Thanksgiving Tango

Thanksgiving

I’m hyped since this year I’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving at a real dinner party. The Canadian Thanksgiving is way earlier so up here we rarely have American Thanksgiving festivities.

So far November has been mild. It’s actually a month that I enjoy. Life seems to be calming down to essentials. We do our daily work, go to our activities, meet those morning commute folks – all the real stuff that really matters. There’s beauty in being contented in simple ways of life. It’s empowering. If I can be deeply happy now, I can undoubtedly be happy when the weather and other things cooperate even more.

Thanksgiving

I find it pivotal to trust in my capacity to be OK come what may. If I have that deeply-rooted conviction, I have what it takes for me to feel strong. Life is like tango – you go up and down, twist and turn. Once you’ve been able to create that unshakable trust in your own self, nothing is too big. I’m not saying that I myself have the strength but I do have places and forces to go to for that. My trust is first and foremost in God. I believe in Him to help me. After that, I also believe in doing my absolute best.

So, I’ll be cheerfully celebrating Thanksgiving and looking forward to another year of happiness that flows from the inside and shines – and touches lives and hearts – on the outside.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Sexy Skin That Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Summer is for leisurely strolls with your sweetheart in your Central Park. That’s exactly what my Sweetheart and I did. We took off in the evening glow and let time flow by.

At this moment I’m in a dulcet place in my life. My work schedule is pretty full, yet relaxed – leaving me with cherished Starbucks dreaming time. That place symbolizes so much more than just consuming mass production java. It is a place where I often go alone to write. I take time to slow down and meditate on life’s small sweetness. I blog and plan new projects. I write out why I should be happy right now. These kinds of times leave me encouraged. I see my day from a refreshed angle.

La Senza top
La Senza bra
Sirens jeans
Sirens platform sandals

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

New York Pink

New York Pink

We al have our key words. The ones that we bounce around the most often in our talks with friends and such. You know, the word cloud that you can see in the side bar of this blog. The key words of our lives define us, and they also change throughout time. When you get a grip on your key words, you can gain precious information about being the unique you.

New York Pink

So what are my key words? I’ll try and list up some sweet things that make my heart throb… New York, pink (duh!), Starbucks, dark chocolate, red wine, champagne, latino music, coffee shops, deep discussions and Jesus. These all coexist in unorganized harmony.

New York Pink

I need New York in my life because it symbolizes a place for dreaming. I need pink because it boosts me and lets my soul free – to be who I really am inside. I affectionate Starbucks since I love the concept of it. When I used to browse Paris, on those solitary walks I’d pop in a Starbucks and get a cup of American sweetness. When at the beginning I had tough times here in Quebec City, I’d rejoice over the proximity of a Starbucks. I’d dress pretty  and make a trip over there, journaling in my magazine and gathering my strength to make it one day farther.

New York Pink

New York Pink

New York Pink

New York Pink

New York Pink

New York Pink

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Do you have a bikini butt? Of course you do. We all do.
My title is a dash provocative, I know. Call it my rebellious side. Or maybe the desire to stir up conversation. Or to empower us, wo-men. Or simply to steal a soupcon of attention in this crazy info era of ours.
So, you got that bum or not? It’s all in your head, grrl.

Bikini Butt

I used have a complex because my skin tone. Too white, pale… Blanche Neige – Snow White – a guy once yelled after me in Paris. I considered answering back garcon au chocolat – chocolate boy, but since that ain’t the classy style how I strive to roll, I restrained myself.

Bikini Butt

Being at ease in your body is a process. My philosophy: I do my best in taking care of my shape by eating clean and doing sports daily. I’m actually teeny weeny proud of the fact that at 40 I’m still able to rock rather slim a figure. It takes a little work but not that much either. The more veggies and fruit I eat, the less I candy crave. Doing sports – be it galloping on that stepper of mine or heading out for a cross-country ski spree always ends up lifting my energy levels. By spending energy I get more in return.

Bikini Butt

Talking about bikinis, here’s the newest from Victoria’s Secret. Go on, take a peek and daydream of summer.

Bikini Butt

I watched on TLC a new show called  My Big Fat Fabulous Life. The star of the show is Whitney, a courageous girl who got sick and because of her illness gained a lot of weight. She’s always loved dancing and now she’s back teaching it. Whitney said in an after the first season interview, aired last week on TLC, that she gets contacted by obese and anorexic women alike. These issues all derive from the same root – do I love and accept my body or not? I’m proud to say that I do a lot more than a couple of years ago. No one’s perfect but if you work hard at it, you’ll get closer to a calm internal place when you can just rush off to the beach… and simply enjoy life!

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Back in Biz

Back in Biz

Vacation ended. I’m back in business – running my language school with a 30-hour weekly teaching schedule. On the top of that come the translations I do here and there. Jumping back into real life wasn’t that bad. What helped was that I like my this year’s work plan and clients. My days are filled with different types of activities, and I have breaks in the middle of the day – thus being able to steal a jog in Central Park if I so wish.

Back in Biz

This year I’ll go back to zumba. I will also be doing other sports – at the top are jogging or using the stairclimber at home – aiming at one hour per day. I’m trying to find a better way for me to eat. I’ve put on some weight. I will be experimenting with more protein, more fruit and veggies. I’m basically a vegetarian, but I do eat meat group foods at times like ham in a salad or a sandwich or ground beef in raviolis or pizza.

Back in Biz

I’m at a pretty peaceful place in my life right now. I’ve learned a lot about my internal reactions to stress and I plan to be even more mindful about leading a more anxiety-free life. The idea I have is to sit down, so to say, when my uncomfortable, bubbling inside “I feel scared” feeling invades me. I will recognize the sentiment, yet do nothing about it. Logically in time these attacks will lessen in intensity and power.

Back in Biz

What thoughts do you have about the beginning new work and school year?

Back in Biz

Back in Biz

Back in Biz

Back in Biz

Back in Biz

Missy Things

Missy Things

I met my long time blogger friend Missy. My Floridan lil’ sis, wouldn’t you say? Missy just loves all things sparkly. She’s a true Southern girl. Born in Florida, lived in Texas and Georgia. Missy has so much knowledge on healthy eating and she’s studied English – so her future may very well be in inspirational speaking about healthy living and writing kids’ books.

Missy Things

Just like Missy and I, we all need to put our past behind us and be bold – break free to try and do things we truly desire. Four years ago I was very much in the middle of an unhealthy struggle with my body. I wanted to loose weight. Lots of it. The looser my pants felt, the more attractive and sexy I considered myself to be. Except that thru the years, guys stopped looking at me with “that sparkle” in their eyes. How would people not see how great and super skinny-lovely I was? Distorted body image… I thought that it would never happen to me. That said, I myself was worried for me. I knew I was dancing a dangerous tango with serious health complications, possibly death.

Letting go of anorexia was a long road. I advanced in plateaus. I’d muster up the courage to gain some needed weight, then get scared, sulk and stop. Then I’d try again. I’d eat an overly sugared diet – f**k, if I had to become a whale, I’d do it with foods I liked – then calm down to a more of a normal regime.

Ten kilos/22lbs later, I am still myself. People look at me and smile. Cars honk their horns and yep, flirting is back. I didn’t change that much after all. And yet, those pounds make all the difference. Now I can live again – instead of looking at life from a distance, trying to maintain a certain number on the scale that I have decided. Now my body decides and I fine tune. We are on speaking terms again.

Missy Things

If you’re fighting weight issues, know that you can come out of them. I had been sick from the age of 15 until 29 – dieting and non-vomit binging, and then anorexia started lingering around me at 31. Last year, at 38 I decided to be done with “this shit”. I allowed softness to return on me. I took baby steps.

The biggest challenge is not to look back. Not to be triggered as they say. The key is in feeling confident in who you are – no matter where, when or with whom. This is a big one to tackle, but doable. I’d say it is the core of most eating disorders. Feeling small, insignificant and a looser in your life. None of that anymore, in my or anyone else’s life around me. My goal is to speak kindly to myself and to all folks whose lives mine touches. We are all beautiful. You… me… us the real people! Honest, caring, open-hearted like my dear Missy!