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Makeup - Yes or No?

aging health laughter May 07, 2015

I've always been someone who has felt I needed makeup to enhance my looks. Call it a crutch perhaps but I would actually turn around and come home to put it on if I'd forgotten it. Lately I'm wearing it less. And my husband likes me without it which reinforces that it's my own issue. The funny thing is most people probably don't even know if I'm wearing it!!! Except the ones that are self conscious like me!!!

One thing I'm learning as I get older and am surrounded by positive, uplifting people is that what truly matters is on the inside. And the people that you should surround yourself with will look at your soul, not at the fancy decorations that cover it.

So yesterday AND today I've bared my soul and done without all those bells and whistles! Feels kind of freeing!

Are you a make up or non-make up person?

Here's me off to work without makeup.... (play scary music please!):

No makeup pic

(Full Disclosure: I did have on foundation and some eyebrow pencil. Baby steps people!!!)

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Your Mind's Eye

motivational Mar 23, 2015

What is your mind’s eye telling you? Did you know that it can work against you?mind-eye

I came upon the Ted talk below and found it very interesting especially because the presenter, Emily Balcetis, used health and fitness as an example of where it can work against you. As a coach, I am always trying to find ways to motivate my customers so I am intrigued that a little alteration to how their mind is seeing things might be just the answer!

Emily talks about research that proves people who are more out-of-shape see exercise as more difficult while people who are in shape see it as easier. That makes sense! And she also says that the people who see exercise as more difficult also see the finish line as farther than people who are in shape. Again, that seems quite logical! But what’s really interesting is that when the out-of-shape people are asked to focus and keep their “eyes on the prize,” their mindset changes and they see the finish line closer.

So is the answer to...

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A Year Older

aging health Feb 15, 2015

Yesterday I turned a year older. And I’m ok with that. Not because I like aging but because, as I’m getting older, I truly believe I’m getting better. When I think about how to describe what I mean by being better, I come up with the following: I’m healthier. I’m physically stronger. I’m mentally stronger. I’m more energetic. I feel more loved. I feel more lovable. I feel more loving. I’m more sincere. I know more positive, uplifting people. I’m more optimistic. I’m more purposeful. I’m more passionate. I’m more committed. I’m more alive. And I’m happier!

These are only SOME  of the reasons that, at age 56, I feel BETTER than EVER!!!

BUT!!!

Don’t think I’m going to rest on my laurels! No, no no! I’m working on getting even better….

Tomorrow I start a brand new 90-day challenge to get in the best shape of my life, and I’m soooo excited about it! My goal for this...

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Realizing Bucketlist Item #4

adventure bucketlist Feb 01, 2015

I had an amazing experience when I was in Mexico recently realizing bucket list item 4 - swimming with the dolphins! To be truthful, though, it was just one dolphin. But who cares! One was enough!!! It must have been fate because the place where you go for the dolphin “experience” or “encounter” as they call it was within walking distance of the resort we stayed in, and we walked by it every day as we meandered around the marina looking for places to eat & drink.

I actually first noticed the place, not while walking by it, but by seeing it from several stories up, from one of the rooftop balconies of our resort while doing a little self-guided tour. I looked down and saw this big blue pool of water and dolphins swimming around it. I think my reaction was something like: “OMG!!! Are those dolphins?!!! Are those dolphins I can swim with?!!! OMG! OMG!”

So of course, first chance I got, I went in and got the down low. I’m not sure...

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My Happiness Jar

motivational Jan 27, 2015

Something new I started this year is My Happiness Jar. I got the idea from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, and Love.” At the beginning of the year, she posted a picture of her jar on her Facebook page. She explained how every day she writes down on a slip of paper the happiest moment of the previous day, and then she drops it in her Happiness Jar. During the year, she collects 365 happy moments, and then at the end of the year, she reviews them all. How cool is that?!!! Little moments that might go forgotten are recorded and then saved so you can cherish them again!

She suggests you find an appropriate “vessel” for your happy notes. I didn’t spend too much time looking. I went with a big jar I found at Tuesday Morning, much like the one she showed in her photo. I set it on my dresser in my bedroom as a visual reminder to add a note in each day.

I’m someone who often has a great idea but fails to see it through so the fact that it’s...

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What I Learned Last Year...

motivational Jan 09, 2015

2014 was a great year for me so I spent a bit of time reflecting on why it was and what I learned last year that stands out as helping to make it one of my best years so far. I’m sure there are a lot of little things that I’ve probably forgotten, and there are, I’m thankful to say, the things that didn’t happen. Like none of my loved ones got really sick or laid off or were in an accident. Those things can really take the wind out of a great year.

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So as I start this new year, I’m counting my blessings and looking back with a huge sense of gratitude for 12 months well-lived and certainly well-appreciated. Here are my 2014 lessons learned:

LESSON 1: Age is just a number.

I never thought it possible that I’d ever do a chin up, let alone do my first after my 55th birthday. I mean, if you can’t do one in your prime, you’d think it’d be impossible when you have a few extra miles on you. Being able to do a chin up and then...

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It's Where You Are Going

motivational Dec 01, 2014

Last weekend, I heard a wonderful quote from Les Brown: "It’s not where you start, it’s where you are going." What this means is that you have the power to change everything in your past and point yourself in a new direction – a direction of positivity, success, and happiness. All it takes is a DECISION and a COMMITMENT to DO IT. I was lucky enough to see Les Brown speak these words in person. His inspirational talk was the culmination of one of the most exhilarating events of my life. I was holed up in a ballroom in the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas for 24 hours over 3 days listening to and being inspired by some of the most committed, dedicated, and richest networking marketing leaders who shared their stories and tips for building a successful business.

I ventured to this conference alone because I want to be successful with my business. I know if I am serious about this business, I need to learn a lot. I know I need to surround myself with role models. I...

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My Eyebrow Adventure

aging health Nov 11, 2014

My eyebrow adventure began quite by accident. I came upon this idea after a woman walked into the salon where I was getting my hair done to get a 2nd opinion on her new tattoos. REALLY?!! You can tattoo your eyebrows?!! I had heard of having eyeliner tattoos but it never dawned on me that there might be an answer to my eyebrow-challenged life! Maybe I was living in a cave because, since then, several people have told me they’ve done it. Wow! I would have never known. And of course they have eyebrows to die for!

Some people might think it’s vain to get your eyebrows tattooed, but my feeling on the subject is that if it makes you feel better about yourself, then why not? For me, it’s also about saving time & money. No more spending 5 minutes applying eyebrow pencil and then another 5 minutes re-applying it because I didn’t get it on right. (This happens a lot when you have crooked eyebrows!) And no more money spent on Lancôme eyebrow pencil!...

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Love Your Boobies!

aging health Oct 23, 2014

Do you love your boobies? Today I loved mine by getting my annual mammogram. I’m not sure how long I’ve been getting mammograms, but since I’m now 55, I think it’s about 15 years… And I’m proud to say I’ve never missed a year! I have a vivid memory of my first mammogram: I fainted! Yes!!! I have a huge fear of medical procedures and have a history of fainting in doctor’s offices! The good news is that I now know enough to warn the offending parties (i.e., medical staff holding needles) before such procedures AND I can usually give a heads up if I feel a spell coming on. In the case of the mammogram faint, I was able to warn the technician so she caught me before I did a face plant. Fortunately, I wasn’t in mid scan and left dangling at the machine. OUCH! That’s not a pretty image!!!

In celebration of my annual booby check, I wanted to take this opportunity to share my experience and to encourage all women over 40 to...

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An Unremarkable Boy

Uncategorized Oct 04, 2014

One thing I love about having a blog is that I get to share cool things that I think will inspire and make a difference. I had an experience last week that fits the bill so I just have to share it. It’s about the journey of an unremarkable boy. My husband and I attended the dedication of the new Strome Business School and Entrepreneurial Center at our alma mater, Old Dominion University. We were invited by Mark Strome, who was my husband’s college roommate in the 70s, and his wife, Tammy. Mark had recently given the university a large financial gift.

It was super cool to be back at the place where we all met and began our friendships. Many of our college buddies were there as was Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Senator Mark Warner, a good friend of Mark’s. We literally got the presidential treatment, watching an ODU football game from the President’s Suite in the company of the ODU President and his wife.

We were even treated to a halftime...

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