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DE-STRESS: Bruckner, Van Gogh, Merlot, Face-mask and Lipstick


I’m sitting here in my room, listening to Bruckner’s 7th symphony with my favorite face mask on, while sipping an Argentinian Merlot in my new lipstick from Milani. I am painting a copy of a Van Gogh gothic chapel. Life is good. Well….mostly good. I am de-stressing from a day at the hospital—don’t worry, it wasn’t an emergency… (a pesky heart issue) However, I always have to de-stress from hospital days (of which I have many). Here are my tips for rejuvenation after an exhausting day of work/sickness/traveling…you name it.


Tip # 1: Either shower, or if you have the time, take a bath with some nice essential oils, and a candle or two. Slap on your favorite face mask.

Tip # 2: Change into loose, comfortable, warm clothes. Anything restrictive can aggravate your body, so loose is key.

Tip # 3: Do some simple stretches. I recommend Tara Stile’s yoga clips on YouTube—some of them are 4 mins long, and very easy and gentle. Your body will thank you. I’m doing the 30-Day Yoga Challenge, and here is day five:

Tip # 4: First drink 2 big glasses of water. Then mix yourself a cocktail, or pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine.


Tip # 5: Dim the lights (especially overhead lights). Too much light can give you a headache, and will stress you out.

Tip # 6: Turn on some classical music. There is nothing like a Chopin nocturne to melt away woes.

Tip # 7: Enter favorite blog, book, movie, activity… I’m watching “Call the Midwife.”–it’s soooo good!

Tip # 8: SLEEP.





30-Day Yoga Challenge: Day 1

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Since I have been going through some health…difficulties, I am as out of shape as an 80-year-old in a nursing home. I was on bed rest for about 3 months (due to a heart issue), and now that I have been given the “all clear,” I need to get back into shape ASAP.

I found some pictures of 80-year-olds doing yoga to give me inspiration and hope… 😉



One of my best friends told me about this 30-day yoga challenge on YouTube, and I have to decided to challenge myself, and all of you, to do it!!

All the videos are 20 mins or under, so it’s not a huge time commitment.

Here is the first video:

Comment below if you decide to join me in this challenge!!