WHAT’S YOUR STATUS? By LeeAnne Locken

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I am thrilled to announce that my soul sister and dear friend of 20+ years, LeeAnne Locken has just self-published her first book called “What’s Your Status? Finding Your Way To A More Positive Life One Day At A Time!”  If you follow her Facebook Page, you already know how uplifting her daily posts are and have seen the thousands of people who stop by her page for their daily dose of LeeAnne Love .  Her new book is a collection of  these daily posts which are designed to motivate, inspire and encourage others to be their best!  LeeAnne and I moved to Dallas together many moons ago and I can attest to her being a ray of sunshine in the mornings.  We have shared several cups of coffee and inspiring morning chats together.  She is a natural encourager with a heart of gold.  I highly recommend picking up your copy today and begin a daily journey with LeeAnne as she encourages you to live a more POSITIVE LIFE one post at a time!  Available in paperback & kindle.

Here’s a sample post:

Today is the first day

of the rest of your life…

What will you do with it?

How will you live it?

Ask yourself these

simple questions,

then GO GET IT!

You are a one-of-a-kind

masterpiece of GOD!

Now, go LIVE like it!

~~~

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Spread the love + inspiration,

Tiff

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10 Ways To Stay Balanced & Sane:-)

Hey SOS Superstars!  

Who’s excited for the 2012 Academy Awards and all the red carpet glam this weekend?  If you’re on Twitter, connect with me and share your two-cents on the red carpet styles.  Follow me at www.twitter.com/sanctuarystyle

PLUS, I am learning Pinterest and slowly but surely creating boards! Like we have time for another Social Media account, but I totally get the obsession with this one!  I admit I’m getting addicted and and love the creativity.  If you’re like me and love Vision Boards, you have to join Pinterest and follow me at http://pinterest.com/sanctuarystyle . I created a board with my fave Oscar Moments.  I love this shot of Audrey Hepburn & Grace Kelly…

Ok, I’ve been brainstorming for this week’s blog and the topic of STAYING BALANCED has come up quite often among my friends.  It seems that everyone is feeling super crazy shifts and changes already this year.  We always start off the new year with a full tank of motivation, but can putter out quickly and start running on fumes from our busy day-to-day routine.  I don’t know about you, but I am not efficient, productive, creative or my happiest when I’m unbalanced.  I have learned the tools, the boundaries, the steps to keep myself from getting OFF KILTER.   If you’re tank is close to E (empty), here’s 10 ways we can keep our tank FULL and stay balanced & sane this year…

  1. Nurture your spirit:  Think of those things you did as a child that made you giddy and all warm & fuzzy on the inside. I loved playing outside when I was little!  So as an adult, the things that feed my spirit are usually activities out in nature.  A hike. Walk on the beach. A drive with the top down in a convertible.  Make time every week for an activity that makes you feel free, giddy and all warm & fuzzy!
  2. Prayer & Meditation:  I am a firm believer in starting your day with prayer & meditation. Taking the time to be still, get quiet and calm the inner chatter in your mind is one of THE MOST POWERFUL things you can do to stay balanced.  If you jump out of bed and immediately check your phone or emails, notice how easily “off kilter” the rest of your day will be.  Prayer is more than giving God a list of “to do’s”.  Focus on counting your blessings and giving gratitude!  This will bring you peace and an emotional state of well-being.
  3. Journaling:  Getting the thoughts out of your head and down on paper is extremely cathartic.  I began journaling about 10 years ago and it was like opening the flood gates!  If you keep all those thoughts bottled up eventually you can implode.  Start simple by logging your hopes, dreams, fears and things you’re grateful for. There is no magic formula to journaling and the method you go about it is a personal thing.  It’s fun to go back and read your progress and growth!
  4. Start a vision board.  Being an artist and a very visual person, I have been creating vision boards since I was a little girl and still do!  You are never too old to make a vision board.  This can be a super creative and fun way to keep your intentions, dreams and goals in plain site on a daily basis.  I prefer using a large cork board and clear tacks.  Cut out photos from magazines and newspapers of images that align with your goals and the vision for your life.  I also love to add powerful affirming words.  Make sure to hang it in a place you will see it on a regular basis.  As specific goals come to pass, remove them from the board and add new ones. This keeps it fresh and makes for a fun project all year long.
  5. Get a mentor.  Sharing your thoughts, goals and dreams with a person you admire and who has your best interest at heart is a powerful way to stay accountable. The definition of mentor: a trusted friend, counselor or teacher, usually a more experienced person. If you have someone in mind, simply ask them if they would be your mentor.  Being a mentor is a serious responsibility and honor.
  6. “Me” time:  This is especially important if you have children!  Do something ALONE every week that brings you joy.  It can be a simple as locking yourself in the bathroom and enjoying a long bubble bath.  I love to “flutter” around for an afternoon…go where ever I feel led to go- BY MYSELF!  I love to pop in one of my favorite shops, stop and grab lunch or get a mani/pedi.  For many, in order for this step to take place, you have to set boundaries with the people in your life that require much of your attention.  Mom’s you even need to set boundaries with your kids! This step is one of the most important ways to STAY SANE!
  7. Move your bootie:  Finding an exercise you love and moving your body is another very important way to stay balanced.  Working out not only helps the size of your thighs, but it helps your mind stay sharp and keeps your emotions under control.  If you get bored with your workout routine, change it up!  Try a new class like this Zumba everyone is raving about.  Just move that butt!  Sitting around wallowing and being sedentary will only inflame any emotional instability or depressed feelings.
  8. Be a giver:  One of the best natural anti-depressants is getting your mind off yourself and helping someone else.  This doesn’t have to be complicated and you don’t have to find a non-profit org to support.  Maybe it’s as easy as calling your lonely widowed aunt and checking on her. Maybe it’s offering to babysit your girlfriends kids so she and her hubby can have a date night without paying for a babysitter.  There’s a million creative ways to give!  It’s a total win-win…you, the giver, feels joy and so does the receiver.
  9. Girl Time:  On a regular basis, make time for special dinners, lunches, shopping dates or weekend trips with your girlfriends.  With the added responsibilities that come with being a wife and/or mother, making time for your girlfriends can be a challenge. BUT, it’s vital for women to connect.  It’s part of our lively-hood. Pick up the phone right now and plan a girlie lunch with a dear friend.  Girl Time does wonders for me…and for my hubby!  It makes me a much better wife!
  10. Join or start a group/class.  Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is a wonderful way to give and receive support.  This can be a book club, a cycling group or runners group, a prayer circle or even taking a cooking or photography class.  I am part of an amazing Spiritual Empowerment Group of Spiritually conscious, intelligent, loving and powerful career women who want to make a difference in the world.  If you cannot find a group to join, think about starting one!  It will change your life!

Staying balanced & sane is possible- no matter what is going on around us.  It’s a choice!  Decide to TODAY that you will do whatever it takes, you will use the necessary tools and you will set boundaries in order to keep from running on fumes! Cheers to sanity:-)

FINAL THOUGHT:

I must share these words of wisdom from my bestie LeeAnne Locken,

“Every setback is a setup for a comeback! God wants to bring you out better than you were before! Every trial we face, comes from the hand of God, who wants us to grow.  If your wise enough, you will see that disruptive moments are really divine appointments. We must learn to LOOK FOR THE LESSON! There is always one there making you a stronger person! The lessons prepare you for an abundant life! Now get out there and MAKE THIS DAY SPARKLE”! ♥
  • Share this blog post with any friends you have that may be feeling off kilter!
  • Comment and share  any ways you have found that help you STAY SANE!

With abundant love and appreciation,

Tiff 

MAKE THE CAMERA YOUR BFF!

Ho Ho Ho SOS Supermodels!

Do you have a love/hate relationship with the camera? 

Do you cringe when a friend tags you in a photo on Facebook?

Well, all of that is about to change!

During this time of year there are photo op’s every time you turn around whether it’s around the tree with family or toasting at a party with your girlfriends- so I wanted to share with you a few simple tips for taking YOUR BEST PHOTOS!   I started modeling at 14 and have had PLENTY of years of practice in front of the camera and learned what to tweak to help you look your most flattering + confident!  Luckily, these days with the digital cameras we can see it immediately and do as many retakes as we want!  Cracks me up when my friends and I take photos together,  we all want to check out how we look right away!  Screw how your friends look- we look at ourselves in the photo! You know what I’m talking about:-)

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Now the camera can be your new BFF!

This is the S-Curve pose that Christie Brinkley made famous!  I love that she wasn’t a toothpick.  Remember, swivel the hips and bring the shoulders back around.  This is by far, the most transforming photoposing tip!

REMINDER FOR MY CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY:

I will be offering reasonable PRIVATE SKYPE CONSULTATION + COACHING SESSIONS next year so I am giving one SOS blog subscriber 30 minutes with me via skype!  To enter you must be a follower or subscriber of this blog and send me a personal email to asktiffanyhendra@gmail.com with a short + sweet note saying you would like to spend 30 minutes with me.

FUN IDEA:

I shared this on Facebook and it really made an impact on several gals!  “NEW YEAR…TIME FOR A NEW RED WALLET! As the new year approaches- take the time to cleanse + organize areas of your life that need it so you do not take “clutter” and blockage into 2012. One place to start- HOW DOES YOUR PURSE LOOK? Is it filled with old receipts, gum wrappers? Is is tattered? WHAT ABOUT YOUR WALLET? A great gift you can buy for yourself this season is a NEW RED WALLET: “A new wallet symbolizes being ready to accept new wealth + colors in the red family draw prosperity to you.”-Feng Shui expert, Carol Olmstead.  I just got this new Michael Kors- I’m ready for more prosperity in 2012! Go for it girls!

Had to share this awesome quote from my bestie LeeAnne Locken-  “You are not a size, you are not a weight, you are not a color, you are not an age, you are not a trophy, you are not a doll, you are a HUMAN and you are BEAUTIFUL!! Never let others define you…you define yourself”!  Isn’t that a great mantra to carry into the New Year!?

I love getting comments + feedback- so don’t hesitate to let me know what you want to see!

Wishing you all a fun, fabulous, festive week ahead + a Very Merry Christmas!  Hanukkah began today so if you are celebrating– I wish you a HAPPY HANUKKAH!

Remember it’s all about us being more fabulous together! 

Love, Tiff

Bye Bye Dry!

Hey gorgeous goddesses!  Is the summer heat wrecking your beautiful locks?  Does your face feel like rawhide?  YIKES!   Let’s take care of that lickity split. Here are a few of my fav products and homemade facial masks for INSTANT HYDRATION!   You may find most of the ingredients in your fridge or pantry right now!

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One more thing I swear by is spritzing ROSE WATER on my face during the day to keep the skin moist!  Aside from moisturizing externally, the smell of rose is offers a soothing property to the nerves and emotional /psychological state of mind.  AMAZING AROMATHERAPY!  So hydrate your skin and make yourself happy at the same time!  Win- win!   You can get this brand by Heritage Products at any Whole Foods.

If you have a fab homemade facial that you love- please share it with us!

Say Bye Bye Dry!  See Ya!

Sharing the love+beauty+inspiration,

xoTiff