“The Things Inside Me”: Pampering

Today was a good day.

This morning I was up at the crack of dawn to set off on my day of pampering.  I started at the hair dresser where I got my wedding hair put on.  Then over to the nail salon where I got the works, mani, pedi and eyebrows.  It was just wonderful!

I made the decision to do all my pampering in one day so that I wouldn’t have to rush and do it on a day where we had a million other things to do on the itinerary.  Instead I made all my appointments in one day and let my techs take their time while I sat back and enjoyed my pampering.

In the book, The Things Inside Me, I talk about how important my daily pampering session are.  I’ve always made it a point to take time out to myself even if for only a few moments when I got out the shower and slowly massage lotion and body cream into my skin.  There is no other way I’d rather start my day.  I recommend it to everyone.  Take a moment for yourself.  Everyone deserves a moment of pampering.



“The Things Inside Me”: Aunty Sonia

Families and roller coasters are very similar.

Confession:  I have been slacking off on my daily shirealrenee.com post.  I really caught myself this morning when the bf asked me if I posted last night and I responded no.  For the last few nights I have been posting later and later, pretty much the next day if we are being technical about time and not daylight.  I’m not going to make any excuses but I will at least explain myself to anyone out there who actually reads my posts – by the way thanks!

My dear aunt Sonia is getting married and two years ago asked me to be a bridesmaid and I of course said yes.  My aunt Sonia and I are very close, she’s like a big sister, a best friend, a biggest fan, she has the biggest heart; she’s pretty awesome to me.  As my cousin Dareena #teamfitandfab would say, “I love her to pieces.”   However, she has an overwhelmingly big  personality that can chew you up and spit you out enough to make you forget about all her nice qualities.

I said all that to say, her wedding has become the wedding of the century and she has put a spin on bridezilla!  Somehow I have gotten more and more involved each day.  I’m not kidding either, now I am helping make the centerpieces for the tables at the reception.  I had no idea this was a duty of a bridesmaid.  Don’t get me wrong I love my aunt and I am willing to help her with whatever she needs especially for her special day, I’m just saying this isn’t what I had in mind when I signed up for this.  I have been running back and forth to Hartford everyday which by the way is like 45 minutes away from my house.  I feel like I am working for her (lightbulb moment) I am working for her!  Being a bridesmaid is like being an unpaid intern.

The wedding is Sunday so everything has been in overdrive and we are just getting started.   The list of festivities that are lined up for this event is non-stop.  Did I mention my mom is here. She flew in from South Carolina for the wedding, she’ll be here all week. Yes, this is going to be interesting.

Aunty Sonia in my new book of poetry I promise I will be writing about you.

“The Things Inside Me”: Blinded by Vanity

Ten years ago I never would have thought that I would be living in this body.   I thought I would always be a size five.   The reality is that things change, nothing stays the same especially not people.   When I wrote the poem, Blinded by Vanity, it came from a negative place.  Where I am in my life now vanity is motivational thing.

As I continue on my healthy living journey having a personal fitness goal is encouraged.  I am always thinking about how what I eat is going to affect my week i.e. how long I have to spend in the gym, how much of a cheat day I get, what events I have going on.  It is constantly on my mind.  Today was my god-daughters birthday sleepover and we made cupcakes.  Her mother and I started eating the leftover cupcakes and with every bite I was counting carbs.  Its ok I will just count today is just my cheat day and I know I have to be very strategic for the rest of the week.


“The Things Inside Me”: Repetitive

I admit I can’t quit.


Sometimes I feel like I am saying the same things over and over again but I’m just being honest.  It’s like I am always being challenged by the same things.  My satisfaction is keeping all the conversations positive and really focusing what I put out into the world.  Even though I can’t always avoid the facts of who I am…I am addictive and I am addicted!

I have a very addictive personality, if I’m not doing one thing I’m doing another and I am focused on it.  I won’t lie I believe some of that comes from the Gemini in me. Men!  I get addicted to men. You just don’t know and I wish I didn’t but I do.  I’m just being honest.  I’m addicted to my man right now.  He’s smart though I think that’s what really keeps me interested.  Sometimes I just want to slap him though.  But I respect him so I won’t…ya know.