Inside Out

I believe beauty starts on the inside.  Taking care of myself is very important to me and I know you eventually see the benefits on the outside.  Not only do I exercise, drink plenty of water and sleep well, I practice meditation and sometimes cleanse by body.  I know it seems a bit much, but with everything we put our bodies I find it to be a meaningful exercise.  The benefits of cleansing can be found on several sites, but here are some that I found to be helpful,  Dr. Oz and Ezine Articles.

A year ago, I started focusing on my skin and wash my face every night and morning and pay close attention to wearing sunscreen.  I’ve always worked out a couple day’s a week and would try to squeeze in a walk here an there, but something switched in me and I decided it was time to go for it and in October I started working out 5 days a week and on the other days make sure to get a walk in.  It’s been 9 months and am hooked.

The more you work on your body the better you eat!  I’m happy with what I’m eating but am ready to detox my body.  It is hard, but I really want to do it.  I love the mental challenge and interested to see what happens with my body.

I don’t normally share photos of my body, but for this purpose, I think it’s helpful to see the before and after photos.  I’ll journal and post my process of the next 5 days of my Juice Cleanse.  Oh and I know, I’m skinny and I don’t need to loose weight, that’s not what this is about.  It’s more about the benefits of the cleanse and it just so happens that loosing weight is a side affect, but for me I’m going to continue working out and having SO many veggies that I’ll be getting everything I need!  ~XX

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Marilyn Monroe and her last photoshoot by Bert Stern

Marilyn Monroe a name that stands still in time.  Mostly known for being a bombshell, loose canon and misunderstood.  On the outside Ms. Monroe was so breathtakingly beautiful and knew how to pose for the camera.  I find her ability to transform herself to be so intriguing, powerful and sad.  Marilyn was so ahead of her time with her posing, positioning herself in a man’s world and her confidant ability to wear what she wanted.  For these reasons I admire her, yet when I see her look like she is suffering I am reminded that holding it together is hard.  Posing and dressing came very easy for her, but she couldn’t always hide the ‘other’ side of who Marilyn was. . . a tortured soul.  I’m not sure why our culture wants to only see woman as being ‘perfect’.  Why do we only want to accept and only see the good side of people, how about the gray or even fragile side?  Until we can truly open our minds about what makes up an icon~ and it’s not all pretty, but that is what makes people real, then it’s just all a facade, but haven’t we grown as a culture..at all?  Under all our great clothes and beauty sometime we expose our raw soul.
A beautiful haunting photo of Marilyn Monroe from her last photoshoot by Bert Stern
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photo credit: pinterest
The first image is one of the last images taken of Marilyn, but the second photo is how we’ll always remember her.  Either way we must honor all of her, as being fun, fashionable, beautiful, sexy and tortured.  Sadly she was both, but that is what made her Marilyn Monroe.