Fifteen Years Later

Do you remember where you were fifteen years on September 11, 2001, at 8:46 A.M? It is hard to believe 15 years have passed since the terrorist attack. I like to take a moment to reflect on those who are no longer with us. Gratitude is something I try to practice at least once a day. I believe in giving thanks for the things we have necessary to help us appreciate those around us (excluding materialistic things).

A few ways you can keep track of the things you are grateful for is by the following. First, the most popular way is with a journal (Gratitude Journal). I like to use a journal with positive quotes on them. Target carries beautiful, inexpensive notebooks you can use as journals. Another way I find helps me remain grateful is through using sticky notes. I particularly use virtue sticky notes on my computer. Not to mention you can post them in your home office. If you have an organizer, you can write daily gratitude notes to remind yourself of positive moments in your life.

I realize the more grateful I am, the more I enjoy life. We live in a fast-paced world, but I recommend you to take a few minutes and the end of the day to write down what you are grateful for. The more you appreciate life, the happier you will feel. Lifestylers, do something nice for someone today in honor of the 9/11 victims. I like to end by letting you know I am grateful for the new people I have met through my blogging journey.


Beauty Time

In a previous post “I am Still a Woman”, I stated that our inner beauty is important. However, I also believe in getting pampered and feeling pretty for yourself and not for others. We are all aware that people judge a book by its cover, and I know this by experience. Let’s face it, when people see us (wheelchair user), the first thing they notice is our wheelchair. If they are mature enough to see beyond the wheelchair, then perhaps our beauty will be notice. Just because I cannot walk does not mean I cannot feel pretty.

As a teenager, I had a personal hairdresser come to my apartment once a month. Having my hairdresser come to my home, was an excellent idea. It made things easier for the three of us (my caregiver, my hairdresser, and myself). I did not have to struggle to get out of my wheelchair to get my hair wash. After, a couple of years my hairdresser moved away. I had my share of inpatient hairdressers. Nonetheless, some excellent workers do not mind accommodating their clients. I currently have a great person who does my hair, and she is very patient. If you are some who requires accommodations communication is essential. As a consumer, you may be necessary to bring specialized equipment you may use at home to wash your hair. My wheelchair tilts which is helpful when I get my brows done.

Don’t be discourage if you cannot find a salon where you feel comfortable. It is a work in the process do not settle for less. Sooner or later you will come across caring professional people. What I want you to know is that we can and are beautiful women no matter what. Do not allow your disability to get in the way of maintaining your hair, your face, and body. Go out there and get pampered! It is time focus on yourself!