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    Shaving 101: I got issues.

    Raise your hand if you think shaving is the worst? I bet 90% of the people that read that sentence raised their hand. It’s funny because pretty much everyone is in agreement that it sucks, yet we still do it. I sometimes question why I do…but then I go a week without shaving my armpits and I remember why. But that’s the thing, I don’t ever think about shaving until it either becomes uncomfortable, or the sunshine bouncing off my leg hair blinds me. For me, shaving is almost a “moo” point.

     

    Joey: All right, Rach. The big question is, “does he like you?” All right? Because if he doesn’t like you, this is all a moo point.
    Rachel: A moo point?
    Joey: Yeah, it’s like a cow’s opinion. It doesn’t matter. It’s moo.

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    You’re so pretty, oh so pretty!

    Have you ever had one of those days where you’re like, “Damn, I feel good. Like real good. I’m happy, I look good, I’m killing it!”? On top of that you have people randomly sharing positive affirmations that correlate with what you’re feeling? “Tracey, your hair looks good today!” “You have such a big, pretty smile!” Everything is so lovely until you make that one, single mistake. You search for physical self-affirmation. You stop at that mirror as you walk by just to see how good you really look, but the reflection doesn’t match the way you feel…

    What’s up with that?!

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    Long time no see…Hi again!

    I’ll be honest, this feels weird to be writing a blog post. For the entire summer my blog was something I somewhat resented — the little thing called writer’s block was very prevalent, and her best friend, Summer Dreaming, was there riding shot gun. Since April, I’ve only wrote and published three posts. WHOOPS!  I feel like quite the stranger, slacker, procrastinator, and so on — you get the picture. Although I feel that way toward my blog, that’s not how I feel IRL. Work has been insanely busy. I signed up to volunteer for another business (QC Buy Local — go check it out!). The Quad Cities Marathon, AKA Best Running Event in the Midwest, was hot and heavy all summer until this past weekend. And last, but most certainly not least, I’m currently planning a 6-week trip to Europe and Africa. WHEW.

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    You Better Belize It!

    I’m in love – I don’t care who knows it – I’M IN LOVE! We’ve all heard of love at first sight, right? “Like, oh my gosh, I just saw the man of my dreams and as soon as we made eye contact I knew he was the one!” Blah, blah, blah. Doesn’t mean we all believe in it, but we’ve heard of it. Well, have you ever heard of falling in love at first site with a city? I’m sure you have and I’m sure if you’ve ever traveled you believe in this more than the first kind of love mentioned. Well, are you ready to find out who my long, lost lover is? You better Belize it – it’s San Pedro, Belize.

    If you’ve never heard of San Pedro, Belize, buckle up because you’re ‘bout to learn something today! San Pedro is a tiny town located on a tiny Island called Ambergris Cay. When I said tiny, I wasn’t kidding – the entire island is 25 miles long and only about a mile wide with a population of 13,000 friendly people. As you can imagine, getting to San Pedro was quite the task. We had to take two flights just to get to Belize, and then a 3rd to get to the island. But let me tell you, every second is worth it. Check out the views from the last airplane!!

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    When Life Gets In The Way…

    Hi everyone – long time, no talk. Literally. My bad on that one, folks. Some of you may not be aware, but I just underwent a 2 month hiatus from blogging. It wasn’t necessarily planned, but it happened. And to be honest, I’m pretty upset with myself for letting it happen. 

    1. I set a goal to post at least 4 times a month to and I let myself down.
    2. Many people asked me about my blog – “Why haven’t I seen a post from you in a while?”

    Well dang, Betty! Why are you paying attention so closely?Just kidding, it meant A LOT to me that people were actually missing some of my posts. So thank you, “Betty”!

    So, to answer the question – where has The Welcome Woman been and why haven’t I posted?

    Life. Life is why.

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    Real News: What the hell is going on?

    The right time to pay attention to what’s going on in your neighborhood, city, state, country and world is NOW. No matter who you are, where you are, or how old you are – you need to start paying attention to what’s really happening in the world. But let’s be honest, being up to date on ALL current events is extremely difficult, even when we have constant news updates at the touch of our fingers, 24/7 – so why is it so difficult? Here are a few reasons:

    • Not paying attention
    • We don’t care enough to read / listen
    • There are a million other “messages” flooding our eyes and ears – we’re multitasking and missing the things that can/should be important
    • We’re not using the right tools

    With tensions as high as they are in the world (ISIS, Brexit, Syrian Civil War, Refugees, Islamaphobia, Starvation/failing economy in Venezuela, Nuclear threats from North Korea, etc.), and in America itself (mysoginist/racist/zenophobic/greedy president, fight for equality in race/gender/sexual orientation/etc., healthcare uncertainty, etc.), it’s pertinent we’re aware of as many facts and opinions (even those opinions from the opposing side from where you stand) as possible.

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    What’s Up Welcome Woman?!

    HIIIIII and HAPPY MONDAY!! I hope everyone is having a great start to their week, I sure am! Today, I woke up early, did a little bit of yoga, showered, actually got ready for work and treated myself to a dirty chai – – OH MY!!! If the rest of my week goes like this, I’m going to be one happy lady! Any way, let’s get to the point: What’s Up, Welcome Woman?!

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    Confession: I’m Makeup Illiterate

    Thanks to YouTube and friendly brands that offer all-in-one palettes, we all have the ability to be makeup artists. But, just because the tools are out there, means diddly squat to people like me – the people that are makeup illiterate. Yes, that’s a real thing. I like to describe makeup illiterate by giving sample questions of what a “makeup illiterate” person may ask….

    • Why do you have ten different brushes in your makeup bag?
    • My face is one color, why do I need 10 different shades?
    • What is primer? I’m not a wall, I don’t need two coats of paint.
    • Can you please apply my eyeliner?
    • How the hell do you do a smokey eye – I just look like I got punched in the face!

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    Miscarriage: It happens, and it happens often.

    If you know me, you know I am absolutely terrified, and somewhat grossed out, by babies. The entire process of having a child just sounds like my worst nightmare – an alien growing inside me, eating things I eat, pooping/peeing inside me, giving me uncontrollable mood swings, and the WORST part, the “alien” would have to come out of my vagina. Oh. Hell. No! Not to mention, after my body has been completely used and abused, I lose sleep and completely revolve my life around a tiny thing that cries and poos.

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    Things I wish I knew at 25….

    Are you ready for the cliche “holy crap, I’m turning 25 and about to have a quarter-life crisis” post? If so, that’s too dang bad – you’re not going to find that here! To be honest, I had that feeling about two months ago and I told myself to not let it happen here. Tomorrow, on March 25th, I will be turning 25 – the big ol’ GOLDEN birthday! Woot! Woot!

    Now that I’m almost 25, I feel a little ridiculous receiving physical gifts from people; I have everything I need, and the things I want I try to earn/get for myself. For this year’s birthday gifts, I decided to celebrate by asking some of my favorite “old” people advice about what they wish they knew at 25 years old. Because honestly, that IS what I need and the ONLY thing I want (to know)...

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