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Framebridge and Our New Legacy Wall

When trying to decide what to do with the 115" back wall of my new workspace, I turned instantly to art but instantly hit a snag. I don't really care about art. It's not that I don't like art, but that I don't feel any sort of attachment to the art of others. This might be the curse of a maker –– I need to feel emotionally attached to any sort of artistic expression, be it mine of someone else's, and I have never felt connected to someone else's drawings, vectors, paintings, or photos. So, as you could imagine, this put a dampener on my decor plans.

And then, I had a stroke of genius.

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The Purge of 2018: People, Bad Habits, and Doubt

Every end-of-year at The Gorgeous Girl's Guide, we purge –– and this year is no different. Well, actually, it's sort of different. This year, we are going deep. This year, this month, this week, right now, we are throwing out everything and everyone that no longer serves us, and we're not gonna think twice about it –– starting with people, bad habits, and doubt.

Are you ready? Because there is no procrastination in shifting. There is no overthinking in getting your shit together. What there is, however, is lots of doing, lots of cutting, and tons of focusing and moving forward.

Remember, complacency is a killer.

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Patience vs Procrastination

Anyone who has been a member of The Gorgeous Girl's Guide over the past 18 months, has come to know how much I absolutely hate procrastination –– as a word and as a practice. Just as this is true, so is my love of the practice of patience in all areas of our lives. And even though these two states of being may seem to be one-in-the same to someone from the outside looking in, they do indeed differ greatly. So, as we prepare for a new year, and any time you find yourself preparing for a shift, it's going to be important that you never confuse the two.

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Be Careful Not to Commiserate

It never ceases to amaze me how many people love a sad story, whether it's yours or theirs. You are more likely to find people who revel in your failure rather than your success. They will pretend to feel so very bad for you when they assume your boss called you into her office to fire you, but then, get awfully quiet when you tell them you're actually been given a promotion. Some people want to go on-and-on about their bad days, their illnesses and misfortunes, and no matter how uplifting or supportive you may be, no matter how many resolutions you offer, they will offer you that same old song.

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Ghosts of Holidays Past

As the holiday season rolls along, some of us may be experiencing a number of emotional episodes and overwhelm. Getting together with our families can prove stressful, as we sit around a table with people who we haven't seen in months or years, questions and accusations hurling. Then, there is the familial dramas that have been waging on for decades, since before you were even born! Everyone wants to know when you're getting married, or why you don't want to have children, why is it taking you so long to finish school, or why in the world you would want to move away from all of this.

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Being Reparative and Preparative at Year's End

As I write this, the end of the year is just five weeks away, and there is a sense of urgency in the air at The Gorgeous Girl's Guide. It has been a year filled with exciting changes for us –– beginnings and endings, plans and goals, aspirations and affirmations. This has been a life-changing journey for me, turning my blog site into a membership site, as well as developing and refining our courses. I have been taking online courses and tuning in to hour-after-hour of webinars, learning how to pivot in my business, and in my personal life. I am doing what I have always taught you all –– I am shifting. And during this shift, hard work is just as necessary as rest, which brings me to the point of this post...

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You've Gotta Try Warby Parker Glasses

In a past not that long ago, buying glasses was terrifying. One trip to your local Lens Crafters could easily leave you in a $600 to $800 deficit, if you didn't have insurance. And, if you did have insurance, chances are, the frames you really, really wanted wouldn't be covered. What would be covered, however, were those Sophia Petrillo frames, left over from The Golden Girls wardrobe department. So, because of all this, I hadn't bought a new pair of glasses in over 5 years. That's how tuned off I have been by the experience. But, now, everything has changed!

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Egg Nog French Toast

Ingredients:

  • Bread slices (croissant loaf used)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup eggnog
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar (brown sugar, honey, etc)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp flour
  • 1 tbsp butter
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Count Nothing Small –– Especially Yourself

Over the past several months, The Gorgeous Girl's Guide has gone through a magnificent transformation –– one I didn't see coming. We are growing, and not in numbers, but in value. And that's the thing about value; it's rarely ever about quantity, but quality. In the beginning, I thought my purpose was to help those who needed help with the same sort of life challenges I have struggled with throughout my life –– and I was right. What I was not right about, was the size of the net I should cast.

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Your Girlfriend is Not Your Guru

Your girlfriends may be a great network of supporters, there for you whenever you need them, listening and doling out advice at will. Girlfriends are, for many women, the cornerstone of their sanity, and their go-to sounding board –– which can be extremely helpful, or a complete disaster.

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