Like good mothers, we graciously accepted the cheap perfume and actually wore the cheesy Santa earrings for years. Now, we’ve earned the right to drop a few hints for Mother’s Day.
My Mother’s Day Wish List contains three items: food, jewels, and style. My lovely family is invited to select any one or multiples. I did my homework, now I hope I get lucky!
Jewels With a Tale to Tell:
A girl can never have too many baubles. But, if we can’t have boatloads of jewels, we should have meaningful ones. Pamela Gillie at YasuJutaro’s uses ethereal elements with colorful pasts, ancient Roman glass fragments, Venetian glass, and precious metals. The pieces are as interesting as the stories so I won’t mind wearing any of them.
I’d love to have a peek in Sherrie Mathieson’s closet. Every time I see her she looks like the kind of style icon I aspire to. Super cool and sophisticated, her style is one to be envied at any age. She has a talent for pulling fashion victims back from the abyss and she employs it with grace. Someday I want to go shopping at Barney’s with Sherrie.
Always Ready to COOK!
Amateur night in the kitchen is my idea of a grand old time, especially if there’s wine for the cook (moi). I’ve created masterpieces while CUI (cooking under the influence), and I’m not just saying so myself… So when I saw that list of Recreational Cooking classes at the International Culinary Center I picked 8 to start with. I really really want to learn how to make fondant icing, artisanal bread, and wield a knife like that Ginsu guy.
Let’s see which way the boat rocks on May 9th.
At some point, it’s liberating to stop letting things like deprivation diets, emaciated celebutantes, and Jillian Michaels torture us into thinking we’d be better off thinner.
I was a long time single. And a long time thinner (than I am now). I didn’t realize what kept me lean until I ended up in a relationship and menopause all within the same time period.
From childhood through my single adulthood, dinner with family and friends was one of my favorite things to do. For me, not having anyone to eat with was like being the only one at the party. So when I was without a dinner companion I grazed on whatever was on hand. An apple, a couple of crackers, or a few cashews would kill hunger pains and allow me to do something more interesting than cook a meal for just me.
Now that I had someone to cook for, I loved making every night a party. Wine, food, dessert, companionship and menopause. It was a recipe for bulking up. Suddenly I had a muffin top and all my clothes were tight. I decided to look for a solution.
Before menopause those few extra pounds were easy come, easy go. Now, it’s more like easy come, never leave. It’s common for our bodies to change during and after menopause. All those lovely hormones that kept us healthy, horny, and fertile are now waning, making us hungry, sluggish, and fat. It seems a cruel trick of Mother Nature that our metabolism slows down at the same time our appetite increases.
I’m looking for ways to take back control of my body, my booty, and my life!
Starting here and now!
Sleight of hand is a set of techniques used by magicians to manipulate objects secretly. A magician’s most important tools are confidence and sleight of hand. With these two things, they can fool us even while we know we’re being fooled.
Confidence and sleight of hand is where the magic lies.
Highly accomplished performers, CEOs, public speakers, and even magicians experience shyness, insecurity and terror just like the rest of us. We don’t notice their jitters because they’re good at “acting-as-if” they’re calm and in control.
Acting-as-if is sleight of hand for everyday use.
- Act as if your anxiety is an asset. Severe anxiety is debilitating but low-level stress can boost a performance. Athletes, musicians, actors, public speakers rely on their talent for the game but just as important is their ability to function at a high level under pressure.
- Act as if you’re going to ace it. Anticipation is often worse than the actual experience. Every time a negative thought creeps in turn it around and imagine success.
- Act as if you know what you’re talking about. If you don’t know you shouldn’t be talking anyway. Most people are their own toughest critics. Cut yourself some slack. The odds are that you look better and sound better than you imagine.
Want to start now to have more self confidence? Look into a mirror and repeat these words, “You’re looking at the problem.”
Summer 2010 is the season for every Flashionista to acknowledge what self-preserving duck hunters have known all along. Whether it keeps you from getting shot in the woods or getting lost at the mall, orange will get you noticed.