March 28, 2012

just another day living at the beach

I've been living back at the beach for about 2 months now, and take my lab to the dog beach a lot. Tonight's sunset was a keeper.

March 25, 2012

i choose positive

Two years ago at this time I was going through IVF and battling uterine cancer. My friend's daughter painted this picture for me. A simple rainbow, a sun, and my dog Xander (she'd "met" him when her mother and I were skyping).

I have it hanging in my garage now so that it's the last thing I see before I start my day. One, because it makes me smile and two, it shows me that life can be simultaneously simple, like when we were kids, and complex, when we're adults. Both are a choice, though, and I'm reminded that every day you can choose your attitude when you wake up.

I choose positive.

March 11, 2012

my tedx talk: space shuttles, cancer and life -- and the 30% that binds them

Last summer I was selected by NASA to attend the NASATweetup at the final space shuttle launch, securing a spot by throwing my name in the hat for their Twitter contest. What followed was a whirlwind of activity, but it's safe to say I came home with 150 new friends and memories to last a lifetime.

Cut to four months later: a TEDx organizer who'd read my article on "How to Put on a TEDx Show" contacted me, and after corresponding back and forth, she asked if I would like to speak at TEDxYouth@BommerCanyon. Even though her event was taking place 2 days after my own show (TEDxIntuit at work), I said yes because, well, it's the opportunity to speak at a TEDx and who says no to that?

TED's mantra is "ideas worth spreading" and folks usually get up at TED and TEDx to share their "one idea." I began thinking about my life. What one thing would I want to tell folks about, given the chance? It became pretty clear, pretty quickly, that it would include my battles with cancer and how that dovetailed with the emotion I felt at watching people leave Earth in front of me in July at Kennedy Space Center.

What's it like to give a TEDx talk? Thrilling, terrifying, exhilarating, and humbling. I won't tell you how I think I did...I'm my own worst critic. So I'll share Mike Maney's thoughts when he shared the talk on Facebook:

"Wonderful, touching and inspiring TEDx talk by my friend Kara DeFrias about the space shuttle, cancer and life...and the 30% that binds them."

There you have it.

Related posts:
On Being Invited by NASA to the Final Space Shuttle Launch
L-2 Days 'Til Launch: Arrival in Cape Canaveral for #NASATweetup
L-1 Day 'Til Launch: Day 1 #NASATweetup Recap
L-0 Launch Day: Live from Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch for #NASATweetup