Those wonderful inner qualities never get old! In fact, they only get better and even more beautiful as you age. Your unique traits have been growing, deepening, and strengthening their roots every day of your life. In a world where so much value is put on maintaining a youthful appearance, your list will be a constant reminder for you to honor and celebrate your authentic beauty.
Everyone you have ever loved… every laugh, tear, and sigh you’ve shared with someone… every moment of your precious life… is wrapped up in you. All these stories of living and loving create the allure of a mature face. So remember that your beautiful qualities will only increase as you get older!
Exercise for the day: (no, it’s not sit-ups)
Which feature do you love best about your body? By now, you know that real beauty means accentuating the positive. I want you to embrace yourself just as it is today. What is it about your body that you really like? Your hourglass shape? Your strong legs? Your toned arms? Your graceful neck?
Write down your best features and then circle your top three and hang it somewhere to remind yourself all day every day!
Excerpt: my book “The Beauty Blueprint”
Affirmation: I honor my values in every decision I make. I live by my mission to create a rich, beautiful life.
Excerpt: “The Beauty Blueprint” by Michelle Phillips
This winter has been brutal for most of us. One of the most dreaded things for me at this time of year is the feeling of dry, peeling, flaky lips. Unfortunately, winter months are hard on your lips. They are thinner than other parts of the body and have virtually no oil glands to keep them moisturized. Wondering what to do? No worries, I’ve got some TLC (tender lip care) tips to share.
Exfoliate. Yes, scrub your lips, but do it gently. Sara Happ Lip Scrub is a must have. This natural sugar scrub is literally good enough to eat. By massaging this into your lips, they are instantly drenched with moisture. It comes in a variety of flavors. My favorite, and back by popular demand, Crème Brulee!
Use lip balm throughout the day and carry them with you always. Natural Inspirations Organic Lip Balm with SPF 30 is perfect. Packed with powerful super fruit seed oils, it keeps my lips smooth, protected and moisturized.
Wear a lipstick. I have an extensive lip wardrobe with many colors and brands. My go to lip color right now is Lip Maestro by Giorgio Armani. It may look like a gloss, but it is lipstick magic!! I love how the lip color just becomes one with your lips. It is long lasting and keeps my lips hydrated and smooth all day.
When walking outside, cover your lips with your scarf. This shields them from the harsh cold and wind. Licking your lips is really bad and actually dries them out even more. If you feel the need to, apply your lip balm. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Don’t over indulge in those drinks that zap the moisture out. Theses include soda, coffee, and alcohol.
Always remember hydrated, moisturized lips always appear fuller, plumper
by Donna Tarantino
One sure-fire way of building your confidence and taking back your power is to create a ‘Me” wall that contains things you like about yourself, photographs of happy times, prints of special places you love or things that you enjoy. Surround yourself with positive reinforcement, bolstering your confidence by hanging that special certificate you received, your diplomas, certifications, and degrees. Fill your wall with everything positive you have about yourself and … include a mirror right smack dab in the middle so you can see yourself, too ! Don’t feel that this is being egotistical or vain because it is not. It is OK to appreciate your accomplishments. When we lose appreciation for our own success, we effectively diminish our personal power. A “Me” wall reaffirms our self-esteem and re-establishes a belief in our own powers and abilities which equates to self-empowerment, not undue favor of ourselves.
I often talk about the meaning of true beauty, beyond the superficial, and material, digging to the core of what makes some stand out over others. In my experience that can be nothing more than the man or woman who walks around with a beaming smile. Passersbys will take notice and feel a beauty that no makeup could match.
That said, have you ever heard the phrase, “wipe the smile from your face?”…meaning something that happens that could strip a happy, radiant person of their beauty?
As much as we would like to think, and for that matter should be, in charge of the beauty that comes into our worlds, there are a lot of influences that shape our existence.
Throughout our lives many things, especially people, have made impacts that have sent us in an emotional or spiritual direction. This direction could have been positive…or it could have been negative…and as difficult as it may have seemed it was what was intended for us at that moment. The challenge for us in the more trying times is how we deal with that person or event…how we choose to process how it influences us over time. Do we carry broken baggage with us on our journeys forever?
Let’s take a second to go back, not all the way to some deep dark recess of our spirits, but in the last few days or weeks. Think for a minute about someone who influenced you, positively or negatively. Was it a warm hello at your favorite coffee place or a word of praise from a boss or coworker? Or was it someone who was quick to take your parking place or close relation that said something as simple as “you’re not wearing THAT are you?”
How did you process these events? How did they affect you? Were you a person who created those influences on others?
Each of these seemingly little events in our daily lives can have huge repercussions and to work towards truly beautiful lives it’s time we take charge of the impacts and influences flowing to us… and from us and radiates that positivity back out!