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October is for Pretty Pink Things – 2014

This was originally posted here, but I want to repost it as October is here again already.

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Today is October 1st, which, for the last 25years has been recognized as “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month”. It’s also the day that my friend say, “Cool – I can get lots of pink things at Target now.”. Yep, that’s what it has come to, in my opinion – a month known for the proliferation of pink things, but not really the cause behind it any more.

And you know what? I’m kind of okay with that.

Of course, I don’t diminish the impact that breast cancer can have on a woman and her family – my son’s grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, in fact. Nor do I ignore the need for awareness for a disease that has the second highest incidence rate to prostrate cancer (2009* (*updated) most recently data available), affecting nearly 200k women directly, each year. I just have a problem with the monetization of the awareness.

Have you guys ever heard of “pinkwashing”? It’s a controversial variation of cause marketing that focuses on breast cancer & how *some* of the companies using the pink ribbon & BCA may not be doing it for pure motives. I emphasis *some* because I want to impress that not ALL companies releasing special products for BCAM have ulterior motives – but you know what they say about “bad apples” and all (*did you know that metaphor is actually true?). Anyway…

In no way am I telling you not to purchase a specially branded product – I’m just asking that you educate yourself of the brand’s intentions with this marketing. The “Breast Cancer Action” organization has come up with a site, “Think Before You Pink” to help consumers challenge themselves to ask questions before purchasing a pink branded item. I don’t see anything wrong with purchasing a product because it is pink and you like it, but please do not say you bought it only as a way to support the cause. Own your purchase and if you are sincere about wanting to help, please donate directly to a reputable breast cancer charity – the most notable being the “Susan G.Komen for the Cure” organization, or give of your time in your local community ANY TIME OF YEAR, not just in October, because we all know cancer doesn’t only strike one month a year. And wear your pretty new pink product when you go. icon smile October is for Pretty Pink Things   2014

(*This post was inspired by this post by Shannon from “A Girl’s Gotta Spa”. For 2014, Shannon decided to spotlight the best charities for breast cancer research.)

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Three weeks post-op: The world doesn’t make any sense

Today makes it three weeks since I broke up with my boyfriend, aka “had my cyst removed”. Everything surgically went great, and my recovery from that has been slow, but positive. (*Who knew it would take so damn much energy to take a shower – let alone stand up??). Unfortunately, there has been an painful complication that has made my life really uncomfortable – to the point that I still can’t return to work. Let me tell you, my nerves are shot and I can’t stand the looks of these 4 walls. And, if I am even getting irritated at my personal doctor cat, Reese,, then you know I have been stuck at home for too long.

So, yeah, these past weeks have given me more than ample time to think and whine. And to hear about the horrible news that a beautiful butterfly that I work with has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer, that has spread to her glands. What in the ever living hell? This is an older woman that lives the Godly life – walks the walk, talks the talk. There is beauty in every single one of her days. And now she has this. It makes no sense to me in the grand scheme of things. Saying that some people get what they “deserve” sounds too harsh. I think it’s more like, “that’s not entirely surprising”. I mean, when my mother-in-law, a lifelong smoker, passed away recently from Breast and Lung Cancer, we were devastated, but not completely blindsided, as we have all been told the dangers of smoking. But, this woman has never been a smoker, a drinker and always had a strong belief system. It’s just frustrating to me.

And, she continues to come to work every day with a smile on her face, until they work out a treatment plan. Meanwhile I try to sit here at home, whining all day, while watching HGTV & cooking shows with my mom. Life just doesn’t seem fair sometimes.

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Breaking up with my boyfriend

We’ve all had them – that one guy that comes in your life, before you even realize it. He’s just hanging out, not causing a scene. But then, you see him for what he is, and you just know that he’s going to hurt you, cost you a lot of money, cause you to stay in bed for many days & leave you scarred for life.

So, you decide you are going to break up with him, on the advice of educated folks. And that’s what I am doing today, breaking up with my boyfriend, Harry. Harry Ovary.

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Meet Harry. He is a simple cyst that is in the 10cm range. As my doctor said, “it’s the size of a baby’s head”. And, it’s gotta go. She’s hoping to take it laparoscopically, but, due to the size, she may have to do a full laparotomy. I’ll find out which she one she did when I wake up.

Now, be a good friend and offer to take me out for drinks when this is over, and we can talk about what a crap boyfriend Harry was all night.

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There is more to beauty than lipstick.

glasses beauty quote 300x208 There is more to beauty than lipstick. As I was sitting in the hospital waiting room, reading the latest InStyle magazine on my iPad (*isn’t technology grand?), waiting for my sweet Momma to have one more test to try and figure out this lingering cough she has been fighting, I realize – I don’t care about the latest lipstick releases, and I apparently haven’t for a while now. It’s not that I don’t like them any more, it’s just that I can’t focus on them that much nowadays. Life has caught up with me, in more ways than one.

I tell you guys that I love being over 40 and that is absolutely true. Except, that being over 40 means there are more visits to loved ones in hospitals, and more funerals to attend than one would like, which is really none. But, with things like that happening more and more frequently, it really makes you appreciate the beauty in life all around us, in ways you don’t think of as beautiful, but are more touching than making sure you have the right Coral for Spring. icon wink There is more to beauty than lipstick.

There is beauty in:

1) The way my Momma *needed* her razor when she was in the hospital, because she was damn certain no one was going to see her with lip fuzz.

2) The way someone can provide stability to someone whose life is filled with chaos.

3) The way one can find hearts in places you wouldn’t think to look.

4) The way a baby giggles when you nom on their little fat rolls on their thighs. (*Mmmm…baby thighs!)

5) The way your kid says “Welcome to CVS” when you walk in to where he works.

6) Freckles.

So, yeah, there are lots of things going on around here that makes me want to shift focus on my site and include so many more things I find beauty in, and I will. And you may not want to be along for the ride. I get it. No hard feelings.

But if you stick around, you might find a space that you enjoy as much, if not more as before. And, don’t worry, I will still share what I try, just maybe not as quickly, or as much, as before. (*Don’t forget, I am also sharing my life on twitter and Instagram.)

I am not in this for the race to post, nor the pressure of the blogging world, as it has become. I’m in it for me, and whatever I want to write about, and would love for you to keep hanging out with me, too.

And, damn it, I *will* find that elusive, perfect, Holy Grail Plum eyeliner.

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Pardon our dust as we touch up Older Girl Beauty

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Hey there! Just wanted to let you know that we are making a few changes around here and to ask you to pardon our dust. Some of the fonts may be a bit funky, the color scheme not matchy matchy and some of the images may be the wrong size. Think of it as our way of making sure you are paying attention. icon wink Pardon our dust as we touch up Older Girl Beauty

We are just trying to spruce things up for the new year, and going forward. So, please bear with us while we get things all situated around here.

In the meantime, here are some cute kitties – that would love to be adopted – to keep you entertained until we get back!

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