Vine

Vine

Architecting Skylight

Architecting Skylight

Here Kitty, Kitty

Here Kitty, Kitty

Relaxing Ride

Relaxing Ride

Resolutions Revisited: Wow, I Suck

Let’s be honest here.

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How many of us have kept our New Year’s Resolutions?

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Let’s get a show of hands.

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(Now, this is the part where you all raise your hand and make me feel less horrible about completely failing at my goal this year.)

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Oh good…none of you.

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Now that that’s out of the road, let’s talk goals.

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While losing weight and sticking to P90X this time wasn’t really my New Year’s Resolution, I did mention it in my second ever post as one of the goals I had for this year.

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And whether P90X meant P90X or just a whole lot of hardcore exercise, this goal hasn’t seen a whole lot of progress. School this past semester was a lot more exhausting than I had first imagined, and the stamina and will power I needed just wasn’t there.

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But before I continue to justify myself with excuses, I just want you guys to know that I’m not beating myself up about this.

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No, really.

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Don’t get me wrong, it would be very easy to hate myself right now. Just look at the title of this post. But what I’m really trying to focus on is not how much I’ve failed, but how easy it will be to try again.

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In fact, I’m starting today.

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Yes, this very day is going to be the start (again) of a new phase in my life, a phase where I start to take control of my health and happiness, do my best, and forget the rest.

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I can’t focus on tearing myself down if I’m trying to bring myself up.

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It’ll be hard. I’ll be out of shape again. I’ll probably want to quit after my workout tonight. And maybe I will. The point is I’m trying.

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And I’m going to try to try harder.

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For myself, for you guys, and for that results post I so badly want to blog about and you all probably don’t want to read.

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Too bad, because for the next 90 days, I’m going to bring it. And so should you.

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With your goal.

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Not mine.

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Unless your goal is the same…

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You get the point.

Just look at that motivational sunset…

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Moderately Meditated: Style

Let’s preface this by saying that I’m not necessarily the most fashion forward person on the planet.

Not unless watching What Not To Wear qualifies me as a fashionista.

What I do know, however, is that with the increase in warm weather comes a decrease in clothing.

And, ya know, I’m fine with that for the most part. It’s hot, I get it. But when your body coverings aren’t really…covering…you’ve got a problem.

And call it your style (heck, I agree), but the clothes you decide to put on your body send a message to everyone who sees you, and it’s up to you what that message is.

Now you don’t have to dress like a nun (unless, of course, you are a nun), but unless you’re going to own up to the persona your skimpy outfit reflects, don’t dress that way.

And this doesn’t just apply to skimpy versus more modest clothing. Certain people dress a certain way to reflect the type of person they believe they are or want to be. Clothing is often an indicator of class status and personality, only one of which do you really have a choice about. Why do you think we dress nicer when we’re around other people?

If you want to dress with your body parts hanging out, then I guess that’s fine. I just won’t look. But please don’t complain about the people you’re attracting because of it. You made that choice. Your clothes become you.

Stay classy, friends.

I apologize for the rant-ish nature of this post, but let’s be honest: Stacy and Clinton would kill you.

Beauty is pain, pain beauty

I was racking my brain for inspiration for a post today, when it came to me in the form of searing pain on the top of my left pointer finger. Well, before the inspiration came, a blister emerged right where my hair straightener had burned my skin. After running my wound under cold water for a while and applying the necessary treatment (a Band-aid…does that heal burns?), I finally began to think of all the other times I had injured myself in the process of beautification. And since I made apparent last week how much I truly love lists, I figured I’d continue to indulge myself with this grouping of five things women willing torture themselves with in order to be beautiful.

  • Makeup – If you’ve never felt the instant face-scrunching pain of accidentally stabbing your eyeball inward with the tip of your mascara wand, and I’m assuming most of the men who read this blog haven’t, then you don’t know pain. Yeah, you could argue that something a little more serious like getting your leg gnawed off by a pack of wild hyenas is a bit more painful than poking your eye with a stick, but still…that stuff hurts. For the most part, the rest of a regular makeup routine is fairly harmless, but depending on the level of difficulty of said routine, you might be busy for a while.
  • Footwear – Let’s now bring our attention to shoes, or more specifically, heels. High-heeled shoes tend to give women more confidence, added height and rear-end attractiveness, and also disgusting toe blisters. Not only do these blisters begin to form upon insertion of the foot into the high heel, but they also burst and then rub irritatingly on the under-surface of the shoe. You’d never know the woman was in pain, however, because not only have females evolved into the next evolutionary step of masking pain until the customary group pilgrimage to the bathroom, but some women have even devised a special technique which involves placing a Band-aid overtop the blister to keep it from rubbing against the shoe (Man, those Band-aids fix everything, don’t they?). Unfortunately, this tactic only works with certain types of high heels, and in no way completely eliminates the pain of heel-wearing.
  • Shaving – Now, I’m not advocating that all women go throw out their razors and rock the naturally hairy leg look (let’s face it, leg hair gets itchy and annoying), but I am going to complain about how much time it takes to clean up those things. Honestly, if you want to do a decent job, plan on spending extra time in the shower, because if you try to hurry, your leg ends up looking like this…
    Let's hope you don't actually cut all the way through your leg...

    Let’s hope you don’t actually cut all the way through your leg…

    And for my male readers who want to comment on how they also have to shave, let’s take a look at the difference in surface area between a face and the entirety of two legs and two armpits…

  •  Hair – See my horror story above. Also, you may have just spent an hour perfecting your ‘do, but the 98% humidity and strong gust of wind coming your way don’t seem to care. Well…that was nice while it lasted.
Poor bunny

                         Poor bunny

  • Birth – This one actually has nothing to do with beauty at all, but every woman loves to talk about how torturous and painful childbearing is. We like to hold it over men’s heads.

Despite the agony women must go through to beautify themselves on a daily basis, in the end, it’s all worth it. Some ladies find that all the time and effort they put into themselves really gives them an edge on the dating front, but most of us just do it to feel good about ourselves. If a little blood and tears are what it takes to make us feel beautiful every day, then so be it.