As I get older, I often turn to my community for additional inspiration. Writing a novel, riding a motorcycle, or going back to school - you can do it. Age is just a number. Instead of keeping these inspirational friends to myself, I am starting a monthly interview to highlight their amazing stories. Do you have someone in your life who is doing something to inspire you? Leave your thoughts (or their names!) in the comments section.
Women never seem to love their hair!
I have finally made peace with my crazy, gray curls. And thanks to this crazy mess, I’ve met some wonderful new people, all asking the same thing. “Is this your natural color?” or “Are those your natural curls? The answers are yes, for at least 20 years, and no, the curls came with the genes too! (lookout Christian Crouse, there may be a go gray early gene headed your way).
Thanks to my hairdresser, Ron, for inspiring me to embrace my curls and for his superb advice on how to care for them.
Here are a few tips from Ron that made the difference for me, hope it brings a little love to your curls!
- After washing your hair don’t wrap it up in a towel to dry, instead lightly pat it dry
- Put the right amount of hair product in and comb through
- Lift and fluff into ringlets with your fingers or just loosen the curls
- Lightly lift with hands or best with a rat-tail comb and diffuse on low air, high heat (a concave diffuser works best)
- Never scrunch with hands when hair is wet as it will make your hair frizzy
- Lightly mist with water and fluff with the diffuser the next day to reactivate the product
- Have a glass of wine and check out your awesome curls
Loving your hair makes a big difference. But, we are so much more than our hair. Don’t let your hair define you, but find the style or color that makes you feel good and embrace it! Your hair, and hairstyle, follow biological age not chronological age.
I saw this fun tee-shirt recently, “Sorry, I can’t hear you over the volume of my hair”. As you may know, in the south, we say, "the bigger the hair the closer to God!"
At a deeper level, beauty is really not a regimen or a hairstyle but a state of grace emanating from within. We are beautiful when we are healthy, happy, loving, high functioning, and vital.
Remember all curls are not created equal, so you have to keep trying products tiI you find what works for you. I ADORE Aquage Silkening Foam Oil when I want lose curls and Aquage Curl Defining Lotion when I want tighter curls.
Share any great products or tips that work for you in the comment section.
Spread The Love!
Last week was International Women’s Day, perfect timing for this post. I’m incredibly grateful to so many awesome women that have made a big difference in my life! The two major impacts came from my mother and my daughter, but here are a few others that continue to change my life. I hope they inspire you too!
Loved having my husband surprise me as a guest blogger last week. So, this week I thought I would get back at him. LOL.
Before I ever became certified as a yoga teacher, we were on the beach in Aruba ten years ago. I was reading about ALL the benefits of yoga, while he was complaining about his lower back pain.
Hi, this is Whitney, Lisa's husband, stepping out of the gray shadows to tell all of you this is her most famous and requested recipe of all. If I had a $1 for every time these granola bars departed the very busy GITNB kitchen for happy parts unknown, then I'd have enough to afford her for another 32 years :)
Exercise and coffee in the morning are daily essentials for me. Without them, life just does not happen!
Regarding the former, I recently had gotten into a routine of just showing up at the gym, getting it done and checked off my list. Not totally a bad thing, but my brain and body were bored. Then I met Tina McClaire, a master trainer with a P.H.D. and credentials too long to list.
I cherish my morning coffee. Don't we all!
I prefer it over green tea - which I am trying to like because it is so incredibly good for you. When Whitney's doctor told him to back off the coffee so he'd sleep better, I became more motivated to find a tea we’d both like.
“Matcha” green tea continues to be the “stand out tea”…(and I continue to try it but this time I’m not giving in or: giving up my morning java). I even made an attempt at Matcha protein bread and Matcha vegan ice cream!
Here’s why all of us should be drinking more of it:
1. Matcha is an antioxidant powerhouse.
2. L-Theanine, an amino acid found in matcha, along with caffeine create increased focus and sustained energy throughout the day. L-Theanine has been found to relax the brain, muscles, and blood vessels.
3. Matcha is five times higher in chlorophyll than regular green tea. Chlorophyll benefits the immune system.
- Reduce the risk of cancer
- Helps with weight loss
- Alzheimer's prevention
- Reduces risk of diabetes
- Liver and oral health
My new fav is Matchaful. Hannah Habes, founder of this cult like brand is passionate about her Matcha and thinks you should be too. Her spin on the classic Matcha latte not only makes the flavor more spicy, sweet, and fragrant, but takes the healing benefits to the next level. I took her Chai Spiced Matcha Latte recipe and made my own more simplistic one. You could even try it iced or in a smoothie for the summer.
Chai Spiced Matcha Latte
Makes 4 servings
2 cups water
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon fresh ginger or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ceremonial grade matcha (Matchaful's organic Emerald or Jade)
3 drops stevia or 1 teaspoon agave or honey (optional)
6 to 8 ounces warm or steamed almond milk
Bring the water to a boil, and add all ingredients except for chai. Reduce heat to simmer and let simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain chai mixture and pour 3 ounces into each of 4 cups. Add ½ teaspoon of matcha to each cup and whisk with a fork or matcha whisk until frothy.
Top with milk and drink immediately.
Or try in your next green smoothie!
Go Green. Go Matcha. But Starbucks is good too once in a while :)
I love how much Whitney reads (and frankly I'm quite envious). He reads everything, but mostly enjoys nonfiction. We share a Kindle so I feel more knowledgable just browsing all the numerous books he has devoured. Recently, a book called Life Lessons: Two Experts on Dying Teach us About the Mysteries of Life and Living really got my attention. It's a must read for anyone wanting to live a better life, sooner than later! And isn't that everyone?
My husband craves chocolate, especially after meals. He's not too particular about what kind, homemade, or out of a box. Last week he told me to stop buying cookies with so much sugar. So, the next time I went to the grocery store, I looked for some better options in the health food section - with no success whatsoever. Sugar is in everything! Defeated, I came home and informed him that he was on his own for buying cookies as they all had sugar!
The Enchantment is in spectacular Sedona, Arizona, and has been on my bucket list for ages. Thanks to an invitation from a wonderful friend I just spent the weekend there. This boutique escape set amidst sacred and spiritual Red Rock mountains exceeded my expectations and overpowered us with its beauty. Maui-Carmel-Aspen kinda breathtaking. Check!
Trying to finish this post before I head out on my bike with Whitney for a beautiful Sunday afternoon ride. I admit I get a little anxious until I’ve had my daily exercise. It’s euphoric taking in the sounds and colors we never seem to notice in the car and the freedom I feel while outside.
This is not the Barbie we grew up with!
This is Barbie Taylor, our close doctor friend who went to school with my husband at Rice University. We can all be inspired by Barb; whether it is her zest for life, her incredible love for her husband, George, the fact they move to a new country every year, or her love of talking about….menopause!