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October 5, 2012

Facing the physical changes that accompany menopause and aging is a challenge for the modern-day woman who finds herself immersed in a culture that worships youth and beauty. Ours is not a world that values the aging, although I see evidence of this changing everywhere, most especially in the hearts, souls and spirits of the women I know through my work with women over fifty. We are staring down the shadows of our culture and wrestling with them daily. It’s been a valiant fight and I believe we are making a difference.

Those of us who value a woman’s inner beauty are still sometimes confused by our feelings of discomfort with our own aging body. I still find myself wanting to look younger than my age, grappling with external things such as “should I keep coloring my hair, or let it go to whatever version of gray it is”. I want to dress in comfort but I still want to be attractive to my husband. For now, I’ve settled on a few things , but I am well aware that I will continue to change and question and grow with my aging body.

As I became more acutely aware of the shortness of life, taking care of myself rose in importance on my to-do-list.  I made lots of mistakes in this regard throughout my life and I will never be perfect, but I work harder at keeping myself healthy than I ever did.  I have come to understand that my body is not something to be controlled and manipulated but something to cherish and respect.  To that end I have chosen not to take drastic measures (even if I could afford them) and instead take care of the most important things first. I work daily to reduce the effects of stress, an area for me that has been most neglected, and I worry more about what I eat and moving my body than I do about what the scales say or what size clothes I’m wearing.

Yesterday, my hairdresser and I agreed that for as long as my husband stubbornly refuses to gray, I will continue to minimize my own gray hair, while not banishing it entirely. We’re the same age but I fear he’ll eventually look ten years younger than me. I’m not ready for that! While I may have fallen short in dealing with stress, over the years I have been diligent about taking care of my skin. For as long as I can remember I have used Mary Kay skin care products. It was through a skin care class way back when that I learned the value of skin care and incorporated a regimen into my life.  I liked the way it worked for me.  Now is no exception.  A good friend of mine is a Mary Kay Director and she keeps me up-to-date on all the latest products. She recently sent me an introductory package of the new skin care products for aging skin.

I received my demo package about four weeks ago and I was so pleased by how good my skin looked and felt that I asked her if there was some way I could make it available to my friends on Aging Abundantly.  You may already have your favorite products but if you would like to try TimeWise Repair, I have been able to secure a 25% discount for you until the end of October.  I know you will not be disappointed, but if you are, Mary Kay has always had 100% money back guarantee. See details HERE or contact me directly by email and I will handle your order personally.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 5, 2012 3:33 pm

    You’re adorable!


    . . ✫ . .☽☀ ☀★¸¸.☆.¸¸ . ✶*¨*. ¸ .✫*¨*.¸¸”Each breath we take, each step we make,
    each smile we realize, is a positive contribution to peace.”

    Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2012 18:33:01 +0000

  2. October 7, 2012 3:53 pm

    You look wonderful! When it comes to coloring hair, I’m a fan of choices. I color my hair and it makes me happy. I also admire my friends who decide to go natural.

    • October 7, 2012 5:11 pm

      Thanks Kathy, but I just realized that the picture is ten years old, the my recent picture taken of my husband and I together. While he still looks the same, I do not! 🙂 Time for a new picture I think.

  3. October 29, 2012 9:36 am

    It is hard to look in the mirror and see my skin is not as young as I would like. Although I do use a moisturizer/sun skin I am looking towards acceptance of my aging self. I said looking towards because it is an on-going dynamic process. As long as our culture glorifies the young and devalues the older it is going to be a struggle. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if an aging face, body or hair were badges of honor, courage and admirable. I bet we wouldn’t even think twice about our aging. We would look in the mirror and smile at every wrinkle and evidence that we have gotten as far as we did. For me this is 62 years. In the meantime, I am glad that you found a product that helps you feel your best.

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