Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Beautifully Flawed....

In 2006, Dove released a YouTube video, Dove - Evolution. This video showed how the model's looks, after hair and makeup, were stripped through digital technology. Her neck elongated. Her lips, eyes and eyebrow shapes were changed. Her hair was changed to give it a fuller look. 

For all the girls that wish they looked like a model.... please know most of the women in beauty ads have been digitally enhanced to create an illusion of true beauty. For some girls, even when they realize this, still opt for beauty by Botox or by surgery. Others don't feel as though they will ever measure up and fall deep in despair. 

True beauty comes from within.  You know this because you have heard it a million times. Most of us have a thing or two we would like to change about our physical appearance. But we don't need to.  If more girls/women realized just how special they were, they would not tear down each other or themselves. I was so shocked to hear a friend of my niece, who is just 13 years old, talk negatively about herself. We should complement each other and ourselves. When this happens consistently, the world will see more people standing tall and walking confidently down the streets. 

We all are beautifully flawed. This is what makes us unique.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

I Am's and Affirmations

When I was in sixth or seventh grade, I remember having a difficult time believing in myself. Being the only girl and the middle child seemed to make life more challenging for me. Little did I know....kids had it easier than adults.

My mother encouraged me to look in the mirror and say I am's or affirmations every morning before I went to school. I am not sure if it was the mantras or digging deep and working diligently to be a better student, but it worked. There were some flash backs as I watched  Carolyn Burnham, in American Beauty, recite her mantra over and over when preparing for an open house.

Dina Overland wrote about two things to do in the shower to make us happier. Take a look as the story here.  Maybe it will help someone out there that needs it.  The world can always be a better place. Let's start with ourselves.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Hello November!

Today is the first day of November. 61 Days until the New Year, 55 days until Christmas, 22 days until Thanksgiving! Which one are you looking forward to the most? 

If you like to plan things and get your year started off right, I have something that may help you get started!

Home Printables organizational prints from is giving away a 2019 planner. Of course there are others to choose from. You can subscribe to receive emails from them. Well worth it. Take a look. You might find something else you like on her page!

PS: I am not receiving any compensation for posting this information here. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween 2018

If you enjoy Halloween, but are into the cutesy side and not the dark, scary, spooky side like me, then you may like some free printable pictures from Shiningmom.com. She is one of the go to places I get printable from.

I encourage you to check her page out. She is very talented. She does charge for some of her work. It is not an exorbitant amount. Well worth it!

I hope you have a spooktacular day!!
P.S. I do NOT receive any compensation from Shiningmom.com for sharing her website.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Been a long year...

I realized that I have not posted anything since I started this blog. Good intentions though. Life has a funny way of continuously moving us into directions we either shouldn't or are better or are just stopping points until we get to where we need to be.

Having had some hiccups along the way this year, I have been trying different methods to keep me on track. I won't bore you with them at this time. I am working on two different ones right now to see which keeps me on track the best. Writing things down is not always helpful, unless I am grocery shopping. Then the list does keep me on track better.

Having had a couple of mini strokes this past year has proven life is even more challenging. There are good days when I seem like I have it together better. There are days I don't. I go in spurts of full of energy to have very little. Don't get me wrong, I grateful to be here. Even more so for spell check! (that gives the illusion that my brain is still wired correctly). 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Welcome 2018!! A New Year!

Well....this is the first blog post. Not sure how this will all go...so...here it is anyway.

Well…2018 is finally here. 2017 brought about a few changes for the Rause household. Started off with Craig retiring from the Air Force after 26 years of service. In the spring, Craig started working for the American Red Cross. August brought Hurricane Harvey, followed by his calamitous sister, Irma. This kept Craig and fellow red cross members and volunteers extremely busy for several months. I guess the powers that be didn’t think we had enough going on, so they threw a few more curve-balls our way. Mid-September, I broke my ankle. A week later, I had a small stroke. The two are completely un-related. I was extremely fortunate to get tPA (from: http://www.stroke.org/we-can-help/survivors/just-experienced-stroke/stroke-treatments - The only FDA approved treatment for ischemic strokes is tissue plasminogen activator {tPA, also known as IV rtPA, given through an IV in the arm}. tPA works by dissolving the clot and improving blood flow to the part of the brain being deprived of blood flow.) with in the shortest amount of time when it happened. Such a surreal experience, being aware of everything going on around you and not being able to respond verbally or physically! A month or so of occupational and speech therapy helped as well. Still a work in progress on when my brain needs to rest. While I was recuperating from that, Craig was offered and accepted a Disaster Program Manager position in Waco. So, we put our home on the market in November. Right as that was taking place, Craig responded to the Sutherland Springs shooting which kept him busy for almost two weeks.  Our home sold in about a week and we closed on it the end of December. Sad to sell it with all the work we put in to it. Literally, blood, sweat and tears! We moved to Waco mid-December and are still trying to get settled. Christmas eve marked 90 days since the stroke….so only 9 more months, some daily changes, and the risk of another stroke should drop even more!

We are so glad to have 2017, especially the 3rd quarter, behind us. We are embarking on a new year and can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for us! Life is always an adventure. Sometimes those curve-balls can knock you down pretty good. It doesn’t matter how long it takes…as long as you ALWAYS get back up! Happy New Year my friends!

Beautifully Flawed....

In 2006, Dove released a YouTube video,  Dove - Evolution . This video showed how the model's looks, after hair and makeup, were stri...