My Morning Inspiration: The Shampoo Bottle

Every morning I wake up and I start my morning ritual. On the slow weekend mornings [my favorite kind of mornings] I take a warm shower and enjoy the comforting hug of warm water. On those slow mornings, I also get to enjoy the shower reading. I’m talking about shampoo bottles; the natural reading material of the bathroom.

My favorite shampoo bottle essay [so far] goes to Amazing Grace. For me, it is just the little spark of inspiration I crave in every morning.


“philosophy: life is a classroom. we are both student and teacher. each day is a test. and each day we receive a passing or failing grade in one particular subject: grace. grace is compassion, gratitude, surrender, faith, forgiveness, good manners, reverence, and the list goes on. being the smartest, the prettiest, the most talented, the richest or even the poorest can’t help. being a humble person can, and being a helpful person can guide you through your days with grace and gratitude.” -Amazing Grace shampoo by Philosophy


My runner-up for favorite bathroom material would have to go to another Philosophy bottle. [What can I say? The scent, the writing, I’m in love with it all] My Amazing Grace emulsion sits on my bathroom counter in between the toothbrushes and bar soap.

 


” philosophy: the natural aging process may cause our bodies to descend, but our spirits need not descend into worry. with time comes wisdom, character, strength, and perspective. our bodies are teaching us flexibility and the glory of embracing change on our beautiful journey. we can fight against the flow, or we can yield to knowing our bodies, gaining our souls and finding our grace.” -Amazing Grace emulsion by Philosophy


 

I hope these inspire you as much as they inspire me. What inspires you? Comment below!

P.S. photo found on Pinterest but from this amazing review “Best Body Lotion, Ever” is right.

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If we were having coffee…

I would look down at my steaming cup of cappuccino and brush off my worries like crumbs on the table. Everything is fine, I would say. Maybe then, just for a moment, I could believe it too. 

 

If we were having coffee right now I would tell you that things aren’t always so great. I would smile and laugh so my worry would seem trivial.

I would tell you that my job is good for the most part. Though talking with angry clients really hurts my heart. One bridezilla and I cry my eyes out for the entire day. The burden of the perfect wedding is falling on their shoulders and to them, it seems okay to place it on mine too.

I would tell you that even the thought of going into work on Monday causes my shoulders to tense, my back to ache. Their big day becomes my big day too. Maybe I don’t have thick enough skin for this.

I would look down at my steaming cup of cappuccino and brush off my worries like crumbs on the table. Everything is fine, I would say. Maybe then, just for a moment, I could believe it too.

Casual Friday

-Casual

The summer heat is bearable in the northern California valley where I used to call home.The triple digit degrees are refreshing when you have an air conditioned house to come back to at the end of the day.

The summer heat in Oregon is miserable. (Definitely not what I thought it would be before I moved here) The stifling heat seems to cling wherever you go. There are no cool houses to come home to, there are no air conditioners in Oregon. (and all I want is an air conditioner)

The heat, like the tide, rises and falls.  (oh, how I wish I could feel the cool ocean breezes.)
The heat will bear down with no relief in sight. Then the next week it will be gone, the perfect summer day. The ever changing weather always leaves us guessing.

Gone are the slacks and buttons of the winter months. Visiting for a limited time only are the casual summer khakis. Yes, even in the office. Say goodbye to casual Friday and hello to casual every day.