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Beauty Tuesday: Top 13 Halloween

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/28/2014 at 08:00

 

 

Happy Early Halloween!!!

Costume Countdown …

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Even my Double A-Team look so neat, as they represent Sesame Street!

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Foodie Friday: PTL for PhD ~ Victory Meals

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/24/2014 at 07:00

To celebrate my Ph.D. progress, I had championship pre- and post-workout meals!

Cypress St. Station & Abilene Brewing Co. (Downtown Abilene)

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Black Box Pizza (Dyess Air Force Base)

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2:22 ~ make a wish!!!

HBD, PAPA JUN!!!

Thirsty Thursday: Long Live the LORD

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/23/2014 at 22:22

♪GOD’s not dead♫

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♪He’s surely alive♫

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Words of Wisdom

But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 10:33

Therefore, truth be told.

Today, I had a Holy Spirit-filled day: I started with my Thursday Adoration hour at the †Chapel† as usual, and tonight, I wrapped it up by photographing our Confirmation at †Church†! In between, I had Movie Day with my Church Bestie and Spiritual Warrior, Evie, who showed me GOD’s Not Dead!

GOD'S NOT Dead

GOD’S Alive in ALL of Us!!!

Whether or not you’re a believer, I strongly encourage everybody to watch it! One point that is engrained in my brain is this:

People tend to turn to GOD when times in their life are tough. When their lives seem perfect, the devil tells them that they don’t need GOD and takes them away from Him.

Another message that resonates is my mind is:

How can you hate GOD if you don’t believe in Him?

Without giving too much away aside from the above takeaways, here are my added bonuses that got me interested right away:

  • Newsboys soundtrack (I jammed out to the same-titled track way before I saw the film)
  • Dean Cain ~ he is on my list!
  • Duck Dynasty cameo
  • University storyline ~ appeals to yours truly, as I teach at the College level
  • Aforementioned storyline involves Public Speaking ~ I can relate since I teach Speech
  • Aforementioned storyline takes place in Philosophy class ~ I’m earning my degree in Philosophy!

FYI: As an educator, I’ll NEVER ask or tell my students to compromise their beliefs, whether they’re different from my own.

22:22 ~ make a prayer!!!

R.I.P. ✌ Rodrigo Palma

Workout Wednesday: Midweek Midsection Edition ~ Fab Abs

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Weekly Wonders, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 10/22/2014 at 20:00

My gym rat cat and I have been going hard core on our core! Here are a few moves that he got me into that I still could feel three days later! Of course, abs are where it’s at, as well as lower back, to stabilize and balance our svelte bods!

  • Ab Day #1
    Oblique Twists 
  • Leg Lifts 

3 x 20

 

  • Ab Day #2
    {6″ above ground}
  • Flutter Kicks 
  • Hello Dolly (thighs)
  • Leg Lifts

Cadence: 1-2-3-1 … 1-2-3-2 …
1st set: 15 each move, recovery in b/t
2nd set: 10 each move, straight thru

Abs

Wayback Wednesday: When I had tight abs … Can I get a baby back?

Beauty Tuesday: Fab Collabs

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/21/2014 at 09:00

Whenever an up-and-coming designer collaborates with a market to release a RTW  limited edition collection for a broader audience, I, the stylista at ♥heart♥, jump at the chance to add exclusive pieces to my wardrobe! My next pursuit: Alexander Wang + H&M

Here’s my latest that is perfect for Fall …

Altuzarra for Target

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Here are a few favorites from previous seasons (in descending order)…

Peter Pilotto for Target

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3.1 Phillip Lim 3.1 for Target

Elaine | Pretty Fit Way

3.1 Phillip Lim Floral Paper shirt dress is something sweet to toast to!

Prabal Gurang for Target

Elaine J. Dispo | Top5.com

Prabal Gurang First Date tank top with black mesh overlay is versatile to make me smile ☺

Fashion Star for H&M

Study Saturday: Time to Collect

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Study Saturday, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/18/2014 at 08:00

It is official: my study has been approved!

Needless to say, when I was notified that I can commence my research, I was overjoyed and grateful to GOD. During every free moment, I have worked on my dissertation, from my concept proposal to my proposal defense to my research proposal ~ it surely has paid off!

Here is more information about my study:

I am surveying Texas student-athletes on their perceptions of how their college coaches’ leadership influences their academic and athletic performance, as well as their athlete satisfaction. Based on my own studies of leadership, this element is essential:

***VISION***

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When I asked my former boss at the first college where I taught what she needed to complete her Ph.D., she pointed out to me:

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***PERSEVERANCE***

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When I asked my former office next door neighbor at that same school what got her through her terminal degree, she told out me:

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***ENDURANCE***

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… which also helped her with her first 5K race, which we randomly ran together!

{Top three inspirational photos and quotes from Dyess AFB Base Gym, where I’ve been exercising lately}

Foodie Friday: Getting Fed in Religious Ed

In Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot on 10/17/2014 at 07:00

F is for …

Faith * Food * Fellowship

Easygoing Evie and I, as *Excited Elaine* enjoy eating after we team-teach our Religious Education second graders every Wednesday. When we celebrate our students’ birthdays, we also are blessed with goodies to go with our lessons about †GOD†!

Sharing is Caring!

Mezamiz Deux Coffee House

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Birthday Cupcakes from Sweet Life

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Sour Apple Smoothies from Monks

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Caramel and Pumpkin from Olive Garden

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Birthday Cupcakes and Fruit Snacks

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Thirsty Thursday: GOD is my BAE

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 10/16/2014 at 14:22

BAE stands for…

Before Anyone Else.

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My Public Speaking students schooled me on this term last week, as we went over figurative words, including abbreviations and acronyms. At first, I thought that it was an abbreviation because they told me that it was an alternative to baby or babe, but then they told me that it is short for the above; hence it indeed is an acronym… I, in turn, declared that nobody has called me that or put me before anyone else, yet I have the same BAE everyday:

GOD!!!

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☼Beautiful Bright Breezy Day☼ †THANKS to GOD† whose ♥LOVE♥ shines from HEAVEN above

He comes first and foremost in my life, in everything that I do. Thanks to Him, I have been blessed beyond measure. Just yesterday, I found out the wonderful news that I’ve been waiting for:

My doctoral dissertation has been approved by my school’s research board!

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Bishop Mike’s beautiful †cross† from his Holy Pilgrimage to Bethlehem

Since my classmate who graduated last year consulted with me, his words have resonated in my mind, that my own Ph.D. will happen…

in GOD‘s time.

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Considering that

GOD is my #1

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I must LOVE and serve him ~ practice what I preach to my own Religious Education students, like through these lessons.

1:11 ~ make a wish!!!

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Workout Wednesday: Beastin’ Buddies

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 10/15/2014 at 08:50

Motivate with a Moving Mate! 🏆

Dig the alliteration and the rhyme? These are methods that I’ve been teaching my speech students and always applying on the daily! 🎤

Lately, I’ve had a blast with my fave baller from high school, with whom I reunited this past Homecoming weekend! 🏈

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We’ve hit the court for sports of all sorts! 🏀

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We’ve ran in the indoor and the outdoor track to prevent slack! 👟

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We also did bowl because that’s how we roll! 🎳

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And we even shot pool since we’re always cool! 🎱

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Oh yeah, and how could I forget our abs so we still stay fabs? 💪

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Thanks, USMC and U.S. Army Sgt. Kyle, for always taking time to go the extra mile and make me smile! 😍

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Beauty Tuesday: Pumped Up Kicks

In Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/07/2014 at 17:30

To the tune of PD’s ♪The Benjamins♫:

It’s all about the shoes👟, baby…

Who cares about footwear👣? I do! 👋

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This past weekend, I went to Arlington for the state rivalry between my 🏈Dallas Cowboys🏉 game and the Houston Texans. I couldn’t resist pairing my Dez Bryant No. 88 Breast Cancer Awareness jersey with these DC blue boots👢 with pink ribbon🎀 trim!

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My buddy almost threw his Ninja Turtles🐢-themed birthday party at Putt Putt⛳️, but it got rained☔️ out from the storm⚡️. I still sported my TMNT anyway! Like my pumped up kicks?

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With this week being homecoming week, we have different themes each day!

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Today was Movie Character Monday.

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I played Gwen Stacy from The Amazing Spider-Man!

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5:55 ~ make a wish!!!🌠