Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone & Those Really, Really, REALLY Cute Boots. 

Stepping out of your comfort zone can be, well, uncomfortable.

That’s just the nature of growth or so that’s the way it goes for me.

Thank goodness not all growth is that uncomfortable cuz this girl might need some retail therapy and my closet cannot house another pair of boots. Even though I saw a beautiful pair of Sorel’s calling my name on the Nordstrom website and pictures of it continue to follow me from website to website teasing me, begging me to bring them home. Anyone else experience boots haunting them online? Yeah – welcome to my world. I might need a 12-step-self-help program.

Back to topic…where was I? Oh, yeah – Mindfulness. Or at least I was getting there.

In some ways, it’s an overused word that causes some eye rolling. Just me? Ok, moving on. Now add a genuine smile and some humor to mindfulness and you have my attention. Laughter is good for the soul. And that’s what this is all about, right? Being present to enjoy this big ball of blue we happen to live on.

AnyHOO, part of my growth is discovering new teachers to get my butt moving towards mindfulness (or is that slowing down?). What have I learned? Teachers come in all forms and walks of life! Sooo – no epiphany there. What is amazing is that those teachers sometimes show up just when you need them most. Kind of like an Oprah Winfrey’s aha moment.
I’ll share a few with you who I’ve been virtually introduced to:

  • Tara Brach, Ph.D, author, physiologist, teacher of meditation and kick-ass-spiritual-awakener (my words) who soothingly threads motivational messages with science and humor. A girlfriend sent me a text to listen to her podcast. I’m so glad I did. One message I jotted down on my bright green sticky pad is “hate is too great of a burden to bare…Turn towards love.” Just wow. Listen to her message.
  •  Baron Vaughn, Comedian – Funny, funny interview on “The Hilarious World of Depression”, a podcast I stumbled on because, full confession, I’m a NPR geek. With ear buds on in the cube farm I work at, I listened to the interview with Baron quietly chuckling along to the cheerios diet (not recommended), how to apply imagination to anxiety and sound bites of his album “Raised by Cable”. Seriously – great escape from the grind as well as great for the mind to digest a not so funny subject. Listen to it.
  • Davidj, author, stress management expert and an all around amazing meditation guide. I discovered his meditations years ago during a painful breakup or what I like to refer to as a gawd-aweful-growth-period. It was my first step into meditation. And I find myself returning to his meditations when I need to find center. Take a listen.
  • The checkout clerk at my local grocery store who looked me in the eye, genuinely smiled and gave me the space to respond – with a smile. Have you ever noticed it’s pretty hard not to smile when someone genuinely smiles at you? Try it…and let me know what you learn. I don’t have a link to share with you for this one. But I’m betting that you have someone similar in your life if you look close. But turn it around and be the one to share a smile with the next person you see. We can all be teachers too.

This type A lady has gads of work to do in slowing down and focusing on the important things in her life. If you have any teachers you’d like to recommend I’m all ears. Please share them with me in the comments. Namaste.

And as always, Cheers!



Cee’s Photo Challenge: Share Your World

Cee’s Photo Challenge: Share Your World

This week’s Challenge and rules:

To answer fours questions each week.
Bonus Question is always the same “What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?” Because we all need to be reminded that there are many things in our lives to be grateful about.

  1. Do  you prefer juice or fruit?
  2. Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?
  3. If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?
  4. Ways to Relax List: Make a list of what relaxes you and helps you feel calm.

Hands down I love fresh fruit. It’s natures treat. Even here in Anchorage I tend to keep fruit and berries on hand for indulgent weekend brunch.


As I child I moved around quite a bit. It wasn’t until I moved to Anchorage as a young wife in my early twenties that I settled into a place I would call home. I’ve been here for almost 25 years!


Let’s paint childhood with all the colors in the crayon box! Each color carefully explored across all mediums… including unexpected masterpieces drawn on walls with a child’s hand.



Ways to Relax

  1. Bubble baths and candlelight
  2. A good read
  3. Baking feel-good-yummies with my grand daughter
  4. Spending time in the sun
  5. Laughing
  6. A cup of tea
  7. Some quiet time and just breathe

Bonus Question:

I’m grateful that the snow has stopped, daylight grows each day and that I’m so very blessed with family and friends. I’m looking forward to the upcoming week; I’m off to Vegas for a long weekend! Can’t wait!




A Stylish Destination and A Helping Hand @ LOFT

Do you want to look great, feel like a million bucks and, best of all, feel confident wearing comfy clothes? Of  course you do! I’ll let you on a not so little secret…wait for it…one of the best stylist is at LOFT!


Call. You wont regret it.

I KNOW –  he’s a hidden gem! But seriously, someone you should get to know if you are remotely interested in looking great in clothes that are stylish and perfect – for you! Even if you aren’t local to Des Moines, Iowa, he can hook a lady up virtually. Trust me. The most compliments I have ever received is typically wearing pieces that he recommended. He has an eye for fit and what’s right for you.

If you aren’t familiar with LOFT its time to take a look. The Loft is geared towards providing fashion from every day essentials to head turning trends – at fantastic prices! LOFT has one goal; to make a woman look and feel confident no matter where the day takes them. And with one of the best stylist that I know hidden in the  Des Moines store you are well ahead of  the curve.

One of my favorite lines is Lou & Grey. I was in the New York store last weekend and fell in love with the casual line. Trust me, the pieces will make you feel like its the weekend everyday. Who doesn’t like that? Ultra comfy and ultra stylish at the same time…yes, its possible. MMMM makes me happy just thinking about it!

As always, let me  know how it goes. I’m sure you will just love Beau. Almost as much as I do.




Iconic Sights and Sounds of New York City

Get lost in the City with the iconic sights and sounds of New York City.



All Pictures by C. Lagunas and A. Carter