Setting Intention to be Happier While Crushing Your Goals

Okay let’s chat about setting intentions and what that means. I did not grow up with this language and it wasn’t until much later on, like this year, that I even understood how it differed from goals. First lets understand how they differ, goals are something that you set to help stay on track and achieve something. An…

Off with my…Uterus? Ovaries? Cervix? Gah! Just take it all…

“You think if you’ve got no uterus and no breasts, you’re still technically a woman?” Donna Jensen from the movie Erin Brockovich Never in my life did I expect that by 30 I’d be living my life, fairly happily, without breasts, a uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. I figured at one point I’d probably get my…

Living with N.E.D.

Great news! You are N.E.D.! Huh? Oh, sorry, it means No Evidence of Disease. So I’m not cured? Uh, well, no… This is a conversation every breast cancer survivor will go through at some point in their journey. For me it occurred on October 24, 2016, two weeks after my bilateral mastectomy with right lymph…

My 15 Minute Tops Makeup Routine

So let’s start this by prefacing the fact that I’ve always chosen sleep/staying in bed over spending hours getting ready in the mornings. Most of the time that means I do one of the following: Throw on a tinted moisturizer as I’m running out the door and call it good Throw all my makeup into…

Affirmations, Spirituality, Inner Peace

If you have ever read (or listened – hello Audible) to a self development book you’ve no doubt read/heard things like “what you speak about, you bring about” or “what you choose to focus on becomes your reality”. These affirmations about believing in the power of positivity are always the main focus of these types…

Staycation on a budget in Portland Oregon…with a toddler!!

Staycations, the term for taking time off from work but not going out of town, are often considered budget friendly. However, when you have a toddler and a problem with shopping Target to avoid boredom it can quickly become as costly as a Hawaiian vacation!! Every year at my corporate job I get the week of…

Coop’s Confessions on Emotional Trauma and Shopping

“Mrs. Cooper, how do you manage stress?” “Ummm…well I shop? No wait don’t write that down!! I meditate, yeah that sounds much more responsible.” I haven’t always been a compulsive, emotional shopper. I didn’t have money to spend on frivolous things when I was growing up, however, I did go shopping a lot with my…

5 Things I L.O.V.E. About My Body

Loving your body isn’t something we are necessarily taught these days. It’s more like, I don’t know, a constant comparison to either your friends, family members or even celebrities. Seeing that fit mom on Instagram and thinking damn I should have a six-pack too. Listening to your best friend complain about her weight when you…

Coop’s Kisses- 2018 Summer Hair Must Haves

My hair is a finicky pain in the butt. It’s thick but also super fine. It’s not straight but it’s also not curly. It’s warm tones make it almost impossible to color without pulling crazy amounts of gold tones. It loves being bleached but is naturally dark brown so the upkeep is expensive and annoying….