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Join Me on a Joy Ride with Amber Valentyne

June 19, 2014
Join Me on a Joy Ride with Amber Valentyne

I follow joy like a compass. It started in 2011 with my year filled with Tears of Joy prompted by the question: “What makes you cry tears of joy… Do that.” Last night, when I came home from my new evening pole dance class (this dancing at night is so different!)  my husband said, “You got a glitter envelope from someone. It’s leaking.” I opened it, preserving the love glitter stamp. And discovered it was full of  Love. Glitter. And tickets for Joy Ride. 33 days of divine happiness, indulgent giggles, luxurious gifts, sensual delights and exquisite wealth. How could I say no? I’m not quite sure what to expect, but I like surprises so I’m going for the ride. Join the fun (for free) at www.ambervalentyne.com.

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Get I Heart Sexy During Midsummer Madness Gift-a-thon

June 18, 2014
Get I Heart Sexy During Midsummer Madness Gift-a-thon

I’m giving away I ❤ Sexy as part of the Midsummer Madness Gift-a-thon coordinated by Angie Mroczka of eBook Aviatrix. Angie’s launching a brand new e-course this summer to help authors make their dream of being published a reality. I ❤ SEXY is a playful e-course developed to take you on a treasure hunt for your sensual self. . It’s self-guided and delivered via email. It begins when you signup. And is free through sunset on Saturday June 21. . To sign up, CLICK HERE {or use this link:  http://bit.ly/iHeartSexy} Now go grab some of the goodies available from the generous and creative souls participating in the summer Creative Radiant Love gift-a-thon. There are offers for body, mind, soul, and business. Here’s what I chose: Angie’s Calm the Storm:  How to Choose an Effective Topic for Your eBook to help me choose from among my many ideas for my 3rd book. Yes I am working hard to finish the first two! You’ll be the first to know. Especially if you are on my email list! Kris Oster’s Enchant:  Enrapture the World with Spellbinding Strategies. You’ll want to get this if you’re considering joining us on July 19 for Ignite Your Sexy Biz

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Play with DSLR Self-Portraits while Dancing

April 28, 2014
Play with DSLR Self-Portraits while Dancing

Rainbows + Serendipity Over the weekend my husband and I chatted about photography because of pretty pictures he took of a rainbow in San Francisco during Friday’s rainstorm with his two-month old Samsung phone. In passing, I mentioned that someday I still wanted to learn how to use my DSLR better. I never imagined that someday would start today! While catching up on emails after I made the DSLR comment, I stumbled onto Vivienne McMaster’s Beloved Camera Class. In it she focuses on teaching the technical stuff (including aperture + shutter speed–yay!) in a playful, right-brained way. I was tempted, but worried about the time it would take with daily emails. Not to worry, Vivienne suggests 30 – 60 min per week. Still, I have a tendency to immerse and didn’t want to get side-tracked from writing commitments. Leg + Feet Self Portraits Once I saw the sexy red boots (with behind the scenes tips) and all the feet self-portraits, I was hooked. If you’ve seen any of my prancing on the beach or plane photos, I’m sure you understand why! Day 1:  PLAY! I was right to worry about time away from writing, at least today. My 10 min photo play-break went long

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Ode to Splash Color Matte Leggings

March 23, 2014
Ode to Splash Color Matte Leggings

Two years ago while looking for a picture to illustrate dancing in sisterhood for a digital collage I only had few images to choose from. This was the best. The image doesn’t reflect what it felt like to be there, dancing on the beach in a circle of sisterhood. Up close our cheeks glowed. Our eyes sparkled. Our bodies oozed radiant energy. I was struck by how most of us were swathed in black clothing, as if we were attending a funeral rather than celebrating sisterhood and sensuality on the beach. Too Much Black I have nothing against the color black in reasonable amounts. It’s my husband’s favorite color. When I asked him why he said, “I don’t know.” What do you like about it?” I tried again. “I don’t know.” He laughed. Knowing I’d find another way to ask he continued, “It goes with everything. It’s cool.” An image of Fonzie (from Happy Days) wearing his leather jacket greeting all with his famous, “Hey…” popped into my head. Though cool to Brian is jazzier. Think the Rat Pack. In tuxedos. Or half the color of Halloween (his birthday) or the Philadelphia Flyers. To me, black is oppressive in large

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Lisa Loves… Lisa Hates… Lisa Always…

March 14, 2014
Lisa Loves… Lisa Hates… Lisa Always…

When I took my first storytelling workshop, my writing teacher gave our class a simple and extremely useful character development exercise. I’d never thought of myself as a character, but the structure of narratives are the same whether they are truth or fiction. Our Assignment:  What does your character love? Hate? Always do. Be sure to say why. Bonus points for stuff that get her into trouble or show her getting in her own way. Lisa loves 1. To learn because she was born that way.  She loves to read non-ficiton because she learns from it.  She is curious. Like George, that infamous monkey. 2. Brian (aka husband) because he makes her laugh, is more generous than Santa Claus, loves her, calls her precious and still makes her feel that way after 25 years of marriage. 3. Champagne because it has bubbles, tastes yummy, is refreshing and goes with anything, is luxurious and celebratory. 4. Fruit especially blueberries, black raspberries, the strawberries like she had growing up, peaches, because they are sweet and bursting with flavor & it’s good for her. (Her real favorites are in seasons produce so today her favorites are Winter Kale and oranges.) 5. Music because

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