Older Girl Beauty


Perception and how we act

A trip into the workings of how my brain thinks – this time about Perception, and how it guides us in our actions.

With a cameo from the new Avon Anew Power Serum, that was sent to me by them, but, I haven’t even tried it out, yet.

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“Is this thing on?” – The Older Girl Beauty Story

The one where I talk about what I’ve been doing and what I still want to do.

Hey, I missed you guys. :)

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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.

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. :)

(*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.

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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