The Beauty of Serenity.

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Hello Y’all! We are finally in the last quarter of 2017, coupled with the rush to end the year and tie up all loose ends.ย The beauty of waking up on a Saturday morning to the boiling heat is one of the things I absolutely cherish about living in Texas. :/ You just can’t ever tell what the weather is going to be. Running out the door to a meeting, getting groceries, meeting up with friends or catching up with family and finally getting time for me makes my weekend worthwhile. Sometimes, it could be a blur trying to cross off every item on my lists – which are awesome! And yes, I would be of no use to myself or anyone without a ‘TO DO’ list.

Looking back on a previous post titled ‘Green Thumb or Not’, I wrote about the dilemma of not being able to grow any plants and my resolve to grow ‘something’ besides a cactus plant past a 6 month marker. I chose to try my hands at growing tomatoes and strawberries for the first time. The good news is that my plants are not only growing, but they’re flourishing. Every single plant is still alive…thank God!ย  This is a big deal for someone without ANY urban gardening skills what so ever. Now I’m thinking that the next thing might be to get a dog – that can walk itself… ha ha! Maybe in the not too distant future.

What Does Serenity Mean – To You?

According to the dictionary, to be serene means to be calm, peaceful, tranquil or unruffled.

I find that by making a conscious effort every now and again to take a break and get away from all the noise, endless activities/events, the never ending lists of things I need to do, schedule or cancel leave me room to be calm, quiet, to breathe and reflect. Life ain’t no dress rehearsal and I need to hit the ground in tip top shape to tackle all the new and exciting things that happen on a daily basis – this can only be achieved ‘long term’ from a balanced lifestyle.

The goal is to be at peace within yourself first. When life throws obstacles your way (and it will), your approach will always come from a clear, calm and centered perspective. I love drawing parallels to real life when watching movies; but have you noticed that the main actor or good guy finds his purpose only when he can find serenity – calm, peace and quiet – within him/herself. This applies to real life as well. Feel free to share what things you do to maintain a calm and peaceful center in your everyday life.

I hope you have a great start to your week! Until I come your way again, I remain

 

Periwinkle Starr

 

 

 

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The Big Reveal!! Coming Soon

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Hello Y’all! It finally feels like Fall right now…54 ยฐF at last!! The question I ask right now is whether it will stay this way because in Texas, you just can’t ever tell ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Anyways I hope your week has kicked off to an amazing start and you ‘kinda’ have your ducks together at least (rows and lines are for the ‘perfect in heart’ LOL). Its been a minute since my last post and I have to admit; its been a lot of long hours juggling work and family but so worth it.

There’s just something about the last quarter of the year that I absolutely love. The holidays start rolling by one after the other. All the craziness starts to wind down but for some, that’s when things actually start to get really busy.

The Big Reveal!!

I have been working on a project that’s very dear to my heart for a while now. Its a passion that I’ve had all my life; something I have always wanted to do for many years now and finally having the courage and discipline to embark on. My goal is to share this with y’all in the coming months and I – just – cannot – wait! And yes, I am literally doing my happy dance as I type! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

So please stay tuned for more from Periwinkle Starr and thank you to all who read, like, comment and follow this blog from all over the world – I still have to pinch myself every time I say this – Y’all are amazing!! Enjoy the rest of your week, have fun and be safe!!

Periwinkle Starr

 

Diamonds! One Of The Few Things That Last Forever.

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Hello Y’all! I hope it feels a little more like Fall in your neck of the woods? There’s so much going on in the world around us lately and I was recently asked by a Starr reader why I didn’t write more about politics and the mainstream media happenings. Well…Periwinkle Starr is by no means a bury your head in the sand – while we sing hey nonny nonny as the world falls apart around us – blog. ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  I like to see it as a fun space to share the things I love and enjoy in everyday life! ๐Ÿ˜€ Even though the news and media happenings are important, I feel we’re already bombarded with enough already.

Diamonds as they say last forever; but our bodies? Not so much. :/ Over the last two years, I’ve slowly joined the healthy living/detox band wagon…something I would have laughed at a few yearsย  ago; but not now. I literally inched my diet away from a huge list of unhealthy ‘must haves’ to better choices mostly due to influences from friends and colleagues. The results have been nothing short of spectacular.

Some Of My Unhealthy ‘Must Haves’!

  • Eating ice cream right before bed – so unhealthy but sooo good ๐Ÿ™‚
  • A diet dominated by red meat
  • A diet high on salt and sugar
  • Caffeinated beverages
  • All things white flour – bread, pasta, pastries etc

Detoxes are awesome!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ You don’t need to be a neuroscience major to realize that you get out of your body what you put into it. Even thoughย  a lot of ailments may be hereditary, lifestyle habits or exposure to the wrong things; I feel we can still change the course of our overall well being to some extent.ย There are so many detox cleanses to choose from and if (like me) you’re a little bit of a skeptic at first; you can try cutting a few things out of your diet for a few days and then go on from there. You can never go wrong on a detox regimen just as long as you stay within the limits of what is safe and healthy for you.

Benefits of a Detox

  • Less Fatigue, More Energy.
  • Better Sleep
  • Weight Loss
  • Reverse Aging
  • Total Body Cleanse
  • Clear Thinking
  • Better Productivity – If you feel better, you do better!

Aging is inevitable and surgical enhancements can only go so far. So lets plan on making our bodies function naturally for as long as it can. Feel free to share what your experiences with any detox cleanses have been. And if you haven’t tried it yet, take a leap of faith. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. Until I come your way next time, be safe and stay young and healthy!

Periwinkle Starr

 

Disclaimer: The first few days of my 2 week detox, I thought I wasn’t going to make it…and I’m serious about this. ๐Ÿ˜€ The crave for sugar was real. I saw all the things I couldn’t have E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E and I thought about food constantly… ha ha! But I made it. So can you!!

 

 

Kayaking on Lake Grapevine!!

 

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Hello Y’all and welcome Fall 2017! I hope you’re enjoying the cooler weather these past couple of days that it’s been so nice outdoors. I have always wanted to go kayaking but the timing has been far from perfect. This time, there were few people from my meetup group who were going and I wasn’t going to pass up the chance to finally try my hands at it.

Prior to the trip, it seemed everyone and I mean E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E had an opinion about kayaking on Lake Grapevine; Even the checkout guy at the sports store said ‘the water wasn’t clear, you couldn’t see the bottom’…Wa! Wa! Wa! In my mind I’m thinking, ‘there’s a reason why it’s called a lake :/ and if you want to see crystal clear to the bottom, you’re going to have to wait a couple more weeks for Irma to be done. ๐Ÿ˜ A friend of mine gave me a ‘what to do if you get screwed while kayaking’ list of sorts…ha ha!. Some of the items on that list were outright hilarious. One of them was: ‘If you see something huge moving around or under your kayak, paddle faster’! ๐Ÿ˜ To where? If I might ask – when I’m right in the middle of the lake for Pete’s sake. On a more serious note, I found those tips very useful especially if you don’t plan on being a part of the 6 o’ clock evening news. :/ I also did some research and found a couple of tips that would be useful to anyone interested in the sport.

Do’s and Don’ts of Kayaking – 101

  • Check the weather forecast.
  • Let friends and family know where you’re going, when and who you’re going with.
  • Do not drink prior – No mini martinis, wine tasting events or a ‘few’ beers before.
  • Use sunscreen.
  • Wear water shoes.
  • Have a water bottle to stay hydrated.
  • A whistle and a light along with your name and phone number taped to the inside of your kayak – necessary if you’re in a big body of water.
  • Wear a life jacket.
  • Wear polyester – wet clothing made of cotton against the skin makes your body lose heat at a faster rate.

Are You Ready to Paddle?

The weekend was finally here. The weather was beautiful, the sun was shinning but it wasn’t hot. ย ๐Ÿ˜€ I arrived a few minutes into and met other members of the group. Our instructor Steve Walls strikes me as an ‘all things outdoorsy’ type of guy. He was very friendly but firm on safety. ย He was getting the first batch out on the water and then it was our turn. It was one of those days I wished I had a go – pro camera than risk damaging my phone in the water.

Getting into the kayak was when it dawned on me ‘What on earth have I gotten myself into’? After wobbling a few times, I got my balance and headed out with the rest of the team. I learnt certain tricks on how to maneuver the kayak against the tide and avoid running aground.

After the first 30 minutes of paddling, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to vomit or take a nap (I learnt that this is pretty normal to first timers) but since I was in the middle of the lake and I had signed up for TWO WHOLE HOURS of fun, there was no quitting now. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ We made it back to the shore and it was awesome!! I hope you enjoy the outdoors while you still have it. Here are a few pictures of the beautiful Lake Grapevine!

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Special thanks to:

Steve Walls – http://www.discoverkayak.com (Certified Instructor)

Paul and Kate Kuthe – Canoe and Kayak Magazine (info source)

 

Until I come your way next time, I remain

Periwinkle Starr

Are You A Star Trek Super Fan??

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Hello Y’all!! Its been a minute and I am so glad to be back. Walking into work Monday morning, I have to say that whoever invented eye drops deserves a Nobel prize in my opinion. Having bloodshot eyes from trying to sleep in a crammed position on a plane for several hours non-stop is not one of my best looks. :/ And of course, I look like I spent the last 72 hours partying it up which unfortunately was the exact opposite.

Now I have been a Star Trek – Next Generation super fan for a very long time – dating back to the early to mid 1990’s. My favorite characters were: Captain Picard, Commander Data (the android), Commander Riker, the blind guy with the super cool eye wear, Lieut. Wolf (the Cling-on) and a few others. This doesn’t imply that I would be caught on any given day wearing any costumes or attending any festivals – bored to tears would be an understatement ๐Ÿ˜ฆ nevertheless, ย I love space fiction.

Star Trek – Next Generation had a lot of structure to it which is one of the reasons I loved the show. We had the Federation – this was the universal government that owned a fleet of spaceships that explored the galaxy. The Enterprise – a space ship that was one of the spacecrafts that went on many voyages into unknown worlds. This is what the story line or premise for the series is based on. During such expeditions, one of the things I enjoyed seeing was the fact that whenever the Enterprise would encounter an unknown species or spacecraft that appeared hostile even after several attempts to hail or establish some form of communication; the Captain would give the order to have the ‘shields up’. This was a magnetic field of sorts that enveloped and protected the Enterprise from the impact of an assault thereby ensuring the safety of the Bridge (the control room) and the crew on-board.

A shield is an object that resists or protects a person or thing from outside influence and boy do I see a parallel even as it relates to real life. A shield is not influence specific meaning: It can protect you from both good and bad external influences. The question now is:

What Do You Have Your Shields Up Against?

External influence is oftentimes a barometer showing where we’re at in life. Sometimes when we strive to succeed or do the right thing is often when we get the most push back as opposed to laying down, being silent or playing dead… literally. The ideal is to put our shield down for those things that are healthy and positive; those things that stretch us to be and do better in our lives as a whole. We should have our shields up against unhealthy, toxic or negative things that attempt to put us down or scare us back into the shadows of conformity and complacency.

We can choose to live out our lives in an assembly line like existence – but only if we want to. A life where we toe the line – like everyone else. We live like everyone else and sad to say ‘die like everyone else.’ One thing we all have to realize (according to a colleague of mine) is: None of us is getting out of here (Planet Earth) alive so we need to make the best use of life while we still have it. ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜€

Everyone and I mean E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E gets beat down by experiences in life and sometimes so much so that some ย of us no longer feel the need to get back up or feel we have any fight left in us. I am fortunate to have older friends, some who talk about themselves in past tense as if their time was up even though they are still living. All their dreams are stored up in nice little boxes they keep along with other items of when they really dared to live – and dared to try; whether it was a business, a hobby or an attempt at something they had a passion for.

But, I have made up my mind to grow into one of those old people you come across every now and then who still have the sparkle in their eyes and are excited about new adventures and new ways of thinking and are still not afraid to get their hands dirty trying out something new. ย So feel free to share with me in what areas ย you have your shields up against and in what areas you need to let in more positivity? It feels awesome to be back guys. Thank you for the emails and comments ๐Ÿ˜€ Until I come your way again next time, I remain

Periwinkle Starr

Let’s Dip Those Down Days In Chocolate!

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Hey Y’all! I hope the month of August has been off to an amazing start for you. The burn is almost over in North Texas which is worth celebrating…ha ha! Today, I want to talk about something that affects us all – even the best of us and unless you’re a direct descendant of Tony Robbins; you are not immune to the feelings that govern the rest of mankind.

Sometimes, life throws curve balls at the same time and in quick succession that we sometimes can’t seem to catch a break. We tend to store up the emotions associated with those events and keep it moving. We oftentimes never have the time to go back and really experience those events and we forget that our bodies deal with so much on a daily basis already; coupled with all the fun things we experience by just being adults .

There’s no denying that there are somethings that happened early on in our lives that some of us haven’t gotten over – things we had no control over, loss of loved ones or friends, failed relationships, being misunderstood or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. As time goes by, those events remain well hidden under layers and layers of walls. It’s no wonder meltdowns are considered the norm these days; more than they have ever been because we keep layering and layering occurrences until the breakdown happens.ย The end result: premature ageing, ulcers, weight gain, high blood pressure and more.

Money, success, sophistication coupled with all the serums in the world will not heal a wounded soul. Facing things one baby step at a time… eventually will. ๐Ÿ™‚ At some point, we have to get tired of wearing that same raggedy mask – year in year out – and start dealing with the real underlying root cause so we can truly live our lives from the inside out and not vice versa.

Down Days …Be Gone!

On those days I feel somewhat down, scheduling a quiet moment to think about what I’m feeling and why is a step in the right direction. A tissue box, my favorite facial mask and some nail polish while I’m at it ย work wonders – ALWAYS. There’s nothing wrong with killing a couple of birds with one stone ๐Ÿ˜€ . But take time to actually relive the experience, soak it in, acknowledge it and …be done with it. Journaling or video vlogging – where you actually articulate what you felt then and now and how you intend to grow from it going forward – are great outlets. Call a family member or persons connected to that event and let them know how you really felt and if they’ve passed; talk to someone trustworthy. The end goal is to just let it out and find a way to let it go.

When you’re done, take a nap. Go for a run. Swim. Trust me, the sun will shine brighter when you get up. You will feel lighter and you’ll have more room for positivity in your life because you’ve let go of baggage you’ve held unto and logged around for years. And always reward yourself afterwards. An easy reach is one of my favorites – Ben and Jerry’s ‘Everything But The’…chocolate ice cream. Trust me, it does wonders for the bravest of souls. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Until next time, like, share and follow for more from…

 

Periwinkle Starr

 

Summer Games!…Are You Winning?

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Hello Y’all! I hope you’re doing amazingly well and the heat feels just as wonderful as it looks :/ If you’re in my neck of the woods, you’d know that its office volleyball season ย – where co-workers get to bond outside the four walls of the office and team build – that’s putting it nicely but we do get a chance to be out in the sun, socialize, make utter fools of ourselves and have a fun time doing it ๐Ÿ˜€

I happened to be drafted into our office league after many failed attempts to convince our Supreme Leader aka Team Captain that I was better off cheering on the side than actually playing; but for some reason, he had more faith in my athletic abilities than my actual track record in ANY kind of sports. So game day arrived. Our team had been on a winning streak the past week. Our morale was high. We were pumped and scheduled to play against ‘Shots n Sets n Bulls**t’…Now I’m thinking to myself, who on earth gives their team that sort of name anyway but at this point no one cared.

Game On!!

The games begin. We had four solid players on our team; the rest of us were just bodies. I also realized much later that the goal was to actually hit the ball instead of running from it…ha ha. In the end, we got beat by ‘Shots n Sets n Bulls**t’ 2 to 1. The game was over. We ย would do better next time…I meant ‘they’ ๐Ÿ˜€

But whenever I hear the word ‘Winning!’, my mind always goes to Charlie Sheen and his epic meltdown a couple of years ago. He was on rampage acting like he was doing great on the outside when his world was falling apart on the inside. How often do we come across people who appear to have it all together so much so that we’re tempted to question if we’re trying hard enough or aiming high enough in our own lives. Its almost like trying to ‘Keep Up with the Kardashians’; although beautiful in pictures they have lives that are so tumultuous a normal human being would question their sanity on a daily basis.

But in my opinion, winning in life doesn’t necessarily mean you have ALL your ducks in a row or you’ve arrived and all your dreams have or are coming true. Winning in life means you’re taking steps (whether big or small) in the right direction (however that applies to you) to meet an expected end goal with a time frame in mind. The questions we must then ask ourselves is:ย Are you winning in life or are you giving people the impression that you are when you’re really not doing so good? And if you’ve lost sight by living from the outside inwards instead of from the inside out; how can you get back to ‘really’ winning in every area of your life?

Looking forward to winning the next game and maybe a little more practice will help. But until I come your way again, I hope y’all have a cool and fabulous weekend!!

 

Periwinkle Starr