Happy New 2019!!

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Happy New Year!!! Its 2019 y’all! Welcome to a new and better version of you. I am so glad to be back from the break. It was really refreshing to get away and spend time with family and loved ones especially during the holidays. I am back, recharged and pumped to hit the ground running this new year. I really don’t like making resolutions because I feel like by the end of the first quarter, they’re pretty much forgotten or relegated to the background. This year I am going to try to do a few things better but I am a little hesitant to call these tweaks to my daily life – resolutions. I feel like when I make something a resolution, it’s automatically meant to be broken. Its like placing something on a pedestal knowing fully well that it’s not going to live up to your expectations but you do so anyway. :/ Anyways…here it goes.

My New Year Resolutions….#Resolve

♥  Getting My ‘Beach Body’ Back!

Its a no brainier that I ate my way through the holidays. The food was so good and the sweets were worth every calorie…ha ha! But it’s time to get back to being fit. It’s time to snatch it all in again. Being a natural born sweet tooth, finding ways to get that craving met is a constant juggle. When I feel I’m leaning towards too many artificially sweet treats, I switch to naturally sweet items. Having a mid morning or mid afternoon treat is a necessity especially when I’m on the go. But in 2019, I intend to be more active this year and I plan on being active at least a minimum of thirty minutes E-V-E-R-Y-D-A-Y. Now this might be stretching it a little but my best bet is to aim high so when I fall…I’m not too far off.

♥  Better Time Management

In my opinion, time management is like a stacked deck of cards where one wrong move causes a downward spiral or domino effect across the board. I feel we can all do a bit or a whole lot better when it comes to time management and that’s something I intend improving on in 2019.

♥  More Meal Prepping And Eating Out Less.

I haven’t always been a fan of meal prepping because it takes the surprise out of meals in the sense that you know what you’re eating whether you feel like it or not. But from what I’v read, meal prepping is great because you can track your calories, save money and not have to make wrong choices when you’re super hungry…Being prepared by planning ahead helps nip those ‘carb induced’ cravings in the bud and keep your waistline from ballooning out of control. Don’t ask me how I know…LOL!

♥  Get Enough Sleep.

If your a jet-setter, always on the go type of person, getting a good nights sleep regularly will help offset the stress of everyday living. I intend being in bed at least 2 hours earlier than my usual. Sleep refreshes the body and slows down the aging process. All the serums in the world cannot heal a battered and used body.

♥  Stay Hydrated On The Good Stuff!

I have found some pretty good healthy smoothies online that I have incorporated into my meals and I feel a whole lot better for it. If you can’t eat your veggies, drink them!

♥  Be Health Conscious. 

Stay up to date on all health related appointments. Be sensitive to your body and know when things feel right and when they don’t. Your life depends on it.

♥  Make Room for More Adventures in 2019!

This involves getting out of my own way…a bit more often. Need I say more 😀

So guys and ladies, 2019 will be whatever you want it to be. But I hope its a great year for you and I. I wish you an amazing run filled with positivity, good vibes and growth. We did it last year, lets go big this year and make it happen! Have a fun week! Until I come your way again, like, comment and subscribe. I remain,

 

Periwinkle Starr😘

 

 

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A Perfect Christmas!

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Hello Y’all!! Its been a minute since my last post. Hope you are doing great in your part of the world? It’s the season to be merry and the countdown to Christmas has begun. Traffic has been a bear over the past couple of days without any respite. But in some weird way…I am not complaining. 😘😎 The activities are endless with everything from parties, plays, secret Santa’s and shopping…lots of it. We get to spend quality time with family and close friends but for some its just another holiday they hope to get through and quickly.

It’s been a very eventful and busy year. The year has had its up and ups and some lows in between as any year would bring. The key is not to loose sight of the highs because it’s oftentimes the norm for us to focus on the lows. One of my mantras for 2018 was to live with no regrets. To go to sleep each day knowing that I did good in the world and if I didn’t solve any problems at least I didn’t start any. To have healthy boundaries and to be mindful of my energy and state of mind at any given time.

A Perfect Christmas?

Is there any such thing as a perfect Christmas? In my opinion, Christmas quite frankly is what you make of it. Whether you are married or single, have family or no family. Whether you have a bunch of friends, or you have no friends. Whether you have multiple pets or no pets at all. There isn’t any such thing as a perfect Christmas. Some common sayings I hear a lot are ‘you get to pick your friends but you don’t pick your family’. How about ‘life’s a b***h and then you die’. 😒😱It can go downhill really fast and it doesn’t do you any good. One of my mantras for 2018 was to live with no regrets.

It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

Holidays can be tough for some, especially when there are unresolved family matters or strained relationships. It could be very superficial for others, where the primary focus is on having everything perfect and denying the real underlying issues or choosing not to speak of them. But Christmas can be fun for others. It can be messy, un-perfect but still filled with love and happiness. Life is way too short to waste on things that don’t matter.

Admitting where you are in life. Being honest – no matter what that means to you – allows the universe help you. When you are open to receiving help, you will find a way.

Kick down those walls. To have genuine relationships, you need to be a genuine person that people can relate to. This is a ‘duh statement’ but oh so true. Don’t you wonder about those people who have a zillion social media friends but no true human connections or people to reach out to when they feel really low.

Don’t be afraid to reach out. Some where along the path of life, we picked up this ‘I don’t need nobody’ mentality. You have to retrain your brain. You are a human being. You need other humans 😀 Yes, you might have chosen bad humans in the past or unknowingly fell into the wrong hands but there are a million good ones out there. You only need to be more discerning the next time.

Talk about it. One of my favorite sayings is ‘ a problem shared with a trusted friend is half-solved!

Make it good this year. Call that old friend or family member. Go out and help make Christmas happen for someone less fortunate than yourself. Send presents to that old aunt of yours. Instead of waiting for great things to happen to you, get up, go out and make it happen for yourself!

May your Christmas be filled with the friendly chatter of family, until I come your way again and I promise you that it would be sooner. I remain

Periwinkle Starr😘

P.S. I had my tree up a little early and had to share. 😀

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Bwahaha…Its Halloween!

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Hello Y’all! How have you been? I hope its bright, sunny and all things Fall-ish in your part of the world. It’s the end of October and I have given up hope of this year ever slowing down. Well, I have myself to blame for that…judging from the saying ‘if you give a dog a bad name, you might as well hang it’. 😀 I remember whining early on about the year and likening it to one big zip-line and guess what it turned into…EXACTLY!

So Halloween is here. For someone who decorates once a year, its just like any other day to me. There is no way in hell I am going to be putting up and then taking down decor; and doing the same thing in the span of just a couple of weeks in between. No ma’am! There are places you go to for that like malls, shops, studios and friends houses. 😀

The countdown is on and right now, I can’t even flip through the channels on TV without seeing blood bath scenes or someone being chased through the woods with a chainsaw,  reruns of Chucky or Ghost Adventure marathons which by the way, were a favorite of mine  (at one time) until they started getting a little too creepy for me. It’s almost like a competition between the networks to show movies that are as gruesome and as scary as they possibly can and the end result is the absence of the fear factor because you’ve literally seen it all. What could be worse?

This year, the forecast for North Texas predicts rain on Halloween…lots of it unfortunately. But I can bet you that this will in no way deter kids from getting their much beloved candy or will it? There are a lot of fun things I like about Halloween and others not so much. But hey, people are people and we like what we like. I for one do not celebrate Halloween but I do look forward to a couple of fun and lots of amusing things about it.

Things I Find Fun and Amusing!!

The Dress Up! I love clothing. I love fabrics. I love the push and the pull of attire. I love the way people invent personas and tell stories of who they are by the clothes they put on and the accessories that are the cherry on top. You get to be anything you want for fun!

Your Pets Get To Join In On the Fun! Don’t you just love those cute dogs all dressed up as characters. Even though they sometime look harassed and helpless…ha ha! In my opinion, that’s the least they can do for all the free food and boarding they’ve been given. LOL! But seriously, if that doesn’t make you smile…I don’t know what will. 😀

Drinks Baked Treats All Around! Being a self proclaimed taste tester. I absolutely love trying baked treats. We can always put in a few more hours at the gym sometime… ‘later’ (in my best French accent).

There’s always going to be that one bad incident, that bad tale or rumors about sinister happenings about town so the best thing is to be safe. Growing up as a kid, there were incidents of people poisoning candy or sticking pins and pieces of scrap metal into soft candy that was being given to kids (I know I just ruined someones Halloween by saying this and I am sorry), so you have to be careful and keep your eyes peeled.

To those who do celebrate Halloween, have a fab time and for the rest of us who don’t, it will be business as usual! Until I come your way again, I remain

 

Periwinkle Starr

 

 

 

A Do-Nothing Weekend…At last!!

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Hello Y’all! I hope your weekend has been nothing short of amazing. Can you believe we are already in the Ember months? It is SEPTEMBER!! …and Labor Day is a few hours away. I love to call it the start of the Holiday marathon because we just keep rolling from one to the other until the end of the year.

This blog title is so cliché because I feel like a do-nothing weekend is just not doable – but a ‘do-nothing stress inducing’ weekend absolutely is. Forgetting about deadlines, alarms and traffic is such a sweet spot to be in, even if it’s only for a few days. I have more time to spread out my activities as opposed to racing to get everything I need done in a 48 hour time crunch…ha ha! So here I am in my living room with my hair marinating in a blend of  natural and essential oils, nails done, face in a mask and writing this post with a sappy Hallmark movie playing in the background. I would say that I’m very intentional about doing nothing stress related for the next couple of days…ha ha.

Tips for a Fun Holiday Weekend!!

Snooze galore. Need I say more!

Pamper yourself – Get a facial, a massage, paint your nails, give yourself a mani pedi because you absolutely deserve it.

Catch up with family and friends.

Take your vitamins. I know this is funny but most people are always on the go during the week that they don’t stop to take ANY vitamins. This might seem trivial but since we get one body per lifetime, its best to keep it nourished and balanced – vitamin supplements help with that.

Socialize and have fun! – Pool parties, parks, picnics, barbecues. I know nothing about grilling but I love volunteering to be a taste tester. There are endless activities going on all over the DFW Metroplex so there’s no reason to stay home .

Drink red wine – your heart will thank you for it!

Exercise – swim, go for walks, zumba, hit the gym.

Take time to be quiet, calm and relaxed. For some this would entail things like meditation, listening to a good sermon, acupressure or acupuncture; do what works best for your body type.

Get refreshed!…I do realize that three days is a short period of time to de-stress but it is better than no time. Besides you will feel recharged and in tip top shape to hit the ground running again!

Happy Labor Day in advance!! Feel free to like, follow and share your fun tips for a do-nothing weekend!! So until I come your way again, its going to be lots of rest, fun, friends and food. Be safe and hope you have a fabulous time!!

 

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.💑

Everything changes – the weather, the outdoors, my wardrobe – and for all the right reasons too. 😉 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. 😎

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. 😋 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! 👪
  • 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 you didn’t do as well as you hoped and things didn’t turn out like you planned. 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 can  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

 

 

We Made It!…Now What?

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Happy New Year Everyone!!!! Hope you had a wonderful celebration. It doesn’t matter how you got into the year; whether you snoozed into, prayed into, played into or partied into the New year; what matters is ‘We’re Here! We Made It!…Now What Are You Going to Do About It? I imagine it almost feels like once the clock strikes 12:00 am, an imaginary timer starts ticking, everyone runs to an imaginary line and then its ‘on your mark, get set….Go’! 😀 😀

This year, I decided to get my list of New Year Resolutions done early…which was a lot of fun (not really…lol). I felt like I was about to pop a blood vessel and I wasn’t even halfway through my list yet :/ the pressure was on. My new year resolutions -as wonderful and easily attainable as they may be – don’t exactly last the whole year much less survive a couple of months 😦 and chatting with a few pals over the holidays made me realize one simple principle.

Commitment

You Need To Commit. It doesn’t matter how bold or how large you print those resolutions; whether you have them taped to your door, bathroom mirror or the ceiling over your bed. If you’re not committed to following through, you are ‘NOT’ going to.

On the other hand, it appears as if the year has been reduced to a bunch of checklists, goals, events and deadlines. :/ Unfortunately, that’s the way a huge number of the populace (myself included) keep themselves on track these days; coupled with the dilemma of having a million things vying for your attention on a daily basis.

Now, there’s really nothing wrong with having goals and resolutions but sometimes we put so much pressure on ourselves that if we aren’t careful, we might loose sight of what’s actually important. Life is too short to be lived to attain goals only – that’s what robots are for- and since we have a loooong 363 more days to go, why not have fun while you’re at it.

A Few Snippets From My New Years Resolution For 2017

  • I will take my earphones out more often and experience the sounds around me.
  • I am determined to be mindful.
  • I will be present.
  • I will have fun while I’m at it.. 😀 😀

So while writing up those New Year Resolutions, don’t be afraid to dream big and expect big breaks but also be kind to yourself, find a balance and be realistic. Most importantly, learn to enjoy the moments you have with the people around you. 😀 Until I come your way again, its ciao for now!

Periwinkle Starr

Merry Christmas!…Countdown to 2017

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How are y’all doing? Its been a minute and I’m glad to be back. Thank you to my readers who’ve allowed me share my thoughts on this blog.  I appreciate the kind words, messages and feedback. Just know that where ever you are  – you are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!

Christmas is finally here…and you know what that means; the countdown to 2017 has begun. If you are reading this, you are alive and that’s  something to be thankful for. Christmas is a time to love on and appreciate family and the people we do have in our lives 😀 Its a time to wipe the slate clean for the past year – to be good to yourself and accept the things you could not change in the past twelve months, to forgive others for their shortcomings in both the little things and big areas of our life and to strive to do and be better.

I AM THANKFUL FOR …

Having survived another year of mad traffic. If you reside in the North Texas area, having people violate basic traffic rules or cut in front of you without a trafficator signal is the norm. I was literally on the road to becoming a decorated sailor – and yes, I said ‘SAILOR’. 😀 But i found a way around it. Instead of a slew of ‘bad words’ :D, I started out  by asking sweet questions like, ‘Did you forget to bring your brain out with you today’? 😀  Or ‘Do you know there are rear lights on the left and right side of your car that let us know where you intend to go? And guess what? – They’re absolutely free!! 😀 😀 ha ha. Those laughs help de-tense and de-stress you by the time you get to your destination.

The Waiter who gets my order right some of the time. Stopping by my favorite restaurant to pick up my order and getting back to work only to realize some item was no where to be found. (I’m not really the happiest camper when I’m hungry) 😦 I finally realized (duh) it wasn’t personal and they might have so much going on just trying to stay afloat during the lunch hour peak period, it was so easy to miss something. The few times they got my order right, I commended them for it so much so that these days whether I’m picking up an order or eating in, they double check to make sure.

So friends,…. no matter how amazingly high or Debbie downing low this year has been for you, I can guarantee there are at least a few things you’re thankful for, no matter how mundane and insignificant they might seem.

2016 has been a great year y’all…So feel free to write up your own list and try looking at the glass as half full instead of half empty and see how that changes your outlook and perception of the past couple of months.  I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

Until I come your way next time. Ciao!

Periwinkle Starr