Week in Pictures

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#beyourmuse consultingHi there, muses! I hope you all had a lovely week. Mine has been quite full with work and my latest venture - consulting! Over the last few months, I've been working on "case studies" aka helping my friends with their online presence with the intention of growing their companies, and it has been so much fun. I love utilizing everything I've learned to help women pursue their dreams and tap into their creative side.

I decided to open up shop to do consulting during the evenings and weekends. I also have some fun stuff in the works as well, but one step at a time! If you want to learn more, head over to Be Your Muse Consulting. journalI got this notebook at Alt Summit SF a few years ago but never wrote anything. It is officially my new journal. Isn't the cover perfect? I love it. It will soon be filled with words that will help me digest and process my day to day. Journaling is a great way to clarify our thoughts (all one million of them), reduce stress (so soothing) and resolve all those "non" issues our ego loves to rile up. Lawd knows I've written a few letters that never went to that person because deep down I knew it was the ego talking. I used to make the mistake of hitting send. Live and learn. Writing things down for yourself and getting it out of your system is so powerful for the mind, body and soul, and will prevent a lot of regrettable "hit send" moments.

life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass .. theartmuseThe other day, my fiance came home in between heading to his 'over-time hours' location to bring me this mug. He wanted to let me know how proud he is of me for continuing to work so hard in spite of having been through a tough two years. This man has seen the ups and downs of what happened to me with this TMJ disorder. It was not just jaw clicking for me. In fact, I didn't even have that. I dealt with a lot neurological issues stemming from the cranial nerves - body jolts, vertigo, you name it. My symptoms were incomprehensible at times, and a lot for a loved one to take in and really understand. It's an "invisible" syndrome (you can read more about my TMJ story here). The symptoms aren't obvious to another person like a cold. All I could do was describe it. But he saw it in my eyes and in my lack of energy ... the tears, the moments of frustration. He also noticed that I still got up everyday and hoped for the best. He loved to see me smile, and would tell me how beautiful I was when he caught  a glimpse of one. Thankfully, the storm is passing. But it feels good to have someone acknowledge where you are in your current journey - wherever or whatever it is. A small gesture can have the biggest impact. Love my little mug with the big message.

I hope you all have a great weekend. I'm kicking mine off like I always do with a trip the Dry Bar to get my hair done. It's my zen and welcoming back to the world. By the time Thursday rolls around, I'm in total burn out mode. But knowing that I have my little 'me' time ritual gives me permission to just accept that on Thursdays, I can look like hot mess. And speaking of me time, I was so happy to see myself featured on Womanitely as having a style blog to follow for women over 40. Check it out!

See you here next week!