To honor Martin Luther King, Jr. today’s post will just be:
Last year’s post featured a poem that Wild Boy learned in preschool and a not to be missed YouTube montage of MLK accompanied by the amazing Pride (In The Name of Love) by U2.
Be thankful and be peaceful today and always.
Welcome to Friday’s Featured Female!
This weekly series features inspirational stories from admirable women. IMHO, it’s always good to be reminded of how strength, determination, hard work, heart and ingenuity can impact the quality of one’s life and I’m proud that these women will allow me to share their stories here.
Today I’m proud to present Kimberly@ManifestYourself.com. Kimberly made a deep impression on me with her Ignite Fitness speech about “How To Become A Certified Fitness Blogger” at FitBloggin’13. Her poise, warmth and love for health, fitness and the art of blogging allowed me to befriend her easily last June.
Although I’ve had the pleasure of getting a chance to hang out with Kimberly while I was in NYC this past summer, Kimberly’s blog gives you a great insight into this multifaceted woman – this Beyonce lovin’ lady puts herself on the page with honesty and grace that’s unmatched even while she describes the “ugly cry”. Kimberly inspires me with each post.
Sooooo have you met Kimberly? Read more
When I was invited to a tasting event at Bittersweet Treats in Pasadena, I was expecting to have a pleasant evening tasting some decadent nibbly things, socializing with a few blogger friends and enjoying a rare night out on a Monday but I got even more than I expected, I got inspired: Bittersweet Treats is a women owned and operated establishment.
As a woman about to embark on my own business, a simple night out became a source of motivation – owner Linda Chen is a dynamo. You’d think the yoga enthusiast and mother of 3, might be cranky with a her commute from the beach community to the Pasadena area but her passion for food, decor and the experience at Bittersweet Treats shines through the minute you meet her. Linda’s desire to make the warm, modern but retro feeling bakery/cafe part of the community is admirable. She has even given her personal cell phone to customers to contact her when they want to know the availability of their favorite menu items.
It’s Tunes For Tuesday!
Today’s Tune is by the band, Travis (I didn’t even mean for the alliteration but I’ll take it). The 2001 album “The Invisible Band” was one of my favorites at the time. Travis is mellow indie-rock and this song, “Flowers In The Window” has always been one my favorites. The song seems so full of promise and love – it was also co-written by Paul McCartney (although it was not credited to him on the album).
I hadn’t seen the video before putting this post together and while I originally thought it was a sort of tribute to pregnant women, the ending takes a very interesting turn. Regardless, I love this song and despite the fact that I may never watch the video again, I will most definitely listen to the song!
Hope you enjoy!
Did you watch the video? What did you think the underlying story was?
I’m always tired. Not for the expected reasons (too many commitments, getting older or from just being a parent of a child with boundless energy) but instead I’ve always had issues with sleep. I’ve gone from being able to fall asleep anywhere and at any time in high school (there are photos to prove it but I’m not sharing them) to my varying bouts of insomnia since college.
Not one sleep inducing remedy has ever helped for more than a short time – and I’ve tried them all: melatonin, lavender sprays, hot milk, eye mask, having a sleep routine and medication (both OTC and prescription). Although I’ll admit, I’m way too cheap to try the $395 Philip Stein sleep bracelet I saw recently in my Instagram feed.
When my annual check up gave no medical indications for my sleep issues, my new doctor suggested an in-home sleep study. So I wore a crapload of wires to bed for 3 nights in November. I had a contraption that monitored my breathing via a lovely looking (and feeling) nasal cannula and a pulse oximeter on my finger to measure the levels of oxygen in my blood while a small device recorded my breathing while I slept. Last week I met with my doctor to get my results and was shocked to find out: Read more