Work style. Worn sometime this winter… Outfit Architecture: Bow blouse & waist cinching belt, Forever 21. Striped long sleeve top, H&M. Wide Legged trousers, Victoria’s Secret. Lipstick: Revlon Raisin Rage.
This evening I was running errands, buying groceries, taking out our three week accumulation of recycling which had been crowding our severely overloaded utility closet–we’re talking OVERFLOWING here, to the point of using extra bags and containers to hold the overflow… And while I was listening to the Sunday evening broadcast of All Things Considered on National Public Radio, I heard several story snippets of beautiful, moving fiction. After the excerpts were read, they revealed they were part of a project NPR is running called Three Minute Fiction, and it gave me an idea to try something similar with some of my short stories. In particular, my favorite short story, “Constantine”. I don’t want to paste any of my stories online, because, well, I think I’m a pretty good writer (or I was when I was actively writing stories), and I fall victim to paranoia of stolen fiction, stolen words…
How brilliant is that, though? Three Minute Fiction.
It’s Flash Fiction, but for the ears, not for the eyes. Moving, entertaining, humorous, insightful, these little are gems of amazing writing, just long enough to bring us to tears, terror or trilling laughter during a stop at a red light. Immediate access to culture, to mind bogglingly good writing, several stories at a time, just in the course of a normal 10 minute drive! I love the idea of it.
I’m not big on pod casting. I tried a few Audblogs or verbal blog posts on my personal site a few years ago, and it was well received. Pod casting… that takes work. But a flash fiction here and there, I think, would be really, really cool. It would break up the monotony of beauty, style, and fashion stories, or perhaps give it a more fun spin.
I’ve been drinking a lot of tea lately. Peppermint tea, Bed Time tea (Chamomile + Peppermint + other herbs). In addition to non-caffeinated teas, I’ve been pounding water. One warm cup with Airborne in it in the morning before I leave for work. 20 oz along with my coffee during the morning period before I leave for lunch around 2PM, and 20 more ounces between coming back from lunch and by the time I go home around 6PM. By the time I get home, I have consumed about 6-7 glasses of water, depending on how thirsty I am at work. Then when I’m home, I have a mug or two of tea before I go to bed around 1AM… I realized, all this water must be the reason my skin has been looking a lot more nourished, smooth and luminous!
I also took a look at the nutritional content of my Airborne and daily multivitamins, and there is an abundance of Vitamins A (wrinkles, skin tone, acne), C (skin tone, complexion, brightening), and E (firmness, wrinkles), as well as all the other beneficial vitamins and minerals. A couple of wonderful bloggers commented on how wonderful my skin looks lately, and I didn’t think anything was different, because I hadn’t been eating any differently, nor had I changed my makeup much. But I realized that all the water I’ve been drinking, in combination with my vitamin regimen, has really affected the quality of my skin!
If I don’t have the right amount of water or tea in the day (tea also contains anti-aging antioxidants that help keep you hydrated and healthy), I feel off balance, slightly off kilter. There could be such a thing as too much of a good thing, but I keep in mind that whatever my body doesn’t need, it expels. I never try to drown my body by drinking more than 7-8 glasses of water and tea, and I found that after awhile, the frequency of having to evacuate my bladder dramatically decreases, as if the body acclimates to the intake of fluids pretty well. No, that’s exactly what it is.
I’ve been trying to stay properly hydrated for over two months now.
I’ve said it before, I’m not big on resolutions… I’m always trying to make new goals for myself as I go along. And this is one that has stuck.
Maybe that’s not what it is, but my skin looks great and I feel better now than I have in a long time. So I’m just going to keep doing this.
Do you have any recommendations for looking glowy and luminous and healthy?
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