Unbroken-A must watch video

"The real challenge of growth - mentally, emotionally, and spiritually - comes when you get knocked down. It takes courage to act"

This morning I set out to finish designing the Virago Fitness catalog that we will hand out at the MAGIC WWD Convention in Las Vegas. There is so much pressure on us for this show, that I think it stunting my creativity for this catalog. 

I took a break from it, and opened my bank account. I started to think about all of the things I had to pay for involving Virago, and once it is all paid for, there isn't much left for this month. Then I started thinking about all of the things I could buy with this money for me, for other people, for our house, for my camping trip this weekend… A new shirt, a dress, plants for our garden, new pants for my fiancé, etc. 

Then my friend sent me this video. Take the time and watch it. In fact, watch it every morning before you start your day.

What was I thinking? I am making Virago happen. I am finally living my dream. It is hard work, but all good things are. It is the biggest risk I've ever taken. It's stressful. It's scary, but you have to spend money to make money. You have to give to get. You have to try. Here I go… Back on track!  Brittney Hogan-President Virago-Fitness.

Happy Monday! It's up to you!


Live intentionally with purpose.  You determine the week you will have.  Not that there will not be obstacles,  it is how you over come them!     

Stop comparing yourself to others. Define a purpose. Identify what you want your life to communicate and contribute. Set goals. Goals move us and goals shape us. Stay focused. Learn from others

Ignorance isn't bliss...

If you are not already following Sandra Lee on Facebook or Instagram, I suggest that you do so.  I have always liked her. Sandra Lee is a  television chef and author. She is a very strong advocate for feeding the hungry.   She has a cooking show on The Food Network, her semi-homemade recipes are not my favorite.  However, her tablescapes are beautiful and I love how she decorates.  She has such a great, bubbly personality.

But that isn't why I am suggesting you follow her.  She was diagnosed in June with breast cancer.  She has had a double mastectomy.  Instead of handling this in private she has chosen to share her battle with her fans.  It has been so amazing to see someone being so real and sharing the ups and a lot of downs of her recovery.  I always feel that being real and allowing people to see your struggles and triumphs, does nothing but help others.  Know one wants to think they are the only one, knowing someone else is going through the same thing gives others hope.  She could have had her make up crew fix her up.  But she is keeping it so real!  Praying for her speedy recovery and the impact she is making on others.

In 2007, our first magazine, did a photo shoot for women under 40 with breast cancer.  It was to cause awareness that women under 40 get breast cancer at alarming rates.  It is usually a very aggressive form of breast cancer.  Doctors usually take a wait and see approach because "you are too young to have breast cancer."  This is a deadly mistake.   We had women as young as 18 years of age who were battling cancer.  Some of them are no longer with us.

The campaign we had then rings true now.  We all know we should do monthly breast exams, however, how many of us are that diligent?  It will always be our responsibility to take our lives into our own hands, because ignorance is not bliss it is deadly.   Educate yourself and others.

Photo by faceonbytamara.com

Photo by faceonbytamara.com

Celebrating women owned businesses-with Face on By Tamara

Tamara Wroclawsky is a photographer, makeup artist, graphic artist and stylist, based out of Orange County, California. She has been running Face On By Tamara successfully for over nine years.

Worldwide companies such as Harley Davidson, Bonny Bridal and Millionaire Matchmaker recognize Tamara's work. Her work has graced covers and inside spreads of magazines, fashion catalogs, and store advertisements for years. She has written many beauty and makeup tip columns as a guest expert in magazines, including Parenting OC Magazine, and Drive In Magazine. Tamara believes that everyone has the potential to look and feel beautiful, and deserves to feel that way. She believes God has given her a talent and she wants to share it with the world. Whether by making the housewife next door feel empowered and breathtaking or lighting up the life of a terminally ill child during one of her yearly trips to visit the young children in the Children's Hospital of Orange County in the Cancer Ward.  " It was my vision in the beginning to help people, to use my gifts and to inspire them, and it still is. I want to be remembered not just as a photographer, but as a woman who had a passion for making people feel beautiful, for making people laugh and for giving people memories they can cherish for a lifetime" ~ Tamara Wroclawsky of Face On By Tamara /  www.faceonbytamara.com

Tamara Wroclawsky

Tamara Wroclawsky

America Strong June 14, 2015

Flag Day, June 14 was established in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. 

It doesn't matter if you are a Democrat or a Republican, or who you voted for.  If you don't already have a flag hanging in front of your home, today is the day to go out and buy one.  Let's be America Strong!

"Let us on this day rededicate ourselves to this nation,"  President Woodrow Wilson wrote in his proclamation, " 'one and inseparable' from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers' first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts, for an America which no man can corrupt, no influence draw away from its ideals, no force divide against itself -- a nation signally distinguished among all the nations of mankind for its clear, individual conception alike of its duties and its privileges, its obligations and its rights."


More so than ever...

                                                                                                                                                                                              photography BY TARA PELSUE 

                                                                                                                                                                                             photography BY TARA PELSUE