that under…

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Have a Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Day!

This is a throw back blog from 3 years ago, it always brings a big smile to my face as it was such a fun night out and Sarah truly was an inspiration. Now 3 years later and returning from the same Florida get away to visit my parents I reflect on what was the…

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What’s in store for you in 2019?

Happy New Year Monkeys. What’s in store for you in 2019? We will all be another year older, another year wiser and another year _____________. You fill in the blank. What did you write? How did it make you feel? Did you fill in the blank with a positive goal or a negative one? Each…

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HMC sharing circle Endowment fund needs you!

The HMC sharing circle endowment fund is making a difference and this is my annual invitation to ask you to consider adding this fund to your list of giving. I understand that there are many worthy causes in our community asking for your financial support and at some point you said yes because someone asked.…

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Hiking is my passion!

Hiking has become a true love of mine over the past 5 years as I realize there is so much beauty to be seen and lessons to be learned in nature. The other bonus is that you can do it anywhere, at your own level, you get great exercise, it clears your mind and it’s…

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