Be Awesome: Be Yourself

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As a blogger, a professional, and just as a human, I find myself constantly comparing myself to others. It’s a truly nasty habit, and one I’ve been unsuccessfully trying to break most of my life. I need constant reminders.

I’m different, and that’s awesome! I know a lot about Harry Potter, and as a Ravenclaw, I will feel compelled to share that knowledge. I geek out about music. I will talk for twenty minutes in a bar about how Prince’s “When Doves Cry” is an awesomely epic pop song and deserves your respect. I like to listen to smart people talk, especially about how and why they created their art. People who don’t read books are utterly incomprehensible to me. I know the foxtrot, the charleston, the tango, and tae kwon do. None of this is normal, but it’s me, and most days, I love that.

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There’s only one me, and there’s only one you. That’s exactly how it should be. That pressure to fit in never goes away 100%. The nagging thought that you could be more successful if you were just more normal will always be hanging around. I know some people who are fantastically self-actualized. I admire them so much! But I think most of us are still full of insecurities.

Today, let’s be our most awesome selves. Let’s be unapologetically proud of the things we’re in to. If you like to take pictures of the food you cooked, then write about it on the internet, don’t let people’s crazy open-mouthed stares make you hesitate for one second. Be yourself. It’s who you were born to be.

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The more days we can spend being in love with life, the better life is for everyone. That happiness extends beyond our known reach. Be yourself. Critics be damned. You are awesome!

Sweet Soaps from Suds n Cash

Soaps from Suds n Cash

I know so many brilliantly creative people. I love it when they turn their creativity into something that can help them feed their families. Getting paid to do the thing you love is supremely awesome. 

I recently discovered that one of my co-workers at my new job makes her own handmade soaps out of natural ingredients like goat milk and shea butter. She has all sorts of yummy flavors including lime cupcake and amaretto. The goat milk soap looks so rich and buttery my husband almost ate it thinking it was white chocolate. Maybe you can’t eat candy in the shower, but you can make your shower smell like candy, and that’s pretty great.

You can even buy soaps with cash hidden inside. That sounds like a pretty awesome surprise to me. Imagine enjoying a nice hot bath, then next thing you know, you’re holding a $50 bill. Don’t worry, it’ll dry.

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You can find her handcrafted soaps, bodyscrubs, and lotions on Facebook or at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet. If you find yourself out there, make sure you stop and give these soaps a sniff. If you don’t live on Oahu, you can buy them straight off of Facebook or at her Etsy store.

I am a total sucker for handmade, yummy smelling soaps. It’s a great little bit of indulgence for a very small price. Being able to support a friend’s growing business makes the whole thing even sweeter. 

Disclaimer: I received two sample soaps to try. Telling you about them was my own idea.

Awesome in October

October passed in a flash. Between both of us being sick and working lots of extra hours, we hardly had time for any fun. Things are growing and getting better, and good things are happening, even amongst all the exhaustion. Let’s check out a few of the awesome things we managed to squeeze in.

Awesomest anxiety attack

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We escaped a hot late October afternoon by taking refuge in the movie theatre. We saw Captain Phillips and it was worth every penny we spent on tickets and popcorn. Tom Hanks was extraordinary, as expected, but so was Barkhad Abdi. I swear I’ve seen him in something else, but his IMDB is clean. The kid was phenomenal. I love that the movie respected my intelligence enough to show both sides of the story. I was also amazed at just how intensely suspenseful it was, even though I knew how it was going to end. Definitely check it out.

Awesomest thing to eat too much of

Photo from Sally's Baking Addiction
Photo from Sally’s Baking Addiction

I first spotted this Cinnamon Swirl Chocolate Chip Bread from Sally’s Baking Addiction on Instagram, and I instantly wanted a piece, followed by about five more. I imagined a tall glass of cold milk waiting for me as I burned my fingers on this lovely bread that was still just a touch too warm. I could almost feel the chocolate melting and the slight crunch from the cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. The dreamy smell wafting through my house as this bakes up, golden and fluffy and perfect. I cannot wait to try this recipe.

Awesomest thirty seconds in heaven

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I made it to the mall this month and remembered to show them my rewards card for a free piece of chocolate. Have you guys gotten one of these yet? It’s totally free to sign up for their Godiva Rewards Club. Dudes, you get a free piece of chocolate every month! For nothing! I can’t really afford to buy Godiva chocolate, so I don’t take advantage of the other aspects of the rewards club, but I love it when I remember to use my card for that freebie. Especially when I’m all alone, and I don’t have to share. 

Things you thought were awesome

You loved the dreamy indulgence of Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake. I think my boss and our board president might have devoured the last of it out of the pan with two forks. They know what’s up.

You love super fast and super delicious side dishes of the crispy potato variety. Parmesan Fried Gnocchi was the number two post. Ten minutes from opening the package to food in your face. Love!

And finally, the kids went crazy for Pumpkin Scones this month. It’s off the charts because it’s that good. Don’t miss out!

One more night of Halloween shenanigans, then this month is outta here! I can’t wait for November!

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