After a super busy December, I managed to catch a virus at Christmas that really knocked the wind out of me until the second week of January. Not a great way to enter a new year, but what can you do? Then in Toronto, we got hit with snowstorm upon snowstorm and after shoveling snow for a few days, that darn virus returned. I suppose it was my body’s way of saying “slow down”.
January always brings with it, at least for me anyway, the urgency to re-establish goals and my goal again this year is to get in better physical (and mental) shape. To that end, I am trying to eat good quality foods, start with gentle exercise and get enough sleep. I’m also trying to flag negative thinking once it rears its ugly head in my brain and swoosh it out quickly!
I wanted to share what’s caught my attention recently. Here’s What I’m Crushing On for February 22, 2019.
Recently, I’ve been adding Sproos Grass-Fed Collagen to my daily Rooibos tea. I injured my knee a few years ago and it never felt as strong as it was prior to the injury. I read that collagen food supplements helped not only with skin and gut health, but to build joint cartilage and reduce inflammation. Since trying Sproos, I notice my knee doesn’t creak like it did before. I have noticed other benefits including smoother skin. My nails have always been strong so I can’t tell whether the collagen supplement has helped.
I love a good autobiography and Michelle Obama‘s Becoming is one of the best I’ve read. Many of us have an image of the First Lady as a classy, intelligent partner to the 44th president of the United States. This memoir, however, reveals an incredibly determined and focused woman who, with the encouragement of her family, pursued excellence as early as elementary school to the revered classrooms of Princeton and Harvard and later at an elite Chicago law firm. Even more interesting is the fact that she gave up her prestigious law career and took a huge salary cut to pursue community work that felt more in line with her values. Ms. Obama writes with endearing honesty and warmth in the course of sharing her memories of childhood, university years and marriage to Barack Obama. For instance, she reveals that her high school guidance counselor told her that she was “not Princeton material”. She describes the challenges of living in the White House, where windows had to be secured at all times for security reasons and shares her feelings about the backlash to a comment she made in a speech while campaigning for her husband. Michelle Obama is a stellar role model for women and men alike and I highly recommend her autobiography.
I finished watching Season 2 of The Crown and loved it. Claire Foy in the title role is astounding. I’ll really miss seeing her in the upcoming Season 3 as both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip will be played by older actors. I’m looking for more Netflix recommendations. Do you have a favourite? Please let me know in the comments section.
I’m loving Strivectin Multi-Action Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask. I look like a member of the Blue Man Group when I have it on, but it is one of the easiest masks to apply and the results are immediate. I have sensitive skin with blotches of rosacea on my cheeks. After wearing the mask for 10 minutes, my skin is calmer and more even toned, as well as super smooth. I also love walking around with a blue face.