21 results for 'Stephanie Michele'
Before I induce a Sesame Street flashback or a dirty dialog fantasy, I want everyone to know I am not going to talk about either one of those C words. My C word comes with this alert - Warning: Side effects from discussing this word are sweaty palms, dry mouth, nausea and withdrawal from general activities, may also lead to chronic avoidance syndrome. My C word is commitment. I will be the first to admit, a little fear does creep in when I think about it. I even struggled committing to write this article. Commitment of any kind is not easy, it does not allow you to be lazy or selfish and... (more)
I have spent over 10 years in advertising and marketing. I know all of the tricks and tactics used to entice people to buy products. Advertising is a necessary evil, however it is not a stretch to believe the general population would feel better if they didnâ€™t have television and print ads trying to convince them they need a certain product to look or feel beautiful. You really have to be a savvy consumer to decipher through fact and promotional hype to know what products are best for you. If you are a woman you have to be both savvy and careful that you donâ€™t fall into the trap of rating... (more)
Remember the TV game show, $100,000 Pyramid? On the Pyramid, contestants tried to guess a series of words or phrases, based on descriptions that were given to them. The pyramid of questions was made up of three levels, the easiest level was on the bottom and the most difficult and important level was at the top. Contestants did not win the big prize unless they completed the top level. I am beginning to realize there is a three-leveled pyramid of tasks we have to complete in order to win in the game of life. The tasks associated with bottom level go something like this, â€œBrush teeth, take... (more)
Last night I attended a LA Kings vs. Dallas Stars hockey game. Although I am no stranger to hockey, this was my first time attending an LA King's game in their home arena. I was really looking forward to the game. I moved to Los Angeles after living in Dallas for ten years. I went to all of the playoff games when the Stars won the Stanley cup and considered myself a Star's fan.
I have always loved hockey however, I have to admit my interested faded a bit during the NHL strike. Going into the game, I was not sure who I was going to cheer for - my new home team or my old favorite. I honestly... (more)
I had no idea that Diane was psychic, so I was naturally interesting in hearing more. She went on to say, "A new study suggested that women are 60% more likely to dress sexy when they are ovulating." Wow! I wasn't prepared to hear that. My own wardrobe decisions are usually based on the weather and who I am seeing for the day. Could I subconsciously be making the same decision too? I would not be too surprised if the answer was yes. As a woman, I have experienced and caught myself doing strange things as I have grown older. I have compared notes with my girlfriends who are in my age bracket... (more)
Hi, Iâ€™m Stephanie and I am an enabler. The Merriam-Websterâ€™s Medical Dictionary defines an enabler as, â€œone that enables another to achieve an end; especially one who enables another to persist in self-destructive behavior (as substance abuse) by providing excuses or by helping that individual avoid the consequences of such behavior.â€ It has been a couple of years since I have been a practicing enabler but the saying is true, â€œonce an ________ always an ________.â€ I have caught myself slipping a couple of times. I reached out when I should not have. I believed in words even though... (more)
My car has this great feature it tells me everything I could possibly want to know about my miles per gallon. At least I thought it was a great feature until I reviewed my average speed, it is 23 miles per hour. Considering the amount of highway traveling that I drive, 23 miles per hour communicates one thing, I am stuck in traffic the majority of the time. Slow moving traffic can be frustrating however it does allow you to see things you would not normally see at high speeds. One benefit of slow traffic is you have plenty of time to read bumper stickers and reflect on their meaning. Recently,... (more)
Life is hard. Bad things happen. People get hurt. Everyone has pain. The difference between one person's mental health and another is the way one deals with this pain. Some people pretend they don't have pain and some hold on to it like a badge of honor. And then there are other people who are aware of their pains, are open about them and strive to release them. The ability to release pain is impossible when someone can't see past themselves, where the ego rules all. Under this ruler the ability to release is not found. Release comes from accepting there is a big picture, this is faith. People... (more)
A grande white chocolate mocha from Starbucks cost $3.80. It is my â€œtwo or three times a weekâ€ indulgence but only if I have time to go to the drive-through Starbucks by my house before work in the morning. I mean seriously, if I am going to pay over $3 for a cup of coffee, I certainly should be able to do it from the comforts of my own car, without the hassle of parking, (always a fun task in LA) only to stand in line once you get inside. Of course I understand the social aspects of enjoying your coffee inside but sometimes you just need to get it and go. This morning I experienced something... (more)
Before I step in something created by my favorite little lesbian, let me first say I believe everyone should have the right to choose what works best for them. Be who you would like to be and be happy doing so. Dolly Parton said it best when she said, â€œFind out who you are and then do it on purposeâ€. Notice she did not say, â€œFind out who you are, do it on purpose and then ask for special treatment because of it.â€ I understand people discriminate. No one deserves to be treated poorly for circumstances out of their control however things are getting a bit out of hand when IBM decides... (more)