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New beginnings…

Yesterday afternoon I sat down to prepare topics for this week while Sunday Dinner roasted in the oven. My writing spot is perfect for keeping an eye on culinary creations while trying to put pen to paper. While things were motoring along nicely food wise, I was stumped for writing ideas. Even walking the pup didn’t help. Pup is nearly one year old but still shows no sign of calming down. Instead of inspiration I got exasperation and mud down my jeans!

As I hosed her down (and me) I had an idea, ask for inspiration from my Angel Oracle cards. So I did, and today’s topic is “Time To Go”.

My first reaction was worry. What was coming an end? My job? Last week, filled with a determination I never had until menopause, I asked for my job to be regraded, citing similar positions currently advertised, along with their remuneration packages. I’ve saved them the bother of coming up with a new title because I’ve already got one lined up. I’m on holiday this week, so the management team will be mulling over my request and proposal. Maybe this card means that they will say no and I’ll be looking for a new job.

Reading further down the card I see a glimmer of hope. Maybe I am starting a new cycle in my life. I like the more positive sound of this. The start of new beginnings. Well here’s a new thing for me, time off to myself. Hubby does not have the same amount of annual leave as me so I am in charge of my own week. What fun. I have booked a little something for me every day this week in an effort to recharge batteries.

Today I had a whole hour with a personal shopper followed by an hour with a makeup artist. The main tasks were to find a party dress and to have a bold new makeup design to go with the new dress. There is something special about having a professional stylist take me in hand, push my boundaries and get me sorted out with a dress. I had so much fun trying on everything. It reminded me of playing dress-up as a kid. I am now the proud owner of a very purple, sparkly dress that makes a fabulous sound when I move… it actually susurrates.

On to the makeup counter. My personal shopper came with me to brief the makeup artist on colours and looks, and to push me out of my comfort zone. It was so much fun choosing colours from the vast pallet. Even as I write, I’m still wearing the glam makeup. I’ve never looked so glamorous for the lunchtime pup walk. It’s such a shame I didn’t meet a soul! Never mind. I have a full list of instructions on how to recreate the look for myself, and I have new make up to help.

And the cherry in the top? The department store was have a price match with a competitor so 20% reduction at the till!

I’ve never felt more bold and confident in my life, so I’m taking courage from the Angel card and enjoying my new beginning in my post menopausal years. And if my company throws a wobbly because I asked for a regrade and better pay then maybe it is time to look around. At least I’ll look fabulous.

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Day 10: Be gorgeous!

Today’s affirmation –

“I am a beautiful, divine, gorgeous creature.”

Today’s prayer –

“Divine Creator, please change me into someone who sees how very beautiful I am.”

This sounds like a fun day. I am getting better at letting my inner goddess out for a good airing. The day started well with a little home beauty treatment before my shower. A thorough cleanse and facial scrub (no micro-beads!) followed by a 20 minute moisture mask, thick and pale cream (think Mrs Doubtfire). I’d totally forgotten that my building team might arrive early to finish off the very last bits of building work. I’m not sure who got the biggest surprise or had the best laugh. What a great way to start the day. Smiles and giggles all round and a beautifully moisturised face. Win, win!

So, with the focus on being gorgeous, I selected clothes I feel fab wearing, shoes to match, and then time for makeup. Reading through the list of ideas for today gave me courage to try something new. I have a lovely Bobbi Brown palette and tend to use the same two colours over and over again. Dull! Boring! A little on-line research and I have a new look for the eye makeup, winged eyeliner! Move over Adele! Sporting my new look and my favourite clothes, I set out to “turn heads”. I’m not sure heads moved because I wasn’t really looking. I was too busy being gorgeous 😁

The next stage of the goddess make-over came when I visited the hairdresser. While she cut my hair, we discussed colour, Autumn colours, with vibrant deep red lowlights. I’ve not coloured my hair since the days of the old swimming cap highlights. Gosh, that used to hurt. This should be a real painless treat. Apart from my daughter and you, dear readers, nobody else knows I’m doing this. Hopefully, when I walk back into the house, hubby should notice the new hair do (or not).

With reference to yesterday, moving joyously and sensuously, our evening dance class ticked those boxes. Hubby and I have finally managed to link all the parts of our waltz together, and to music, a major achievement. I am pleased to report that no toes were squashed or other couples crashed into during the lesson. That’s a great lesson in my book.