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!
It's that time of year again when the house if filled with weekend guests... Running all over your house. Leaving water all around the sink. Touching everything that isn't nailed down. Moving the thing from over there to over here. Dropping Big Foot sized crumbs on the floor and in the sofa cushions. Marking the walls with their little grubby hands. But we love for them to visit, right? It seems so much easier in the summertime when everyone spends time outside. During the cozy winter months, when we're in "sociable confinement", you've got to set some boundaries for your guests - just to keep your own sanity and good will.
During this holiday season, toss the permanent rubber gloves and try these 5 subtle tips:
No need to pull your hair out (oh, my) or go through that panicking thing again. Here are our tips for a wonderful, relaxing holiday.....
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 had a long talk with my mirror this morning. I told her I wanted to see some improvements around here immediately - and we may as well start with cellulite. Rather than just accept that it's there...I wanted to find out if there was anything I could do to prevent it from getting worse. After all, my mirror and I didn't leave each other on good terms this morning. My goal is to improve our relationship.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is caused by fat deposits just below the skin's surface. It's a condition that picks and chooses its victims it seems, because even skinny people can have it. Lack of exercise, hormones and of course, your diet all play a part in the degree of your dimples.
We can proactively make some changes in our lives to enhance our appearance.
First, foods to avoid:
Seems like Christmas and the whole New Year's hoopla was eons ago, right? Shockingly folks, it was just last month...a few slim weeks ago. If you made any Resolutions for the New Year, it's probably a good time to consciously review how your doing.
I started to think about the habits I committed to change....the folks I wanted to release from my circle and the projects I kept saying I wanted to complete....you know the ones that make you sound like a whiny, broken down, bootlegged , 8-track tape that's scratchy and annoying....but you keep listening to it.
Although I've made progress, I must admit, I've got a long ways to go. I love these times, however, when something jars my spirit enough to take my pulse and examine how far I've moved from where I was, to where I really want to be. For me, my goals and aspirations are better charted and reviewed on paper than thought up in this mish-mosh of a brain.
To help you stay on track.....print out our Resolution Progress Tracker. We'll check back in with you soon.
The whole world seems to be talking about the wonders of meditation theses days... spiritual "oneness"....the power to harness creative energy.....getting in tuned with your soul....you know, that kind of stuff. Heck, I've got loads of friends who start each and every day with 20-minutes of peaceful, purposeful, calming thoughtlessness. I've got books, audio cd's and a video collection that teaches how to gain peace and inner sanctity through meditation. The only problems for me is....I just can't seem to "get it". Can't empty my thoughts. Can't concentrate. Can't tell if I'm more enlightened or just simply sleepier.
I attended a workshop a couple of years ago with Russell Simmons, the mega mogul guru. He was promoting his new book, "Super Rich". Russell shared how he took baby steps to gaining inner peace and prosperity through the power of meditation. Now, it's part of his every breath and the foundation of h. The entire audience of about 300 people participated in a 5-minute meditative session - just pure concentration on breathing. So, for 5 minutes I concentrated.. on what I was having for dinner; how much money was in my wallet and my last 4 debit card purchases; what I was wearing for my date on Saturday night - the little black dress or the gold sweater with the peek-a-boo cleavage; and what time is this thing over?
It was useless for me. No hope. But I keep trying. Seems that meditation is the root to beauty, glamor, prosperity, love, peace and all that is revered. Now if that's what we all aim for, why aren't we all doing it??
What's your secret?
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