It happens every single year. I go into the mall to look around the stores and peek at what's hot for the holiday season The goal is to make a mental check mark for those folks on my holiday list. That's all.
I felt like a kid in a candy store - sort of Willy Wonker-ish - as I roamed from aisle to aisle through Macy's and Bloomingdales. Seemed as if I hadn't been in a department store for over 100 years. In an instant, the adrenaline started flowing and I was flush with excitement over all that glittered and brightened my spirit.
When you linger too long in one spot, you know you're in trouble. But, buying just one little trinket for myself wouldn't hurt, right? Well, that one trinket turned into a new coat, some really awesome black books, a new sexy animal print bra and the hottest textured hosiery on the shelves today. I promised myself as I waddled to my car with an armful of packages, that 'this was it!'. I wondered if they have a hotline or something I could call for help. Maybe a shopping 12-step program. Admittedly I really need to exercise a whole lotta self-control on my next trip to the mall. Felt damn good, though.
There's so much going on when you're pregnant, right? It's a whole pool of emotions, never felt before - swimming around all at the same time.
At the top of the list has to be feeling self-conscious about what your body has transformed into. Who knew it could stretch and reshape itself like it has? And what's happened to your hair? Raging hormones can be blamed for much of the hair loss you're seeing. Researchers describe it like this:
During pregnancy, an increased number of hairs go into their resting phase, which is part of the normal hair loss cycle. The increase in hormones during pregnancy prevents hair loss, but when hormones go back to normal levels after delivery, your hair may fall out in order to return to its regular cycle. Make sense? So some women may have a bunch of their hair fall out all at once, but it is not serious enough to cause permanent hair loss or bald spots. However, if you experience unusual hair loss while you are pregnant, this may be due to a vitamin or mineral deficiency.
Here are 8 tips for keeping strands on your head after the bouncy bundle of joy arrives:
8. Avoid stress. Having a new baby to take care of can create more stress in your life, but try to avoid additional stressful situations or feelings. Stress can cause your hair to fall out or decrease in thickness. Avoid stress to increase your chances of retaining more of your pre-pregnancy hair.
How comfortable are you naked? Do you embrace your flaws or cower in utter disgust when undressed? Which body part do you hate or love the most? According to FITNESS magazine and a Yahoo! Shine survey of 1,500 men and women, 21 percent of women say they hate their thighs. For men, 11 percent dislike their butts the most.
How should feel about being naked or shedding clothes in a locker room full of strange women? What's the limit in terms of what you're willing to show in public? Nakedness...it can be a bit uncomfortable for lots of folks.
When it comes to body parts to flaunt, it seems that:
So how do you get to the "f-it" point and just accept your body the way it is and make the most of your flaws?
Here are my 5 Tips for embracing your naked body:
So the next time you pass the mirror and instinctively zero in on that one area that's not so perfect, just say "SO WHAT?"
I was just reminded by the sound of the loudest birds on the planet, that it's Monday morning....again. Hey, listen...don't get me wrong - I love every friggin' day. But sometimes - (and especially after a heavy-duty, fun-filled, sun-filled, over -the-top, "what more could happen?", "party-over-here!), weekend- you just aren't ready for Monday mornings.
All I can think about all day long, is how good it's gonna feel to get back in my bed as soon as I get home. I just can't wait to recline horizontally with the remote control in one hand and who knows what in the other. The key is stay focused during the work day, get the heck out of the office as soon as the "bell" rings and make a beeline to your sleep sanctuary before the sun goes down. So, if you've found yourself with the Monday morning hang-under blues, here are my tips for getting through the day:
I was catching-up recently with a writer/entrepreneur/visionary friend of mine on the phone. We were chatting about the "hit-me-over-the-head" reality of getting older...tick, tock, tick, tock, tick.... It's that automatic, never-have-to-wind up, universal mechanism that reminds us we just don't look, feel or do like we used to. Our conclusion at the end of the chat was....SO WHAT?
"SO WHAT?"... I''m not the moon-walkin', magnetic party animal I used to be. "SO WHAT".... I get a bit more compassionate when I see a turkey's neck. "SO WHAT"... It takes me a little longer to remember what your doggone name is. "SO WHAT"...my once biggest asset now takes up a seat & a half on the subway. SO WHAT? SO WHAT?
We may not look or feel like we used to, but heck ...at least something still jiggles... and I'm so glad I still have hair - somewhere- however short, sparse or patchy it is.
I've learned that personalities and spirit outline your curves. Holding onto a really positive flow of energy is probably the most important exercise routine I need to do daily.
Every stage of our lives is a remarkable trip. SO WHAT I need bifocals to see the road...I'm still the luckiest chick in the world. (Do they still say "chick"?)
I made an appointment last week with my hairstylist (whom I adore) for some much needed maintenance. I mentally estimated the treatments and cost of my quarterly visit and made my way into the salon chair.
Seems I never really budget the full price of the damn-near all day event. My selective amnesia always forgets to add the tip or tips for this event: stylist, shampoo lady, colorist, doorman, trash taker-outer.....
I'm often wondering if I really do need to tip every single person who serves me during my visit. The answer is....yes. The rule of thumb, by most researchers is: 20% to your lead stylist gal and then $5 bucks to everyone else. That's almost a week's salary, folks.
So here are my tips to make sure everyone is happy (including you) at your hair salon:
I watched Oprah's interview of Pharrell this past weekend and was pleasantly surprised at the depth of this mogul songwriter and singer. The one thing he said that distinctively struck a harmonic cord with me was, "Confidence is found in the mirror." Wow! Pow! Holy make-over Bat Woman.
I don't care who you are or what you do for a living....we all go through periods where our confidence is lost or at least -hiding for a while. And although we think we've got it all together, there's always that little something that keeps us from snatching back that moon that once had our name written all over it.
So, how do you gain it back? It surely isn't going to boomerang from a stranger's compliment, a rusty gold medal, a man's whistle or by winning cash from a $1 scratch-off ticket. Confidence is purposeful. It takes work and like money - doesn't grow on trees.
I've come up with 3 tips to rebuilding your confidence. Wanna hear them? Here they go......
The constant sound of birds chirping in early morning remind me that we're turning the corner to better weather, brighter colors and an attitude to match. I feel as if I was in a deep freeze this winter...all cranky and stuff.
And with the new Spring season, comes the uncovering of the real "me"...the real "you".
So, not only have I vowed to unclutter the heaping mess of genuine crap accumulated over the past several months, but I need to unclutter my look....you know - revamp my hair, clothes, style and "come hither" aura.
Once you start peeling back those Mama Bear layers, you'll probably startle your own self at what's revealed.
To start unleashing whatever's been pent up this past winter, here are a few tips to spring you forward:
Last week, The Today Show introduced a series about how comfortable we are in our own skin and about embracing our imperfections. All the hosts, including Matt, Al Roker, Natalie, Samantha, Hoda & Kathie Lee talked about their awkward years and dealing with what God gave them in a positive light. I absolutely LOVE this concept to the max. It's all about been comfortable in your own skin and honestly liking what you see in your reflection. Today on the show, they featured No Make-up Mondays and invited viewers to post their own pics in a #Love Your Selfie series.
Pow! Reality Check #1 for me: As I get older, seems like everyday, I notice something else on my face or body that's a little less perky, a little more jiggly or a bit more sparse. Hate the saggy jaws, crooked teeth, wiry hair....you know the drill - we can name a million things we hate about ourselves in photographs.
But that's not the point, people! The message here is clear to me. Turn your imperfections into a thing of beauty, simply by changing the way we view them. Think about how many times someone told you that you looked great and you said "Eeeyuuuu, I do?". Remember that we never see ourselves as others do. So let's practice learning to love those slight imperfections - those areas that make us unique. Starting today. Upload your selfie or share a link to one right now and share it with us.
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL and I am too!
During yesterday's stare-off in the mirror, I couldn't help but notice how washed-out, pale and lifeless I looked. I know the summer bronzy-glow has long gone and my smile isn't quite as bright, but geez..I almost feel unrecognizable. T o make waking matter worse, it's snowing....again...and I can feel the ugly funk creeping back in my spirit. This clearly cannot go on, people. So today, I've decided to make a few purposeful changes to brighten these dreary, dull, cold, dark, gothic, underworld-looking, skanky (ok...went too far) winter days by adding colorful stuff to brighten my mood and ultimately, my spirit and face.
Here's my list of must-do's to kick the bust-blues:
Until next year....
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