Friday, February 17, 2012

February Goals: How Was Your Week?

(1) Creating community here at this blog: the two things I want to focus on this month are traffic and comments.

a) Toward that end, for traffic, I want to write one article, create one Squidoo lens and post one new video on YouTube this month.
b) For comments, I want to meet more bloggers and hang out with them a bit. Do you have a blog I could visit?


By the way, let me know if there are color analysis questions or personal style topics you would like to see addressed. I want to make sure that what I write is meeting the needs of the people who come to see me.

This has not been a good week for this particular goal! I've visited a couple of blogs, but not as many as I would like. And I had hoped to create an article or Squidoo lens or both, but I did neither. Hopefully, I will do that by next week?

(2) Continue making the lifestyle changes I identified last month: contemplative tea time, spending more time with my son, and eating healthier meals (starting with more protein). I want to make sure these changes stick!



I'm drinking yummy vanilla tea right now! But I have been working longer hours than I should, so I'm sure if my son gave me a grade for this week, it wouldn't be an "A." 

And we went through the McDonald's drive-thru just last night for dinner, if that tells you anything about the "healthier meals" plan. Sigh. At least I've been drinking tea! :)

(3) Continue to identify (by listing them) the changes I need to make to create my warm autumn capsule wardrobe: this month, my focus is style words, contrast and other style ideas...

a) Style words: natural, earthy, goddess-like, warmhearted, sensuous, deeply rooted, lush, vibrant and warm. I want to keep them in mind when I am shopping, and not make any compromises.
b) Contrast: I want to create outfits that have medium contrast, using the warm autumn neutrals and colors I like best.
c) Style plan: when shopping, or just putting outfits together from my own closet, my goal is to keep in mind the looks that work best, that I enjoy best. I actually drew some silhouette ideas just to keep in mind going forward.

Did I mention last week that I found orange pjs and robes? Can't remember when I ordered them, but they will definitely be a match for those criteria I identified above.

However, one last comment about this past week. I was sidelined a bit by Whitney Houston's death. 

I used to be substance abuse therapist in my life before motherhood, and as many others have said, I was really rooting for her to make it and her death was quite a shock! I've spent more time than I expected to thinking about her, grieving the loss, hearing her music in my head, and wishing her life hadn't ended the way it did. 



Did her death affect you, too?

How was your week?


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Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Deep Autumn:"Sensible and straightforward as all Autumns, but direct in speech, and quick to absorb change with good evidence, they speak honestly and bluntly. What I love most, I believe, is that they are not one bit threatened or defensive about new ideas. The person may demonstrate more of Winter’s reserve, or more of Autumn’s passive and natural way, but there is always an element of fire." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

16 comments:

  1. HI! My review of your book is going up tomorrow... (sorry it took me a while)!

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  2. Good progress, Jeanine! Vanilla tea sounds really good... I may have to find some. :)

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    1. Hi Jenni! It really is. Like having dessert without the calories. :)

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  3. Yes her death did effect me. She was WAY to young and my heart breaks for her and her family.

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    1. Mine, too, Sherri! I know they are all wishing they could have done something to save her. Not just in those moments, but in general. It's so sad.

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  4. I grew up singing and dancing to her music. It was sad to hear about her death. Did it affect me? Well, it made me realize that when you loose control of yourself, it is always hard to find yourself again.

    In regards to your goals...my week has been topsy-turvy, but like I shared on my email, when it came to my clothing goals, those were definitely met! :)

    m.

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    1. That's true, Maria, especially with addiction, because then, you've lost physical control! I know she tried, though, and I just was so hoping it would work out for her.

      Good for you that you met your clothing goals. That was the best thing about my week, too!

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  5. The vanilla tea sounds delicious...and a good excuse to relax. Orange pajamas and a robe - I bet you'll look beautiful in that rich, warm color!

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    1. It really IS delicious! LOVE it!! And thanks, I can't wait until they get here. :)

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  6. This was a busy week for me too ~ didn't get around to many of my fav blogs either! So sad about Whitney ~ her music was a large part of my youth! If you haven't already, I think a post devoted to Whitney would be fun ~ let us know what season you think she was and did she dress in colors that suited her? Etc. That would be fun to read! And a fun tribute! :D

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    1. Hey, what a good idea! Perhaps I'll do that. Thanks, B.!!

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  7. I agree with "B" that a post devoted to Whitney would be a wonderful way to celebrate her life and her beauty and talent. I was a big fan of her music in the 80s and early 90s and then sort of lost track of her...it was so sad to learn of yet another lovely talented singer losing her life at far too young an age.

    On a lighter note..orange pjs sound perfect for you. I wonder if we sleep better wearing our best colors.

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    1. Hi Ann! I was a big fan of her music, too, and I agree. It's so sad!

      Well, I know of one program, Illuminessensce, that says that wearing the right colors makes you healthier, and they advise sleeping in your best version of red. Like if you pinch your cheek or thumb ~ that color.

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  8. Like most of the world, I was shocked by her death too. I was saddened mostly for what "could have been". I know that most of this is in my head, however there was part of me that wants to believe what Clive Davis said at her memorial...that she had quit smoking and was working to get her "high notes" back.

    I loved watching the YouTube video of "I Look To You" this week. It gave me a brand new appreciation of her talent...even with a "seasoned" instrument.

    Ultimately, I loved what Oprah said. "...she will always be loved...and now she knows it."

    I am grateful for the gift she was and for the mirror she held up for me so I could see myself and the gift I am in the world.

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    I'm on the same journey as you are, building community at my new site. (I love yours, btw!) I've been brainstorming how to do this more effectively. I am with you in creating new videos...I'm focusing on creating content for Youtube, iTunes (podcast) and my blog.

    Will try to pop in here as often as I can to cheer you on! :)

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    1. Oh my! The "now she knows it" part made me tear up. I taped her special but haven't watched it yet. I think, too, that she meant what she said to Clive, but I think she might have found it almost impossible without another trip to rehab.

      I have been bargaining, too, thinking "what if someone had found her sooner..." or wondering if people missed signs that she was in real trouble. I think I've gone through most of the stages: anger that her entourage didn't watch her more closely or intervene, depression because she didn't make it, bargaining about how she might have been rescued and even guilt, which is completely ridiculous (yet still a normal part of the grief process).

      I love your site, too, and now that I've discovered it via your 1st-page not-Whitney post, will try to hang out there more in the future.

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