Fab-YOU-lous Changes for a Fab-YOU-lous Life

Change #3: Do Something New & Different

As we progress along our year-long series on FabYOUlous Changes for a FabYOUlous LifeI think it is appropriate that January’s change is do something new & different because the onset of a new year is when all of us start thinking about the new things that we’d like to experience in the new year.

The challenge however, lies not in the wanting of new things but in the experiencing of those things. Experiencing new things means getting out of bed, out of our head and out of our comfort zones–all things that are MUCH easier said than done.

Even though I blog about personal development and encourage women to ditch the drab and find their FAB, I too struggle on occasion when it comes to busting through my comfort zone and expanding my horizons. That’s why I’ve chosen the word BRAVE to be my “word of the year” for 2017.  I (just like many of you, I suspect) long to experience new things but sometimes balk at the idea of actually taking action on those things. This is my year to change that and I hope that you’ll join me!

Top 10 Posts of 2016

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HOLY CATS! Can you believe that 2016 is almost over?!? What a year this has been! The Cubs won the World Series, creepy clown sightings were a thing and don’t even get me started on the presidential election.

Even though this year has been a bit, well, let’s just say odd, there have been a lot of really awesome things too. The highlight of my year had to be the family vacation to Hawaii that we took in March–especially since it was FREE. Yes–you read that correctly–I actually won a seven night, all expenses paid trip for four to Hawaii. It. Was. Awesome. You can read about that adventure here.

I’m also excited because FabYOUlous Life experienced a TON of growth in 2016. I am so grateful to my readers and humbled that people have taken the time out of their busy lives to spend some time with me here in this little online world that we’ve created together. So, if you are reading this–THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart–your support means so, so much to me.

The Joys of Masturdating…

Become Your Own B.F.F.

the-joys-of-masturdating-1I don’t remember where I first heard the term “masturdate” but I absolutely love it. I love it because 1.) it’s a funny play on words that cracks me up and 2.) it is something that might seem a little strange and awkward at first, but eventually feels sooo good.

Oh come on—this site is rated PG (or PG-13 at the very least)…get your mind out of the gutter (wink!) 

Lessons I Learned While Running (and Training for) my First Half-Marathon

A Little About Running--A Lot About Life...

half-marathon-lessonsI DID IT!!! I just finished my very first ever half-marathon! For those of you who don’t run, that is a distance of 13.1 miles…13.1 LONG miles!

I have plenty of runner friends who run marathons and half-marathons like they are no big deal, but that’s not me. To me, a half-marathon is a VERY big deal. Like, HUGE.

I have always been blessed to be naturally thin and in decent shape but I have NEVER considered myself a runner. I’ve led an active lifestyle of playing softball, hiking, bicycling etc. but for me, running always felt more like punishment than pleasure. Why then did I (at the age of 46) decide to train for and run a half-marathon?

The answer: temporary insanity, AND the desire to push myself to do something that I never thought was possible for me.

It wasn’t easy (not even close) but now that the race is behind me, I can definitely say that the sense of accomplishment of having crossed the finish line is well worth the effort that it took to achieve it.

In addition to the “bragging rights” that come along with finishing a half-marathon, I also learned some valuable lessons along the way–some about running, but mostly about life…

Simple & Stlylish D.I.Y. Chakra Necklace

chakra necklace

We’ve wrapped up our series on the chakras where we first received a basic introduction to our chakras and then learned how to harness our chakral energy to add more vitality to our lives and reduce stress. Finally, the last post in our chakra series outlined several more strategies for freeing up your chakral energy by releasing chakral blocks.

Even though I had originally planned for this series to only have four posts, I have found that I’m just not quite ready to say good-bye to the fascinating world of chakra energy.

Stay Young While Having Fun

Staying Young While Having FunToday is my birthday!! Even though I am a year older and now, officially closer to 50 than 40 (I’m 46 today), I can honestly say that I feel younger today than I did five years ago. Sure, there are still times when I may feel a little tuckered after going for a run, but five years ago I never went for a run…like never.

I can also honestly say that I am having more fun in my life now than I was five years ago. I’ve learned to Stand Up Paddle Board, I travel more, enjoy various hobbies and I enjoy hiking and riding my bicycle etc. This made me start to wonder if there was any correlation then between having fun and staying young so I decided to do a little research and guess what–there is a BIG correlation.

If you’d like to discover your own personal Fountain of Youth, try a few of these FUN and FabYOUlous tips to help you turn back the clock on aging…

Seven Fab-YOU-lous Ways to Make the Most of Your Birthday

Make the Most of Your BirthdayIt’s my birthday week and I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. Yes–another birthday means that I’m getting older, but another birthday ALSO means cake, presents, kind messages from friends and cake (wait–did I already mention that?)

I love birthdays because they give us the perfect excuse to celebrate ourselves–and let’s face it, that is something that we don’t do nearly enough of.

If you’re like most women, you probably spend 364 days a year paying attention to everyone and every thing else on the planet more than you pay attention to yourself. On your birthday however; it is only natural and in fact, encouraged to take a little time to celebrate YOU.

Fab-YOU-lously Fragrant D.I.Y. Cupcake Bath Bombs

Bath BombsNot only are they adorable, these fun cupcake shaped bath bombs will turn your bath time into a luxurious, spa soak. Their bubbles will activate as soon as they hit the water, giving you a tingly feeling all over and then, as they dissolve, they will release skin-softening oils and a relaxing fragrance to give you the ultimate pampering experience.