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Mar 28th


How not to look like your mama or daughter

How not to look like your mama or daughterI recently complimented a friend at church on her sassy, new haircut. She replied, “Oh thank you girl. I had to do something, because when l looked in the mirror, I was seeing my mama!” That led into a brief conversation about the surprising and sometimes disappointing realities of life after forty. (I need reading glasses more and more.) Please don’t get the wrong impression, friends. Overall, I embrace my age and the aging process as a gift from God, although I confess that I often forget the exact number of that gift, and have to do the math. My motto is, “when I stop getting older, then it means I’m dead!” (Having said that, please don’t get mad at me if you hear me joking about being 29 and holding… I told you I have a hard time remembering the exact number!) Just because you see your body changing and slowing, you don’t have to give in to the notion that the rest of life is downhill after forty or fifty. Aside from getting a new haircut, here are a few simple ways that you can make your mama stop staring back at you when you look in the mirror.

Nelson-Kaigama’s healing virtue

Nelson-Kaigama’s healing virtueAre you in need of a style boost for the New Year and unsure of how or where to start? If so, please allow me to introduce you to personal development consultant, Cindy Nelson-Kaigama and her passion for people, which she has successfully transformed into her own small business. Called Healing Virtue, Nelson-Kaigama’s business is all about helping individuals and companies to navigate the journey that brings out their personal best. It’s what Nelson-Kaigama likes to refer to as “revealing your magnificence.”

Chasing Away the Winter Blues

Chasing Away the Winter Blues“For some reason, every year after Christmas I tend to get kind of depressed,” my girlfriend confessed to me recently. She explained that Christmas is her favorite holiday and once it’s over she feels as though there is nothing to which to look forward. She’s not alone in feeling a mild case of winter blues. If you too can relate, consider the following strategies to help chase away those occasional blues.

Take a (Nearby) Vacation
While he may not readily admit it, I think my husband gets a little stir crazy during our long winter season. In November, he asked about the dates of the children’s spring break. “We have to take some kind of vacation to someplace warm,” he insisted. If heading south is out of the question at this time, consider doing what our cousins do; Go on an overnight or weekend vacation at a local hotel with nice amenities, like a swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, etc. Enjoy getting away from your normal routine and being refreshed in new surroundings. Whoever said you had to leave the city to be on vacation, anyway? Simply do a staycation.

Personal and family style

Personal and family styleEvery year one of the top ten New Year’s resolutions is getting more organized.  To be honest, it is a constant struggle in our home as well.  Too often, we find ourselves “running late.”  It drives me crazy, but I have to confess that it is mostly my fault. 

This year the five of us sat around the dining table and listed one area in our own lives where we wanted to see improvement.  Next, each family member took turns sitting on the “hot seat” while the others each suggested one area where personal improvement was needed.  My seven-year-old son, who adores me, said, “Mama, I wish you wouldn’t get mad at me when I am running late for the bus on your Bible-study day.”   ouch. 

The secrets of the skinny

The secrets of the skinnyIt’s the beginning of a new year, which is usually the time when we resolve to be different than we were the previous year. We often make grand plans to accomplish lofty goals, and then unrealistically expect to accomplish them all within a month. (Not!) This year I’d like to suggest that you consider the following: slow and steady wins the race. That philosophy can apply to nearly everything on your list of resolutions. If you set realistic goals as part of your lifestyle, you can have positive, lasting results.

Holiday celebration etiquette 101: Mind your manners

Holiday celebration etiquette 101: Mind your mannersThirteen years ago, after having just moved to the Chicago area, we met a couple at church and invited them over for dinner. Although I was a new mom, and not a great cook, I spent a lot of time and effort preparing the best meal I could for these new potential-friends. They were over an hour late getting to our house, so I started to worry. When we finally spoke on the phone a few days later, she casually said, “Oh, we couldn’t make it.” In my mind, I was screaming, “Why didn’t you have the decency to pick up the phone and call somebody?!” Right after that call ended, in my mind, I crossed her name off my potential-friend list.

Most of us usually don’t set out to be rude or inconsiderate to others, but truth is, it happens at times. Especially during the busy holiday season when many social gatherings take place, consider these helpful tips whether you are the host or the guest during the 2010 Holiday season.

Holiday regifting: Do’s and Don’ts

Holiday regifting: Do’s and Don’tsDid I ever tell you about my favorite Aunt Annie?  Many years ago, an older man started calling and coming around to see her.  They began what my aunt would call, a friendship, and, what the man would call, a courtship.  Before long, he had managed to upgrade his status in her eyes; he was her boyfriend (sort of).

Christmas rolled around and the suitor presented my aunt with a, let’s just say, very, very modest engagement ring.  I couldn’t tell if my aunt was more put off by the size of the ring or by the fact that she was in no way ready to commit to him in marriage.  I happened to be visiting that year and when I examined the still-boxed ring, I noticed that the inside was engraved, but not with my aunt’s name!  She was horrified when I showed her that she had been the victim of a serious crime; regifting-the practice of attempting to pass off a used gift as new or giving a gift to someone that you originally received as a gift, but didn’t want. (Needless to say, my aunt did not marry him and the relationship went quickly downhill from there-much to my relief and hers too, I think.)
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