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Ten Steps to Be Your Wonderful Self

So often when I was around my mom I was there when she was putting on her “face.” She would lament her wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles. My sister and I would be surprised at how much she would spend on products to “fix” these things. When she passed she was 89. Such an amazing life she lived, too! But I remember clearly one time when she was trying to put on mascara and fussing about her imperfections and I said, “Mom, you know no one notices that stuff but you. All we see is how great you are and how much we all want to be around you.” And that was the absolute truth! My mom was an Auntie Mame (those of you my age will remember who that was), colorful and fun and funny. And even passing at 89 years old I still miss her every single day.

I am at that same place now, well, only 25 years younger. But don’t we all look in a mirror and see only imperfections? Why is that? It may be because we have this internal expectation to be something other than what we are. And who sets those expectations? It’s another example of keeping up with the Joneses, don’t you think? I am going to see family this weekend and I can’t wait! And since I have a new, smaller car I am even more careful about how I pack. One of those expectations also includes how you dress. Who exactly puts the limit on that? It’s enough to drive a person crazy!

So following are ten life lessons from the iconic Iris Apfel (Mattel made a Barbie of her in 2018!) that I am compelled to share:

  1. Don’t obsess over your age. “You’re here. Embrace it. …Put your experience to work.”
  2. Pick a person who celebrates your successes. Find someone who encourages you and offers “unwavering support.”
  3. When something excites you, go for it. “I just feel things in my gut and I do them. If something sounds exciting and interesting I do it — and then I worry about it later.”
  4. To stay young you have to feel young. “Having a sense of wonder, a sense of humor, and a sense of curiosity — these are my tonic…”
  5. Care about your own opinion above anyone else’s. “If you have to be all things to all people, you end up being ‘nothin’ to nobody.”
  6. But don’t isolate yourself either. “…But if you don’t try to be part of things, forget it. That’s when your originality is going to work against you. Fit in first and then step out.”
  7. Money doesn’t buy success. “If you’re happy, have found love, are surrounded by good people, doing what you like and giving back to others, that’s success.”
  8. Style is not about spending money. “It’s not what you wear but how you wear it.”
  9. Start new endeavors with one small step. “You only fail if you do not try,” says Apfel.
  10. Don’t pretend you are younger than you are. “There’s nothing wrong with wrinkles. When you’re older, trying to look years younger is foolish, and you’re not fooling anyone. When you’re seventy-five and you get a face-lift, nobody is going to think you are thirty,” she says.”

There you have it. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Go YOU!

Essential Oils: I still LOVE and will continue to promote Young Living Essential Oils! If you are new to essential oils, I highly recommend. And I think when you check out the number of companies that are out there you will agree that Young Living is really the best!

This lovely blend of bitter orange, black spruce, and ylang ylang will awaken your senses. “Present Time helps you focus on the here and now, so you can get beyond the past and move forward.”

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Exploration · motivation · Outside

Vary Your Routine

Goodbye 👋 January, hello February! I don’t know whether Punxatawnee Phil will see his shadow, thereby giving us 6 more weeks of winter. I kind of think so. But! February started off as a beautiful day 🙂 so I am ever hopeful.

A lot of us have started the Yearly Goals. Each year we decide to make changes: weight, self-care, travel, get out, minimize going out, etc. If you’re like me you put on the “pandemic pounds” and are actively working to get those suckers off. Is one of your plans to get better at journaling? Me too! What about tapping your creative side? I can’t wait until my local art association starts their painting classes! But are you at risk of doing the same things all over again, secretly sabotaging yourself and not accomplishing your goals?

No matter what your plans are, I challenge you to change up your routine! Changing your routine might just give you a new perspective. I live in a nice gated neighborhood and can easily walk here. But pre-Covid I got in my Jeep and headed to our lovely downtown area. There are numerous walking trails that I can take advantage of–and should!

How about writing things in a journal? According to one article,”… journaling can also release tensions, improve your mood, heal your emotions and stimulate your mind, which increases a feeling of empowerment for doing everything from setting new goals and trying new things, according to Dr. Elizabeth Jennings.” Writing in a journal takes a little time but also makes me slow down and reflect on thoughts and feelings.

What about travel? Many of us have had to pare down our travel plans. But while many locations are not encouraging people to visit, there are probably places not too far from your own backyard that you can visit. How about a nearby park? Getting out in nature not only helps with your exercise goals but can give you a sense of peace and well being. And take your binoculars so you can bird watch!

Essential Oils: I still LOVE and will continue to promote Young Living Essential Oils! If you are new to essential oils, I highly recommend. And I think when you check out the number of companies that are out there you will agree that Young Living is really the best!

Spearmint has a cool and uplifting aroma. It promotes digestion and helps with the occasional upset stomach. Spearmint can also enhance the flavor of food! Diffuse with eucalyptus to fight fatigue and increase focus.

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Breweries · Essential Oils · Exploration · Food · Travel-trip

Within 100 Miles: Burleson

Even though it was chilly Thursday, I bundled up and ventured out. Last September was the last time I did my Within 100 Miles and featured Mineral Wells. This time it was a trip to Burleson!

These signs are all over Burleson! They want to make sure that visitors and hometown folks remember.

One of my goals this year is to make sure I take my good camera with me when I leave the house, because you never know when you’ll need it (Caveat: make sure you have working batteries! Duh. I’ll remember next time). I have been to Burleson numerous times before, but this time I was on a fact-finding mission. While other sides of Burleson are nice, I started in Old Town. There was a newly refurbished area in front of city hall so I started there. If you have ever been to Magnolia Market, Chip and Joanna Gaines’s place in Waco, the city of Burleson duplicated their common area. It’s terrific!

I wandered a little farther and came upon the Burleson Visitor’s Center and Museum, where I met Conductor Bob. He volunteers there a few times a week and was so knowledgeable of the area (and observant of Covid protocols). It has so much memorabilia! The museum was once home to a drug store and the local newspaper before it became the railway station. I got to tour the two railcars that the city had refurbished and brought to their present locations. I learned a lot about Burleson’s early history and the Interurban railroad. I love history!

Then it was time for a bite to eat. I ALWAYS have to check out the local eateries. So many options to choose from! I settled on the Old Texas Brewing Company (if you go you have to check out their sky bar!). My favorite place is to sit at the bar, so April set me up with a pecan brown ale and brisket nachos. Thank goodness she mentioned the happy hour special, a smaller portion for the nachos. They were so good I KNOW I would have finished the regular size! Ha! And you know I had to visit a couple of local merchants–gotta support local, right?

Finally I traveled to a local winery, Lost Oak. Melissa made me feel welcome and was happy to help me taste my way through their many selections. Even though it is January she said they would be having live music on Saturdays. I love that all of their wines are sourced from Texas grapes! I bought a bottle and a glass and wandered the grounds. Nice!

Present Time is a soft blend of almond oil, ylang ylang, bitter orange and black spruce. It is an empowering fragrance, encouraging you to let go of the past and focus on the NOW. Diffuse freely and live in the present time!

Burleson, Texas is a quaint little town that has a lot to offer, no matter what your age! Be sure and put Burleson on your To Do list! Until next time, loyal readers!

Essential Oils: I still LOVE and will continue to promote Young Living Essential Oils! If you are new to essential oils, I highly recommend. And I think when you check out the number of companies that are out there you will agree that Young Living is really the best!

Because we ALL need to take advantage of RIGHT NOW, I picked this EO to tell you about.

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