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BeautyFitHealth.com Update


BeautyFitHealth.com Update
Toronto Sunrise!

Hello, I wanted to just give you a quick update.  I’ve been so busy with my online classes, blogs and being a stay-at-home mom, I’ve been neglecting to update.  Sorry.

I am so happy the groundhog didn’t see his shadow.  Although this hasn’t been a bad winter (knocks on wood), I’m ready for spring and spending more time outdoors.

I have started working out again.  I’ve been doing the Fitnessblender.com FB Booty workout plan.  I do that workout before lunch and I do the BodyRock Intermediate Bootcamp Workout after dinner.  I’m so sedentary lately, that working out twice a day makes me feel better.  It usually adds up to about 45 minutes of working out a day.

Before and during my workouts I drink Venice Beach Fat Burning Fitness Tea.  It gives me energy and also detoxes my body.  It has a pleasant taste too.

ICYMI:  I have a few giveaways happening on the blog.  Be sure to enter because they end in a couple of weeks.

Gym Bag Essentials Giveaway  Ends 2/16

Eating Healthy In The New Year Giveaway Ends 2/18

Red Apple Lipstick $50 Gift Card Giveaway  Ends 2/14

Also, I received some skin care products from xtendlife.  I will be reviewing the products in a few weeks, but until then check out their website.  One of the products I’m most excited to try is the Zupafood for SKIN! It’s a powder that you mix in water.  It contains collagen, grape seed extract, vitamin C and other great ingredients. The Zupafood for SKIN helps to improve firmness and elasticity to the skin.  They have lots of great products for skin care, weight management, fitness and health.  Most of their products contain natural and raw ingredients.

Products from Xtendlife beautyfithealth.com
Products From Xtendlife


I cannot believe it’s already February!  I would like to hear from you.  How was your January?! Did you stick to your goals?  What are you looking forward to this year?! Let’s start a conversation in the comments area below!


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Failure is an Option


I wrote this post ‘Failure is an Option’ last year on a blog and it was published in Midlife Boulevard. I remembered it because of something that happened to me recently.  As you know this is my Year of Yes.  I am saying yes to things that challenge me, make me fearful, but I know I should do.

I did that recently. I said yes to something I didn’t want to do, but I knew it would be good for my resume and I failed.  So I hope this article can help us all struggling with our goals right now.  Motivate us to continue on our path.  It’s there! We have to keep trying.  Delay doesn’t mean no.

“Failure is a stepping-stone to greatness.”-Oprah Winfrey

I don’t know when I subscribed to her email list, but I’ve been getting emails from Oprah every day for the past couple of weeks.  These emails contain some thoughts of the day and self improvement tips.  I have heard Oprah say many times to listen to the tiny whispers and that failure are God’s little whispers.

Failure Is A Prerequisite To Success

Life Coach Erica Diamond Editor-In-Chief of Women on the Fence was interviewed in an OWNShow video called Tiny Invisible Signs You Are On the Wrong Path. Here are some of her tips.  Listen to your instincts. They are the tiny whispers Oprah talks about. Use your gut along with the intellect. So many times people ignore that gut reaction when they shouldn’t. And my favorite, failure is a prerequisite to success. So many of the most successful people in the world have failed many times and that just makes them stronger and more determined.

“Failure is an option, fear is not.” -James Cameron

A second video that comes on immediately after the Tiny Invisible Signs Your On The Wrong Path is called Reasons People Keep Failing At Resolutions. Interviewed during this video are  TV Host Leeza Gibbons, Olympian Carmelita Jeter and Comedian Erin Darling. Each of them had some great tips for approaches to setting goals.

Writing them down month by month.

Visualize your success. Another way to say this is “Claim it!” Whenever I told my mother I wanted something, she would always say “Claim it!” Make it yours and it will happen.

Have fun and just let it go.  Don’t beat yourself up when something doesn’t go the way you wanted it to. I have trouble with this one.

Some tips on how to reach your goals are:

Take them week by week or day by day. Slow and steady wins the race.

Have small and realistic goals. Don’t try to do too much at one time. You will be overwhelmed and will then give up.

Be patient because sometimes it will take longer than you want to get to your goal.  Another one I have a problem with. 

Failing isn’t permission to give up.

I’m so glad I watched these videos.  Accomplishing your goals is definitely a process.  I have to learn how not to beat myself up, be more patient and just let go and have fun. You can watch the videos here.

Do you believe that you have to fail to succeed? Do you believe failure is an option? What steps do you take in achieving your goals? Are any of them listed here? Please leave me a comment below.  I would love to here your story.

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Change and Opportunity


2016 is still young, but I have a feeling this will be a great year!  I’m trying to keep a positive outlook and continue to remember to say yes when I feel like saying no to something that challenges me.

David Bowie died on January 10, 2016.  I have listened to his music and payed tribute to him on social media a lot in recent days.  I have been a fan since I was a child.  I loved his music, but most of all I loved his uniqueness and his creativity.  He didn’t care what anyone thought of him.  He never stayed the same.  He was always evolving. He was his own person and always thought outside the box.

I remember being so inspired by him after visiting the David Bowie Is exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and now his death has challenged me to do the same.  To say yes to my creativity.  To not care what others think of me.  To be open to change and opportunity.  To evolve and not be afraid.  To continue to think outside of the box.



I haven’t forgotten about working out and healthy eating.  I have to make a conscious effort to stop what I’m doing every single day to work out and have healthy meals.  I have an online part-time job, taking online classes and actively searching for work in social media marketing.  During the month of December I wasn’t eating healthy or working out.  On top of that I became more sedentary.  I noticed myself getting doughy. So, I work/study for a couple of hours and then work out.  I find myself not snacking during the day because I’m so busy, which is great.

I’m not really following a diet.  Trying to keep my calories between 1500-1800 calories a day.  I’m doing Fitness Blender workouts now.  I’m doing FB Booty and FB Abs now.  You can find out more about their plans here.

I’m also taking time out of the day to meditate.  I feel better and more confident when I do.

I want to start bringing you all a recipe of the week.  Foods that are full of flavor helps me to stay on track. I made a wonderful Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka yesterday.  The recipe is from Cooking Light.  You can find the recipe here.



slow cooker chicken tikka



I would like to end with one of my favorite songs from David Bowie’s new album “Blackstar.”

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Reflect, Forgive, Begin, Commit

Reflect, Forgive, Begin, Commit

Reflect, Forgive, Begin, Commit

How did your first week of the Year of Yes go?! I was focused and got many things done.  I had a little voice in my head saying all week “You have to say yes to something that challenges you!” For awhile there wasn’t anything, but I did say yes to a couple of things.  First I want to talk about reflect, forgive, begin, commit.

I saw a Periscope with Siobhan Sudberry. She is the creator of the BeFree Project.  I signed up earlier this year with her Facebook group and have been sporadically participating.  One of my goals is to participate more. In this scope she talked about how to get out of a rut and how to make changes in our lives.  How to not begin 2015 by doing the same things in 2016 if they weren’t successful.  Find out more about BeFree Project here.

There are four tips to being successful in 2016.  The first tip is to reflect. Reflect on the what was successful in 2015 and what wasn’t successful.  What would you change?! What would you continue to do in 2016?! Did you meet your goals?!
That next step is to forgive.  This is a big goal for me.  I am very hard on myself.  I have start being more kind to myself and just because I didn’t accomplish my goals doesn’t mean I’m not worthy of the life I want.  Also, to forgive others. Don’t take anything negative into 2016!
Step three is to begin or start fresh.  Don’t wait, start your new life right now!  Don’t procrastinate or wait until a certain date.
Step four is commit to change.  Change is so difficult for me.  Right now I am trying to shift my mindset on a daily basis. I am also guilty of doing the same thing over and over.  I am opening myself to new ideas and getting out of my comfort zone.

Check out Siobhan’s scope here.


My homework for this week is to make a list of things I am afraid of and next to that fear I will write a positive statement.  The positive statement will be what could happen if I got out of my comfort zone and conquered that fear.

I said yes to a couple of things this week.   First, I signed up for Siobhan’s free Take Action Email Bootcamp.  It’s a 10 day course that will help me get out of my rut and take steps to acquire the life I desire.  Sign up for Siobhan’s course here.

Then I signed up for a free Squarespace course offered by Megan Minns.    I don’t know much about Squarespace, but I watched a couple of the tutorials and it looks like an easy way to create a website. You can sign up for the Squarespace course here.

Saying yes to these to courses was a great step for me.  They will help me with becoming the best I can be in my new career.

So are you ready to reflect, forgive, begin, commit?!

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Year of Yes

Year of Yes!

Year of Yes


I’m in a rut.  I need a change.  I was reading an article about Shonda Rhimes and her book  Year of Yes. Shonda Rhimes is the creator of the shows Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and my favorite, How to Get Away With Murder. Shonda is an introvert like me and we like to stay in our comfort zone.

I am always shying away from things that I know I should do, but I am afraid to do.  I have stepped out of my comfort zone a bit in 2015.  I acquired my certificate in Social Media Management, volunteered at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) and contributed a couple of articles to Midlife Boulevard.  I have also started advertising my social media services on Fiverr and PeoplePerHour.com.

I need to step out more, take more chances and be more confident.  It’s easier said than done.  My son said to me this morning “I know it’s difficult for you to come out of your comfort zone.”  I have never said this to my son before.  The fact that he knows this makes me want to do it even more! This is one of the reasons I’m writing this post, to hold myself accountable. Doing this project the Year Of Yes makes me very nervous and excited. I enjoy a challenge.  This will be one of the biggest challenges for me ever!

I know the new year starts in a couple of weeks, but I want to start now. If I put it off, I’m afraid I won’t do it. No more procrastinating for me!

Will you join me, on my quest to say yes?! Is there anything you didn’t say yes to?! Do you regret it?! Tell me about in the comments section! Let me know if you decide to challenge yourself and say yes!


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