Love The Skin You’re In

Sesame Street continues to educate everyone!

I saw this recent clip from Sesame Street yesterday, and it sparked so many thoughts in my mind.  First, of course, is the core message that skin comes in many different beautiful colors and shades and textures.  We are all people of color because everyone single one of us on the planet has a skin color.  I love seeing children being taught to embrace that from as early an age as possible.

Then my thoughts began to wander. [Surprise!  Not!]  Skin is not only beautiful, it is also an important organ (yes it’s an organ remember!).  Our skin is the largest organ on our bodies, and it is constantly growing as your body replaces thousands of skin cells everyday.   Our skin protects our inner body by trapping dirt and other such unsavory types.   Every workout you do helps remove toxins and impurities through your skin pores as your body sweats to regulate your body temperature.  Want to keep that skin glowing and beautiful?  Go run (or walk) a lap or two.

But as usual with me, there is always another layer, not of skin, but of thinking.  Love the skin you’re in.   Not just the color or the smoothness, but the person living in your skin.  It’s the hardest thing to do sometimes.  It can be so easy to get caught up in negative thoughts, perceived inadequacies and deeply buried resentment.  But take a minute and think about it.

Do you love the skin the skin you’re in?

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What Are You Becoming?


What are you becoming?

In the past year, my mother passed away, I left my job, traveled a fair bit, recommitted myself to my health goals, formed new relationships and ended some old ones.  You know, life.

As I sit back and review the past 9 months (coincidence on that 9 month thing?), I feel I can honestly say I have become a better and stronger person out of everything I’ve planned to do as well as those I had no control over.

I miss my mother terribly, but I have matured in knowing that my grief is somewhat selfishly for myself in losing her because I know she is in a happier place free of pain, worry and struggle, while still being able to watch over me.  She’s fine now – so I have to continue to find a way to live the life of happiness she always wanted for me.

It is strange and sometimes scary to not be employed.  To not have a definite place to go every day.  To not have a title and business card to throw around.  But guess what?  I’m happy.  I was so stressed, burned out and unmotivated a year ago that I dreaded getting out of bed in the morning.   Now if I don’t want to get out of bed, it’s because I’m reading a book, or writing or hell, even watching the new Doctor Who episode.  And when I do get out of bed, I get to go train, or meet friends for lunch or just sit in a coffee shop and dream up things to do and make plans for places to go. Continue Reading

September Beginnings & Setting Goals


“Ah, September!  You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul… but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.”  – Peggy Toney Horton


September is here, and I for one am excited!  Per the quote above, I too must admit that my love of September is mainly because it starts the countdown to October.  I LOVE OCTOBER.  No, seriously, I LOVE IT.  But anyhoo –  while September is more of the gateway, I still love it for bringing in the excitement of the season.

There are many who wait anxiously for March and the approaching arrival of Spring.  It is a lovely time of year, no argument there.  But for me, September is the time when I come alive.  Autumn is my favorite time of year and September is the first hint of the months to come of yummy sweaters, boots, football games, Halloween, changing leaves, trips to the mountains and warm throw blankets on the couch by the fire with mugs of hot chocolate and tea.  All the familiar scents of pumpkin and cinnamon and just a hint of pine that is lingering out there whispering that the holiday season is coming soon.

Forgive me as I wax cheesy over Fall, but like I said, this is my time of year.

Autumn is usually a time of harvest and reaping, but many forget it is also a time of preparation.  Preparation for the cold months ahead to make sure that all is ready for the Spring that is to come. You can’t expect to plant seeds in soil that was left deserted and untended the previous season. From a more non-agrarian viewpoint – bikini season doesn’t start in May.  It actually starts, well, now.

Looking at it that way (which I am), means that September is a time of beginning and preparation.  Setting new goals for where you want to be and laying the groundwork to make it possible.  When April comes around, do you want to be starting over, or ahead of the game?  What you do the next few months will dictate the outcome. Continue Reading

Travel Planning: Oh, The Places You Will Go!


I’ve spent the past few days planning some trips for 2015.  I originally was going to cut travel down next year because I’m still on sabbatical (code: not earning money).  Then my Italy trip had to be rescheduled for next Spring, and my friend from my London/Paris trip this year asked if I wanted to go to China.  So at that point, I began to think that if I’m taking this time for myself, I should continue to make the most of it and travel my little fanny off as much as fiscally possible.

I’ll finish off 2014 with a trip to Europe for Christmas, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.  Next year? 
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Reader Appreciation: My First Giveaway $50 Amazon Giftcard

Welcome to the We Love Our Fans Flash Sweepstakes

Organized by Budget Earth


As bloggers, we are thankful every day that we have wonderful readers like you. All of us put in countless hours on our blogs, but know we wouldn’t be here without fantastic, loyal readers like you. We know you are taking time away from your busy day to read our articles, try out our recipes, and enter our giveaways. Your loyalty and trust means a lot to us and we want to give back!

Budget Earth and some of your favorite bloggers joined our funds together to bring you this awesome flash giveaway! One very lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon or Paypal Gift Card! This giveaway will only last for one week so don’t forget to enter! To make things easier for you, we kept the Rafflecopter small and are ONLY doing Facebook links. This will make it easier for our loyal readers who have been here awhile! Good luck everyone and make sure to read all the rules below, before entering the giveaway form!

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