Are We There Yet?!!

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Hello Starr readers!! The countdown has begun. I hope you’ve got a game plan for the holiday season which begins with the stress of getting everything done, figuring out a plan to see E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E and getting in extra hours at the gym to offset all the excesses. ๐Ÿ˜€ Its been very busy lately juggling what almost looks like 10,000 things at once that it feels like I haven’t had as much real estate inย  my head to write a new post lately.๐Ÿ˜Œ

Most bloggers every now and then tend to have this ‘blank space’ where there isn’t much to write about…’just living every day life’; and I kind of understand what they meant now.

This year has been scandalous to say the least๐Ÿ˜จ – An example would be the sexual harassment/assault saga that just keeps on giving. From those who use coercion or stimulants to those who have buttons under their desk to trap their desired victims. Now I always thought those buttons were supposed to be alarms in case of danger or robbery ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜ฑย …these days you never know what lengths people are willing to go to get to their desired end.

As we wind down to the end of 2017, there are a few things I have taken away from this year as a whole and I’m going to share some of them with you:

  • To not be afraid of change. The people who succeed aren’t necessarily the bravest, they’re just the ones who put one foot in front of the other in spite of how they feel.

 

  • Positive energy is essential to long term success – keep your circle of friends and close associates positive.ย 

  • When you make good things happen for others, it comes back to you. The universe never forgets.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

 

  • When going after your dreams; sometimes, riding with your blinders on is the only way to get through to the other side.

 

  • Sometimes, its toughest before a big break; hold the line and don’t give up!

Until I come your way again which will be right before the Christmas holiday, have a wonderful time with your family, loved ones and friends. Tell me what your takeaway from the year is in the comment section below. I would love to hear your own version of 2017. I have started on my decor but still have some ways to go, here are a few pics of my tree ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Periwinkle Starr

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Finding Your Place in the World.

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Hello Y’all!! Its fun-day Monday and I hope your week has been off to a great start? Happy Veterans day to all those who have laid down their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today. We thank you and we will always remember your sacrifice.ย Have you noticed there is something festive about the holiday season this year? The spirit of Christmas is already here. ๐Ÿ˜€ Decorations are going up earlier than normal and the excitement is contagious.

Today’s topic is one that anyone can relate to; whether they have in the past or are yet to figure out in the future. I find that for some people, this comes easy. They were born and as soon as they could speak, they knew what they wanted to do. For others, it comes with first knowing what they like and figuring out if that’s the thing they ‘really’ want to do for the rest of their lives – and if it’s practicable or sustainable. Being an eccentric person myself, finding my place had to come with trying my hands at different things that I loved to do – from arts, clothing, outdoors, food e.t.c This has drawn me to different kinds of people and I have often joked that my friends cannot be friends with each other because they wouldn’t have anything in common. ๐Ÿ˜€

A Puzzling Reality

I was flying back from a work trip and was seated beside a pleasant gentleman and we got talking about literally everything from countries visited, life, family and hobbies. He worked at a job that paid him to travel all over the world. He had the lifestyle he had always dreamed about and could now afford the luxuries he did not have growing up. He was set for life. As we chatted, I asked him, ‘Do you like what you do’? And after a pause, he said ‘No’, he didn’t like what he did for a living. The money was good but deep down, he wasn’t happy.ย  ๐Ÿ˜ I was taken aback. There was a look in his eyes I didn’t see prior. It was as if there was a crack in the facade he had put up and for the first time I could see deep down into his soul. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ He could be honest with me because I was a stranger and the probability of our paths ever crossing were next to nil. But still, it was a puzzling revelation.

A colleague of mine is the most compassionate animal lover I have ever seen in my life. This is someone who stopped in the middle of a highway to rescue a stray dog so it wouldn’t be knocked down by speeding traffic. :/ One day after she had finished telling me of her hectic weekend spent at a shelter. I jokingly asked her if she was sure she was in the right profession (architecture) and she jokingly said that many years ago she had seen a palm reader who had told her she would be a veterinarian but she scrapped that for a more prestigious field – architecture – and hates it every day but feels shes too far in to quit.

Theย Bottom-line.

We don’t all get 120 years to waste rolling around in the hay doing things that don’t count or really fulfill us. Even if you’re stuck doing a job you loathe, find time to do what you ‘REALLY’ love because only then will you truly be at peace. When you lay down at night, you can rest easy in spite of life’s imperfections. You’re content that you’ve found your place in the world!!

Feel free to share your story on your journey to finding ‘your’ place.ย Until I come your way next time, take care and be safe!

 

Periwinkle Starr

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!

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Hello Y’all!! I trust your week has been off to a cool start?! We are finally in the ember months and I can tell you for a fact that it’s the most wonderful time of the year!! A big shout out to all the Starr readers all over the world who have a birthday during this time. I wish you the very best and many more amazing years ahead! Not only do I (yours truly) celebrate my birthday during this season (and I’m not being specific as to the exact month …he he) but friends and family who do as well.๐Ÿ’‘

Everything changes – the weather, the outdoors, my wardrobe – and for all the right reasons too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ From this point on, the race into the new year becomes a reality. We have the craziness of Halloween then Thanksgiving, Christmas and then comes the New Year in quick succession. My goal is to be mindful and present because if I’m not careful, its all going to zip by very fast. For all my friends (myself included) who love to decorate, Fall festival was just an intro into the frenzy of the season; then comes the uphill battle to top last years efforts which is so much fun! In all honesty, the finished product is my preference. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

The Up Side!!!

  • You can finally (like me) blast Christmas carols as loud as you want.
  • All diets are off! – All those treats are not going to eat themselves. ๐Ÿ˜‹ Besides, when you’ve been diligent at keeping up your gym routine for 10 months out of the year, you deserve some slack time.
  • Spending time with close family and friends.
  • Decorations! Decorations! Decorations! – The family that decorates together, celebrates together! ๐Ÿ‘ช
  • We get to layer up. I’ve been waiting for this cool down for a long time.
  • Parties and Festivities galore!
  • Hallmark has a marathon of all those sappy Christmas specials which are awesome!

The year 2017 has indeed been an eventful one. Its had it’s highs and lows and for some, this time can be a really difficult period to live through. Maybe youย didn’t do as well as you hoped and things didn’t turn out like you planned.ย The good news is: The year isn’t over yet! So put aside any disappointments and just be plain old happy!! You are alive. You canย  still dream! Dig your heels in and make up your mind to plan ahead and do better next year!

Happy Halloween to you all!! Until I come your way again, I remain

Periwinkle Starr

 

 

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

 

 

 

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