Monday, July 7, 2008

Tea and Toast

Last week I conjured up a single workout day. The rest of the time I was either too busy or unmotivated. Today is a new day starting a new work week and I’m focused. The key for me is to remain focused. Sometimes I get too dependent on the fact that I’m a pretty fly mama already. Lol. I forget I need to MAINTAIN this physical flyness. Especially as my body changes and reacts differently with age. Over the last few weeks I've seen improvement in the middle area. I want to keep that up as well as get my arms leaner. The middle area is usually the first to go. No complaints there!

I started this morning with some deep breaths and appreciated the fact that I had no neck or back pain. For me that means no stress. For the last few years I’ve noticed my stress shows up in neck and back in the form of pain and muscle tension. Today I’m free of that and its confirmation that my mind is at ease.

I’m committing myself to focus on my breathing again. And I may as well add some stretching in with that. I’m now afforded the time each morning to have at least 30 minutes to myself. That is assuming I’m to bed at a decent hour. But when I awake it will be MY time to BREATH.

These summer mornings have reduced my appetite. In the winter I look forward to turning on the stove and making a wholesome breakfast. Now it’s so hot that my hunger does cry out for wheat pancakes, eggs and morning star sausage. Tea and toast are enough to waken my digestive system. However by the time I get to work my stomach is literally calling out for food. I think it just said “feed me Seymour!”

My hair is certainly growing. Now I’m beginning to wonder how much longer I can take it. I tend to fantasize about cutting my hair around the time my hair gets past 4 or 5 inches. I’m past that mark and still enjoying growing my hair but feeling a bit stifled creatively when it comes to how I style my hair from day to day. While at work I don’t want to draw TOO MUCH attention to my crown with large afros. And I tend to keep it pretty tame (based on my own tastes) since I

despise going into conversations about how my hair does that “cool” thing without hair spray with my coworkers. Also I’ve chosen not to wear my head wrap since being promoted because it does not fit into the professional image I wish to display at this time. So I’ve limited myself to mostly shrunken fros, stretched puffs and the occasional twist styles. Twist styles take more time and effort than I’d like to exert right now. What I’d really like is a fly cornrow style. Something that can easily translate to the professional setting but still gives me the creative outlet with my hair. Now, if I could just find someone I trust to style my hair for me...

This summer I want to continue to get out of the apartment as much as possible. My little one loves it. He’s always asking “mama what are we going to do today?” During the week he’s occupied by his summer program. So I know he gets plenty of activity then. So most of those evenings we come home, have dinner and maybe hang out in the yard a little bit. But on the weekends I have no excuse. Out of the 24 hours in a day I know I can spend some of it out in that sunshine. Besides, I love the chocolate glow my skin gets with a lil UV radiation. Lol. Which reminds me, we need to pick up some sun block. This shea butter only provides so much UV protection, and I’m no fan of melanoma.

Creatively I've been sew busy. I finished the shirts for my sis, mom and another young lady at the church. My older sis and the other young lady have actually performed with the blouses on. The following is a picture of my sis after her praise dance. She did SOOO good! Had me in tears.

In the next photo you'll see my younger sis, myself and older sis again. The dress I'm wearing looked a little different when I bought it (yet another thrifty find). The neckline is LOWer than I'm comfy with so I sewed a panel across the front with a stretchy cream fabric. Now I can wear the dress as is and not have to layer another tank underneath. Cool huh?

I had this idea for a shirt and just went with it. The following is the result. I still have some work to do in order to make it look more "professional". So far it's looking much how I envisioned it. And I just adore the color purple!

Finally I refashioned an already cute (at least I think so) vest into a more trendy one. I figured if it didn't turn out quite right at least I only paid a couple of dollars for it at the thrift store. But it turned out super cute. I only have the before picture right now. The after will follow soon.


fly tie said...

i relate to so much of what you wrote...carrying stress in back (and left shoulder foe me), urge to cut hair, and the LOUDLY growling stomach, ha ha ha! man! my stomach does not play around when it comes to making noise.

you look fabulous and *sew* do all your creations and thrifty finds. and i do agree: you're already prety fly! :-D but i do feel what you're saying about the need/desire to maintain. i've goota get myself together on that end as well.

TruEssence said...

Love the thrift store find and what you did creatively to it! You are looking great! I love your dedication to keeping your body fit! Your sister looks beautiful in the outfit you created for her.I can see the love in the pic with you are your sisters!:)

Breath of Light said...

Thank you ladies!
fly tie, you and I are right >>here<< lol.
truessence, I'm such a thirft store lover!

narcissaqtpie said...

gawsssssh I could have written much of this - 'cept for the cutting of the hair - lol! yes, my stomach and morning meetings DO NOT MIX! & I was almost "hating" because you're so FLY, (that bathroom pic!) but I gotta give props-lol!

PS: I am crocheting because of you.

Naturally Sophia said...

Very fly indeed! I like the belted look and the purple shirt especially. Vests look good on your shape.

Sis looks like a mini you.

I love the thrift store too especially the good will in an affluent area.

Anonymous said...

You look great and your sense of style of off the hook!


Mista Jaycee said...

Enjoyed the post and I'm gonna stop by often. Come by my blog and check out the interview I did with Ananda Kiamsha Leeke about yoga and poet and all the good stuff.

Muze said...

wow. you are soooo talented! i wish i could sew like hat, i'd never buy clothes! lol.

your hair is looking flyy as well, and it certainly is growing.

overall, you have a general flyyness that can't be messed with. keep it up lady.

hope all is well. *smiles*