Odds and Ends

Since I just wanted to share things, but didn’t have a specific topic in mind today I looked up synonyms for smorgasbord. Low and behold, there was “odds and ends,”  right along with accumulation, potpourri, and mishmash.
Odds & Ends was the name of the first salon where I worked in New York, in 1976. Here it is almost 40 years later.

DrewAnthonySmith, AAS

DrewAnthonySmith, AAS

1)  It is raining again as I write, and it makes me think of Tina Turner’s song, “I can’t stand the rain against my window.”
As most of you know, Texas has been hard hit by rain, floods, and tornadoes. It’s been a year for freakish weather down here.
Our drought ended…and we joked that it would take a flood to break it…but never imagined widespread losses of this magnitude. Shoal Creek flooded downtown Austin again, a reminder of the 1981 Memorial Day flood, and  Wimberley and Blanco – sweet little riverfront towns nearby – suffered terribly. Thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by these events.

2)  As if I haven’t had enough change lately, here’s a great idea from Anna Bjurstam, VP of Six Senses Spa:
“Do the opposite of your normal routine. Research shows that breaking a habit is incredibly healthy. It doesn’t need to be a life-changing habit, just a small one like trying something new to eat or taking a different road to the store. The result of a group of people who introduced a new habit every day for three months was that they became happier and less stressed, and even lost weight!”

3)  If you don’t know who she is, you should: Danielle LaPorte is a bestselling Canadian author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and all-around kick-ass Goddess. Her “sermons on life, love, consciousness, and desire,” have been super-inspirational to me. She just developed The #Truthbomb App for IOS and ANDROID. It is everything I hoped it would be, and I am sure you will love it. Go here:  www.daniellelaporte.com

Empathy Cards

Empathy Cards

4)  Pure Genius –  So glad someone finally thought of this: Emily McDowell has a line of Empathy Cards for serious illness. Most of us struggle to find the right words when a friend has cancer, or chronic illness, or mental illness. Sometimes, since we don’t know what to say or how to say it, we don’t say anything at all…which can leave a friend or loved one feeling alone. Her cards are beautiful. Visit her website here:  www.emilymcdowell.com

5)  I just found out today that all Yoga Yoga Studios give a 20%  discount to students who are 60 or older when they buy a class card. Just one more benefit of exercising – you can save money doing it!

Thank you all for reading, I am truly grateful!
XO Donna


P.S. – I am not reimbursed in any way for directing you to these websites.  I wish!



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