Bedroom July 30 2012
YOUR PASSIONATE SELF ::: Brenda Moguez
About ten years ago, I woke up feeling as if I had lost my shimmer. I was on the wrong side of the scale and looking less like me, and more like the Pillsbury Dough Boy, which the gynecologist pointed out at my annual exam. She wasn’t saying anything I didn’t know but her words shattered what was left of my esteem and cracked me open. I left my feelings on the floor of the exam room, hauled my battered ego out into the sunshine hoping for a respite from the nothingness growing unchecked within me.
I just made it to my car when the deluge of tears broke the damn built around my fragile self. How long had it been since I had cried?
About Brenda: She foolishly said,”I do” to a Brit, packed up what she couldn’t sell into a couple duffle bags and headed across the Atlantic. She found a sister in Dorothy, and thought London similar to OZ. Her larger than life-life, left her feeling anxious and elated, empowered and afraid, mostly she felt topsy turvy. To combat the extreme emotions that sweep through her body at least hourly, if not every other minute, she took to writing lengthy letters home on sheets of blue Par Avion paper. After running out of factoids to report, she took to making up stories. It was in the writing where she glimpsed an unknown dream. Much later, after catching a balloon ride back to the states, and settling into yet another chapter of her life, she realized she missed having a reason to write stories. She bought a journal, filled it, another, and another, and finally, she took up writing as a fulltime passion. She is currently shopping her first novel, and has started working on the second. She suggests if you are tinkering with the idea of writing to always—no matter what anyone says— trust in your voice. Follow Brenda on Twitter.
STAY HAPPY! HOW WE MIRROR MOODS ::: The Champagne Diaries
Did you ever wake up, feeling rested and relaxed, ready to take on the world, and then BAM. You see your overly dramatic co-worker, who starts ranting about how stressed out she is, or the “energy vampire” in your life calls (you know the one I’m talking about) and you regret ever answering the phone. You suddenly feel exhausted, irritated, and downright miserable. You’ve just been mood-bombed.
Now let’s flip the script.
About Cara: Cara Alwill Leyba is a writer, lifestylist and certified wellness coach from NYC who empowers women to live their most effervescent lives and celebrate themselves. She encourages women to indulge in the things that make them happy, and swears that every woman can live a “Champagne life,” no matter how busy she is or how tight her budget.
Her blog, The Champagne Diaries, boasts a dedicated following of thousands of loyal readers and has been featured in Glamour, Shape, Cafe Mom, Daily Mail UK, MSN Australia, AOL UK Lifestyle, and a host of other publications worldwide.
Cara is currently working on her first book based on the popularity and extensive feedback from fans of her blog. She also regularly appears on the “Ask Dr. Fritz” radio show on WWRL New York, where she helps host Dr. Fritz answer questions from callers about love, career, family, relationships and more. Cara’s writing has also appeared in xoJane and Mind Body Green.
When she’s not popping bubbly and penning her Champagne diaries, Cara spends her days leading a digital advertising team at MTV Networks. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and dog-child.
REDRESS::: Donuts, Dresses and Dirt
The unexpected arrival of my 3rd child – 12 years after my 2nd – brought some major changes to my figure, my wardrobe and my lifestyle. And made me realize just how much I was using my clothing as a means to define me. Starting over again forced me to come to terms with the “new-old” mom that I now was. And it was revelatory, to say the least.
About Sheri: Hello! I’m Sheri Silver – I’m a mom of 3 – ages 21, 16 and 3 (yes, you read correctly!). I own my own landscape design firm and write the blog Donuts, Dresses and Dirt. While there is much gardening content on my blog, it is also the place where I give voice to my other passions – cooking and baking, parenting, and my adventures in and around NYC with my 3 amazing kids!
DESPERATELY SEEKING WESTERN EYES – ONE ASIAN’S STORY ::: Bicultural Mama
Many Asians seek eyes with “double-lined” lids, a trait viewed as ideal that is found in Westerners. Some Asians even undergo surgery to “correct” their Asian eyes. Maria Adcock of BiculturalMama.com shares her own story as a Chinese-American teen growing up in the Midwest and how motherhood changed her perceptions of self-worth.
About Maria: I am a 1st generation Chinese-American married to an All-American guy from Long Island. Shedding my corporate marketing days to spend more time with my toddler and to pursue a writing career, I am on a journey to provide a bicultural mom’s perspective on all things related to parenting, culture, and society.