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.
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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!
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.
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!
Are you the only guest at your own pity party these days? Stop whining and get inspired. (I'm really talking to myself.)
Take a good, long look at yourself in the mirror. Ok, now dry our little tears and remember that you ARE A SUPERWOMAN.
After all, who else can keep up with the latest fashion trends faster than a speeding bullet, run circles around our co-workers more powerfully than a speeding locomotive and who's more capable of leaping tall buildings in a single bound wearing
5 inch stilettos? You, silly. That's who!
So in honor or Women's History Month, we're bringing more octane for your fuel. Join us a series of newsworthy snippets that highlight the lives of some of the most powerful women at the Daily Planet. Find a few similarities between their lives and yours. Get inspired. If they did it, so can you.
Hadn't been to the movies in a while and decided this weekend to see what all the hub-bub was about regarding the King's Speech. The theater was still a packed house, Guess I wasn't the only late-comer to view this Oscar winning flick. My girlfriend and arrived a little late (ok, so it was the popcorn line that did it) and had to revert to the neck-breaking 2nd row from the screen.
I always seem to lose myself in the movie characters..you know try to take on their identities and pretend that I'm on the screen too. For me, the movie wasn't about the King's stuttering, but all about overcoming a fear. Gosh, doesn't that sound familiar?
Hmmm..... overcoming the stuff that people told us when we were younger. I realized how wasteful it is to be stuck in a spirit or a mindset that's really not ours, but someone else's. Eleanor Roosevelt once said something like: No one can make use feel inferior unless we give them permission. Always loved that quote because it reminds me of the power I have to accept or dismiss someone's opinion of me.
The King triumphed in the end, developed the confidence and courage to do what he had never been able to. Wow! What a lesson. If you haven't seen it already, it's a must-do in our book. I left the theater refreshed. My girlfriend did too after nearly 2 hours of snoring in her seat.
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