Southern California Spring This Year!

We are having a glorious spring this year, after years of drought, and I wanted to share some of the natural beauty with you! Enjoy!

 

We’re having what’s called a “Super Bloom” – so gorgeous!

More “Super Bloom”!

 

Beautiful Memory

Taking a breath or two, enjoying the beauty around me, and recalling found memories again of when I lived in Lausanne 35 years ago. This is pretty close to the view from my window, (without the steeples) of the majestic French – Swiss Alps in the spring.

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Where does your mind wander to when you think of a place of beauty?

Thinking thoughts of peace, beauty, and nature calms me and makes me smile.

Happy Spring!

Beauty that Restores Peace

When life is overwhelming, we are stretched beyond ourselves, and we become more stressed and anxious, it is time to go to a quiet, peaceful, place and bring some calm into the chaos. Colors bring peace to me, along with scenes of nature that I can focus on, imagine myself in the midst of, and restore my soul through the magnificence of beauty.

This past year has been one of the most overwhelming of my life. I need to make a conscious effort each day to find peace and rest for my soul. This photo, with the stunning hue of the bluebonnets, strength of the forest, refreshing of the foggy mist, and symbolism of the gently winding path, spoke  great peace to me.

I have a thing for forests. When I lived in Switzerland, there was a trail I would walk that would give me great peace and tranquility. I would hike up to a large fallen tree, lay on its strong trunk and look up at the sky, watching the high above branches sway in the breeze and the clouds pass through the rays of sunshine. When I saw this photo of the stunning floral landscape in my favorite color, amidst the gentle forest, I sighed, a deep, anxiety-releasing, relaxing sigh. I share it with you here, and hope you will click through to the photographer’s site to refresh your soul with more of his amazing photography.

The creator of this lovely forest in Hallerbos, Belgium, is no other than Our Lord God. The photographer, Kilian Schonberger, provides additional photos of this lovely scene at My Modern Met

Enjoy!

Kilian Schonberger

Woman’s Best Cosmetic

“Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.” – Rosalind Russell

 

I adored her in “Mame”, which led me to read her book “Life is a Banquet“. Rosalind Russell’s life story is incredibly inspiring and today I salute her! If you have not seen “Mame”, I highly recommend it as you will see her at her best, laugh and cry with her, and be amazed by her talent and beauty. Cheers!

That One Little Thing

The one little thing that maybe just doesn’t turn out quite right can really mess with your day. Have you ever noticed? How your hair looks, feeling a little thicker than usual in your clothes, or a few extra eye wrinkles affect how we perceive ourselves.

On the other hand, you feel a lilt of confidence when your hair turns out great. There’s a hint of mischief in the air when you wear a hat. Your favorite colors worn all day keep you happy. Looking at a special piece of jewelry you chose to adorn your jacket with makes you feel special and brings a memory to warm your heart throughout the day. [Read more…]

Celebrate Today!


“The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty and Truth.”   Albert Einstein

I’m sending you these gorgeous tulips to brighten your day. May their beauty help you celebrate today!

 

My First Memories of Beauty…..

As I was thinking of the first time I realized someone was beautiful, I found myself smiling. She was my kindergarten teacher, who made an incredible impression on a  little five year old.

Strikingly tall, (wasn’t everyone back then?), gorgeous full face, impeccably dressed with loveliness and grace pouring from her every move -and kindness in her eyes.  I can still see her stylish outfits, impeccably styled hair, classic pumps and most of all, her jewelry. She wore the most colorful and fashionable earrings, necklaces and bracelets, matching each outfit perfectly. I still cannot figure out how she helped us paste and paint, wrote on the chalkboard, played on the playground, and assigned the magic nap time fairy wand, all the while maintaining her poise, confidence and graciousness. I think her loving and kind heart was where her true beauty came from, shown to the world through her grace, framed by her incredible poise, style and fashion.

My second beauty memory was in high school, a time where peer pressure dictates every thought and move. I was in a social group of girls who thought pretty highly of themselves, getting their kicks out of ridiculing anyone who did not meet their standards. Yet, there was another teacher, this one in her late fifties, who “had our number”. She had such a love in her heart for young ladies, with the desire to see us become women of grace and beauty. I was always uncomfortable with how my peers treated her, and stayed on their periphery because deep down I really admired her, and wanted to be as elegant and graceful as she.  Her outfits were right out of fashion magazines, her makeup flawless, and her hair so stylish for someone of “her age”.  She looked at me often as she taught, as I think she saw a very hungry soul behind my eyes.

It has been a long journey for me to feel comfortable in my body, especially my height. My life has brought experiences, people and times of reflection that have helped me to feel beautiful from the inside out. I know that many of you face the same struggles with your appearance and personal image as I. Deep down you desire to make peace with your past, accept the features you were born with, and begin to exude confidence in who you are for the rest of your life.

My two teachers’  inner beauty, confidence, strength and acceptance of their God-given physical characteristics  made a great impression on this young lady who was watching. I wonder who is watching us today and who will be impressed to become all that he/she can be by observing us?

Shy Anna by mainec6“I’m Looking Fabulous” is my place where I hope to share some of my wonderful findings along  life’s journey that have helped me to look and feel more confident. Here, I will introduce you to some very special people who are passionate about making your life’s journey more beautiful, enjoyable and fulfilling!

Welcome to “I’m Looking Fabulous’!

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