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Just a girl!

Many years ago, a group named Aqua came out with a song called Barbie Girl.  You can find the song here ~~>Barbie Girl by Aqua.  Rather interesting and catchy song that made millions.  In fact, if I go back to my parents' house, I'm pretty sure the CD is somewhere in my room.  Do you think it's funny I liked a song that had absolutely nothing to do with me?

Well, let's think about this - how come so many of us have liked the actual doll that has looked nothing like any of us for all these years?  It has been long said the measurements of the Barbie doll in human sizes were impossible.  Now, other than those few who have taken the knife to try to look like Barbie and Ken (and have still failed in my opinion), no one has even come close.  So, when I started seeing the cover for Time on my Instagram this week, I felt a little bit better.  
I have my collection of African-American Barbie and I've played with Caucasian Barbie in school, but neither of them ever looked …


Well, first thing this morning when I get to work, someone said something to me that inspired this post.  I wasn't even in my office.  In fact, I was in the hallway - pocketbook and lunch box on my shoulders.  However, it was really cool to get some morning inspiration.  

I like cold weather, but I know to dress appropriately in the cold weather.  Today, in my town, we basically had two seasons in one day - this morning it was Winter and then this afternoon, it was Spring.  Since it was winter this morning, I decided to wear my favorite beanie.  

My coworker has seen me in my beanie before, but this morning she said is your head cold?  I laughed and shook my head.  But it made me think bad to a time, not so long ago, when I would cover as much of myself as I could because I didn't know how I felt about my body.  

Today, it is so amazing to see these ladies (and guys) celebrating how they look - love handles and all.  Now, I'm not there yet and probably will never be comfy eno…

Exercising my right to Zumba!

Here recently, I've fallen back in love with Zumba!  It's the most fun for me when it comes to working out and I don't feel so out of place.  Well, it could really get interesting, but I have a lot to think about.  

Let's start back to about 7 years ago.  This is around the time I was for real about Zumba.  I guess you can say I jumped on the Zumba bandwagon.  I didn't see a lot of results (at first) when it came to my weight, but the inches started coming off almost immediately.  Of course the weight would come.  The instructor that I absolutely adored one day talked to me after class and she told me how proud of me she was because I was keeping up with the skinny people in class.  I took that as a serious compliment!  Seriously!  Before I could even start the class, I had to make sure I took my inhaler and made sure it was close by if I needed it.  In other words, I had to make sure I was close to a wall or window so I had something to put my inhaler on.  She knew…

The gift that keeps on giving!

Disclaimer:  Post is not about religion, but there is a Christian element.  If you feel you may be offended, please stop reading this post.  However, if you won't be offended and just want to see what I have to say (because I'm not trying to convert you to Christianity), please continue reading.

The interesting part about this post is I've been trying to write this post for a few weeks.  Each time I sit down to write it, I find a reason to get up.  Each time I think about writing it, I find something else to think about or do.  Each time an element comes to my mind to add to it, I change the subject.  It's been that serious.  Then, on top of myself thinking about it, my pastor touched on it last Sunday and tonight, something a friend sent to me had the same sentiment.  Needless to say, I feel like I'm supposed to be writing this post.  I've learned as a writer, each time I write something, it's not necessarily for me.  Sometimes, the person on the other end …

Bras, panties, semi-annual sale, OH MY!

Well, don't worry, I'm not going to show you my underwear in this post.  However, I will gladly tell you about my shopping adventure that allowed me to get some new underwear today!  

I was on a mission!  Believe me, I had to have something - new bras!  All this week, I knew I was going shopping over the weekend, but the thought of having to buy new bras just really annoyed me.  Well, it really annoyed me because the store I was accustomed to going to...well, let's just say we don't get along anymore.  I don't want to mention them in this post because I don't want to take away from the store I went to today.  However, if you are interested in finding out, just find the post titled, My Farewell to____________.  

Today I had to go to another store.  The last time I went bra shopping at this store, it wasn't a good experience - not because of the customer service, but because I was really discouraged by the color selection and some of them I tried on really hurt…


It's something about Monday.  I mean on Monday, I hit the ground running working out.  Not literally running, but you get the deal.  But today was a bit different.  

Although my work day went by really fast, I was not feeling the whole come in from work and workout thing.  I mean, not at all.  However, I know I needed to do something because Saturday I had a craving for mozzarella sticks and let's just say that craving was more than satisfied.  I don't know what possessed me to go get the sticks, but I needed them in my life.  And then I thought, I'm going to pay for this later.  Later was today.  

Due to the fact I really didn't feel like working out, I set a goal - 500 calories.  I figured that would be a breeze.  Why 500?  Well, honestly, I felt like 200 was setting myself short.  I had kept up with what I had ate today with the help of LoseIt (@LoseIt) and even though I had already stayed under my calories for the day, I wanted to work out because I wanted to bur…

Get a real solution

It's 2016.  Well, just over a week into 2016.  How many of you have already stepped off the golden path to your resolution?  I have.  My goal was to work on my road rage this year.  I quickly learned on my way to work one day this week that goal has to be taken one day at a time - preferably on a dry day when the sun isn't shining too bright.  The madness that happens on my drive to the office is just cray cray!  

But back to the topic at hand.  Each year, we all make resolutions that we do not keep!  There are some awesome resolutions - lose weight, get a new job, save more money, etc.  Like I said, all great ideas.  However, how many of us actually make it an entire year?  Well, this year, I decided to make a real solution for myself.  

I resolve to be a better self.  To you that is probably very broad and I admit it is, but it is really amazing for me.  Being a better person means calming my road rage, working out more, reading my Bible more, and making sure to take care of m…

Backstage Pass with Massiel Hernandez

There are so many fabulous faces emerging in the world of plus fashion and in the plus industry in general.  One of the people you need to be in the lookout for is the fabulous Massiel Hernandez (@MassielNH).  With her resume including actress, model, and film producer, she definitely will be a name you need to remember!

Hernandez grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey and had a very humble beginning.  She is a proud Puerto Rican and a lover of life.  In fact, one of her favorite childhood memories is how much fun she had during the Christmas season.  Hernandez grew up, but she never lost sight of the fact she was destined to do great things. 
Even though she knew better days were coming for her, Hernandez still had to overcome some body issues.  She was once shy about her body and it took her a long time to be and feel comfortable within her own skin.  Having a strong role model helped her overcome her fears and break out of her shell. 
Once the body shyness left, Hernandez started to mak…

The gift

I've been debating on whether or not I was going to write about this particular topic.  Not because it is not absolutely cool, but because I'm a female and I can only write from a female perspective.  But then something amazing happened at church on Sunday, my pastor spoke about this person during his sermon and it hit me.  I mean, it really hit me because I had the same thought, but just in a different view.  I knew I had to write about it, but I still couldn't figure out how to do it.  I mean, it's Wednesday and the lightning bolt hit me on Sunday.  

A few week ago or last year, however you want to see it, a new winner of The Voice was crowned!  His name is Jordan Smith (@JordanSmithLive) and he has one of the best voices that has ever graced the stage on that show.  He truly had me at Chandelier and I am confident he made Sia proud.  He is the absolute reason this show is called The Voice and the reason why blind auditions are epic.  

If you have never heard of or see…