For The Best Seat In The House....

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For The Best Seat In The House....

You Will Have To Move The Dog.

September 24-30 is National Dog Week!

While I'm more of a cat person myself, I can't get past some adorable dogs...plus my husband one day would like a french bulldog so we'll celebrate this week.

I'd love to see your favorite pup!  Head over to my FB page and share a photo with me!

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Turn Off Your Computer and Go Outside

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Turn Off Your Computer and Go Outside

It's fall.  Seriously.  Fall.  Is that crazy to anyone else?

I'm looking forward to boot & legging season and then cozy sweaters!  I'm told it's going to be beautiful this weekend so get out of the house, enjoy the best weather and check out some new stuff!

MOCA Museum Day Live!

Kim's Glass Slipper Open House

Outdoor Park Concert

Free Yoga in The Park

ASDM Plant Sale

Tucson Premium Outlets Concert Series

Museum Day Live! Botanical Garden

Happy Hour Hobble at Tap & Bottle North

Arizona Wildcats vs Utah Utes

PACC Morning Group Run

Shameless plug - I am also a SeneGence LipSense distributor (you know that amazing lipstick that stays for an insane amount of hours?) and I'm holding my Sept VIP event in my private group on FB this Sunday - I'd love for you to join!

Have a great weekend!  Don't forget to book your session soon for those Christmas gifts!

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How Does The World See You?

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How Does The World See You?

While 'Build A Better Image' week is generally geared towards businesses and their branding, it can also be a really good time to take stock of yourself and consider how you present yourself to the world.

Whether you're a stay at home mom or a corporate maven, sometimes you have to stop and look at your self-presentation.  A couple tips I found.....

1. Dress - I know those ripped jeans are the most comfortable things ever, but they are probably not appropriate for the C-suite.  If you've got an office job, make sure you've got at least 1 good looking, well fitting business outfit for those customer meetings.  If you're more creative or a soloprenuer, make sure you have an appropriate, well fitting outfit for client meetings.  I tend to suggest erring more towards overdressed than under.  Be a representative of your business - whether a business or your kids.  

2. Emails - I don't know how many emails I get at my day job that have typos, aren't capitalized, poor grammar, etc.  I don't proclaim to perfect in the English dept but take a second glance over your emails - especially if they are going to people 'higher up' than you.  Present yourself professionally and skip acronyms and lingo.  Like lol.  Same goes for personal emails, it seriously take a few extra seconds to write like an adult.

3. Self-confidence - this is a hard one but it can be very noticeable to other people when you're lacking confidence.  Here's something I want you to try....for 1 day (ONE!) as you cross paths with people, look at their face, look them in the eye and say hi.  At the very lease look at them and smile.  It's a little unnerving at first (believe me, I constantly look down!) but it gets easier, I promise.  Throw those should back and strut yourself!  Fake it till ya make it.  It's crazy how something so small can make you feel so much more badass.

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#sexysaturday - Plumb Wild

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#sexysaturday - Plumb Wild

Be a standout in a bright purple with cheetah print mixes!  The daring look is fabulous to slim the waist - plus the plunging neckline gives the girls an awesome view!

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Sometimes You Get Lucky And Find A Soul That Grooves With Yours

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Sometimes You Get Lucky And Find A Soul That Grooves With Yours

Wow, it is an anniversary weekend all over the place!  Lots of places celebrating business anniversaries.  I'm even celebrating my 11th wedding anniversary this weekend!  We are going to have a little getaway so if you reach out this weekend, I will be back in touch on Monday or Tuesday next week!  Hope you guys have some fun and go show these businesses your love so there's another party next year!

Modest Mouse at The Rialto Theatre

Tails & Ales

Light The Sky Tucson

16th Annual Roasted Chile Festival

BICAS Shop Warming Party

El Charro 95th Anniversary

Three Year Anniversary Weekend at Pure Barre

The Fix 5 Year Anniversary

Tucson 10K

Hula Hoop Workshop

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Suicide Doesn't Take Away The Pain.  It Gives It To Someone Else.

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Suicide Doesn't Take Away The Pain. It Gives It To Someone Else.

September 10-16 marks National Suicide Prevention Week.  

Sept 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Suicide is a topic we see all too often in the news.  You may even know people who have tried and those who succeeded.  Often times friends comment that they had no idea the person was unhappy or ever had those thoughts.  I'm certainly no professional but I can assume that a great many of us have had at least one suicidal thought.  The problem isn't the one.  The problem is when it becomes all consuming.  Sometimes you get so deep into your depression that you can't see how bad it is.

Plenty of things can lead someone to contemplate suicide including:

  • Mental disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Loss of job, financial security or relationship
  • Grief
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Family history
  • Cultural or religious beliefs
  • Stigma associated with asking for help

I'm not a trained therapist by any means, but my door and inbox are always available.  If you want to chat, I'm happy to listen and try to help/refer you as I can.  I promise it's between us (unless of course I feel you are in grave danger of hurting yourself, in which case, I am calling someone).

Some warning signs of suicide:

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Extreme mood swings

If you or someone you know is threatening to hurt or kill themselves, is looking for ways to hurt/kill themselves or is talking/writing about death, dying or suicide (that is out of the ordinary), please get help, talk to someone or call for help on behalf of someone.

The National Suicide Prevent Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 and is available 24 hours a day.  They even have an online chat feature.

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If You Want An Adventure, Take A Step Outside

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If You Want An Adventure, Take A Step Outside

Another weekend closer to cooler temps hopefully!  The abundance of Fall themed stuff is upon us including all the pumpkin spice stuff you could possible want (pumpkin spice deodorant anyone?).  With that, its time to start going outside again - especially for the beautiful evenings.  Check out this weekends Top 10 events to check out!

Fit and Fashion Event at The Bra Spa (also a fabulous place to check out if you're looking for something for your session!)

Bear Down Fridays

Ladies Mechanic Night

Pantcake Breakfast (not a typo)

2nd Saturday Street Festival

The Incredible Age Expo

Pints and Poses

Let's Build Fairy Gardens

Arizona vs Houston Football

6th Annual Great Crush Festival

Do you have an upcoming event that should be on the list?  Let me know!

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September's Top 10 Products

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September's Top 10 Products

Better late than never at all amirite?  Head over to the Shop tab and click on Top 10 to see this month's Top 10 featured products.

There's not exactly a rhyme or reason to these products, but I did try to cover women, men, couples & some fun stuff.  Every month the items change so if you're interested in something, snag it now before I switch em out!  If you have questions on anything, feel free to drop me a note (see that little chat box at the bottom?) and I'll see what I can do for you.

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#sexysaturday - Stunning Steampunk

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#sexysaturday - Stunning Steampunk

For all my geeky ladies out there, take it next level with a steampunk inspired session.  

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Once you stop learning, you start dying.

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Once you stop learning, you start dying.

September 1-7th is Self-University Week!  Sponsored by 1989 by Autodidactic Press, Self-University week promotes and encourages life-long learning.

Challenge yourself this week to learn something new!  It doesn't have to be a big effort like going back to school for a degree; there's plenty of little things you can do.  Here are some of my favorites:

  • Take an online course.  Check out sites like Udemy or edX for classes on everything from Chair Yoga to complete programs in Bioinformatics.
  • Listen to audio books or language lessons while you commute.  Instead of listening to TayTay's new album on your commute, 'read' a new book.
  • Join a book club.  Either in real life (real people!!) or an online group.
  • Visit a museum or gallery.  Did you know Tucson has a museum of Kinetic Art?
  • Read the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.  Along with that, take a refresher in Government and Civics.
  • Sign up for music or dance lessons.  Try out the salsa or two-step.  Pick that old high school band instrument back up for a few lessons.
  • Word of the Day.  Look up the word of the day and make a goal to use it in conversation.
  • Meet someone new.  If you work in a large company, try to visit someone you don't know well.  If you're flying solo, befriend someone on social media.
  • Watch the opposite type of TV or movie.  If you live on TLC & HGTV, watch a news channel or comedy.  If you live on romcom's, watch a documentary or action thriller.
  • Go see a play or dance.  Pick something you wouldn't normally go to. UA Presents has a wide variety of shows.

Let me know what you decided to pursue in the comments!  I'd love to hear back from you what you thought or what you learned!

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