A New Year, A New Look On Life!

As one year comes to an end and the next one begins I always take the time to reflect on my life. I think about this past year; all of its joys and heart ache, successes and failures. It’s important to think about our failures and not just our successes. Don’t ignore failure and push it under the rug, pretending they never happened. How else will we learn? Then I think about the upcoming year. It’s so fresh and new, with limitless possibilities. But how will we accomplish all we want to in this new year?  Without a road map we will get blown around where ever life decides to put us. This is why we make goals and plans, so we take control of our lives.

“I should be the leading lady in my own life.” (Kate Winslet in The Holiday)

When reflecting on my life I have to think about the different areas of my life: me personally, my family and my work. I some times do 3 separate lists of goals for each of these areas. Some times it is simply thinking about which area of your life needs the most attention.
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Enjoying the Magic and Fun of Christmas

Shopping, parties, baking, Christmas programs, breakfast with Santa, seeing the light show, wrapping presents, decorating the tree, putting up lights, moving that damn elf every night….  It’s easy to forget why we are doing all of this.  Let’s face it, the holidays are stressful.

There are so many reasons for stress this time of year.  There are family dynamics that come up that haven’t been dealt with since last year.   Maybe you come from a divorced family, or you have a sibling who isn’t talking to anyone, or a loved one that has passed away, or your family is across the county or world that you won’t see.  Maybe your stress is financial.  Possibly you lost your job, got your hours cut, lost your home.  It’s hard to explain to your kids why Santa isn’t bringing them as many presents as the other kids in their class.  Or maybe you’re just way to busy with all of your commitments that you don’t have any time to enjoy your family.  You’re spending so much time helping here, and planning that event, and attending this party, that you are running yourself exhausted.  And then there is the stress us women put on ourselves to do everything “perfect”.   Her house is bigger and it’s decorated better, that’s why she can throw a party and I can’t.  How can she get thru the Holidays without gaining 10 pounds?  Listen up, there is no super-mom!  Just because your friend and her kids did breakfast with Santa while your family stayed home in their pj’s watching cartoons does not make you a bad mom.

Christmas Cookies

We can’t control all the people and crazy stuff going on around us.  What we can control is how we view it.  No matter who you are, we all have stressful shit to deal with this time of year.  Don’t let it drag you down!  Put your focus on what’s really important and what matters to you.  Make your own happy memories!
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Tips & Tricks #2

  1. After waxing, don’t exfoliate or go in the direct sun light for 24 hours._8159861
  2. If you have a really red zit put some visine on it.  It gets the red out.
  3. A glass of wine or a shot of liquor has 100+ calories, so be aware of how much you are consuming.  All of those calories turn straight to sugar.
  4. Concealers can be drying, use a primer first to protect the under eye area.   I use MAC Prep & Prime in Radiant Rose.
  5. Spend the money and get yourself a really nice winter coat.  It’s worth the investment!  You wear it every day for many months out of the year.  And it’s the first thing (some times only thing) that everyone sees.  I love this coat! Check out the awesome detail in the back!

My Favorite Leggings

Oh My Goodness!!!  If you know me, then you know my all time favorite leggings are the Zella ‘live-in’ leggings.  And I truly live in them!  They just came out with these new, awesome prints!  Check them out!!!!!!!!  (if you can’t tell, I’m soooo excited)

Here is the classic ‘live-in’ legging,  power play and split leopard.

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I wear these with a sweater and boots or to the gym to do pilates.  They are thick enough, so you can’t see thru them.  And the belly area is very flattering.  They seriously are the best legging!