We don't all have a Jillian Michaels or Jackie Warner yelling over our shoulders when we are feeling slumpy during our workout routines, but as the basketball player Marvin Phillips once said, "The difference between try and triumph is a little umph." For those times when you feel like falling into child's pose instead of eking out another five push-ups or hitting that down arrow on the treadmill, just remember that you can meet your goal if you just add a little oomph.
"I believe it is important to have a home that is warm and welcoming. We strive to have a home that is comfortable, relaxing, and organized, which can be tough when there are toys spread out everywhere, socks and t-shirts scattered on the bedroom floor, and dust bunnies hiding in the corners. But that is just life. As long as you can do your best to keep things orderly and practical, home can be an escape from chaos (rather than a source of it!)."
— Lotta Jansdotter, from her book Handmade Living, on how to relax and enjoy your home. Lotta's new book is full of similar practical advice and smart ideas on decorating and inhabiting your home.
Photo courtesy Handmade Living, Chronicle Books
"Thankfully, I have my mom and a small group of close friends who are there for me 24/7 and whom I can trust and depend on. On days when it feels impossible to even get out of bed, much less function as a mother, their support and encouragement have kept me moving forward."
Splitting with a significant other is a roller coaster ride of emotions, and having someone to confide in, cry with, listen to your ramblings, and remind you how awesome you are is integral in dealing with it and moving on. I know from personal experience that having supportive friends and family softens the blow of the whole ordeal and makes the light at the end of tunnel seem plausible.
Who do you turn to when you're going through a rough breakup?
But Brandy has another viable rationale for celibacy. She recently shared that she hasn't been serious with a guy in six years and that she hasn't had sex in years. She tells Life and Style, "I tend to abstain if I'm not in a relationship."
What do you think about holding off on taking it to the next level until you're in a committed relationship? Have you taken a celibacy break before?
"I've never really believed in Valentine's Day. You're anxious about buying the right gift, but it's really about your heart, not a TV commercial for De Beers diamonds. The best Valentine's Days are magical and spontaneous and just sort of unfold."
— Although he's staring in the upcoming movie Valentine's Day, Patrick Dempsey says he's not a fan of the cliché holiday. McDreamy's right — love is about more than buying the obvious gift. You just better start thinking if you want something magical to unfold! Oh shoot, it has to be spontaneous too. No pressure there at all.
"I just get naked. That's what I do."
— 19-year-old himbo Levi Johnston explains himself to Us Magazine after their writer expressed shock that Bristol Palin's ex came out of his house naked when she arrived to pick him up for an interview. His Playgirl shoot, slated for early November, will apparently leave nothing to the imagination: Johnston plans on doing full-frontal nudity for the spread.