Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Je ne sais pas!

I am on a French kick lately. I bought a few books on the French way of life, including 'French Women Don't Get Fat!' and am going to try to adopt a new way of life. I've decided that I don't stop to enjoy many parts of my life because I'm a.) immune b.) ignorant c.) in a hurry d.) an American that has to have more, more, more! Believe me, this is no new realization, I've known for a while (six years...) that I need to stop and 'smell the roses' instead of 'inhaling the weeds'. I don't even think I saw the roses...! Part of embracing this new way of life is learning how to actually enjoy good, quality food. Not the pre-processed junk, not necessarily organic food, but good, wholesome food - with portion control. I want to be able to appreciate fresh vegetables, dark chocolate and bread without feeling as if I am depriving myself. It seems like all the diets out there try to convince you that you won't be hungry, feel deprived, have to live your life in a hole to escape the temptation. If I could just flip my perception of what tastes good, satisfies me and/or feels like a treat - I think I could finally manage my weight. Can I do this? The verdict is still out. It is going to take a lot of work to change what my mind has repeated over and over again for 30 years. I guess the true test will be going to La Madeleine? Stay posted for French fun!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Fiesta Fun!

Another article I wrote for the Fiesta event my company is coordinating here in San Antonio. It's fun to see your work published...even if I didn't get cited here! Working on this event has forced me to start writing again and I really love that. It does create a little anxiety, but once I get started, I'm really happy to be writing. I remember in the 3rd grade, we were given these profile cut-outs of a woman (well, I got a woman because I was a girl!) and we were told to dress/decorate the cut-out to resemble what we wanted to be when we grew up. I had decided that I wanted to be an 'Author' and dressed up my 'woman' with a pink skirt, yellow top, high heels (of course!) and she held a book in one hand and a pencil in the other! I wouldn't exactly say that I'm an author (unless you count the book I wrote in the 2nd grade...), but I'm definitely glad to be writing again!

Monday, March 9, 2009

I'm a writer!

Guess who was officially published? That's right - me! I wrote an article for a local paper here in San Antonio and it just came out - I'm super excited! Unfortunately, they spelled my last name wrong :(
Can I claim it as my pen name?


I spoke with a good friend the other day about my new blog, (I think I've almost equated it to the publishing of my first novel) and I expressed my concern that most of the people I know who write blogs are parents writing about their kids. Why would any one want to read my blog? I have no photos of children to show or stories to tell about how they took five steps in a row today... Am I being truly narcissistic? My friend suggested that I spoof everyone and write about my doggies! You know what, I LOVE that idea! Today's blog is dedicated to my little white malte-poo Taylor!

Taylor is the most adorable creature! Everyday, she wakes up with incredible energy second only to the wonderful feeling I experience inside Cartier. Can you imagine waking up with that feeling each day!? This morning she was especially playful, even though her brothers weren't in the mood.
I always giggle a little bit when I take her for a walk - if any one saw us, they would certainly find the scene comical. Me in my colorful, Danskin workout wear and my fluffy white malte-poo, accessorized in a pink diamond collar, power walking - in a cow pasture! Does it make me feel slightly less glamorous?...maybe, however we look so adorable that I think we make the cow pasture look as picturesque as Central Park!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Fab Spot

Welcome to The Fab Spot, where I try to make everything in my life sound completely fabulous - even though it may not be! Funny, because that's what I envisioned when I first came up with the idea that starting a blog would be one of the 30 new things I would accomplish in my 30th year. The idea wasn't to sound pretentious or impossibly chic, as you might assume. The concept came after reading a magazine article about a woman living in NYC (where else?) who led an enviable life - stimulating career, designer clothes, two children wearing trendy clothes, unbelieveable vacations and stylish friends. It's easy to turn to your own life (especially in our celebrity-obessed culture) and declare it the most unfabulous, uninteresting, hum drum existence. After all, you can't watch E News, pick up a magazine or watch a reality show without feeling like you are missing out on a glamorous life. My days don't consist of Vinyasa Yoga at dawn, a meeting with the CEO of IBM, lunch at The Ivy, sealing a multi-million dollar deal, a quick suit fitting with Muiccia Prada, an emergency phone call with a life coach, a quick wardrobe change for cocktails with my closest friend (the Editor-in-Chief of In Style Magazine), and a limo ride to Charlie Trotter's to entertain clients. With the absence of the aforementioned schedule, sometimes I begin to feel like I may be leading a less than stellar or less than notable life. After giving the subject (my life) some thought, however, I decided that there are at least a few parts that are pretty exciting or dare I say it, fabulous. For instance, I love to walk my dogs on the 200 acres of ranchland my family owns. It's not a lesson by a yogi, but it's my version of soul-enhancing exercise. My career is another source of fulfillment, pride and fabulosity for me. I love that every day brings a new challenge, a new outlet for creativity and a new opportunity to work on projects that I feel passionate about. Many people say that a person has the ability to choose her attitude. You can choose to be happy, sad, angry, etc. and that's how your day will be. I've decided that you can also choose how to percieve your life. You can view your life as boring, unstimulating or average (eeww- the very thought!) OR you can choose to focus on the amazing parts of your life and proclaim your existence to be uber-chic, wonderfully dramatic and ultimately fabulous! I am committed to changing the way I view my life - to focus on the blessings, the amazing people, the wonderful relationships, the unique experiences - all of the things that make for a fabulous life. Because I've discovered that it's not enough to have these things, the most important thing is to acknowledge and celebrate them!