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Life is an Exquisite Journey:

Some great tips on how to care for your natural silver tresses from one of my Silver Sisters, Mildred Bean @NaturalSilverSista

Originally posted on HAIR LOOMS:

Some ladies have decided that all that glitters is not gold…but it’s silver! This week, Hair Looms introduces Mildred Bean who proudly and confidently sports her silver strands. Her story is a spin-off of the Gray, Gray Go Away Hair Looms post. According to Mildred, the steps to embrace  your gray and make it shine brightly are as simple as 1-2-3.

Here’s what Mildred recommends:

  • Keep your hair cleansed;
  • Use products that are either clear or white. Avoid products with artificial and/or deep natural color (I no longer use EVOO); and
  • Avoid flat irons and curling irons. If you’re not careful they can discolor hair by burning or “baking” products into the hair.

Let’s read more about what she shared with Hair Looms:

Jeff Brooks

Photo by Jeff Brooks

How were you able to embrace your hair color?

In my late twenties/early thirties, I started seeing strands of silver hair…

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Tips to Avoid Blurry iPhone Photos


If you are like me and probably most anyone with a cell phone these days,  you are snapping photos left and right!   Over the past couple of years, I have been intentionally taking photos of our everyday activities.  The reason I named my blog Life is an Exquisite Journey was to be able to capture some of the exquisite moments that me and my children experience on our collective and individual journeys.

It is amazing to me how much more attentive I have become to the details of life and the beauty around me while viewing my world through my iPhone camera lens.  My iPhone cameras has been the gateway to my actively engaging in my love for photography.  I’ve always admired the work of other photographers and now I am developing an eye for my own personal artistic perspective.  I devour every new piece of information that I receive to be able to incorporate a new technique or strategy for the next photo opportunity.

Today, I ran across this article,    How to Never Take A Blurry iPhone Photo Again, by Emil Pakarklis.  Emil shares several key points to remember when taking your photos:

1.  Don’t Rely on Auto-Focus

2.  Keep Your iPhone Steady

3.  Reduce the Effects of Movement

As I was leaving the Salamander Resort & Spa early this morning, I tried to grab of photo of this piece of art.  It is a map of Virginia framed in metal and filled in with corkscrews!  It represents the myriad of Virginia wineries that are sprinkled throughout the state.  The detail and variant colors of the corkscrews is what really attracted me to the piece.  However, I tried to take the photo while I was walking through the room.  Instead, I should have “reduced the effects of movement” as Emil suggests and stopped to manually focus the image in my camera lens, while keeping my iPhone steady.  I  would have gotten the desired result – a photo capturing the detail that I could see with my naked eye.


Emil provides great visual images of the PROBLEM PHOTO and the PHOTO with the SOLUTION applied.  Great tips as I try to work towards perfecting my craft.  I thought you might be interested in Emil’s suggestions as well!

Meanwhile, I need to make plans for my next visit to Salamander Resort & Spa to retake this photo and many other exquisite captures!

Hugs and Blessings!

Life is an Exquisite Journey




You May Qualify for SAT Fee Waivers and College Application Fee Waivers


Life is an Exquisite Journey:

High School Seniors – it’s time to get organized for the final PUSH!

Originally posted on Family College Coach:

Students that qualify for the national free and reduced-price lunch program may be eligible to receive a fee waiver for the SAT Program and up to FOUR college application fee waivers.

“a student must be either an American citizen or a foreign national who is testing in the United States or U.S. territories. Eligibility is determined by family income or by participation in a public assistance or other program for economically disadvantaged families.”

If you think you qualify, you have homework! I want you to make an appointment with your high school counselor to discuss the options below and to find out how you can take advantage of this opportunity!

College BoardSAT fee waiver form

Studentscan takeadvantage of the College Board’s SAT® Fee-Waiver Service — which covers the basic test fees for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests™ — studentsmay also be eligible for up to four application fee…

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16 Things You Need To Know Before You Date An Introvert

16 Things You Need To Know Before You Date An Introvert

Life is an Exquisite Journey:

It is very important to appreciate the personality differences in one another. It helps us to build stronger, lasting, fulfilling relationships. I am very much the introvert and these reminders on how to relate with us are right on point!

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

1. Some of us have very outgoing personalities. We don’t always come across as the stereotypical introvert. We can be social butterflies and charming dates and then need a few days alone to recoup.

2. Listen when we say we’re uncomfortable with something. It may seem like a simple task — to venture out to a party, to make a speech at a friend’s wedding, to put ourselves on display in one way or another — but it’s not for us. Don’t belittle us when we say we’re nervous about something that seems commonplace to you. Our hearts are pounding and we’re going to be overthinking this for weeks, the last thing we need is to feel like you don’t support or understand us.

3. More often than not, we’ll bottle up our emotions because it’s exhausting for us to express them all the time. So while our quietness doesn’t necessarily mean…

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25 Things Every Woman Should Have By The Time She Turns 25

25 Things Every Woman Should Have By The Time She Turns 25

Life is an Exquisite Journey:

To all of my daughters and young female friends. Be intentional about the life you want to live. For all of my older sister friends, we still have time to complete this list. Love you! Michelle

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

1. Enough confidence to no longer feel the need to justify what she eats, who she dates or what she wears, not only to other people, but to herself. 

2. The goal of a bank account with a few months’ living expenses in it, if she doesn’t have that already. Just in case.

3. Only the phone numbers, Facebook friends, weekend plans, and roommates she actually wants.

4. A best friend who is like a sister.

5. A space of her own.

6. A good idea of what she needs in a romantic relationship, not just what she wants, or what she thinks she needs, and the willingness to explore different people and other ideas to find what exactly that is.

7. A closet of what she considers to be her “staples,” and among these things, something to wear to an interview, funeral, wedding, impromptu Friday night drink at a casual bar…

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