Knew Better? Do Better

Knew Better? Do Better

Fitness, Foodie, Lifestyle
6 week Challenge. That's what we called it. A chance to revamp something in your life that you wanted to do. Health? Jump Start it. Clutter? Get rid of it. Me and a group of friends did it. Did we succeed? My challenges during the 6 weeks were to 1. Focus on clean eating. 2. De-clutter my closets. 3. Try to be more organized 4. Be the person you want to be. How did I fare? Clean Eating was really about eliminating meat. And juicing. It started off good. Juicing before work in the AM. I'd prepare a green juice with lots of leafy greens before work. I'd get to my desk and have a ginger tea and water and then my juice. Having one juice a day wasn't too…
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Changes coming

Changes coming

Lifestyle
  As you can see things are changing around here and I'm so happy to announce the relaunching of my site, Cleosunshine.com . With a new look comes many new things and I just hope that everyone bears with me as the changes are happening. I'm trying to bring you not only more post, but more quality posts. I had to sit and really think about what things are important to me that I want to bring a focus to. This will still be a lifestyle blog, not completely fashion, entertainment, fitness or dating but it will encompass all of those things. You're going to see  more of me and I hope you like it!   XOXOXO -Cleo
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Open letter

Open letter

Lifestyle
Dear love, It's not that I don't want to believe in you, its just that I don't know how to believe in you. Outside of fairy tales and movies you haven't been present in my life. The times I thought I found you, you were blocked by insecurity, infidelity, and insanity. Yes, insanity because I went crazy trying to hold on to what I thought was you. In that crazed time, I missed it when you quietly walked out the door and left me because I wasn't ready. I want us to have a fresh start. I want to get rid of the damage in the past. I want to have trust in you and faith that when I find you, the REAL you, I won't mistake you for lust…
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Quotables

Quotables

Lifestyle
Browisng quotes today I first came across this Voltaire quote, "The secret of being a bore is to tell everything," and it made me think of a few things. Sometimes I do feel boring because I feel I reveal too much of the trivial details of my life. Or maybe its not that I tell the things its that I get overly dramatic (according to Jess) about very small things. I realize that everything isn't urgent or life threatening, but in that moment. It seems to be the ONLY thing you can think about. RIGHT? But I realize sometimes I can be too transparent and people are confused when I'm not so open. Baffles them. The thing is, I hate when other people are mundane with me. And I have…
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When does “I want to be” become “I AM”?

When does “I want to be” become “I AM”?

Lifestyle
WE all work hard to be the person we want to be right? Whether its the person who wakes up at 5am to work out or the person who buys little sweet gifts for those around her that she loves. At some point in life we are putting in effort to become this person we want to be. When do we stop wanting and actually becoming??? For instance. I want to be runner. I always imagined I'd be one of the bopping ponytails on the treadmill when you enter. Or one of those people who wakes up and does 5 miles before jetting off to work. So I've been taking steps to become a runner by actually trying to run. I've bought the shoes (twice) the insoles, the socks. the…
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Twenty.seven.

Twenty.seven.

Lifestyle
Every year I like to re-evaluate my life on my birthday and see what I've done in the past year and possibly make new goals.. 26 was ... Different. I partied more that I did before. I dyed my hair blond. I completed my first year of grad school. I moved into my own apartment again. I found comfort I silence. What are my goals for the next year? 1. Blog. Blog. Blog. The few readers I have may start to see a change in my posts and more posts. What are my passions? I started logging as a creative outlet to express my varying interest. Right now my interest are fitness/health (even if I'm not on the top of both of those, they interest me), nails-polish, art, designs. All…
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Affection vs attention

Affection vs attention

Lifestyle
Today I can't help but think on the difference between affection and attention. Which one is more important? I immediately thought back to a time a few years ago. It was within the first year of me graduating college and I lived in my first apartment. Me and the infamous EX were on one of our "off" periods that had lasted at least 8 months to a year. While we weren't technically Ina relationship we still engaged I relations and spent a huge chunk of time together masquerading behind the premise of friendship. During this time "apart from him" I met a guy who I still refer to as "south jersey," and he was a complete 180 from what I knew. He was older by approximately 8 years, smart, interesting,…
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Lent 2012

Lent 2012

Lifestyle
Hi Guys! As you know, or may not know, every year I give up something for Lent-even thought I'm not Catholic. This year my sacrifices are: Nail Polish and Coffee .. Why Nail Polish and coffee you ask? 1. Nail Polish: This one has a stipulation. I am allowed to use my Nailtiques nail protein, but no buying nail polish or painting my nails. I realized that I have a bit of an obsession with buying polish and painting my nails when I purchased 5 bottles in one week. So I decided to challenge myself to not do any . I believe Lent should be a challenge. Also, healthy nails are important, so I'm going to take the time to continue fortifying my nails with the Nailtiques.  My natural nails look…
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I need a hair miracle

I need a hair miracle

Lifestyle
As much as I loved my journey with hair color this summer, I am saddened by the damage to my hair length and most importantly its texture! Soo.. I created this photo collages to chronicle the changes .. I was in LOVE with my curls summer 2010, it was the year I discovered the CG method, or a modified version.. Then I did my usual straight in the winter where I cut my beloved bangs ... Then in May 2011 there was my color... I went blondish with no bleach.. I guess my hair just doesn't respond to color and all the conditioner in the world won't save it.. So now I'm taking a break from my winter hair, aka heat to give it some love, hopefully I don't have to…
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Cleo Sunshine: Ice Queen?!?

Cleo Sunshine: Ice Queen?!?

Lifestyle
The last week I've been really UPSET that someone who I considered a good friend called me a "Cold" person. This is the second time this person called me cold. I went into a twitter rant and a frantic text to @PhDubb about how angry I was at this accusation... Mostly because I don't see myself as cold. I calmed down, but this title has stuck with me all week and I'm actually not over it. Maybe it bothers me the person who said it, or because I'm battling with if I am actually a cold person .. Back Story: Accuser has known me since third grade. She and I weren't always friends, but can you really say you had an enemy in junior high school? We were friends all…
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Brown Chicken, Brown Cow

Brown Chicken, Brown Cow

Lifestyle
* sing it like you mean it * Brown Chicken Brown Cow . Get it? Ok, that was in a greeting card I read at Target and totally not the topic of discussion today.  I've had this blog sitting in limbo for some time (notice a theme in my blogging life?) Life is just confusing .. but I want to take a moment to thank my booski Anu-veetrrraaa for her lovely insight today. In one of our uber silly conversations she let out this gem of knowledge.  Bless her young soul : no one wantsss a boyfriend they just happen haha lol, yew being single is no reflection on anything missy I mean, I'd be lying if I didn't say that being single is discouraging! I mean, clearly its apparent…
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My “funny” valentine

My “funny” valentine

Lifestyle
Everyone's favorite made-up consumer holiday is steadfastly approaching and I am trying to avoid all the sad eyes and "woe is me" eyes that people keep giving me. Honestly, I think other people are more concerned for my lack of Valentine than I am. . . I don't remember if I was sad last year about not having a valentine, but I know this year I am NOT. And here is why I think it doesn't matter... Not to sound sound cocky, but I'm finally at a point where I realize I am single because I choose to be. Sure, I could be with someone right now, but I know deep down that they aren't the match for me. I COULD be getting laid regularly, but I know that I…
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finality of progress

finality of progress

Lifestyle
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” This quote, by Winston Churchill, has been permeating my soul lately. I remember in the past saying my biggest fear was failure and I didn't even have a concrete definition of failure. Was it failure to meet goals I set for myself or expectations that I think others may have imposed on me. What was this failure that I was so scared of. So, when I kept seeing this quote it stuck with me and I let it marinate - as I do with most things. And I started to question what exactly is my biggest fear. Now, my big thing now is evolution. Evolving. change. My biggest fear today may not be my…
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Dream a little  Dream

Dream a little Dream

Fitness, Lifestyle
I finally, finally completed my Dream Board. I don't even want to tell you when I started it, but just know that it was stalled for so long because I put so much pressure on myself to make it "perfect." But what is a perfect dream? Why do I have to have on dream? I remembered, "Yo, this is NOT permanent...Change as necessary." This board is reflective of where I am now, what desires I have, the goals I want. Because because ultimately I want to be near a beach where I reside. The book and pen reflect my desire to get back to creativity, stretching my imagination. The fitness? self explanatory right? I think this board is awesome. It's my desktop saver. I wrote, what's more important in lipstick on my…
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For Fear’s Sake

For Fear’s Sake

Lifestyle
Perfection is not just about control. It’s also about letting go. Surprise yourself so you can surprise the audience. Transcendence! Very few have it in them … The only person standing in your way is you. It’s time to let her go. Lose yourself. I read this on Jess's blog and it stood out to me. Mostly because yesterday we had the conversation where I revealed that I guess sometimes I'm scared to be myself. Myself being slightly neurotic and a complete over thinker. Most people don't know that about me, because I always appear cool, calm and collected. And I tend to try to be. But inside my mind, things replay over and over and over. And I do like to typically think about things before I say or…
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