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Trip. Trip.

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In the middle of the health saga, I got an email from my youngest brother, Matt, that simply said,

“I think you need a trip”

I knew instantly he was right. Traveling has always been a great source of inspiration, reflection, and plain old happiness for me. I hadn’t had much of that lately and it was time to schedule something to forward to. I clicked on the accompanying travel deal link he’d sent and turned to my friend/co-worker, Sullivan, sitting next to me. All it took was, “Want to go to Ireland?” and before long, we were off.

I don’t delude myself into thinking anyone wants a play-by-play of our vacation. Instead, I’ll give you short highlights from our three cities.

Dublin

Overall Impression: I found Dublin friendly and spirited. It was exactly how I pictured it in the best way- rolling green hills, live music, and cobblestone streets.

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My Favorite Thing: The pubs! If only the bars here were half as fun as the ones in Ireland….

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Amsterdam

Overall Impression: It’s a large, busy city with tall beautiful buildings and adorable house-lined canals everywhere you turn.

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My Favorite Thing: I loved the vibe in the city. It feels modern and open-minded. I was thankful for the escape and chance to ask myself why I think a certain way or do certain things.

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Copenhagen

Overall Impression: Charming and upscale. They spare no expense in Copenhagen! They burn candles at the table, set out fresh flowers, and wear real furs. The food is made with the same touch and tastes incredible.

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My Favorite Thing: This meal. Smorrebrod: An open face sandwich paired with homemade schnapps.

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Also, biking through the city.

 

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Overall, if I had to pick one favorite spot from the trip it would be the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. Standing on the edge gave me exactly the feeling I flew thousands of miles to experience.

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Since it was winter we had the cliffs all to ourselves. Sure. We were covered in rain, but it was totally worth it.  I highly recommend traveling in December over July.

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Aside from skipping the crowds, you get to see all kinds of Christmas Spirit! It’s unreal.

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 Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

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 Amsterdam

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Dublin

I had such a blast with Sullivan. We turned to each other on several occasions and said, “Is this real life?!”

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I wouldn’t change a thing.

 

 


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DecemRED Giveaway Update

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103653228894994061_ttK1JmcM_c[1]We are overdue for a DecemRED Giveaway update!:)  This time of year is insane, right?  I can’t figure out how moms get everything done.  Anyway, I’ve been wearing red lipstick literally everywhere I go for a little over two weeks now. Here are a few highlights:

Places I Loved It

  • Holiday parties
  • Meeting friends for dinner
  • Christmas shopping

The Riskiest Place I Wore It

  • Job Interview (although I did read wearing a splash of red increases your chance of getting hired b/c it shows confidence and strength.)

Places I felt Ridiculous

  • Hiking
  • Moving
  • Anywhere before noon

What I’ve learned

  • I look less like the walking dead in red lipstick
  • It’s a lot like high heels in that you feel pulled together all the time
  • It’s super annoying and has to be touched up constantly

Favorite Red Lipstick Moment:

photoMy level of red lipstick enjoyment  has everything to do with my environment.  There are places where a bold lip is appreciated, and places where it is not. In general, getting “dolled-up” for any type of  active sport is not ideal.  You can understand why I mentally had to prepare myself for wearing it to my sister-in-law, Jenni’s birthday party at a rock climbing gym.

When I arrived, I did my best to forget I had it on while searching the gym for the birthday party.   I’m  99% sure it was all in my head, but I felt like the sporty girls in their earth toned yoga pants were judging my bright red lipstick.  Once I found everyone, Jenni waved  a big hello and introduced me to her climbing friends.  They were all super athletic and the kind of  girls who are beautiful without makeup.  I should also mention that they are amazing climbers and I’m not very good…..I like doing things I’m good at……  I like looking the part…  I don’t think I’m alone in this.

photo (3)Feeling uncomfortable, I tried to explain myself right away and reminded Jenni about my blog challenge. Then she did the best thing- she said they’d ALL put on red lipstick for the climbing day! The others were into it and one girl admitted she’s secretly been wanting to try it for some time.  I gladly passed my tube around and the fun began!  Since we were all in it together, our bright red lips weren’t out-of-place and we all agreed we looked better climbing with it on;)  More importantly, I noticed the uncomfortable ice was broken, I made instant new friends, and felt closer to my sister-in-law.

Thanks to Jenni, what I thought was going to be my toughest challenge ended up being my favorite day of all!   It reminded me of a time a few years ago when my family took a trip to Alaska. Jenni and I decided it would be funny to wear bright lipstick with our sweatshirts to this fancy wine tasting thing.   Since neither of us wear a ton of makeup, we played it up and laughed at ourselves the entire time. It is one of my favorite memories from the whole trip.

photo (1)In nearly every story I’ve received this month, one of you mentions something about a prior fear or hesitancy over wearing red lipstick.  It turns out most of you have been waiting for an excuse or simply needed someone to do it with.  And like my new climbing friends, the challenge has given us the opportunity.

It’s crazy that something as small and insignificant as lipstick could bond people or help us make new friends, but I see it all the time.  It’s the moment in the silent bathroom line when one stranger says, “I love your shoes” and instantly we all start chatting and remember we’re on the same team.  It’s how as a female you know you’re “in” with a new a co-worker after she asks for some reassurance on her new haircut.  It’s not actually the clothes, or the hair, or the shoes that connects us, it’s the shared vulnerability.  We become friends when we admit our insecurities to each other.  With all the pressure to maintain an image, look perfect, and compete all the time, having another girl ask, “Do I look ok?” or say “You look great in that” truly goes a long way.

photo (2)Thanks for sending all your stories! My friend Bree even wrote a blog of her own about her day in red lipstick! Click here to read it.  It’s not too late to join in the fun! Hashtag #decemred on Instagram or post on facebook:) Each post gets you an entry for a 31 Bits necklace.

Also, I want to tell you that Jenni helps lots of men and women feel great about themselves every day.  She co-owns a fitness business called Rough Fit in Tustin that goes far beyond other boot camps by helping people make fitness a way of life.  My favorite part is that you are actually part of a team with other people and everyone rallies together to reach their goals.  If you are in the area and wanting to make some changes in the new year, definitely check them out!


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