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Ten Steps to Be Your Wonderful Self

So often when I was around my mom I was there when she was putting on her “face.” She would lament her wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles. My sister and I would be surprised at how much she would spend on products to “fix” these things. When she passed she was 89. Such an amazing life she lived, too! But I remember clearly one time when she was trying to put on mascara and fussing about her imperfections and I said, “Mom, you know no one notices that stuff but you. All we see is how great you are and how much we all want to be around you.” And that was the absolute truth! My mom was an Auntie Mame (those of you my age will remember who that was), colorful and fun and funny. And even passing at 89 years old I still miss her every single day.

I am at that same place now, well, only 25 years younger. But don’t we all look in a mirror and see only imperfections? Why is that? It may be because we have this internal expectation to be something other than what we are. And who sets those expectations? It’s another example of keeping up with the Joneses, don’t you think? I am going to see family this weekend and I can’t wait! And since I have a new, smaller car I am even more careful about how I pack. One of those expectations also includes how you dress. Who exactly puts the limit on that? It’s enough to drive a person crazy!

So following are ten life lessons from the iconic Iris Apfel (Mattel made a Barbie of her in 2018!) that I am compelled to share:

  1. Don’t obsess over your age. “You’re here. Embrace it. …Put your experience to work.”
  2. Pick a person who celebrates your successes. Find someone who encourages you and offers “unwavering support.”
  3. When something excites you, go for it. “I just feel things in my gut and I do them. If something sounds exciting and interesting I do it — and then I worry about it later.”
  4. To stay young you have to feel young. “Having a sense of wonder, a sense of humor, and a sense of curiosity — these are my tonic…”
  5. Care about your own opinion above anyone else’s. “If you have to be all things to all people, you end up being ‘nothin’ to nobody.”
  6. But don’t isolate yourself either. “…But if you don’t try to be part of things, forget it. That’s when your originality is going to work against you. Fit in first and then step out.”
  7. Money doesn’t buy success. “If you’re happy, have found love, are surrounded by good people, doing what you like and giving back to others, that’s success.”
  8. Style is not about spending money. “It’s not what you wear but how you wear it.”
  9. Start new endeavors with one small step. “You only fail if you do not try,” says Apfel.
  10. Don’t pretend you are younger than you are. “There’s nothing wrong with wrinkles. When you’re older, trying to look years younger is foolish, and you’re not fooling anyone. When you’re seventy-five and you get a face-lift, nobody is going to think you are thirty,” she says.”

There you have it. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Go YOU!

Essential Oils: I still LOVE and will continue to promote Young Living Essential Oils! If you are new to essential oils, I highly recommend. And I think when you check out the number of companies that are out there you will agree that Young Living is really the best!

This lovely blend of bitter orange, black spruce, and ylang ylang will awaken your senses. “Present Time helps you focus on the here and now, so you can get beyond the past and move forward.”

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Oh. My. Gosh!

How many times have I said that already this year? I feel like it’s a LOT! We are still in the midst of Covid and trying to get vaccines to the most vulnerable. And now here in Texas we are feeling the brunt of a colossal winter storm. Below freezing temperatures, stuck indoors, meeting yourself coming and going. There have been intermittent brownouts and water is sketchy. What’s a person to do?

The answer: HOLD ON!

You’ve heard this phrase I’m sure: This too shall pass. I am completely sympathetic with all of the people who are truly suffering. The pictures I have seen of broken water pipes in homes, flooding all of a person’s possessions, is truly sad. Then there are shelters that have been set up so families have a warm place to stay if they don’t have electricity. I have said a prayer every day and am so grateful for a (fairly) warm house and staples to sustain us.

It makes me think of the challenges we all go through: loss of a loved one, loss of a job, breakup of a relationship. Everyone has a way of getting through the trials and tribulations of life. You can pray about it, you can drink and/or eat (I don’t encourage overindulgence; you’ll live to regret it!), you can lean on friends and relatives. I do all of these! I am really bummed that right now I can’t get outside and do my daily walks. And they are getting harder now that my knee is getting worse (there will be an upcoming blog about my future knee replacement–yikes!) But we are already getting reports of much better weather coming soon and I love hearing that. I’ve joked before about the changing weather in Texas, like this one:

So just hold on, folks. Better days are coming. I feel it, I know it. Keep the faith!

Essential Oils: I still LOVE and will continue to promote Young Living Essential Oils! If you are new to essential oils, I highly recommend. And I think when you check out the number of companies that are out there you will agree that Young Living is really the best!

This one holds a special place because it was recommended by my mom’s massage therapist for my mom during the last months of her life. With the soothing aromas of basil, marjoram, cypress, lavender and peppermint, Aroma Siez was especially helpful when used with a carrier oil in a body and foot massage. Apply several drops on the back of the neck to help alleviate tension headaches. Aroma Seiz promotes calm and relaxation.

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Weekly Finds: About the Town

Am I glad I got some outside work done already! The arctic blast has hit north Texas and enveloped us. There is really no good reason to go out, and I feel sorry for those that have no choice.

Since I don’t have many words of wisdom this week, I did manage to get out and take pictures of things around Granbury (btw The Best Historic Small Town in the US two years in a row!) that peaked my interest. I hope you enjoy them, and stay warm!

Essential Oils: I still LOVE and will continue to promote Young Living Essential Oils! If you are new to essential oils, I highly recommend. And I think when you check out the number of companies that are out there you will agree that Young Living is really the best!

Ooooh! Check out our Australian Ericifolia! I can’t say it better than our website:

Australian Ericifolia essential oil, commonly known as “Lavender Tea Tree,” synergistically combines the benefits of Tea Tree with the soothing nature of Lavender. Found in Tasmania, the vivacious Melaleuca ericifolia plant is steam distilled to create an essential oil that is sweet and woodsy with lingering notes that are freshly floral.

Australian Ericifolia is a powerful addition to your beauty routine and aromatherapy sessions. Its dynamic benefits and familiar aroma will have you reaching for this unique oil day and night.

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