Happy Friday, everyone. It’s week one of the Olympics, and I’m keeping up a little, but not obsessed, if only because I’m training for my own sort of olympic feat to begin next year. Probably around St. Patrick’s day. Or April Fool’s day. We’ll see.
Which brings me to item one on Friday 5, total heart & soul for me….
I launched a new website this week, rubythroatjournal.com.
Because I’ve decided to hike the Appalachian Trail next year.
WTF? It’s a dream I’ve buried for a while and recently decided to exhume. Ruby Throat Journal is my journal of preparation and execution and, hopefully, inspiration for anyone who longs to do something epic but is totally freaked out by the thought that they don’t have the moxie to make it happen.
I’m freaked out. But I’m sharing the journey nevertheless. Wherever that takes us. I hope you’ll tag along at rubythroatjournal.com and maybe start contemplating your own epic episode, whatever that is for you.
2. Eye candy.
I’m loving the Stellar app and the stories people are bringing to this longer form of social media. Here are some of my faves this week. (All images belong to the creator on Steller.)
Turtle Tuesday…so cute.
How to Make a Photo Essay…in case you’re ready to make your own.
I could go on and on with the Steller links. Best if you tool over there and fall into the black hole yourself, though.
3. Olympic magic.
Last week I was impressed by the 41 year old gymnast and the equestrian grandma. This week I’m totes blown away that Kristin Armstrong won a gold medal in cycling just two days before her 43rd birthday.
“I think that for so long we’ve been told that we should be finished at a certain age. And I think that there’s a lot of athletes out there that are actually showing that that’s not true.
“For all the moms out there, I hope that this was a very inspiring day.”
Inspiring because her five-year old son was there to ask her why she was crying (for joy).
Inspiring because she works a “regular” job.
Inspiring because she refused to believe the conventional wisdom that said she should hang up her toe clips and go bake some cookies for her son’s kindergarten bake sale fund-raiser.
I’m raising a chocolate chip cookie to you, Kristin Armstrong. Keep blazing trails for the rest of us, you badass, you!
4. Lymphatic detox.
Quite a few years ago, as a Physical Therapist, I learned how to help women with lymphedema. It was mostly reserved for women with breast cancer.
New information has come to light about lymphatic health, and it’s something everyone should be aware of because of it’s importance in immune system function and in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.
Here to educate and enlighten us on the topic is Dr. John Douillard.
He’s offering a free 4 day video series on lymphatic detoxification. This is a great series, and I’m excited to implement some of the principles he’s promoting
5. Food on your face.
Today I whipped up a batch of homemade facial wash.
It’s super easy to make, totally customizable and free of all the scary chemicals we’ve come to expect in our skin care products.
It’s like putting food on your face. If you know you can eat it, you know it’s going to make you glow.
Here’s my recipe.
Make sure your oils are the highest possible, food grade oils. Here’s information on the ones I love and use.