MySweet2018Goals: Louise Griffeth

According to Texas State History Museum Foundation Trustee Louise Griffeth,

Louise Griffeth (File photo)

Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt (File photo)

“My goal for the new year is to increase awareness and support of the Texas Independence Day Dinner that will honor three Dallas residents-philanthropist Nancy Ann Hunt, her husband, business icon Ray Hunt and legendary golfer Lee Trevino at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin on Tuesday, February 27, with the prestigious History-Making Texan Award.

Lee Trevino (File photo)

Dan and Stacey Branch (File photo)

“Dallasites Stacey and Dan Branch, who is a Trustee of the Texas State History Museum Foundation, are serving as co-chairmen for the event. Proceeds from the event will benefit many education programs and special projects of the Museum. Jan Felts Bullock of Austin is honorary chairman.

“Each year, the museum connects more than 100,000 school children from around Texas to the state’s vital history and culture, encouraging critical thinking and actively engaging them in applying knowledge to contemporary issues.”

MySweet2018Goals: Sandi Chapman

Sandra Chapman (File photo)

According to Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas Founder/Chief Director/Dee Wyly Distinguished University Professor Sandi Chapman,

“My goal is in your head. Yes, you! Your brain. Your BrainHealth. In 2018 I want to dramatically transform the way healthy individuals of all ages think and act to keep their brain more fit. 

“We all have a stigma about our brain and fear loss of its dependability. Why wouldn’t we all strive for a healthier, more resilient brain as a major New Years’ Resolution? Because until now, people didn’t realize they could do something to improve brain performance – to physically change their brain’s ‘software’ and make it run more efficiently with greater energy.

“To tackle the grandest challenge of our time, we will launch the 3rd BrainHealth Initiative, teaming up with 25+ brain health experts from around the world. The lead goal is to translate new discoveries into actionable steps to fortify brain performance and inoculate against decline. You can, regardless of age can increase brain performance over time.

“In 2018, I’m setting out to show you, the best brain years are ahead of you! We just opened the Brain Performance Institute as part of UT Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth. That means evidenced-based brain health offerings- classes, trainings, assessments, apps, lectures, online cognitive trainings, monitoring of brain performance. My 2018 is about encouraging you to care for your brain like you do for your body.

“My vision is to energize Dallas as the epicenter for Innovative Thinkers and to attract major brain health enterprises and technologies to this region. Looking into the near future -Dallas will become the go-to place to harness our fullest brain potential.

“If you’re like me, you need an actionable step one to dive into the New Year. Here’s an idea. Starting in February we will have a lecture series every Tuesday night – ‘The Brain: An Owner’s Guide’* covering topics ranging from Sleep, to Happiness, Alzheimer’s and Technology and our Brain in our modern world.

“My goal for 2018 is to you see your face in the audience. The more we learn, the more we share, the better we can be at any age!”

* Visit to get your tickets or learn about other 

MySweet2018Goals: Kimberly Martinez

According to The Elisa Project Executive Director Kimberly Martinez,

Kim Bannister and Kimberly Martinez (File photo)

“One of my goals for 2018 is for the community to join me, alongside 13th Annual Life Lessons Luncheon Chair Kim Bannister and Honorary Co-Chairs Sandra Estess and Elizabeth Estess Hughes, for the 13th Annual Life Lessons Luncheon benefiting The Elisa Project.

“This year’s luncheon, which will be held on Wednesday, February 28, at Brook Hollow Golf Club, is not to be missed as we will welcome Golden Globe-nominated actress Chrissy Metz, star of the critically acclaimed hit NBC series ‘This is Us,’ as our featured speaker. The day will include a reception, seated luncheon and a conversation with Metz, moderated by Southern Living Editor-At-Large/author/lifestyle expert Kimberly Schlegel Whitman.  

Chrissy Metz (File photo)

“The Elisa Project is dedicated to the development of healthy children and adolescents by raising awareness of body image and self-esteem issues and the prevention of life-threatening eating disorders. We know Chrissy will truly captivate attendees as she shares her own inspirational stories of courage and self-acceptance. 

“Chrissy Metz stars on the critically acclaimed hit NBC series ‘This Is Us’ which has been renewed for two additional seasons and just received three nominations for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, including Best Support Actress for Metz. Chrissy plays Kate, a woman struggling with her weight, eating habits, and body image. ET named her as one of six ‘breakout stars you will fall in love with this fall.’ People magazine named her to the ‘One’s to Watch.’ We could not be more thrilled to have her in Dallas!

“We expect a sold-out event, so please don’t wait! Only a limited amount of tickets will be available closer to the event. Tables begin at $2,000 and are on sale now; individual tickets will go on sale in early February if space permits. For more information, visit”

MySweet2018Goals: Whitney Strauss

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According to new AdvoCare Foundation Executive Director Whitney Strauss, MySweet2018Goals are

  1. “Make hundreds, thousands…millions more children healthier by combatting the causes of childhood obesity in Dallas but throughout the US.
  2. “Make my own household healthier by paying attention to food labels, exercising regularly, cooking at home and cutting out sugar
  3. “Take up a dance class because no better way to stay fit then doing something you love
  4. “Travel, read and pursuit a passion
  5. “Hug my boys and read up on how to handle a teenager – because I will have one in my house this year!”

MySweet2018Goals: Lynn McBee

Lynn McBee (File photo)

According to The Dallas Opera Board of Directors Chair-Elect Lynn McBee,

“Get on top of the clutter and piles that are everywhere!”

MySweet2018Goals: Donna Arp Weitzman And Herb Weitzman

Donna Arp Weitzman and Herb Weitzman (File photo)

According to Donna Arp Weitzman and Herb Weitzman,

“Herb and I have competing goals: 

“First, he wants to gain weight (how disgusting). I have wanted to lose 7 pounds for now 31 years.   

“Our second goal is to promote more awareness and raise more money for our charitable organizations. We are national fundraising chairs for the MD Anderson Neurodegeneration Initiative. It is a coordinated effort between MD Anderson, MIT and Baylor. They are partnering to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.”

MySweet2018Goals Series Kicks Off Tomorrow

Donna Arp Weitzman and Herb Weitzman (File photo)

Brent Christopher (File photo)

To kick off a brand new year of 365 days, the annual MySweet2018Goals series kicks off this week thanks to Donna Arp Weitzman and Herb Weitzman and Brent Christopher. Some goals will be funny; some will probably be impossible to achieve; some will be great food for thought. They keep coming in.

But what if during this year  

  • a cure for just one form of cancer was found
  • first responders actually had a stay-at-home day because there were no incidents requiring them
  • a local won a Pulitzer Prize
  • having an animal was a privilege
  • a diabetic never had to test their blood sugar again
  • we aimed for the stars instead of selfies
  • all museums had one free-admission day
  • no parent had to have “a meeting” about their child
  • hunger was replaced with fulfillment
  • being color blind was more than a state of eyesight
  • a vaccine was created for Alzheimer’s and other diseases
  • nonprofits were overwhelmed with volunteers
  • a child was born who could heal the discord of the ages

Sure, those are pretty hefty goals, but little goals eventually lead to bigger ones.