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Soft and Sweet Winter Look

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I wanted to share a look that I have been wearing for the last week. It photographs beautifully. It seems to be going very well at both work and then transitions quickly to casual evening (or with a different lipstick/gloss it worked for a more elegant evening on Valentines Day!). This was my every day look, my boardroom look this week, my “special day look” and is my current favorite. Enjoy!


Why did the Chicken Cross The Road?

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Why did the Chicken Cross The Road?

This is worth reading all the way through….have fun! Originally by Cookie Anderson

SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he’s a maverick!

BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period.

JOHN McCAIN: My friends, the chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY: Where’s my gun?

COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken.

AL GORE: I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he is acting by not taking on his current problems before adding any new problems.

ANDERSON COOPER: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he’s guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish it’s lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2013, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2013. This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?


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Congratulations to Meryl Davis and Charlie White for Winning the FIRST US Gold medal in Ice Dancing!!! Enjoy the video of their routine; it brought tears to my eyes. Very best to them; they will be greatly missed as this is rumored to be their last professional year.




Have you joined the spReAd the love children’s book challenge yet?

Erina Hammer:

This is a very worthy cause; happy to reblog. Spread the love with children’s books today. xoxo

Originally posted on Me + Richard Armitage:

I’ve got takers for posts on my blog (will be in touch with you ladies shortly), but there’s still room for more!

Challenge is to find a children’s book that you loved or that changed your life and blog about it after giving a copy of it to a child you know or to a library, school, children’s hospital, etc. This is timed to coincide with the anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Every post yields (obvs) a donation of a book by you, and a point in the spReAd the love kindness campaign, as well as a matching $1 donation from an anonymous donor. Plus it gives us all a good feeling! More details here. Please be in touch if you’re interested.


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Something Old; Something New…..

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On Twitter today, a very wise man posted the following quote:

“One of the most striking things about the Wright brothers’ story is how many haters they had. Apparently they come with anything new” (Paul Graham via @paulg).

What a deep statement to make. As an example,  check out at all the new sports they have in the Olympics this year; do you wonder how much derision the athletes had to deal with when they first approached the Olympic Committee when they wanted to have, say, Snowboarding Cross included in 2006? Think of the first time snowboarders wanted to be included in the Olympic Games to begin with at all; I wonder how hard a time the die-hard skiiers gave the boarders until finally the Boarders were able to participate…and perhaps the Boarders got a hard time after that. Change is hard for everyone, especially when time-honored traditions are involved.

Yet the athletes persisted, and Snowboarding remains one of the most popular events in the Olympics. Hard core determination, dare we say stubbornness, was necessary to truly get some recognition for the “new thing” to be a recognized and accepted sport.  These words are important when we think about changing something that is rigidly held in tradition and difficult to change: persistence, determination, identification of a specific goal, recognition of that goal and eventual acceptance. This is the pattern necessary for that kind of change.

 How about you? Do you have personal goals which are troubling you or you are doing well at achieving? Sound off and let us know!

Very best to you and your Goals.

Photo credit: Roup14 (Deviant Art)



Bode Miller: Bronze in the Super G

Well, I’m so happy for Bode Miller and crew; The US now has 16 medals, second only to the Netherlands and tied with Russia. I know that some have said we are struggling over in Sochi, but I think our athletes are doing pretty darn well. XOXO USA!


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Verbalize+Visualize+Internalize = Materialize

This is a quote by a motivational speaker, Dr. Lance Wallnau. As you can tell, I have the Olympics bug (and why not…they only come around every 2 years!).

I was thinking of this quote as I get closer to some really big deadlines at work, and they motivate me because accomplishing these deadlines mean doing things some detail work I really would rather not. The problem is, I have to do it.

I think of the Olympian athletes. Their passion is their sport, of course. You can see it in their faces. But there were times which they would have rather not done some foundation work that led up to their time in the spotlight. Times they would rather not have gotten up at 4 in the morning to work out. Times parents would rather not have worked multiple jobs to fund their accomplishments. There were likely times that each athlete had to pick their sport over a romance, or a tantalizing job that might have deviated them off their path.

Each time they came to a cross-roads (yes that is Oprah-speak), they had to mindfully choose: is my passion worth every sacrifice. Is this life what I want to do. Is every surgery worth it. Is every night of pain worth getting up the next day to beat myself up again?

Look at the faces. Even the ones who didn’t make it on the podium. There is dissapointment, surely. But in a few days, usually you will see something else. Determination. Planning. They are already planning the next four years, the next Olympic games.

They are verbalizing their passion. They visualize their goal. They internalize that passion at the exclusion of all else. And it materializes. They become Olympians.

USA Figure Skating Team: Bronze!

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Well, there are some new (read: somewhat strange!) rules for figure skating this year. It is somewhat like gymnastics (team+individual = medals) but apparently they do the team medals first, then the skaters rest up as fast as they can, and they compete for the individual medals. Guess we will see how this works!

Really excited for a couple of new faces this year. We are just in love with Meryl Davis and Charlie White (pictured); if you haven’t seen them do any ice dancing, please look them up on You Tube. I’m searching for a great video, but the one from the Olympics (nothing on ‘Tube yet) is nothing short of magical.

We are also in love with new comer Gracie Gold; she is light, she is soft on the ice, she is solid in her landings and just a joy to watch. We are hoping she can continue that in the individual competition as well!


First USA Gold!!!

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First USA Gold!!!

I would like to say congrats to our first US gold medal winner! Sage Kotensburg flew his way to a gold and smiled the whole way.

We also won a second gold medal from Jamie Anderson! She won gold in Snowboarding as well. I’ll load a YouTube of her amazing snowboarding as soon as I can find it.

Cheers! Keep it up athletes!



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