Pippa’s Wedding Day

Brides are simply beautiful, wedding days a joyous occasion to our delight. Everyone wants to see the bride’s dress, and how overcome with love the groom becomes when he catches the first glimpse of his bride as she begins her walk down the aisle to meet him. Celebrating Pippa Middleton’s wedding, I share a few sources of stunning photos capturing the beauty, love and delight of this special day.

This photo is shared from the story covered in the HuffingtonPost – Click the link <- or the photo to read the story of the day’s festivities and see many more gorgeous photos:

ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Pippa Middleton arrives at the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Pippa Middleton arrives at the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark’s Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Then stroll over to the What Kate Wore Facebook Page, and Telegraph News for links to additional photos and coverage of this beautiful day and the details of Pippa’s dress. Enjoy!

Which Kentucky Derby Hat is You?

The Kentucky Derby is such a fun and frolicky annual horse race, filled with tradition and beauty. From the gorgeous horses to the traditional mint juleps, there is anticipation and excitement in the air. What I love most about the Kentucky Derby is selecting “my” horse to cheer on and, always, seeing the beautiful hats on display everywhere!

“The long-established fashion was started with Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr.’s vision for the Derby as an event that the high-class would attend, similar to European-style racing events, which mandated full morning dress for men and women. For the first running of the Kentucky Derby, he used high-class women to recruit his target clientele to attend the race. The event quickly became just as much about the fashion as the racing. Going to a horse racing event became an opportunity to show off the latest in spring fashion and women were known to coordinate their hats, dresses, bags, shoes, and even parasols.” *

I’m posting a few hats for you to enjoy from the official Kentucky Derby website as well as my personal choice if I were going this year!

  1. Playful and fun!

2. “Look at me!” (I like the shoulder sun protection this hat offers!)

3. This one has the floral embellishment underneath the brim – beautiful!

4. Such fun for men, too!

5. My choice from Berkeley Hats (where you will find many, many more lovely hats to order!)

Cheers to a great race and very fun day!

What’s Next After You’ve Interviewed

What are the appropriate next steps after you’ve interviewed for a new job? You can make it somewhat easier if you confirm what the next steps are before you leave the interview, during your final face to face.

Before you leave the interview:

  1. Let them know how much you have enjoyed meeting them.
  2. Say one or two things specifically you appreciated discussing during the interview.
  3. It is very appropriate at this time to ask “What are the next steps?”
  4. Make sure you have the names/business cards/titles of everyone in the interview.
  5. Confirm, even repeat back to them, when you should expect to hear next from them.

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4 Things to Look For in a Weight-Loss Supplement

Have you been thinking about trying a weight-loss supplement? Let me help you!

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  • Provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support.
  • Support longevity and address anti-aging at the cellular level.
  • Enhance memory and cognitive skills.
  • Balance mood.

Together, these unique ingredients help increase cellular energy to help you stay active and make the changes necessary to achieve healthy weight loss.

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Weight Loss Help with a Probiotic Bacteria

Wouldn’t you like a little weight loss help? A probiotic may be your answer! A recent weight loss research study, published in The British Journal of Nutrition, found one bacteria in particular which promoted a greater weight loss over time, with the ability to keep lost weight off in those who took it as a supplement along with diet.

“According to Angelo Tremblay, (Professor at Universite Laval) probiotics may act by altering the permeability of the intestinal wall. By keeping certain proinflammatory molecules from entering the bloodstream, they might help prevent the chain reaction that leads to glucose intolerance, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.” [Read more…]

12 Things You Can Do to Find Happiness

Every now and again I step out of my world to take stock of the things which are and the things I would like to see happen. With a perspective of my life’s timeline, the opportunities to accomplish, make a difference and leave a positive legacy are coming to a close. With sixty amazing years behind me, I still have so much I want to accomplish, many things to do and say, and always, I want to continue improving in all areas of my life.

As I was reading online, one article led to another, led to another and I found a post titled:

12 Things Happy People Do Differently.”

Okay, I’m game to see what more I can do to increase my own happiness potential and the happiness of those I touch each day.

Author Marc Chernoff has hit the nail on the head with each “thing.” It was like a report card of my life and how it’s lived, and I scored high marks. I want to celebrate, not only because I am truly happy deep down in my heart, but because I believe the things we do come from a place in our hearts that when plowed and nourished can only bring fruit.

If our soil is cleansed of weeds (unforgiveness, anger, bitterness), amply fertilized (what we read, see, hear, where we spend out time, who we spend our time with), have planted good seeds (how we invest our time and energies in the things we do and who we spend time with) and water our seeds (love, support, encouragement, kindness, and care), we will produce beautiful fruit in time. Like a farmer reaping a rich harvest, or a gardener who enjoys the beauty of a blossoming garden, the joy of hard work and much care will lead to happiness in life.

The continual renewal and nourishing of our hearts and spirits I have found to be the key to happiness. For me it is the daily reading of the Bible, meditating on the stories, advice and words of encouragement which have planted seeds of love, and have set my heart and mind in the right place from which all else from my life flows.

Please enjoy Marc’s article and I wish you abundant happiness!

Are Sweets on Your Diet Breakfast Menu?

As a healthy eater starting your day with a nutritious breakfast, are sweets on your breakfast menu? Here’s why they should be.  If you don’t have a problem keeping a healthy weight, then this won’t be as meaningful to you as to someone like me, who, well, let’s just say – struggles.

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A new study published in the journal Steroids, shows fantastic results from a study done in Tel Aviv, which included a sweet treat on a low carbohydrate, high protein, 600 calorie breakfast. Results included excellent weight loss, and continued weight loss after the study was completed. [Read more…]

Does Keys Creek Lavender Stress Relief Mist Really Work?

In a previous post titled “Ahhh Lavender!” I shared about my wonderful find in the Keys Creek Lavender Farm. One of my purchases was the Lavender Stress Relief Mist, which I’ve now had the delight to try out and I can truly say I LOVE it!

Keys Creek Lavender Stress Relief Mist!

One of the things I love about it is that when you spritz it on, the fragrance lasts for a long time, and it smells so very, very lavender, it is truly lovely. I take deep breaths in and enjoy it so much. Before I’ve even realized it, I’m snoozing, no matter how fast my thoughts are coming, or how many problems I’m trying to solve, or the hour of the night, it works before I’m  even are aware it’s working.

An example was the other night, when I had a few work things on my mind, good things which needed to have just the right sort of creativity to bring about my desired result. Creative juices flowed, even overflowed. Add to this that someone very dear to me decided to take a red eye flight across country. When my head met my pillow, dear one was 31,000 feet in the air. I wasn’t worried, but the thought of it was uncomfortable, and checking the flight tracker app on my phone from bed wasn’t as soothing as a lullaby, right?

So I spritzed a full spritz of my Keys Creek Lavender Stress Relief Spray and in no time I was fast asleep. Know how I knew it worked quickly? I woke up 5 hours later, just in time for dear one’s landing, watched the landing, did another spritz and, voila!, quickly back to sleep.

The best thing was I woke with no “cotton head” but a clear head and renewed energy for the day!

 

The Value of a Vision

What is Your Vision?https://blog.intercom.com/why-startups-need-a-strong-vision/

My mind quickly conjures up a scene of a  watercolor artist sitting before an easel with a pure white canvas background. Brush in hand, colors and water jar ready, he sees the story he will tell with his strokes before the brush even touches the canvas. He knows the background colors he will use, where the focal point will be, and what the finished painting will look like.

Vision is very important to how we proceed in life, what we accomplish in the fruits of our labor and how we will be remembered. What we choose as a career, or not. Do we marry? How we raise our children and what the direction we point them in. How do we see our seasons of life? What does retirement look like? How do we weather the unexpected storms? Does our vision continue on without us, after we are gone?

I’m seeing fruits on different fronts, standing aside to watch seedlings bud and blossom, and creating new visions where life has provided an unexpected turn in the road.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29.18, a proverb of wise King Solomon. When we have a vision, we have a focus, a direction, a plan, a path and hope to see it come to pass.

 

Opportunity Knocks!

When opportunity knocks, will you answer or ignore it? If you really think about it, opportunity knocks every day. Today, I took an opportunity to meet someone new. I visited a new restaurant in my neighborhood and decided to sit on the counter. Soon after I was seated, another woman sat next to me. We started talking – that was the mutual opportunity seized by both of us!

Within a few minutes, we learned that we lived on the same street, but opposite ends. We both have 3 jobs, and we are both college professors. We had such a lovely time together, that when it came time for the check, out waitress thought we were together and gave us one check!

What opportunities are presenting themselves to you? I have one to share! I invite you to look at an opportunity to help women look more beautiful, to improve their self-confidence and health. AND, while you are beautifying the women around you, there is an opportunity to earn an income!

WHY NOT YOU?????

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My Peaceful Place

Need to find your peaceful place? When things start swirling around faster and faster, I begin to stress and sigh more. That’s when I know I need to find a peaceful place, for my heart, my mind, and my spirit. Today, I knew I needed to find mine. I like the mountains, as they help me know there is someone bigger than I am, who has everything under control.

http://travel55.co.uk/holiday/austrian_alps_coach_holidays_westendorf_shearings

The Italian Dolomites

Twice today, this Bible verse, found in the Isaiah 26.3, came across in my readings: “Thou shalt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” KJV

Another translation:

“People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit. Depend on God and keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.” The Message translation.

He is my sure thing. I hope this helps you find peace in the midst of your storm today.

xo

11 More Tips for a Successful Interview

I’m conducting interviews right now, looking to add a partner with whom to share my day to day responsibilities, evening and weekend call. The job description I created states clearly what the position entails and the qualifications / qualities of the successful candidate are.

Now that a few candidates have been interviewed, I thought it might be a good time to add to my previous post sharing “Tips for Success in Your Job Interview”.

http://www.southafrica.jobs-employment.com/2016/03/06/steps-to-a-successful-job-interview/

  1. Re and ReRead the Job Description. I highly recommend studying the job description, and visualizing yourself in the role. This provides a greater understanding of the point of view interview questions will be coming from, and allow you time to think of clarifying questions. You might also do an online search for descriptions of similar roles and how they function.
  2. Proofread your resume and cover letter for typos and grammar errors. Have someone who is a proficient writer also review and edit for clarity and polish. A good cover letter goes a long way in preceding your first personal meeting with a glimpse of your personality, intelligence, character, and heart.
  3. Come with additional resumes, letters of recommendation, or anything you think might be beneficial, but not overwhelming, to a first and second round interview. Offer them only if you see that it would be useful to do so, such as if there are interviewers present who have not seen your resume, you may offer them a copy.
  4. Jot down questions to bring with you to the interview. Practice these questions on someone who will provide honest and professional feedback. A question like “Why should I work for you?” may not be received very well if delivered in an overly confident way. Perhaps something along the line of “This position is of great interest to me. What will you offer as support for the new team member?”
  5. Really listen to the questions being asked and answer the question. If you don’t fully understand what is being asked, repeat the question in a little different way for clarification. Better ask for clarification than to respond to something that wasn’t being asked. Also, listen to what the interviewers are seeking to know. If you are asked how quickly you can arrive if called in, give the time it would take you if you hung up the phone and hopped in your car immediately. Then, follow up with a confirmation question asking what would be an acceptable length of time for arrival, in case you weren’t coming from home, you would know how far away you could be while on call.
  6. If you haven’t interviewed in awhile, by all means, practice with someone. Better yet, have them record your practice, and review how you come across together.
  7. When you’re asked to tell about yourself as the first question, you don’t want to spew volumes of your work history in great detail. Practice beforehand giving a one minute overview, highlighting accomplishments which would speak for your competence in the position you are interviewing for.
  8. While handshakes are good coming and going, they aren’t always necessary, and one that is too strong might not be received very well. If you’re going to shake hands, do so with the key interviewers.
  9. Always ask what the next steps will be, and the time frame for them. You may be the first to be interviewed, of which the first round process may take a few weeks. It’s good to know if you will be waiting a couple of weeks to hear for a second round interview, and who the second round will be with, so you can begin preparing right away. Make sure you let them know you are very interested in the position (if you still are) at the end of the conversation.
  10. Push in your chair once you have stood to leave. Thank the interviewers for their time, let them know it was a pleasure to meet them, and you look forward to hearing from them soon.
  11. Just like a good cover letter, a good thank you email later that day or the next morning will help solidify positive feelings about you, granted the interview went well. An excellent email thank you doesn’t require following with a handwritten note, unless it is of value as a function of the position.

Good luck!

If any of my tips help you, please come back to let me know!

Treat Depression by Correcting Metabolic Imbalances

The mental health of children and adolescents is now on the forefront of medical providers who are seeing an increase in depression and suicide ideation. With early intervention, many are helped through cognitive behavioral therapy, together with mindfulness stress reduction, regular exercise and alternative therapies like acupuncture and yoga, hoping to avoid medication unless necessary.

http://www.sarahchanaradcliffe.com/helping-depressed-child/

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have completed an interesting study of young people with significant depression who are not responding to therapy and medication.

“Identifying and treating metabolic deficiencies in patients with treatment-resistant depression can improve symptoms and in some cases even lead to remission, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine published online today in the American Journal of Psychiatry. [Read more…]

Shoes for Comfort That Look Good

I’ve been looking for shoes for comfort that look good on my aging feet. This has had me on a focused mission for the past few years. When I started to work full time again, taking a position that requires a lot of walking, while wearing a dress or business suit, it didn’t leave my size 12 wide feet too many options. Trying shoe after shoe that felt great in the store and for the first few days, I would always end up with discomfort in my toes, or have a difficult time keeping them on. There’s not a lot of style choices in size 12, so sometimes I would try to squeeze into an 11 or use adhesive heel supports to make a size 13 stay on.

When I came to a point where I was in so much pain, with numbness in certain toes, I went to see my friendly podiatrist. And my podiatrist is very friendly, and teach-y. He has tons of photos on the walls of his exam rooms so you can try to figure out what you have before he comes in. I found my hammer toes, with photos of pins stuck in the toes with the pin coming out of the top of the toe, and was pretty worried by the time he walked in. He had a great big cabinet filled with all kinds of foot and toe support thingys. Very odd shapes, and designs to be sure. He gave me a couple to try out, of which one works great, but I need a bigger “toe box” as he called it, in my shoes, and recommended a few specialty shoe stores that would have the styles I need.

I ventured to Sole Comfort in Newport Beach, where I met the very patient and kind Jerry who helped me greatly. The first shoe he brought out came with the announcement that this was a new shoe in the store and selling out very quickly. I tried them on, and could see why – they were wonderful!

The brand is A’rcopedico,

From their website:

Arcopedico® is a high-quality women’s comfort shoe brand specializing in lightweight, anatomically-designed, arch- and circulation-supporting shoes that are hand-made in Portugal. Arcopedico® shoes are lightweight, colorful, simple, and with ageless designs are a versatile and smart choice for any woman’s wardrobe and lifestyle.

Arcopedico® footwear exercises the foot, strengthens the muscles, assists the circulation of the blood and ensures more comfort in walking.”

http://arcopedicoshoes.com/store/index.php?route=common/home

The most popular shoe in the line

 

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I purchased these – nice roomy toe box!

 

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And these – also with roomy toe box – very comfy!

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Cute – but not in my size!

 

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If you’re looking for snazzy!

Jerry said they are a great shoe to walk in all day, but not a “walking shoe” per se, like if you are going to power walk or hike. He recommends a tennis shoe for athletic walking. The shoes I purchased are good to travel, walk on cobblestones and are great for all day. And they are! I really like that I can get a little extra walking in during the day without changing to tennis shoes. I was worried that they would look very orthopedic, but not too bad! Even though the toe box is roomy, it doesn’t look clompy like a frankenstein shoe, so I’m happy. Hope this helps someone with foot issues who is looking for a comfy shoe!

Healthy Diet Keeps Aging Women Mobile

Who knew that a healthy diet plays such an important role in keeping women able to take care of ourselves and able to stay mobile as we age? Mobility is being able to complete your activities of daily living. Activities include maintaining personal hygiene, being able to move without impairment to shop and cook for yourself, go for a walk, or enjoy an active social life.

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Healthy Salad

“In a large study conducted by at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), researchers found an association between women who maintain a healthy diet and a reduction in the risk of developing impaired physical function as they age.”

Francine Grodstein, ScD, senior author of the study and a researcher in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at BWH made an appearance in the July issue of the Journal of Nutrition.  Her research gathered data from over 50,000 nurses from 1992 to 2008, looking at the quality of diet and the maintaining of independent mobility.

“The data indicate that women who maintained a healthier diet were less likely to develop physical impairments compared to women whose diets were not as healthy. They also found a higher intake of vegetables and fruits, a lower intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, trans-fats, and sodium, and a moderate alcohol intake, were each significantly associated with reduced rates of physical impairment. Among individual foods, the strongest relations were found for increased intakes of oranges, orange juice, apples and pears, romaine or leaf lettuce, and walnuts. However, researchers noted specific foods generally had weaker associations than the overall score, which indicates that overall diet quality is more important than individual foods.”

My Takeaway

I prefer apples, blueberries, cantaloupe and pineapple for my fruit. For veggies, it’s broccoli, asparagus, all colored salad greens (arugula, spinach, romaine, and butter lettuce), beets, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, and lettuce. It’s hard to keep away from the sweets some days. I will be adding walnuts now that I know they are the nuts to keep me moving!

 

(Quotes from Science Daily.)

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