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Beauty Tuesday: Post-Summer Post ~ S is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 09/01/2015 at 10:00

Welcome, September! With school in full swing, I still have summer☼ season on the brain!

Sunkissed Summer

1. What is your go-to product for a sunkissed summer glow?

natural sunshine: *FREE* Vitamin D!

2. What book would you recommend for a summer read?

Dulce Candy Ruiz‘s The Sweet Life to inspire anyone & Dr. Karen Kelsky‘s The Professor Is In for fellow grad students

BBB

Backyard Post-Bday Brunch to bask in ☼sunshine☼ + organize my HK planner & pleasure-read (intended ~ I ended up just working)

 both of which hit bookshelves exactly 4 weeks ago!

3. What’s your signature summer scent this year?

Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Summer Edition (since 2012) ~ I also store Sephora samples in my handbags

4. The sun is shining and it’s time to get outside! What’s your favorite thing to do?

simply bask in the ☼sunshine☼ through ALL of my senses ~ including the smell of fresh air

5. You’re on the boardwalk and starving! What’s your go-to summer beach food?

banana ice cream, paletas (popcycles) or raspas (snow cones) ~ anything frozen treat to beat the heat!

6. What’s your dream summery date?

watch a blockbuster & ☼sun☼ fun run or walk on the beach + chow down

7. After a day in the summer heat, what do you do to cool off?

chillax with my shows + consume cucumber ~ on my eyes & in H2O #DISPObustAFlow

8. How do you wear your hair in the summer?

braids for days

9. What’s your must-have nail polish for summer 2015?

this Tiffany Blue hue

Tiffany Blue hue

Fitting name for this shade

as Audrey Hepburn tribute

10. What shows do you recommend for summer?

my share of sizzling series: network nighttime dramas + home/real estate reality TV

11. Do you wear liquid foundation, BB cream, or tinted moisturizer in the summer?

occasional base but more powder to offset sweat

12. Sunglasses or Hats?

Exhibit shown below

TAMUK sunproof hat

I tip off this hat & show school team spirit!

I always must sport ~O-O~specs~O-O~ anyway ~ I usually rock my Coach transitional lenses nowadays + still have my Fendi & Gucci frames*

13. What is your summer jam this year?

  • Locked Away♪ (not that I’m doing anything to get locked up ~ I really dig the ♫beat♪ & ♫Adam Levine‘s ♪singing)

  • Bad Blood♫ (so cliche, but I ♥heart♥ the graceful ♫Taylor Swift♪ ~ not to mention that you can’t take the ♪hip hop♫ out of this chick)

14. Do you have a summer bucket list?

mainly to finish my doc docs (paper & PowerPoint to prep to present for dissertation defense) ~ since I’m not completely caught up, my Plan B is to have them done by Labor Day now that Fall is upon us and the BiG Day draws near + added bonus: relatives reunion, check √

15. Bikini, tankini, or one piece? Show us your fave bathing suit this year!

I’ve already built up quite a two-piece collection through the years but wouldn’t mind adding a monokini to the mix ~ my fave of the moment: my VS chevron top & ombré bottom (see No. 5 “paleta” link for sippie selfie in said swimsuit)

16. What’s your favorite sweat proof product?

Banana Boat Baby Faces ☼sunblock

17. If you could create your own ice cream flavor, what would it be?

Champ Hoop Scoop ~ to score an ice cream dreamy combo of my faves:

S also is for …

Daily Grind

Filled up in August & as we approach September

Cross Pencil Sharpener & Eraser + Cat Notes

Champ Catechesis student’s First Communion reception gift goodies

$ Therefore, S also is forSavings $

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Thirsty Thursday: Lead Me LORD

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Throwback Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/27/2015 at 05:55

Before Back-to-School

ACU Athletics

S is for … Spiritual * Scripture * Sports at the 1st school for my doc research!

I went through a few Bible reading plans:

Our Blessed Mother

Our Blessed Mother shrine at my aunt’s garden pond during my bday vacay

Find Purpose in Your Work

  • 1 Samuel 3:7
  • Ephesians 1:9
  • Luke 24:28
  • 1 peter 4:10
  • Genesis 12:1
  • 1 Corinthians 9:12
  • James 1:17

Lessons learned: Glorify GOD through the gifts with which He has blessed us, according to His plan

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… Do small things with great ♥love. ~ Mother Teresa

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For Leadership Effectiveness

  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • Deuteronomy 17:18-20
  • Joshua 1:8
Pope Francis

Pope Francis, courtesy Catholic Relief Services

Good for Business: Devotions from Time of Grace

  • 2 Thessalonians 3:11-12
  • James 5:1-4
  • Titus 2:9-10

†Lesson learned: Serve with care and respect for others

TBT: Reyes Family

Throwback Thursday: There are 2 things you should practice in life: #gratitude & #forgiveness ~ Dr. Fe Reyes-Dollete #WordsOfWisdom from my Tita who wants us to uphold our family’s #legacy #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #ReyesReunion * #BirthdayTrip2015 #HappyTrip * Lolo Tico & Lola Rosa🌹 • Titas Fe & Aida • Mami Aya • Titos Art & Dr. @robert_chief_cpd #OurBlessedMother #FamilyTree #garden #love #Filipiniana #MagandaKaTalaga #MahalKita ☝🏽️✌🏽️🙏🏽👏🏽🌠🌟⭐️✨💫👑💐🌳🏡💝💖💟💗💓💞💕❤️💛💚💙💜

If I’d make time to teach Religious Ed again this year, I’d so show (& ♪sing♫ along) this to my Cathechism students:

5:55 ~ make a Bday/BTS wish!!! ✌

Mellow Non-Manic Monday: Happy Trip

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Manic Monday, Movie Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 08/24/2015 at 15:33

🌈Happy 1st Day of School!🌅

Before this Fall term and my Birthday, I was able to travel for my recent family reunion!

Golf Backyard

☼#SundayFunDay just what I need: brief breather from my doctoral dissertation #FreshAir #AllTheGolfBallsICanHit #UnclesBackyard = #BombDotComb #BirthdayTrip2015 #RnR #ReyesReunion + #SelfieSunday “Ate” Elaine at “Auntie” Mary Jean a.k.a. “Tita” Inday! Yes, I’m older than my gorgeous aunt & about to be more w/my bday next wkend! #Countdown2theBiG #MagandaKaTalaga #SundaySelfie #WorkingOnMySwing #GoingGreen #GoingWithTheFlow #ChillaxinMellow #DISPObustAFlow🌞🌼🌻🌅⛳️ 🎓💣👑💁🏻

If you’re a passenger on the road🚙 or in the 🌌air, my tip would be to tote👜 yourself with

  • 🎥Films (saved on your digital device or DVDs💽 if you have a portable 📻player)
  • 👓Literature (electronic📳 or in 📇print)
  • 🚘Travel🚗 💞workouts💓 (do with what you got or follow along videos)
Birthday Books

Regardless of my so-called 🌴R&R, as a mad 🔭scientist🔬 I couldn’t resist bringing 💼study📖 materials!

While many may be 🚢traveling🚤 around Labor Day since the 🌼summer-to-school🍎 transition, I’m taking every single off day to work on my 💻dissertation📇 ~ which was the story of my life throughout the second 1/2 of this past 🌿summer. Now that the we’re back into the swing, I’ve resumed teaching🎓 and really need to set aside extra time exclusively for my 📜paper

Before returning to the college🏤 for 🍁fall🍂 term, my parents flew✈️ me to visit family as my 🎈🎁💝🎂birthday🎆🎇🎊🎉 trip! Despite needing a  brief 🌴vacay getaway, I still reviewed👓 and revised✒️ my draft📝 every single day, whether in flight🚁 or during down time.

However, I still had plenty of entertainment🎬 on my 📱iPhone, laptop and hard copy📚 to keep me occupied while I was in the friendly skies🌐 or on my own:

Birthday Gifts

My birthday pick-me-ups before my trip

I would’ve added more movies🎥 to the mix, but not all of my apps📳 are up to par. Either way, I stayed occupied when I wasn’t 😲😵asleep😴💤 or visiting with my relatives ~ my Mami Aya‘s siblings for their reunion (that was the plan, but I ended up just referring to those at bedtime and did my dissertation during the day)!

Plus, I packed👜 light💡 with only one pair of shoes👡 to match my 👗outfits!

MD Vacay OOTDs

Paired both of these OOTDs with white sandals before Labor Day! Skirts and scarves galore! 👛🎒

And accessoried accordingly, of course!

Ahoy Anchor

My hat & scarf + earrings in anchor & sailboat steering wheel designs fit my trip theme nicely! 👒⚓️🚢🚤⛵️

If only I could take 🎓Grad📖 🐯Cat🐆 & 📊Stats📉📈 🐱Cat🐈 with me,

Pack Cat

They call me the Pack Rat … & I call her the Pack Cat! Along with my white sandals, I also packed my Guess? Beverly Hills white vachetta leather bag with rose gold hardware 😍😻🐯🐆🐅💼👜👒👡💝

They wouldn’t have fit into my carry-on luggage anyway ~ in which I followed my ☼summer☼ speech student‘s suitcase👜 demo speech🎤 tips!

Beauty Basics for on-the-go:

Fun ⌚️Times⏰ were in store ~ now I ☝🏽️aim🏀 to 🏆score!

#DISPObustAFlow 🎤

👣FYI: Happy Trip was a saying from my Lola 💐Rosa🌹 ~ my beloved maternal grandmother👵🏼

DFW-BWI

Btw, in between flights, I treated my layovers like shopping sprees and strolled the terminals like I was on a mall walk! Honest & Benefit kiosks * Dallas Cowboys store * Mini *Starbucks$ Lovers♥

3:33 ~ make a Bday/BTS wish!!! ✌

Working Woman’s Wednesday: Sabbatical Schedule

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Study Saturday, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/12/2015 at 09:30

I’ve been making the most out of this second 🚣🏻summer🌅 session away from teaching to keep cranking💻 out my doctoral🎓 📖dissertation until school starts!

Eye Candy Cat

With my smaller home office space during my sabbatical, I make the most of my workstation with eye candy ~ so *ASIA* adorns the side of this desk! 💺😻📷💻📇

My work load on finishing my draft📝 that details

has occupied the majority of everyday these past six weeks ~ so this can compare to a full time job!

S is for: 💡Scholar✨ = 🌈Social📳 🔭Scientist🔬

Eye Candy Cats

Just when I didn’t think that my eye candy could get any better with Grad Cat, enter Stats Cat Sweet Annie! 📊📉📈🐱🐈

 Despite not needing to report to a classroom everyday or answer to anyone, I as my own boss during my sabbatical still maintained a schedule.

My Around-the-Clock⏰ to Become Doc Routine

  • 🌇Daily😵 😲wake-up😳 📋non-negotiables: prayer🙏 (the 🌹Rosary), skin care, feed A&A
  • 🍳Breakfast🍊 of 🏆Champs: fuel⛽️ up (postpone coffee☕️ to 2h after I wake up to help me sleep more easily later)
  • 💪🏽Beast👊🏽 💓Mode: work out to get my brain juices & blood flowing
  • 💡Scholar⚡️ 📓Mode: revise my working document for as many as 12h/day
  • Shower: taking a cold one on these hot dog days of summer can energize me between my workout and study session or I’ll relax in the bath between my scholarshift and bed time to snuggle in clean sheets
  • 🌈Pleasure🌟👓Reading: I haven’t read as much non-scholarly material as I used to love to before college & grad school, but I’ve found that a little bit helps to ease my mind & unwind lately ~ my current reads are relevant to my research in an unconventional way (stay tuned this Study Saturday)
  • 💭Choose😴 to 💤Snooze: as a chronic insomniac, I must make a conscientious effort to hit the sack ~ while I tend to stay up late reviewing and proofing my paper, I find that I’m more effective when I work on it earlier in the day with energy!

Just like Vince Carter🏀 had discipline with the Dallas Mavericks🏆 a couple of seasons ago, I also didn’t take break days! Yes, it’s essential to have some R&R, but at this point, I’m

In the Zone 🎯

So I can’t afford a single day off …

Therefore, I take 🌴mini-vacays, even for just a few minutes or hours⌚️ for my stories

Study Saturday: Elaine the Educator’s College Guidelines 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 05/30/2015 at 12:20

ConGRADulations, 🎓Class of 2015!!!🎉

Pre-K-12

Throwback: School Portraits of yours truly from Pre-K-12th Grade

Class of 1999

My H.S. Grad: Abilene Cooper, Class of 1999

 

 For 🔔high schoolers, I’m imparting advice💭 that worked to my advantage when I prepared for college🏤 and throughout my career:

Additional Articles by Educator Elaine

For your health as a student:

For studying and writing plus speaking :

For learning:

For student-athletes:

For exercise enthusiasts:

For electives:

For graduate students and researchers:

Bachelor of Arts in Communication, McMurry University, 2003

Bachelor of Arts in Communication, McMurry University, 2003

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I’ve been beyond blessed to have taught college students who were valedictorians (No. 1), salutatorians (No. 2) and top-ranked out of their class ~ two during this graduation season alone who are speaking🎤 at their commencement:

  • Student Body President (female 💪🏽powerlifter) from last 🌞summer🌼
  • Valedictorian (state 🏁championship🏆 🏈football🏉 player) from this past 🍀spring🌷
M.A.

Master of Arts in Communication, Angelo State University, 2006

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We present … The Graduates!!!👏🏽 {☝🏽️GOD-willing🙏🏽, I’ll walk👟 for my doctoral degree}

Fitness Friday: Go By the Book 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Fitness Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 05/22/2015 at 12:00

My favorite YouTube📺 fitness gurus have been featured for living by and writing✒️ wonderful work, from their blogs📓 to their books📖 ~ highly recommended by this well-read👓 workout fanatic! 

workout books

Loyal viewers📺 are in for a treat to become their readers📖

All three of these publications📚 include exercise routines, nutritious recipes and lifestyle advice. Here’s how each are unique:

📕Sarah Dussault (2013), a.k.a. Sarah Fit, aims to get you back into your best 👙shape.

📗Cassey Ho (2015) of Blogilates tracks a whole year’s worth as 🍀seasons🌺 🍁change❄️.

📘Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn (2015) of Tone It Up challenge their community for four📅 weeks!

Currently, I’m in that triple-F ~ 👊fit, 🐯fierce and 💋fabulous ~ mode for 28 days ~ so I say the mantra💭 of the day🌞 with every rep! 💪

Bibliography

• Dussault, S. (2013). Get skinny again!: The right exercises to get back your dream body and the secrets to living a fit life. Salem, MA: Page Street. 👙

• Ho, C. (2015). Hot body year round: The POP Pilates plan to get slim, eat clean, and live happy through every season. NY: Harmony. 🔥

• Scott, K., & Dawn, K. (2015). 28 days to fit, fierce, and fabulous: Create the beautiful body and mind of your dreams. NY: Rodale. ✌️

Thirsty Thursday: Religious Study

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/30/2015 at 08:00

Devout Catholics pray.🙏

 So do Dynamic Catholics, who also engage in the other three signs that include:

  • Study

According to Matthew Kelly (2012), reading👓 Catholic books📚 regularly draws us closer to our 🌞faith.

All it takes is just five pages📖 per day …

You’ll be amazed at how much you learn about our religion and answer such questions as:

  • Why do we practice certain rituals in Catholicism?
St. Pope JP2

One Catholic💒 worth studying is 😇 Saint Pope John Paul II (who passed away exactly a decade ago as of this month and has his 95th birthday next month) ~ who my parents visited in 🇮🇹Italy⛲️ during my dad’s USAF✈️ tour of Europe (where I was born in 🇩🇪Germany)!

As we reach our final moments on 🌍Earth🌏, we still won’t know EVERYTHING, but we can die⛪️ trying to absorb as much information as we can to bring us closer to His☝️ 👼Kingdom!

Saint Pope JP2

My St. Pope JP2 †cross† from 🌺Brownsville🌴 & the 🌹Rosary🌷 that he blessed⛲️ in Italy🇮🇹 from my CHRIST Bro Joe for my 🎈birthday🎁

#LifelongLearners✌️

Belated Earth Day

My little kiddos👼 learn and teach a great deal in 💒R.E.

 

Source

  • Kelly, M. (2012). The four signs of a Dynamic Catholic: How engaging 1% of Catholics could change the world. Cincinnati, OH: Beacon.

Movie Monday: The Best Man Holiday

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Motivational Monday, Movie Monday, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/02/2015 at 16:30

The 🎅holidays🎄 may be over, but The Best Man †Holiday† is the perfect 🎬movie🎥 for any season and reason!

Best Man Holiday

The Best Man †Holiday† on Blu-Ray: purrfect on snow day!

Last weekend, our latest ❄️snow⛄️ series out of a countless many, I popped the 💽DVD📀 in because

Yet this is by far one of my fave flicks for

Thirsty Thursday: Rejoice in Reading

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/19/2015 at 06:00

Now that we’ve entered Lent

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… these readings will provide enlightenment.

At Ash Wednesday Mass

The 🎼Marian Choir’s🎵 music selections🎶 moved my 💖heart, + the readings📖 that I proclaimed🎤 through ☝️GOD’s grace🙏 refreshed my soul😇 as we enter Lent✨ 👼R.I.P.✌️ 💐Aling Rose🌹 #CHRISTbeOurLight #Joel2 #Psalm51 #2Corinthians5 #Matthew6

Workout Wednesday: Hook on These Books

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 02/18/2015 at 16:30

Rather than letting these books collect dust on the coffee table …

I might as well putting them to good use and knock two birds with one stone!

How about actually reading and applying the content, first and foremost?

Also, it wouldn’t hurt to use them as forms of resistance in toning moves that call for textbooks!

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