Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog #19 My Hair! The Flip Camera Winner! New Tony Chiodo Book Giveaway!

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 19

The Latest Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 19: The Supermodel Emme, What the Heck is Going on with My Polar Watch & My Giveaway of FEEL GOOD FOOD by Tony Chiodo

FEEL GOOD FOOD by Tony Chiodo, Hardie Grant

FEEL GOOD FOOD by Tony Chiodo, Hardie Grant

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Hi all! Sorry for the delay with this video as I was having issues with Blogging yesterday and it took up my whole afternoon. Grrrrr!

Anyhoo—today I am presenting episode 19 of my Vlog where I first talk about my hair (which is one of my most pondered things in my life) plus the following things:

•   Supermodel Emme whom I follow on Twitter (@EmmeNation) sent me a copy of her latest book Life’s Little Emergencies: Everyday Rescue for Beauty, Fashion, Relationships and Life. Thanks Emme! (Get your own copy here.)

•    My Polar watch that was returned without fixing my light. (Grrr again!)

•    The EatSmart Precision Scale that currently rocks my world: ( link here..)

•    My latest super-groovy book giveaway—FEEL GOOD FOOD: Wholefood Recipes for Happy, Healthy Living by Tony Chiodo.

Check it out now!

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 19

Here is more information about the book I am giving away:

FEEL GOOD FOOD: Wholefood Recipes for Happy, Healthy Living By Tony Chiodo

Chef Tony Chiodo’s journey through cooking and food has been an exciting and evolving global tour. From Italy to Australia to the Far East and America, Chiodo hungered for culinary knowledge and set out on a quest to hone his skills in some of the world’s most impressive restaurants. However, a myriad of health concerns too serious to ignore set him upon a new path. Chiodo began to examine what he was eating and how the foods he ate could be playing a major role in his poor health. This awakening launched him on yet another culinary journey: one that explored the relationship between food and health.

Chiodo traveled to Japan to discover the clean and simple flavors of its cuisine and coupled with his introduction to Zen meditation, shiatsu, and aikido, soon found that this way of living and cooking and eating had powerful healing qualities and a beneficial effect on his body. Chiodo served up fresh, vibrant wholefoods at his restaurants, using organic and biodynamic ingredients, and combining the traditional flavors and dishes of the Mediterranean with the health-supportive foods and principles of Asian cooking. It is this cooking philosophy which is at the heart of Chiodo’s new cookbook FEEL GOOD FOOD: Wholefood Recipes for Happy, Healthy Living.

Chiodo begins with an introduction to cooking with wholefoods by starting with the basics of organic and biodynamic foods. He then moves on to show home cooks how to stock their wholefoods pantry with essential ingredients like grains and noodles, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds, and savory and sweet seasonings.

Next come his delicious recipes, including for breakfast, he serves up Hot Corn Cakes with Apple and Raisin Sauce and Tofu French Toast with Lemon Walnut Syrup. Chapters on soups and salads provide recipes that are ideal for lunches or first courses, such as Lemony Leek and Cauliflower Soup; Cream of Pumpkin and Coconut Soup; Couscous, Chickpea, and Avocado Salad; Fennel, Greens, and Orange Salad; and Soba Noodle Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing. The chapters on grains and beans and lentils showcase Chiodo’s love of global flavors: Quinoa, Beetroot and Almond Pilaf; Carrot and Buckwheat Patties with Cranberry Chile Chutney; Persian Red Lentil and Olive Casserole; and Warm Spiced Chickpeas in Orange Tahini Sauce.

Although Chiodo does talk about the advantages of a vegetarian diet in the introduction, he also provides healthy seafood and meat dishes. His Spiced Fish Fingers with Lemon Mayo and Whole Chicken and Mushrooms Braised in Soy are sure to become weeknight favorites for the entire family. The chapter on soy and pasta offers vegetarian alternatives using tofu and tempeh as well as a variety of pastas, and features recipes that can even convert the most avid carnivores with Baked Lemon and Sesame Tofu Steaks, Spaghetti with Broad Bean Pesto, and Penne with Pumpkin and Walnut Crema. Chiodo loves his greens and devotes a chapter to quick and easy vegetable side dishes like Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Miso Dressing and Baby Beets and Beet Greens in Horseradish Salsa.

And, desserts are also a part of a wholefoods diet. “When I was a child,” says Chiodo, “Desserts were a very special comfort food – and since then nothing has changed.” Carrot, Cardamom, and Coconut Cake; Baked Silken Chocolate Tart; Steamed Pear, Date, and Ginger Couscous Cake; and Apple and Cranberry Pudding with Orange Syrup will satisfy any sweet tooth yet have a place with a well-balanced, healthful diet.Tony Chiodo has created a brilliant cookbook and the recipes in FEEL GOOD FOOD live up to the title of the book: fresh ingredients, clean flavors, and nourishing dishes that are sure to leave anyone who eats them feeling good.

About the Author: Tony Chiodo worked as an apprentice at Mietta’s in Melbourne, Australia with Jacques Reymond before studying at the Italian Institute of Traditional Cuisine in Milan and working in some of Italy’s top restaurants. He first became interested in natural foods while studying Ayurveda and yoga abroad, and after a stint at Wild Rice Wholefoods Café, he embarked on his own wholefoods adventure with Café Angelica in Kew, Melbourne. Tony is a qualified macrobiotic and wholefoods teacher, inspiring others to integrate natural foods into their daily lives through his Eating Well classes and regular articles in The Age’s ‘Epicure’ and Australian Natural Health. His recipes have appeared in Vogue Entertaining + Travel, Vogue Living, and Australian Gourmet Traveler. To see more of Tony’s recipes and health tips, please visit

If you are interested in getting a copy of this book (Continental U.S. only please!) you need to do the following two things:

•    Post a comment on my Blog below.

•    Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to @BrooklynFitChik

I will randomly pick a winner next Tuesday, January 21st at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist “Feelin’ Alright” with Fave Radio Stations the @Shazam App


“Feelin’ Alright” Playlist (50-minute Ride)
The online radio I listen to every day plus the super-groovy music app Shazam.

Sarah and Tennessee

(A picture of my cats “Feelin’ Alright” because they are too damn cute not to show off to the world!)

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It’s been a while since I put up a playlist so I today I present one that I think will rock your socks off. (Or just give you some ideas for tunes to add to your MP3 player.)

Students have commented on my “eclectic” song selections which I take as a supreme compliment. The fact is I plan put together all of my classes carefully so that music swings, wails, bounces, grooves and more. Every single song must work with the others in sound, pace, mood, male vs. female voice and more.

In fact, my playlists are so unpredictable that people try to guess how old I am (not saying) and where I am from. Some of the things I have heard from my students:
• “You have GOT to be from Boston to know that band!” (I’m not.)
• “Are you from Detroit?” (Nope.)
• “Did you really see Nirvana in concert? (Yes.)

But my favorite was the time a dude who looked like a typical 20-something Brooklyn hipster (complete with handlebar mustache) whisper to me slyly “Please tell me you are a Canadian, too!” (Sorry—born and raised in the U.S.)

As a consultant I work a great deal from home and like to have music keep me company. Unfortunately most stations in the New York City region suck BIG TIME so I usually listen online (when Time Warner is not screwing with my Internet) to get any good, new and interesting music.

I wanted to give a “shout out” to a few of my favorites today:
• 107.1 “The Peak” Nyack, NY:  I get up every morning and put them on first thing as I apply my makeup. Great selection of adult alternative rock and Caroline Corley is my favorite radio personality out there right now. (Hey Caroline—Gordon Downie is MY boyfriend!)

“Alice at 97.3” San Francisco, CA: Midday here I listen to “Sarah & Vinnie” live from the West Coast to get my daily dose of celebrity gossip plus they play all of the popular (and current) songs people seem to like. Normally I hate “hit” music but occasionally they play something that makes me really happy. I have to know what the kids like amIright?

104.5 KFOG San Francisco, CA: They used to be my favorite station in the world but the morning show has been busted up so I just check in from time to time. I would say it is also adult alternative rock station as well but a bit on the mellower side.

“The Edge” Toronto, Ontario: I have a strong, passionate and innate love for Canada (as well as most Canadians) plus head-banging “alternative rock” music and this station is my secret fix. I am convinced no women listen to them but I still just love The Edge to death. Fearless Fred in the afternoons is my main guy.

WXRT-FM Chicago, IL: Not to oversell it but this is now my favorite station in the whole wide world and when their internet stream doesn’t work I want to bawl my eyes out. They play everything from The Who to Fiona Apple to Paul Simon to Feist to Led Zeppelin. If you do nothing else—check them out today and let me know what you think. (DJ Frank E. Lee rules my word by the way!)

Please feel free in the comments to send me links to your favorite stations. I am always on the lookout for good music!

When I do find songs that I like, I reach for my iPhone and Shazam the hell out of it. This app can identify songs and artists by some sort of magic system and I would be lost without them. I seriously do not know how it works but if you want to learn more about the Shazam app (there is a free & a paid version) check them out here :

I was contacted by Shazam and they offered me the following quote which I think works well with my ride today. (I am getting to the playlist—be patient!)
“We all have a soundtrack to our lives – music to drive to, read or study to, and, of course, work out to. In fact, studies have shown that music can really help your motivation when you’re exercising, helping you train faster or longer. ”

Will Mills, Director of Music and Content

Go and check out Shazam’s Blog if you want ideas for more songs. They are NOT paying me to talk about them. It’s an app I have happily paid for and just wanted to pass along for your information.

And now—on to today’s playlist!

Feelin’ Alright: Joe Cocker
I love every single thing about this song and think it has such a wonderful build in energy that is really makes for the perfect warm up tune. (Though sometimes I picture John Belushi doing an imitation of him and it makes me giggle.)

Everybody Talks: Neon Trees
This is the fastest damn song I have heard in a while and people seem to love it.

Just Like a Pill: Pink
This is one of those songs I learned from “Alice 97.3” that has been around for ages but did not fly in my radar before. (I think I have a crush on Pink now. She is so damn cool!)

Who Loves You: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
If you get a chance to see “Jersey Boys” do so. It will have you obsessed with Frankie Valli music.

• Zombie: The Cranberries
God, I just love this song to death and it is perfect for a long climb.

…Baby One More Time: Britney Spears
The one and only song from her I really care about.

She: Green Day
Excellent, fast-paced tune to get people in the mood to move fast.

Gold Guns Girls: Metric
One of my favorite bands that I am dying to see live (please come back to New York!)

No Light, No Light: Florence & the Machine
When I put this on I blare the living hell out of it. Florence RULES. Period.

Icky Thump: The White Stripes
For some reason Jack White has been occupying my thoughts. Hmmm….

Time to Pretend: MGMT
Another “perfect climb” song that gets everyone in the mood to add more gear and work harder.

Stompa: Serena Ryder
A new favorite tune that came into my world through The Edge in Toronto.

Unknown Legend: Neil Young
The “Grandfather of Grunge” writes some of the most beautiful songs in the world and this one is one of my favorites.

So what do you think of my list? Do you have any suggestions? Please feel free to send me your suggestions!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,
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What Did We Learn This Month? @goodhealth with OMG Jennie Garth! #FitFluential

What Did We Learn This Month?

Health magazine: January/February 2013


Jennie Garth photographed by Andrew Macpherson

Jennie Garth photographed by Andrew Macpherson

Health Cover Star for January/February:

OMG! It is Kelly from 90210! Jennie Garth, people! Honestly this is the first time in months where I squealed happily when I saw the celebrity featured on the cover. Great job Health!

Jennie is 40 years old of awesomesauce and you can read all about her right here:,,20657806,00.html

Oh, just get the magazine (like I did!) and be happy to see her all over again. Jenny is working with pal Luke Perry on new projects but in the meantime I am going to enjoy this clip:

So what else is inside the January/February Health?

“Best Shape of Your Life”

Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson and Ashley Koff, R.D. created this plan to help actress Molly Sims lose 50 pounds of post-baby weight. I always love getting ideas for moves from Tracy and she doesn’t disappoint here.

Using every single one of these moves in my classes...

Using every single one of these moves in my classes…

“Soft Skin in Winter? Believe It!”

As I am typing this I am fighting the urge to scratch my elbows off. My skin is very dry & scaly being my point. (Need to read this beauty story…)

Not my arm.

Not my arm.

“Retro Diet Tricks That Work”

Some old school items (grapefruit and cottage cheese) are coming back in fashion for those who want to eat healthier and watch their waistline. They lose me with the rice cake mention, however. (Blech! Who really eats those things still?)

Bad rice cake! Bad! Bad!

Bad rice cake! Bad! Bad!

“Your Heart: A User’s Guide”

Your heart is terribly important and so many women neglect it until it is too late. Read this article and take care of your ticker!

Your Heart 001

“Beyond Donuts: Diet Mistakes We All Make”

The picture of these pastries is making me nuts. I have been (mostly) grain-free for months. I honestly can’t think about anything else now.

This picture is making me drool.

This picture is making me drool.

“7 Easy Ways to Kick Start Your Metabolism”

To keep your metabolism in gear (so you can eat all day and not starve yourself, people!) just follow these tips. A few of them being:
• Lift First, Cardio Second
• Include Intervals
• Guzzle Water

7 metabolism 001

“Live Long & Strong”

One of my goals in life is to be a cute old person and 101 year-old Ruth Kobin (and the other fabulous people featured in this story) give me hope I will be adorable in my twilight years. Ruth takes a walk after lunch every day and applies makeup every morning. (Me too!)

My new hero.

My new hero.

And now the rest of the best of this issue of Health:
“All Day Energy, Every Day” Winter can make you feel blah and run down. Here are some ideas to put some spring in your step. (Get it? Spring…in your step? Oh never mind.)
“Breathe Easier All Season” Dry elbows are not the only that plague me this time of year. My messed up sinuses go through the ringer and I was not sure what I can do about it. This article really helped. Thanks Health!
“25 Best Beauty Perk-Ups You’ll Love” I love my beauty stories and this one hit the spot. Really!
“What to Eat Now” Yummy ideas on what to match with the plain old roast chicken. Nom nom!

Follow Heath online at:

Overall Grade:
B+ I got my workout pages back—thank you Health! You listened to me! Now keep it up!

Did you see the new Health magazine? What was your favorite section? How awesome is Jennie Garth on a scale of 1-10? A hundred—right?

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What Did We Learn This Month? @SELFmagazine Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco! #fitfluential

What Did We Learn This Month?

SELF: January 2013

Kelly Cuoco photographed by Ben Watts

Kaley Cuoco photographed by Ben Watts

SELF Cover Star for January:

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley stars in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory (I have never seen it—should I check it out?) who is a big-time animal lover (just rescued her third pit bull—good on you Kaley as well as a spinning fanatic. (SELF doesn’t mention which studio she likes but it sounds like Soul Cycle to me.)

Check out Kaley’s “Theories on Life” right here at this link from

So What Else is in the January SELF?

“Look Dope on the Slopes”

I have not been on a pair of skis in almost 15 years but if I could wear something super-cute (say, one of the outfits below) you would see me covered in snow right away.

Groovy ski gear!

Groovy ski gear!

“Power Up!”

According to SELF readers, a whopping 93% of them need help raising their energy levels (changing my diet upped mine people—just sayin’…) Here we get advice on all kinds of ways to charge your own batteries.

Power Up 001

“Butt & Gut”

Ooh—I liked these pages! If you have an exercise ball handy I suggest you try out these moves from trainer Bernie Zurella of Gold’s Gym in. Zurella is a former kickboxing fighter and Army drill sergeant who has a waitlist for folks who want to take his “Butt and Gut” class.

Here is a link for his workout as well:

I ripped out this page to steal ideas!

I ripped out this page to steal ideas!

“Jump Start Diet (JSD)”

SELF has a six-day diet plan which includes one ditch day (which is why the model below is seen with ice cream, I guess?) Developed by Patricia Bannan, R.D. (Eat Right When Time is Right) you can sign up online to try the JSD and win prizes at

Jump Start Diet 001

“10-Minute Tone UP”

All you need is an exercise band to do these moves from Alexander Kaufman, creator of P.E.P.P.E.R. (Practical Exercise Personally Planned Equals Results) in New York City.

Inside workout 001

The Rest of the Best of the January SELF:

  • “Trapped at Work” A new year can mean a whole new beginning job-wise. If you are ready to make a career change—check out this article before you begin making the big leap.
  • “Why A.M. Exercise Rules…” I know for me—if I don’t exercise out of the way first thing in the morning I can wind up losing motivation as the day wears on. If you need advice on how to get your butt out of bed in A.M.—check out page 46.
  • “Feed Your Face” I love my beauty stories and this one is filled with “trendy nutrition boosters.’ LUV!

Overall Grade:

A- If you are looking for some 2013 motivation—check out SELF!

Have you read the January SELF yet? What was your favorite feature?What are your favorite winter workouts? Post a comment when you can!

You can check out SELF online at:

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode Featuring “More Skin,” “The Diet Show” & @BLMark, a Groovy Yoga Gear Giveaway, & More!

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 18

The Latest Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog featuring a Super-Fantastic Beginner Yoga Gear Giveaway, The “Biggest Losers” on The Diet Show, a Groovy Scale from Eat Smart

(Also, Undermining Comments from Well-Meaning Friends)


WW yoga kit array


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I have a really cool beginner yoga giveaway today that features a “Yoga Beginner’s Kit” from Weight Watchers and an Intro to Yoga DVD that I am so excited to offer today.


First, I need to give a shout out to Mark Pinhasovich (follow him on Twitter @BLMark) who was a winner on TV’s The Biggest Loser and is now one of the stars of an amazing show held at Stage 72 in New York called “The Diet Show.” It features funny & entertaining monologues from several BL competitors from the past including Tara Costa, Alfredo “Frado” Dinten and Erik Chopin plus we get a bit of old-school hilarity from comic Jeff ““The Fat Rat Bastard” Pirrami (I was lucky enough to hang out with his wife & daughter at the show) as well as a stripped down essay from model Krista Hays (really!)


You can get more information about The Diet Show here:


And now—here’s this week’s Vlog which features my new yoga gear & DVDs giveaway, a groovy Digital Scale from the folks at EatSmart Products plus the well-meaning but kind of condescending remarks I heard over a holiday meal about my healthy lifestyle. Oh–and my sister advised me to “show more skin” so I obliged. 🙂



Got that? Okay here are the details first for the yoga DVD:


New ‘ELEMENT: INTRO TO YOGA” DVD is the Perfect Place to Start!

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Doesn’t it seem like there are more yoga studios than nail salons lately? In fact, the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association reports that participation in yoga is up 16.8% for the past two years. People who may have previously been afraid to invest the energy, time and money to give it a go, now have a simple option so that they may experience the many benefits of yoga for themselves. The new “Element: Intro to Yoga” DVD will be in stores and on from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Not only does it provide an easy way to begin a yoga practice right at home, it also offers an intermediate practice to grow into. Each practice is about thirty minutes long.


The “Element: Intro to Yoga” DVD is the newest offering from this best-selling mind/body DVD brand. It’s designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to yoga so that one may begin at any level and continually progress. Instructor Tamal Dodge’s fundamentals program moves step-by-step through the basics of yoga breathing, foundation postures, and short vinyasa flows. His intermediate sequence introduces the next stage of postures, offering more challenging versions of fundamental poses, and flowing through a series of full sun salutations. Both of these programs will build strength and tone muscle while they improve balance, increase flexibility, aid in relaxation, and allow anyone to begin realizing the positive impact that yoga can have.


No props are needed for these programs aside from a yoga mat though a yoga block may be helpful. As with all “Element” DVDs, this was filmed in a lush, tranquil location overlooking the ocean.


Raised in Hawaii on his family’s yoga ashram, Tamal Dodge began teaching yoga at the age of 16. He is the co-founder of The Yoga Collective, one of the largest yoga studios in the Los Angeles area, and is the owner/director of the Tamal Yoga School, a national yoga certification program. When he is not teaching at his studio or school, Tamal spends much of his time touring the world to share the benefits of yoga with people of all ages. His goal is not only to help people become physically fit but ultimately happier and more fulfilled. A talented composer and musician, Dodge composed the soundtrack and played most of the instruments on the DVD. He works with several celebrities including Cheryl Hines of “Suburgatory”.


Here is a clip from You Tube so you can see for yourself how great it is:


And here are the details for the Yoga Starter Kit from Weight Watchers:


Introducing Weight Watchers® Fitness Kits!

Beverly Hills, CA – Weight Watchers, the world’s leading provider of weight management services, and Anchor Bay Entertainment, a leading provider of fitness videos, are joining forces to make fitness more fun and more accessible to everyone. Three fitness kits will be available in mass merchants and on beginning December 29, 2012. Each kit includes a workout DVD and all the fitness equipment needed along with a 10-week exercise tracker.


“Yoga Starter Kit” is the perfect way for anyone to dip their toes in and see why yoga has become so popular. The modifications shown for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels allow you to start where you are and try new variations as your experience level advances. The kit includes a comfort-sized yoga block and woven cotton strap along with the tracker and DVD. These props assist in stretching, help modify exercises for varying degrees of flexibility and are used to tone muscle. Sara Ivanhoe has been teaching yoga for over 15 years. According to Ivanhoe, “It can be difficult for someone new to fitness to maneuver a full sun salutation, for example, because you’re moving up, down and back up again. I took that out of the equation by making a standing routine and a floor routine, each 30 minutes long. My goal is to get everyone used to the basics first and build from there. Each practice will leave you feeling strong, energized and balanced.”


Awesomesauce! So what do you need to do in order to win?


If you are interested in getting a copy of this DVD & the Yoga Starter Kit (Continental U.S. only please—sorry to my Canadian Peeps!) you need to do the following three things:

  • Post a comment on my Blog below.
  • Sign up for my You Tube channel (if you have not done so already!)
  • Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to @BrooklynFitChik and @AnchorBayEntFit


I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, January 14th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!


Ox Ox,


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Brooklyn Fit Chick Happy New Year 2013! 2012–See Ya!

Brooklyn Fit Chick New Year’s Day 2013 Extravaganza!!!!

Today we celebrate 2013 with a new attitude, new goals, a new favorite word and my new theme songs!

Margo and Sarah

(Me & Mah Boo Working on Our 2013 Goals)

Hello 2013!!

As my friend (and brilliant author) Jennifer Gilmore (Jennifer’s page) said so well today: “Goodbye 2012—don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out!”

Don’t get me wrong—I am not bitter about 2012 but it has been a particularly rough year for my close friends and family. I mean like terrible diseases, hurricanes, robbery, divorce, bankruptcy, multiple surgeries, layoffs and ass hats for clients kind of activity happening in a mere 12 months and would try the patience of Gandhi.

So long 2012—we have had our fun times too and met some super-cool new people but I am more than happy to send you off to a faded memory.

Last night, the biggest party night of the year, I was in bed with a head cold thinking of my New Years resolutions (photo above) and the word I kept coming back to was “finished.” I want to spend 2013 finishing things I have started. Trying that business plan competition one more time until I get the “just right” idea, putting together the standing bike stand so I can ride at home (I bought the damn thing last Christmas!), learning how to properly use my podcast equipment so I can get that out there (two years on my resolutions list) and all of the other things I overlook in my apartment that I know need to get done and yet I turn a blind eye to it.

Enough—it’s time to finish what I started! So that is my word and challenge for 2013. If I knew how to needlepoint I would frame the word “finish” and put it over my desk. (My birthday is March 29th if any of my crafty friends out there need an idea on what to get me!)

In the meantime I am putting it on my wipe board, taking a picture and printing it out. I am going to remind myself every single damn day that when I finish what I start—the accomplishment I feel is incredible.


Now on to the new “theme songs…”

Here are my 2013 theme songs to get me over any personal/professional/family B.S. in the coming months:

“No More Drama” Mary J. Blige: I resolve to fly above the fray when the drama levels cranks up in my life. “No more tears. No more pain. No more drama in my life.” Indeed.

“I Love Myself Today” Bif Naked: If you are not aware of this song or the totally amaze-balls Bif Naked then start off with this song. “I’ve had enough. Spit-shine my soul. I’m gonna get up. And out. And out of control!!” Yup.

“I Don’t Feel Like Dancing” Scissor Sisters: On my darkest days I will make sure to put on this tune and remember that it next-to-impossible to dance and cry at the same time. “So I’ll play along when I hear that special song. I’m gonna be the one who gets right!”

So enough about me—what about YOU? What will your “one word” focus be? What will be your theme songs? Let’s do this whole 2013 thing as a team!

Together we can accomplish anything!

Ox Ox,


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