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Yes! April 19, 2011

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This post is dedicated to Hattie. . .

I remember when I first cut my hair, some of my co-workers gave me the “Is she really going to wear her hair like that?” look. And I can remember thinking, “Yes! Isn’t it lovely?” In which, I answered my own question, “Absolutely!”

Photo from passionista place.

Style April 13, 2011

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a distinctive manner of expression; a distinctive manner or custom of behaving or conducting oneself; a distinctive quality, form, or type of something; beauty, grace, or ease of manner or technique. . .

All photos from National Geographic Global Fashion Photos feature.

Who needs fashion when you’ve got style.

Mindfully Slow April 6, 2011

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I have been slowing down over the last few years. For those who know me know that this an eyebrow raising proclamation within particular areas of my life. I have found when I slow down, I move more efficiently and effectively and most importantly, I  plant myself in the present. Slowing down can be frustrating, time consuming and scary and getting over these obstacles can be difficult. Here’s some things I’ve done to help the process:

i. Drive within the speed limit. I actually practice when I can, driving slower than the speed limit by getting behind a slower driver and allowing a 1 to 2 car space between us. I used to be Speedy Gonzalez on wheels and this practice (and getting a $275 speeding ticket a year ago) has left my lead foot flirting with the breaks on the regular. Today, my speed dial rarely goes more than 10 miles over the limit.

ii. Read in a group out loud. Get a group of friends together and take turns reading a book out loud. Notice how you hang on to every word that someone reads and how much more you pay attention to every word uttered. It’s an interesting process.

iii. Go for a walk. Walking (as opposed to biking or driving), puts us in the same speed as our bodies. We so often move in vessels that have a very different speed than our own physical bodies and we become accustomed to moving at a speed that is not our own. Walking forces us to fall within the speed limit of ourselves and allows for present moments like observation and intimate interaction with our environment.

It’s amazing the process and progress made when we simply slow down. Turtles 9reptile family) and sloths (medium mammal family) know all too well about the benefits of deaccelerating (both have a life span that surpasses the average within their animal family) . It’s a fountain of youth that anyone can drink from, all you have to do is slow down and smell the roses.

Intros & Beatboxing April 5, 2011

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I have been slight weight obsessed with Miriam Makeba lately. I thought I’d share a little of what I’ve been digging up on her from the internet. She gives such a fly intro to her band and her Afro-Beatboxing is pretty fly as well. Enjoy. . .