My daughter’s been doing this thing lately. She looks me intently in the eye, sometimes holds my face in her tiny hands, but often and sincerely asks, “Mommy, are you happy?” Sometimes the answer is simple and direct. “Yes, honey. I’m very happy.” Other times, and probably too often, I don’t know what to tell her.
I’m not one for resolutions. Two years ago, I shared how I was breaking away from the 365-day deadline and opting for more of a long-term perspective. And I still stand by that. But I can see the appeal in setting short-term goals that build towards the proverbial bigger picture. To help shed light on making resolutions that stick, here’s Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist. Read on for her expertise.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means many retailers and designers are participating by donating proceeds from certain items in support of the cause. This disease affects entirely too many men and women to let it pass without showing support, even in some small way. If you’d like to contribute or get involved, there are many ways to do so, which you can find here. But you can also do some good while you shop. Here’s a roundup of items you can purchase in support of Breast Cancer Awareness this month.
A few months ago, after years of on-and-off yoga classes, I realized I needed a break in my day to, not only get some exercise, but also clear my head and find some inspiration. I then came across a YouTube channel called Yoga with Adriene and it’s been a daily practice since, something I’ve hardly ever been able to maintain before. From it, I realized there are quite a few simple but essential life lessons emerging from the mat. Here’s what I’ve learned from my daily practice.
Saturday afternoon found me reminiscing on the blur that was my early twenties: I hunted for parking around South Beach for about twenty minutes, touched up my makeup in the car, and stood in line on Washington Avenue to get into the hottest party. This time, however, it was the Vixen Workout that was holding a line to rival that of any tourist trap on the beach. And the twerking was in full force, as expected. My early twenties may be a distant memory, but I was able to channel all my cheer/dance/club girl days to get through one of the most intense workouts I’ve had in a while. Read on for tips on how to survive your first Vixen experience.
“Our skin is a direct reflection of what we put into our bodies. What we eat, what we drink, everything we consume shows up on the surface,” explains Alberto, founder of Relax Spa and my esthetician for the day, as he describes the way in which the JetPeel Hydra-Infusion facial works from deep within the skin to remove impurities and provide rejuvenating results on the surface. He likens it to pressure-cleaning for your face and I nod emphatically, immediately regretting my breakfast burrito and wondering how deep he’s going to have to dig to eliminate months of speed-mom drive-thru breakfasts.
My recent obsession with Couptessa led me to one of my favorite new health & beauty spots last Saturday. I’ve been hoarding little discount coupons for a couple of months now, so I decided to finally dust one off and check out Iron Flower Fitness, a recent addition to the Wynwood area, nestled at the corner of 73rd and Biscayne.
I was drawn in by the $25 mani/pedi deal but was really taken by the concept – the quirky (and really chic) spot offers beauty essentials such as facials, massages, manicure and pedicure services, and waxing along with an active curriculum that’s anything but standard – Hot Seat and Cheer Fit are at the top of my personal list. Check out their full list of classes here. (Added perk – free gated parking included.) Here’s to getting creative with those resolutions!