Saturday, December 29, 2012

Should old acquaintances be forgot and never brought to mind?

Reflection can be filled with emotion. While reflecting on 2012, I know, I feel so full of sadness. I have tried to focus on thrillingly happy moments, such as the gold medal moments of the Olympics. Even the heart warming milestones of my grandchildren have not been able to keep my eyes from filling with tears. The terrible events in Newtown Ct. seem to trump any joy.
I guess I have spent the last couple of weeks trying to understand how this could have happened. As society, have we put aside mental illness, have we been lax on gun control, was this bad parenting, could this be a greater plan by God?

I am beginning to believe there are things we cannot understand, that there are no answers. Human thinking can just have no answer that holds any rationality. Our brains are not wired to make sense of an atrocity of this magnitude.

What I have been made aware of is that most people are good loving people, wonderful parents, caring neighbors and compassionate members of society. When evil raises its ugly head, they fight back. Sometimes with just a hug, sometimes by showing social outrage against what they believe to be the cause of such injustice. So when a Facebook friend goes off on a rant about what thy believe to be the cause of the Newtown massacre, I realize it because they are being justified by showing social outrage, because they are that compassionate member of society. We all feel the need to do "something". So instead of getting angry at people for thier opinion, we must remember that it is their way of being full of sadness, just as you.
People should not ever live in fear of evil we must always have hope and dreams of our future, wether we are 5 or 105. We have got to be more respectful of each other. Respectful of all the things that make us unique, each others faith, race and opinions. These are the things that make us who we are. Regardless of these things, we must be willing to lend a hand, an ear and your heart.
My suggestion, for what it's worth, is that we reflect on ourselves and not so much on the events. What can we do to improve the compassion we demonstrate. We need to reflect on any judgement we may have made of others. We need to teach these things to our children. They will grow up to shape a more compassionate society. This would be the greatest gift we could ever give out children, the best way to protect them from a future world of evil.

So as we prepare for 2013, remember....respect! Lets make next years reflection, one that makes us proud of our actions. Try paying forward toward a brighter future for all of us. Ann Curry suggested that we do 26 acts of kindness for the memory of those we lost, I think that's a great start. What are you going to do?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Reclaim yes Reclaim, your life

Are you a cook, caregiver, chauffeur and coach? Are you finding yourself threatening the safety, of any one who cuts you off at Starbucks. Do you ever look in the mirror and wonder who that woman is, in yoga pants and hubby's flannel shirt? Is your hair always in a pony til and topped with a Nike hat?
Ok, little Missy, SNAP OUT OF IT !
I am going to give you some tips for reclaiming your life. When you reclaim, you'll look and feel more in control and be a happier wife, girlfriend and mom!

The very first thing you have to do is make the commitment to SNAP OUT OF IT! Sometimes this is easiest done with a girlfriend or even your mom or daughter. Remember to take a conscience effort to do at least one thing on your reclaiming list. Ok now that all the rules have been said, lets make this fun!

If you work out, do it differently. Go to another gym or walk a new route! Easy right? Break habits, it keeps it fresh, it gives you new eyes to see yourself.

Have a girls day or evening. Go to dinner, grab a fattening dessert with your huddy, see a chic flick, whatever makes you happy, plan this at least bi-monthly, more if you can! Did I mention to look fabulous, yes, loose the yoga pants and grab some jeans and boots, cool scarf and jewelry. You aren't doing this for anyone but yourself! It will lift your spirits like you wouldn't believe. When your spirits are up, you have better color, your eyes are brighter and a smile, omg, what a smile can do!

Learn to meditate! Total relaxation, that doesn't cost a dime. Lighthouse: Guided Meditation - YouTube
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Jan 26, 2012 - Uploaded by innerspacemeditation
Empower yourself with this meditation -- dedicated to fully experiencing the light that shines ...

Start here! There is a ton of meditation music online, but this helps you if you've never meditated before.

Buy yourself something with aroma, a new perfume, that YOU like, not necessarily your man, this is for you, something that identifies you as a woman that is her own women. Little things like this will make you feel more empowered, more confident, and consequently more attractive.

Stop by Lyn-Marees pick up a little something to show off that new YOU. While there pick something up for another woman in your life, brightening her day and maybe getting her to join you for self improvement. Paying it forward is the most fulfilling of all.

Try to put together a fresh new hair cut! You already know how good that is, but try to update for the new YOU. Get a do that you want. Don't get a do to please anyone but you!

As you begin to come out of your box, seriously, stop by Lyn-Maree's and we can help you pull it all together. No matter if your 20 or 120 we can help you, showing you how to have a cohesive style.
Merry Christmas from all of us!

Next week: The effect of color!
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Sparkling information!!

I love sparkles, it makes ordinary things special. So many times customers will walk into the store, look at something with rhinestones and say " I never go anywhere special" and keep on looking. We tell them to try mixing it up with ordinary pieces or just adding a piece to a plain t and some jeans. People should not be intimidated by sparkle! Sometimes a little sparkle can just make you feel a little special and honestly, it looks like a million!
I started wondering what all rhinestones were, I knew about crystals from Austria, but what else could I find out about them? I have been in this biz for a long time and I really learned a lot about rhinestones, so I thought I would share.
One question that most customers have is;
What does ‘AB’ mean?

AB stands for Aurora Boreale; a special coating that is applied to the surface of a glass stone or bead to produces a very light rainbow effect that leans toward a pale yellow tone, but also shimmers in pink and blue. This coating is most effective on Crystal stones but also gives a beautiful depth and hue to other colors. When applied on a color stone, it changes the color just slightly and gives it a rainbow effect.

A question I had was why are they called rhinestones?

The Rhine in rhinestone is the Rhine River, and rhinestone is a translation into English of the French phrase caillou du Rhin. Originally a rhinestone was a kind of rock crystal that was found in or near the Rhine. Other types of rock crystal, such as Cornish diamond, were given similar fancy names. Because rhinestones could be made to imitate diamonds, the name rhinestone was applied to artificial gems made from paste, glass, or gem quartz and as a result often carries a connotation of showbiz glitz. Rhinestones are usually chatons with no hole and a foil back to increase reflectivity. Leave it to the French! Ooh la la!

One last questioning inquiry lead me to this little nugget or information! To clean rhinestones simply use alcohol ( rubbing alcohol, for Pete sake, don't waste the vodka!) on a q tip. Avoid getting water on rhinestones as water will tarnish the foil on the back of the stones.

I hope you found this interesting and maybe helpful. Ck back for more tips!

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