September Beginnings

“Ah, September!  You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul… but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.”  – Peggy Toney Horton September is here, and I for one am excited!  Per the quote above, I too must admit that my love of September is mainly because it starts the countdown to October.  I LOVE OCTOBER.  No, seriously, I LOVE IT.  But anyhoo -  while September is more of the gateway, I still love it for bringing in the excitement of the season.There are many who wait anxiously for March and the approaching arrival of Spring.  It is a lovely time of year, no argument there.  But for me, September is the time when I come alive.  Autumn is my favorite time of year and September is the first hint of the months to come of yummy sweaters, boots, football games, Halloween, changing leaves, trips to the mountains and warm throw blankets on the couch by the fire with mugs of hot chocolate and tea.  All the familiar scents of pumpkin and cinnamon and just a hint of pine that is lingering out there whispering that the holiday season is coming soon.Forgive me as I wax cheesy over Fall, but like I said, this is my time of year.Autumn is usually a time of harvest and reaping, but many forget it is also a time of preparation.  Preparation for the cold months ahead to make sure that all is ready for the Spring that is to come. You can’t expect to plant seeds in soil that was left deserted and untended the previous season. From a more non-agrarian viewpoint – bikini season doesn’t start in May.  It actually starts, well, now....more

Desktop & Blogshop: Feeling Bloggy

 I’m feeling very bloggy today!  After taking the incredibly informative online Photoshop Blogshop over the weekend, I feel armed with just enough knowledge to be dangerous.I also made a Target stop which is never good news for the purse strings.  I did pick up a few fun things and to make my desk feel a little more “desky” [not a word I know].So let’s take a look at a few of my favorite things on my desk[top] today....more

Tattoo Who?

I used to swear up and down I would never get a tattoo.  I thought it was silly to get something permanent put on your body.  Well, one thing life has taught me, “Never say never.”...more

A New Tattoo: On The Art of Healing

It’s been a week since I had my 3 new (well, 2 new and a cover-up) tattoos done , and I’ve had a new observation. As I’ve watched my tattoos heal, I realize how much the process reflects not just the symbols I’ve inked into my body, but also how growth happens in life. Tattoos are art, and I believe there is an art in healing, too....more
Thanks Kimmy!  I think the judgements people make about tattoos have been dissipating ...more

The Fit Empress’ Definition of Fitness

 The Fit Empress began as a place for me to document my weight loss and fitness journey.  A way to keep myself on track, or at the very least, accountable for when I fell off the wagon.&n...more

Spin Confessions: FlyWheel Power Score

The Fit Empress: A Southern girl's tale of fitness, life and fun! ...more