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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 12: Create a personal paradise worthy of Aphrodite

Today’s affirmation –

“I am worthy of my own personal paradise – a place for renewal and rejuvenation.”

Today’s prayer –

“Divine Creator, please change me into someone who honours herself by surrounding herself with space that reflects her inner beauty and divinity.”

So today I’m supposed to do an activity in 15 mins flat… declutter a drawer or make a small space pretty. Hmmm. All the drawers are tidy or empty due to our building work. Let’s opt for the pretty space. I had it all set out in my mind. Candles and nice bath products for my bathroom, a pretty box to hold all my luxuries, and then, decorate the sundeck with lanterns and blankets on the chairs. I fancied watching the stars this evening.

And then life happened. The glazier turned up to install our new French doors. We’ve been waiting for a while to have them installed, but did he have to pick today?! Soon my writing area reverberated to the sound of demolition and installation. How noisy are hammer drills?! I have to say, the end result is wonderful. I can already picture Sunday lunch with the doors open, sun shining, and the garden beckoning. But right now, back in the real world, it is raining hard. Looks like we goddesses are at the mercy of the weather. I won’t be decorating the deck later and the stars will remain veiled behind thick clouds.

Ah well. My silver lining came in the form of an afternoon in the beauty salon. A whole afternoon in a room fit for a princess, with relaxing music, luxurious products, and gentle hands. Let the weather do what it will while I lie back ane enjoy every minute of pampering.