Thursday 3: March 22, 2018

How has your week been? Mine hasn’t been as packed as last week, but I still felt the pressure to get yesterday’s post done yesterday. I got it done right before midnight. Probably not the best time to be posting anything, but I have to grab every opportunity I can to write, photograph, edit, and make graphics. Sometimes that’s only at 11:00 at night! If you missed my guide to anti-aging skincare essentials, check it out here.

Besides blogging, here’s what else I’ve loved this week.

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Thursday 3: 3/22/18


No. 1: Cadbury Mini Eggs

In honor of my mom, I bought a bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs this week. She LOVED them, and it makes me feel connected to her having them as a treat this time of year. Plus, they’re freaking amazing!

 No. 2: How to Be Fascinating

As I’ve related before, I like to listen to podcasts and YouTube videos on my commute. The other day, I listened to a video in which Maria Forleo interviewed Sally Hogshead, the creator of the Fascination Personality test. The test she developed measures a person’s personality from the outside in, rather than from the inside out. That is, the test results show how others perceive you and what makes you fascinating. Based on your results, Hogshead encourages you to emphasize the characteristics people find fascinating about you in order to make you or your company stand out from the crowd.

The test is based on seven fascination advantages: innovation, passion, power, prestige, trust, mystique, and alert. You have primary and secondary advantages that come together to form your archetype. There are 49 archetypes, and your archetype describes how the world sees you.

I took the 28 question test and found out my primary advantage is prestige and my secondary advantage is passion, making my archetype The Connoisseur. Apparently, this means people see me as someone who is insightful, distinguished, in-the-know, admired, and well-groomed. At my highest value, I deliver “in-the-know opinions”. When I read that, I thought it was perfect as I was working on my guide to anti-aging skincare chock-full of in-the-know opinions.

If you are interested in learning more about Hogshead’s story, how she created the test, and how you can apply your fascination advantages to your life, check out this video. You can take the test at (It’s free, but you have to pay $19.99 for the express profile and $47 for the complete profile.)

The Connoisseur



No. 3: View from Samish Overlook

On Saturday, we took our daughter to the park. It was fun to watch her walk around on the playground equipment and go down the slide with her daddy. While we were there, we remembered REI was holding its Garage Sale that day, so we made an impromptu trip to Bellingham. While we didn’t find anything at the sale, we did find a spectacular view on our way home. We decided to stop at Samish Overlook, which has sweeping views of the Skagit Valley and San Juan Islands.

Hang gliders and paragliders take off from this point. We watched a hang glider launch, and it was a pretty frightening experience! The man waited such a long time before jumping, we were beginning to think he was getting cold feet. He eventually launched, and it was neat to see him riding the air currents above the trees just like the birds he was flying beside.

Below are some pics I snapped on my phone. I wish I’d brought my DSLR camera with me!

A hang glider gets ready to launch from Samish Overlook

Hang gliders and paragliders in the air

The view of the Skagit Valley and the San Juan Islands from Samish Overlook

The view of the Skagit Valley and San Juan Islands from Samish Overlook

The view of the San Juan Islands from Samish Overlook

The view of the San Juan Islands from Samish Overlook

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