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This week I’m taking personal inventory on what I deem important vs what others deem important. Am I living intrinsically or am I motivated extrinsically? I’ve never been a fan of allowing others to dictate my decisions, nor do I desire the responsibility, or weight of other’s decisions. Why do individuals feel compelled to convince others to have the same beliefs? Is it okay to be an individual today, or has collectivism replaced independence? Celebrating our individuality...
8 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Gotham Philadelphia happened last night. Oh, yes it did! Shelley Simpson, one of my favorite Gothamites participated in our intimate zoom conversation. We shared meaningful conversation about lovely topics. Everything from COVID realities, to playful walks in the park, to dog attacks and protection from harm it was salon style. Education for the mind and nutrients for the soul. A fond memory bubbled up for Shelley, right at the end of our zoom call. A playful memory she c...
15 days ago 19 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
First appearing in France in 1664, Salons were an important place with which to exchange ideas. A social forum where one could increase knowledge, through the art of conversation. Such conversation aimed to please or educate, by allowing free thought and discussion through the expression of art, philosophy and poetry, via oration. Does it remind you of Gotham? It does for me. We still have salons today, except the word is often associated with hairstylists, blow-outs, neighb...
22 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
After a long summer filled with sweet treats, hot eats and endless glasses of wine, it’s time to clean up my diet. Every October, I push the reset button on my food choices and dial everything down. Exercise daily, bedtimes that provide 7-8 hours, balanced schedules of work and play, makes for a healthy, wealthy life. Fundamentals give us a baseline with which to return; a compass on the beaten path to guide us. These same principles can be applied to every space in our live...
29 days ago 11 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
If our identity is defined by what we do, then we can become anything we “do” consistently. It dawned on me that transformation can occur simply by, becoming. Should you train for a marathon and run in the marathon, you are a marathoner. If you remove meat products from your diet, you become a vegetarian. Commitment to becoming is within our control. Do you like to get up early? You’re an “Early Riser” Do you like to stay up late? You might be called a “Night Owl”. The oppo...
36 days ago 11 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
589 days ago, I wrote this blog about my Lady-Hero. The Notorious RBG Tis' Herself: An affectionate expression in both Irish and Scottish language denoting a woman of importance, usually the Lady of the house. When I think of Ruth, I think “Tis’ Herself.” The Notorious R.B.G. On the Basis of Sex, Mimi Leder did a spectacular job directing the movie of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s struggles for equal rights. Her life, her accomplishments and her steady reason are supernatural,...
43 days ago 18 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Cheer*lead*er: A noun, -An enthusiastic and vocal supporter of someone or something.   Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a cheerleader. My mother would ask me at the start of every school year, “what do you want to be when you grow up.” To her dissatisfaction, every year my answer was always the same. I wanted to be a cheerleader. She used to encourage me to “play the sport”, to “be a participant in the sport, not a cheerleader for other players.” In hindsight, I k...
57 days ago 7 comments Categories: Games Tags:
Here’s one for you! Have you ever wondered why chickens became such a hot source for the use of idioms? Thought we might have fun with chickens today. Write down a chicken idiom and encourage a friend to do the same. I’ll go first. Cock And Bull Story Meaning: a story that has been made up or extremely exaggerated. Example in a sentence: I didn’t believe her cock and bull story for one second. GO!!...
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One of my favorite broadway musicals is Mary Poppins. An enchanting story about a nanny to an English family, who creates fun through structure and imagination. Practically perfect in every way. As I go through the painstaking efforts of moving into our new home, I’m reminded to find the fun in all of this chaos, “In the most delightful way”. “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun, soon you find that snap, the job is a game.” Maybe I’m just born a posi...
71 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Disruption can carry positive and negative connotation. Personally, disruption is a catalyst for fresh ideas. A shake-up, if you will. Stirring, while uncomfortable, can be life changing. Usually an outside force disrupts us to go another direction. Immediately, we fight the change and push back to “normal”, or maybe the word “normal”could be interchangeable with “comfortable.” In discomfort, we grow. Some of my most difficult situations, where I could not see my way through ...
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