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Pole Dance is an On Switch for the Body

June 29, 2014
Pole Dance is an On Switch for the Body

We live in a society full of busy minds that rarely rest. I was once card-carrying member of this club. Thanks to pole dancing, I’m no longer a permanent resident. I was reminded of how common this affliction is in our culture while participating in the six-word #skywriting message challenge on twitter. Before Pole Dance My Active Mind Never, Ever Quieted I was easily caught in a maze of over-thinking. And couldn’t find my way out. Both my husband and I would’ve paid big bucks for an ‘off switch’ for my brain. Graduate school was a particularly difficult time. I’d toss and turn, unable to fall asleep because my brain couldn’t stop grappling with problems that had stumped me in my economics or statistics homework. My husband would often say, “If I had your brain, even for one day, I think I’d shoot myself.” Sometimes, my brain made him want to shoot me. The first time it happened was early in our marriage. One afternoon we caught up on chores. As I was about to tackle bills, we kissed. The innocent kiss turned passionate and next thing I knew we’d fallen into bed. After a few minutes of kissing, my

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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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