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:
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!
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?
No matter how old you are, summer represents 3 glorious months of playtime, playthings and play clothes. From sheer and seductive flowing mini-dresses to the all-white, head-to-toe ensembles that always make you look like you've just stepped off a 100 ft. yacht....bronzed and millionaire-ish. Sadly, we've got to say "goodbye" to a few of the tell tale signs of summer... like wearing anything white. Why? Because some hoity toity fashionista a zillion years ago said that it wasn't chic to wear white after Labor Day. This all seems like etiquette snobbery to me.
If you can wear big, clunky hot knee-high boots with shorts in the summer, why can't we wear white after Labor Day? This has always confused me.
My research on this subject revealed that this ridiculous rule has no real foundation. There's speculation all about the cabin and none worth mentioning to you.
I say....wear whatever you want....and break the darn rule, but within reason. There are a few clothing items and accessories that we'd do best to tuck away until next June.....like the white handbag and white shoes. But for now, I'm wearin' my white jeans and holdin' my head up high...at least for today. Happy Labor Day!
In between zoning out, gazing through the stained glass windows and checking email messages on my Blackberry, I did absorb a beautiful message during this past Sunday's sermon at church. The message I walked out of the chapel with was: seek and ask not for stuff, but for the beautiful spirit that will attract that stuff. We've all heard, for years that "beauty comes from within", "beauty is as beauty does", and all the rest of that yada yada stuff. Sounds good, but do we really get it?
This remarkable concept isn't about religion at all. It's about "me-ligion"- the power to feel good inside...the ability to ignore the haters in your life...the chance to change the color & size of your halo and dictate the outcome of the rest of your fabulous life. Perhaps you've fallen into a bit of a self-blaming game - you know...where the unwritten rules require you to always think the worst about yourself because of what you think other people think of you. Today, the rules change for you.
In fact, they change right now. Ready to begin?
STEP ONE: Repeat after me - I AM BEAUTIFUL PERSON. I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL SPIRIT. I ATTRACT BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE and SITUATIONS. I AM A BEAUTIFUL PERSON.
Repeat that all day long. Write it down somewhere and say it all day long. Tonight you'll start to see a little growth where you've planted today's seed.
Yup, today's the 4th of July...Independence Day. I think we all know what this day historically represents to the nation, but what does it mean for you?
It was a tough question I awoke with this morning. Mmm..independence, freedom.
In order to really get clarity on that concept, I had to think of the contrary word. FEAR. Wow.
Clearly there are still fears that take my breath away. Fears that stomp my creativity and crush my ability to move up to that next level, where in my mind's eye - I'm always smiling, blissfully happy and making more money than I know what to do with.
I'll bet my bottom dollar that I'm not alone here, right?
So, what if today, we all vow to be free. I mean totally emancipated from at least 1 thought that's kept us paralyzed...stuck in the moment....unable to grab that damn dream. No more will we fantasize about what we want while making excuses for why it won't work.
Today will be my own Independence Day. All day, I'll silently chant that I am NOT my circumstances. I am NOT my frizzy hair. I am NOT my enlarged caboose (butt)...I am NOT afraid. Today I am free. Happy Independence Day to you too.
I can't tell you how many times I've been late to an event or date simply because I hated my outfit or couldn't style my hair perfectly. Nothing seemed to work...the slacks weren't fitting right...the top was blah...the jewelry looked trashy...the shoes weren't working. My hair just wouldn't fall properly...the curls wouldn't twist like I wanted them to...the ends seemed dry... no amount of hair goop could make my edges smooth and lay flat. You know the drill.
Funny thing is, my hair looked the same yesterday and the clothing...well... I'd matched up that same outfit before. Ok...time for a mental readjustment. Sometimes I just need to slap myself and realize that THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH ME.
The clothes and the hair don't make me. The most expensive Jimmy Choo's don't define how smart I am. The freshly brushed highlights in my hair won't help me win a deal. The pencil skirt I nabbed at Bloomingdale's wasn't going to give me the inner joy I needed to happy or to be a blessing to someone else that day.
Who cares that I have a curling iron burn on the side of my head or that my teeth aren't straight or that I have a few corns on my toes. Yes, I have flaws and I am the proud treasurer of the national Imperfection Club where there are millions of members. Today, though I'll release a genuine smile, look in the mirror and love what I see and embrace everything about me. Gee...I feel better already!
At 29 years old, Clara Shih is clearly the youngest superwoman to grace the board room at Starbucks. She's a visionary who knows all about this thing called "social media" and she's not afraid to tell the world about what she thinks. Already a successful author of the best selling book, "The Facebook Era", she's way ahead of her little 29 years.
She says she views every problem as an opportunity. Mmmmm.......
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