Happy Fourth of July!

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Life in the slow lane.

Being stuck at home for weeks at a time is not good for me. As I go into week 5 of my recovery (with 4 more to go), I am on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Or maybe not a nervous breakdown…I feel like that time we went to Texas for six weeks and I was convinced Hugh and I were the last remaining players in a real life version of The Hunger Games. But this time, I feel like I am playing against myself.

Some people need to keep busy to make sense of the world around them.

I am one of those people.

The last couple of weeks I was lucky enough to have three projects I could work on from the comfort of my bed, going on at the same time: Along with an amazing group of people I participated in the organization and execution of Social Media Day Miami, which turned out to be a great success. I also had the opportunity to plan a Major League Baseball event in Baltimore, and am still working on the gala for the Young Patronesses of the Opera coming up in October.

Yes, I overexerted myself in the process and have had to spend the last 3 days recovering. Still, being productive kept me from getting bored and made these past weeks go faster than they otherwise would have, which is why I now feel like I need something else to occupy my time…

Last weekend my friend Alexandra had a spa party. I had heard about parties like that happening, but I’d never actually been to one. This one involved a whole bunch of bubbly and a bunch of “all natural” skin/ beauty products. It was fun, but having already solved my skin care product situation, I felt like I was taking up space.

But then this morning, as I was buying the book that’s going to entertain me for the next 4 hours, Startup Mixology, I started thinking about going one step further in my attempt to live as naturally as possible and making my own skin care products. Or at least try. So I did. After doing a little research, I made a scrub and it worked amazingly!

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:
1 cup demerara sugar
2 tsp unrefined coconut oil
2 tsp shredded coconut

Preparation:
Mix shredded coconut and sugar in a small bowl, stir until blended. Heat coconut oil in a small pot just until melted. Pour coconut oil over sugar and shredded coconut. Stir oil into the sugar mixture. Continue until the sugar has an even consistency.

In hindsight, I should have taken a few pictures. I am sorry I didn’t. Suffice it to say though, I was proud of the end result. So much so that going forward this will be one less thing I have to buy, one less container I will need to throw out, but one more thing in my arsenal of homemade goodies.

Maybe my next project should be more homemade skin care products…

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Social Media Day Miami!

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ONLY FEW DAYS LEFT until Social Media Day Miami 2014!

Come join us for a day of learning, networking, and fun this Sunday, June 29th at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts – FREE

To register, click Here .

See you there!

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A Case of Bad Luck!

For a long time, I seriously overestimated my body.

Somewhere along the line I got this crazy idea that I was born with a body that would allow me to do anything as long I took care of it.  I knew about illness and disease, but in my mind some of them were caused by not taking care of the body and the rest by bad luck (the most horrible of which was of the “genetically predisposed” variety).

But then I got sick.

Little by little (and unbeknownst to me) my body began to fail me and then, quietly and unapologetically,  it almost caused me to die.  Talk about bad luck!

Obviously, I survived the ordeal and I think that my near death encounters are over (at least for the time being).   Still, as I work to fully grasp the gravity of what I went through one thing that sticks out is that the effect the body has over the mind, extends beyond our awareness of the physical self.

People always say that “it’s all in the mind” and that “you can do anything if you put your mind to it”.  That may very well be true, but our physical well-being also affects how our minds work and how we perceive the world. It isn’t enough to just go for a run or eat organic.  We need to learn to hear what our body is telling us.

For a long time I thought I was just tired.  Then my mind started to get tired.
Now my body is healing and I feel like I can conquer the world.

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RIP Maya Angelou

mayaI was always inspired by Maya Angelou.  I discovered her work in my early twenties and once I read  “And Still I Rise”, I had to read everything.   Through her words she made me want to be better: A better daughter, a better sister, a better friend, a better person.

This has always been one of my favorite quotes…it is so simple and yet so honest.

I’ve always strived to remember this.

You will be greatly missed Dr. Angelou.

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The Humane Society of Greater Miami Needs Your Support

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Thanks to these incredible women, Hugh and I exist. A huge happy mother’s day embrace to our moms and grandmas ♡♡♡

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