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"?)
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!
I was waiting on line to check out at my local supermarket and caught myself checking out the women around me. It wasn't just a glance....it was a full blown, head-to-toe, "she forgot the check the mirror", "nice shoes", "dry hair" , cute butt - kind of mental once-overs. And for the record....I'm a female whose preference is men.
I had to catch myself there for a minute. Ironically, as I looked around at the faces of the other women waiting in line , I noticed they were doing the exact same thing - measuring themselves against the rest of the estrogen nation.
It's no secret that women most often, dress to impress other women (that's been a huge debate over the years). Deep down, I think we feel like we're in some sort of competition with each other. For what...I don't know.
Competition that for the next mans compliment? To mask the emotionally charred body suit we're wearing underneath? To give the appearance of success and independence? To make a few heads turn as we sashay by your glance?
What I do know is this....whether we like it or not we do really don't care what others think about the way we look. We do dress to impress. We do want our egos stroked, by any means necessary.
Here are 5 Clues that you care what other woman think:
It's late October and for most of the country, the remnants of summer or Indian Summer are quickly becoming a thing of the past. The bright, breezy colors of summer are fading too.....even my sun-kissed glow. I just love that healthy, beaming, radiant look of a summer's tan. So how do you keep the glow glowing?
We searched the web to find tips that even I can do. Since every woman needs a daily moisturizer to protect skin from drying out, why not a tinted moisturizer? Most over-the-county moisturizers are loaded with water and unpronounceable ingredients. Making homemade moisturizers gives you control over the ingredients. Tinted moisturizers match your skin tone, while still providing hydration.
Here's how to make your own:
Things You'll Need:
· 2 tbsp. cocoa butter
· 4 tbsp. jojoba
· Double boiler
· Wood spoon
· 2tbsp. Aloe Vera
· ceramic bowl
· plastic spatula
· mineral foundation
· bronzer powder (optional)
· plastic glass or jar
I was moved beyond tears the other day when I called to check on a business colleague and friend. Called her a couple of times over the past 4-5 weeks, but didn't get any response. Not like her at all.
She answered this call. Stephanie first apologized for not returning my calls and then went on to say that she had been so terribly sick....her cancer returned. She's lost all of her beautiful hair again and seemed more angry than sad. I was a mess for the rest of the day. It's unfair that good people suffer. But, Stephanie has always been a trooper. She clenches the hugest fistful of courage I've ever witnessed. This one phone call exchange lit the fire in me.
Friends, please....don't take it for granted that you're safe from anything. Don't listen to the "rules" about the appropriate age to get cancer screened. Be proactive about your health. Get a mammogram; visit your GYN regularly.
This month, I'm asking you to help us, help others. We've chosen 3 cancer organizations to donate 15% of your purchases to:
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
Cancer Research Institute
How were they chosen? Our research shows that at least 80 - 90% of all donations they receive go to fund research, education and awareness. So many other organizations spend 80% on themselves and publicity and only 20% goes to "the cure" .
You'll feel better too. Our thanks for your support.
An extra pound here, another pound there. Over the last several months, somehow I managed to pack on 7 unaffordable pounds. I'm working out, not consuming an exorbitant amount of calories and trying to be mindful of getting my fruits & veggies in daily. Clearly and honestly, I'm frustrated. My discouragement could translate into a mental beat-down where I'm scolding myself about the billboard sized bulges that have now made me unattractive. Been there. Done that. Perish the thought!
The real truth is that being beautiful from the inside out means that my new wider curves don't translate into me being any less accepted, attractive or engaging. It's not my personality or spirit that tipped the scales. I refuse to imagine that people are staring and pointing at me saying, "Wow...look at her. She just put on 7 pounds.". Not.
So, what are you telling yourself when you've experienced a little setback? How you choose to speak about yourself has everything to do with owning your beauty - inside & out. Let's face it - if you don't feel proud, loving, exuberant, luscious, beautiful - you won't act it either, right? You really need to see the glass half full. Fill up on the good truths about yourself and watch the glass spill over.
So for the next several days practice this with me....... write down 3 qualities that make you unique, sexy and magnetic. Let those words be the only words you use to describe yourself. Beauty from the inside out is all about what pleases you and the other fellas eye. It's an energy, not a size. It's a spirit, not a size 6 shape. Watch what happens next!
I've probably said this before, but "Who makes the rules about what you can and cannot wear?" We've been following the rules of a few select know-it-all's about what high fashion is, what goes with what and whether you should wear white after Labor Day. Seems that more people have become more free spirited and have changed the channel on stuffy fashion rule makers.
So, it dawned on me this morning that Labor Day and the unofficial end to summer is only 17 days away. Holy smokes! Where'd the summer go, right? If I'm going to be at least moderately compliant with this silly "no white after Labor Day" dictatorship, I might as well pull out every piece of white apparel and accessory I have and rock it every day for the next 17 days. After all, there's loads of things in my closet that I haven't had an occasion to take off the hanger or out of the box yet.
This seemed to be the summer where I found some really great, comfortable finds....metallic flat sandals that really did match everything I wore, And....the dresses I swooshed around in all summer - full of color and pizzaz. Never got a chance to don the whites. Betcha I will now. With only 17 days left, I plan to look like the female version of John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever-dressed in all white for the next couple of weeks. Excuse me while I strike pose.
We've all heard that early prevention for anything is more important than trying to repair damage later in life. Teeth, skin, nails and hair (those really visible features) really need extra care if we want to maintain good looks through the ages. And don't start thinking " it won't happen to me". Chances are, if you don't take care of your teeth now, they'll fall out later. Same with your hair. Get smart!
According to Dr. Zoe Draelos, MD FAAD, of American Academy of Dermatology,"It's important to understand that hair is nonliving and cannot be repaired once it is injured." As we get older, hair growth slows down and the cosmetic beauty of our hair decreases. Hair loss that occurs from continual hair breakage over the years is a serious cosmetic concern for many women, so the key is to prevent this damage by stopping the cycle of over-processing and over-grooming our hair and selecting hair care products with proven hair-health benefits."
What to avoid in your 20's:
Be aware. Be smart. Be beautiful.
Well, warmth is finally here and this mid section mound in between my boobs and thighs (no doublt filled with post-yummy desserts & snacks) just won't deflate. I've been trying with a great deal of sensible effort to lose this extra belly fat before it was picture taking time. I confess....I've been a bit agitated about having to bare arms (and legs, and full body parts). I committed to the resurgence of early mornning power walks and advanced workout classes to jump start these fat cells into shape. Frustratingly (is that even a word?), nothing I've tried has worked. Until 2 days ago.....
I must be living in a cocoon, because I'd never heard of the red wine vinegar boost for weight loss. I'm never a fan of these "lose 100 pounds in one day" type gimmicks. But, I thought I'd give it a try.
So, I'm pleased to report to the world and to others struggling with the same challenges, I've lost 2 pounds in 2 days. The belly fat has been significantly reduced and my appetite has taken a dive. I'm still eating healthy though...oatmeal, fruits, veggies and protein throughout the day - just not as much. All is takes (first thing in the morning) is: 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon of honey and a little warm water to mix.
My research tells me that red wine vinegar is actually healthy for you, especially if you have diabetic symptoms. It's been known to lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and even the great Dr. Oz recommends it. It's natural, not harmful and works. I'm hooked.
See you at the beach (I'll be the one with the fierce 2-piece swimsuit on).
REINVENT YOURSELF at ANY AGE
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BEAUTY MISTAKES THAT AGE YOU
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