Throwing it back to a candid v-log that is truly relevant today:
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Excited to be co-hosting and moderating several insightful panel discussions.
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I loooove face time (for real, not the iPhone application) and have never been a phone person… my inner tribe knows this. I prefer connecting eye-to-eye and actually experiencing someone’s vibe. It may sound old school because we live in a phone, Skype and texting society. So, call me old school.
Back in the day, I felt bad about it, beat myself up for it and tried to conform. See, I have ADD. I know everyone flings that term around today, but I was finally diagnosed at the age of 37 after years of not understanding how to manage it, self-medicating, battling depression and perfection paralysis due to it. If this is you, read on:
*I’m an artistic, creative type.
*Can’t talk in the car because I would always get lost and miss my exit.
*I prefer 1×1 interaction with deep conversation rather than in groups with lots of small talk.
*My phone stays on silent most of the day when I’m working with clients, filming/writing SOS because one text can distract me and send me down the rabbit hole then I’ve lost an hour of my day I can’t get back.
*Overstimulation and groups can make me shut down or I would find I needed to drink more to cope in social settings.
*I love people and love putting on workshops, but I know I will need a quiet day afterward to recoup.
*I make lots of lists and give myself grace if I don’t mark everything off.
*Keep margin on your plate instead of saying yes to every single opportunity and event.
*The power of a gracious no.
MOST IMPORTANT: Pray for discernment and the leading of the Holy Spirit for the best yes’s. There is a powerful book on the topic by Lisa TerKeurst called The Best Yes.
Saying YES to God’s best means saying no to the things that distract us from what’s best for us. Make sense? People may get upset with you because it may not fit into their agenda, but that’s their prob, not yours.
A precious SOS sista, Michelle Colon-Johnson, shared this old video yesterday and it was actually a message I needed to hear TODAY. I thought it may inspire you as well. Take a look:
“Your body starts falling apart at 45.”
“Oh, just get used to that pooch below your belly button aka meno-pot.”
That’s what I keep hearing from women lately and no disrespect, but I’m not buying what you’re selling ladies. There are plenty of women out there over 50 who are living healthy, fit, vibrant lives. I’m choosing that route. Life is all about choices.
As you all know, I had some health issues last year due to stress which made my endocrine system, thyroid, adrenal glands and kidneys to start shutting down. For my 45th bday, I started the journey to balance my hormones and get my health under control. It has taken a lot of work, research, trial and error. Our health is everything and I intend to be more aware and diligent than ever after the years of abusing my body with harmful behaviors.
Over the past year of working on my hormones and metabolism, I figured I would fluctuate a few pounds NOT 8-10! On a smaller framed gal, that’s the difference in a few jean sizes and I’m sorry– But, I have some really cute pants I would prefer fitting into than going shopping for bigger sizes. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love to workout. It keeps me sane as well as fit. How frustrating to work out daily and keep gaining. GRRRRRR!
By the end of April this year I was feeling much better than I did last year. I implemented regular detoxes with TeaMi Teas to keep my gut and organs healthy as well as cutting way back on the weekly glasses of wine. But…DANG IT, the scale kept going up!
I’ve never been a big scale user because of dealing with mild eating disorders during my modeling days. I would get obsessed or fixated with a certain number which became unhealthy, but it is the best method to gauge our results. Usually I would go by the way my clothes fit, but let’s face it– I live in really stretchy jeans. Not the most accurate way to gauge your weight. When you workout regularly, eat clean and cut out the booze and you’re still not losing–
I believe in inviting God into every single aspect of our life and I began seeking Him for answers and healing. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been led to several remedies. Thank you Lord!! The military diet is one of them.
The Military Diet is a combination of low calorie, chemically compatible foods designed to work together and jump start your weight loss. Because the diet is 3 days on and 4 days off, it doesn’t slow down your metabolism like other diets. It’s a type of intermittent fasting with 4 days off eating your normal healthy diet. I started this last week and was surprised how doable and simple it was.
Of course, I was a bit HANGRY the first day, but I woke up on day 2 feeling really good. Over the 3 days, I lost 3.5 pounds. WooHoo! I’m sure half of that was fluid and water weight, but that’s ok. After the scale not budging for 4 months, I was thrilled to find something that was effective.
The past 4 days off I have enjoyed my green smoothies, salad with chicken breasts, soups and favorite healthy snacks. During the 3 days on, I realized I had been snacking way too much so I got back to using the app called LOSE IT. It’s a great way to log your meals, snacks and workouts to help stick to your program. I will not weigh myself again until the weekend. It can be discouraging to weigh yourself daily so choose one day a week at the same time of the day every time. I prefer first thing in the morning and butt naked. Just sayin! Today, I begin round 2 of the 3-day diet and I’m actually looking forward to it. Call me cray! Here’s what today looks like:
I’m no a fan of the word “diet”, but it is what it is. The Military Diet is free and I encourage you to learn more about how it works before starting it. Ok, I’m off to have my toast, peanut butter and half of a grapefruit. We have to change things up if we want results. What’s the saying, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” and that’s exactly how I was feeling over the past few months. Insane! I’m seeing sanity in the very near future. Yay!
Can you believe we are half way through 2017? It’s exciting because we have 6 more months to kick some serious bootie by December. Last year was a challenging time for many of us, but I’m sensing this year is a time of rising above, gaining momentum and moving on.
Are there a few things on your goal list that you haven’t checked off yet? Are you struggling with a few intentions you’ve set? What is holding you back? Are you making choices out of fear or love? Do you play small?
For the remainder of the year, I challenge us all to be limitless in our thinking and get out of our comfort zone:
P.S. There is one spot available in August for my private on-camera confidence coaching bootcamps. Go here for details. Rates and packages will change in the Fall.
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Hey fashionistas and fellow beauty junkies!
I’m excited to be part of this event as a StyleStage emcee and cohost. Aside from all the amazing style and beauty brands to drool over, there will be insightful panels speakers that you do not want to miss. This years theme is the Beauty Of Empowerment which is a total fit with SOS. Hope to see you there!
Beauty and fashion’s favorite “Con” – StyleCon – will be in two cities in 2017, launching in Dallas, TX on September 23rd, and for the 3rd year in Orange County, CA on Saturday, November 4th.
StyleCon is a day full of fashion presentations and beauty experiences, as well as a great opportunity to broaden your base with new followers, connect with national and emerging brands, create unique content for your social sites, and much, much more! We expect 1,000+ Dallas / 2,000+ Orange County attendees interested in beauty, fashion, and lifestyle trends and products. Hundreds of content creators attend StyleCon – Instagram and YouTube personalities, bloggers, vloggers, industry professionals, and celebrities – including Melanie Bromley of E! News, the official host of the StyleCon StyleStage and global fashionista Swati Mandela and Sanctuary Of Style creator and star on Real Housewives Of Dallas, Tiffany Hendra. We want you there in 2017!