Mid Week Motivator : Sometimes You Eat a Donut

For the past few weeks I have been getting back into my running routine. So far it is working out. This past Saturday after my run, I wanted to have donuts. And I did. I enjoyed eating them immensely too.

Sometimes, you just have to eat a donut. Or whatever it is you are craving. Enjoy it and then get back to your regular eating habits. Enjoying the odd donut now and again is important on your health journey.

Embracing Beauty

As a little girl, I played with my mother’s make up. Playing dress up in her clothes that she no longer wore. It was act of mimicking what I saw. I longed to be grown up and make up was very grown up. My mom wears make up on a near daily basis, and I began wearing it off and on during my middle school years. A habit that has continued onto this day. Some days I wear want to wear it and others I barley get some on at all.

This past week I got to have my make up done. This may not seem like much but it is not often that I get to have this done. I can count on one hand the number of times I got to have this done. This last time was for a work luncheon for my day job. All of us got to be glammed up as part of the celebration. It was fun and weird having so much attention on me. From the amazing young lady who did my make up to the reactions garnered once it was done.

By the end of the day though I was just itching to wash my face. Thankfully, throughout the day I was comfortable as my skin was able to breathe. Washing it off felt wonderful though! I usually wear minimal amounts of make up if any at all. I am grateful for the genes I inherited that has given me skin that I do not feel the need to wear any make up. I am also grateful that I am comfortable in both states.

But not everyone is. So many woman feel naked without their “face” on. And others, like me can get along just fine with or without it. I think it is important to be comfortable with and without.  Embrace the story your face tells either way. Whatever the reason you have to wear it or not wear it, embrace the woman you are in total. You are complete and beautiful whether or not you wear make up.  Enjoy what make up can do but also enjoy the natural beauty that is already there.

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Make up has power to give the person wearing it to have confidence in themselves. To reflect themselves from the inside out or vice versa.Then when you do get glammed up, be sure to get photos! Take photos sans make up too. Celebrate your beauty.

Mid Week Motivator : Fight to Write

Writing, it’s what I’m made to do. Whether or not I make money from my words, I will always be one. I can never not write. Whether it be in my journal, here or my novels. The words come to me and they must be written.

Because it is my passion, writing is hard. Some days the words come easily and freely. But other times, it is hard. So hard. The words just do not come, the story gets stalled or hits a dead end.

Giving up writing is not an option. Fighting through those hard times are worth it. It means what you have to say is important. Because the other side of fighting through are beautiful words. Those words are there on the other side of fight.

Keep writing, don’t give up. Keep fighting for those words. Because your words are important and need to be read.

 

Mid Week Motivator: Cutting out Excuses

I cut my hair after two years of growing it out. I loved aspects of having long hair. I enjoyed playing with hairstyles and most especially the excuse it gave me to not run.

Why? Because if I ran as often as I should then I would have to wash it. Honestly, I used this a reason to not run or even work out hard. Taking the time to wash it was just too much to deal with for me. I do not tend to use a blowdryer. It was just a convenient excuse.

My hair had become my hinderance. So it was time to cut it out. I chose to donate my hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths which provides for women going through cancer treatments. Cutting off the extra hair did not magically make go out and run. But it did give me one less excuse to not go.

Since cutting my hair, I have resumed my running ritual. [Tweet “The thing about excuses is that they can be so easy to believe. “]Just as getting into running is a habit, getting out of it is as well. It became easier to not go than to go. But I am changing that, I need to run. I have stated this in previous posts.

And so I begin again. That is what I am doing these days, running four days in a row, two days of static exercises and one day of rest. So far, so good I have to say.

I am enjoying my new short hairdo too!

 

 

Mid Week Motivator: Popsicle Fun!

One of my favorite things to eat during the summer ( and basically all year round) are popsicles! On a hot day they just seem to hit the spot. While there are some great, healthy options available in grocery stores, I wanted to attempt making my own as I am adding to my kitchen adventures.

I found molds at Dollar Tree ( a favorite store of mine!), pinned at least twenty popsicle recipes on Pinterest and headed for the grocery store. For my first attempt ( which turned out better than I expected I must say) was melon, lime and a few with raspberries. So far I have used fresh fruit but I using frozen should work as well.

I let them freeze overnight and they popped out easily after running the mold under warm water. The only thing I would say is to not pull out the the stick as I did. This made it not stay in when removing them from the mold.

Now I have a healthier version of my favorite snack. Plus popsicles are a great way to hydrate too!

 

Hi Miss Linda!

Shenanigans!

Dear Miss Linda —  I miss one of my favorite babysitters, you know. The one who was never too much of a grown up to act crazy with me. The one who made silly faces. The one who smuggled me coffee at church (Don’t worry, it’s still our secret.) I hope you’re having a good day even though it’s not your day. I heard it’s a fool’s day and you’re one of the only people I don’t hear Mommy call a “blasted fool” but I didn’t want you to feel left out so I thought I’d write you a note. Happy April Fools Day!!

Love, #mctoddler