And Happy New Year, too!
These last few weeks I have been busy going places and doing things with good, old friends that generally I only see at this time of year. It’s always good to connect with good friends…new and/or old!
What I have noticed recently is that lots of the people I know are changing things up for Christmas 2018. Why?? It seems like lots of us are having to modify our Christmas Traditions for their families….they have to modify the old ways/habits/traditions to accommodate everyone’s changing life patterns. It happens to all of us….it’s not necessarily bad, it’s just maybe, different. And sometimes different isn’t always easy!
Maybe your grown children have to work this Christmas?? Maybe you have one more seat at your dinner table this year. And….maybe, you have one less…and that creates a whole in your heart? Maybe your kids have moved out of town? Maybe your parents have moved to a smaller house and can’t easily accommodate the whole group the way they always did. Or maybe the Christmas Eve tradition needs to change this year to make room for church….and dinner. Because we can’t cook dinner for a crowd, even a small crowd, and be at church at the same time. We are really good at what we do….but sometimes even I have to admit that I just can’t do it all. Darn it!
The most important thing to remember this time of year….is to do the best we can to find ways that can include as many of our Christmas Traditions, and family members, and friends, as possible. If necessary maybe we can find new friends to make new traditions with? Maybe even some new places to make family favorites. Maybe we can modify our plans just enough, so that all the family can come, after all? If this year somebody just can’t make it, we will send them hugs and kisses anyway we can….and carry on.
Merry Christmas to you and your family from me and mine!
For the Holidays…? What are you going to wear, where…?!
The suggestions for Holiday 2018 are different than you might expect. I haven’t been seeing any Red & Green…..but instead Sparkle and Shine…and Black! They say Black is the New Holiday!! I turned up my nose at that awhile ago. But now that it is getting to be the time to actually Wear it….I’m liking it! Try to make sure, at least for the Holidays, that your Black is New…to ensure that it is shiny and really Black….and not faded.
Then use some of your favorite accessories…..to add the Sparkle and Shine. Dazzling earrings, crystal necklace? Rhinestones, pearls….bedazzle as much as you can. Remember you have to be comfortable in your look! That is the key ingredient! That is what will make YOU Shine….from the Inside Out! Try something New! I think you will like it!
I had the TV on the other day when I was doing chores around the house. I was surprised to see the Today Show had a Makeover day…I didn’t know they did that!? Anyway, the reason I’m mentioning it is because the Makeovers were so Powerful!! It was amazing! They pulled 2 women out of the audience for a Makeover right there and then. The women they picked were nice looking….maybe kind of drab….but I thought they looked pretty much like most every woman I see out there in the real world on any given day. The Show, took them and their friends inside to observe the End Result on air. The thing that was so surprising was that in just the hour of the Show the ladies looked So Different! They had their hair done, I think added a little color…..and got a new outfit. It was that simple….. and They were Glowing….from the Inside Out….and their friends and family were also!
I hope these 2 ladies will continue their new looks when they go home. They just Have To!! It was obvious, even to the TV audience, that this was the boost each needed for the Holidays 2018! And it seemed it was easy enough to do.
One more thing….don’t forget a new lipstick?!? Red, preferably!! It will put a bounce in your step!! And give you the boost YOU need to live thru a very busy….rich and full, Holiday 2018!
Make it a point to get dressed up in your favorite thing and enjoy the company of your friends and family!!! 🎄
Please comment & share your thoughts!!!
Changing times….it is so hard for us….in many ways! We can get so stuck in a look that it becomes very difficult for us to say OK, OK! I’ll try something different!!
Recently I had lunch with a friend who has had some pretty dramatic changes in her life recently…..she is quite a bit smaller than she was the last time I saw her (good for her!) But the thing that was most interesting was that she was wearing a Very Different Look! She was wearing pants, jeans even!! She looked beautiful….but so different….that I couldn’t take my eyes off her! I was stunned!
As we pursued this conversation about how different her look is today than it was 6 months ago it was so interesting! I learned that not only has her size changed, but the places she goes to have changed up quite a bit also. This woman has a busy life, so it is very important that she has a closet that works for her…. a wardrobe that takes her to a variety of places every day. Between the life pattern changes and the size change, she some how found the courage to try some new things!!! Like wearing pants! Jeans even!
It is really hard for most of us to try new things….whether they are new habits, or clothes, or a new school for the children, or a new business for Dad?? Or to send our children off to nursery school, first grade or college even! Anyone of these changes will send our lives into a very different path….which then will nudge us to try something we didn’t even think of before. As women, when someone/something in our family changes, so does our routine, a new school schedule for example….our schedule changes also. Maybe we aren’t going to the gym 3 days a week any more….or maybe we will start going more often now!?! Any of these changes will push us to try something new….maybe even a new wardrobe!?!
While we were talking about her new life the other day, it made me think that so many people I know….and I got to thinking about how hard it is for some people to change up their look. It has been a Very Long Time for lots of them!! Give yourself a push to try something new! Anything new!! A new book/author….even a new restaurant, even better if it’s in a new part of town….for you! Do you always wear pants?? Try a skirt!…?? Why?? Just because…
Being able to adapt to new things is the thing that will keep us young….at least keep us young at heart! Over the years, I have noticed that as we age, we make our lives smaller and smaller slowly, one day at a time and pretty soon our life gets very small….we don’t go to the same places….or do the same things….even with our good old friends. It’s hard to change our ways. Let’s not be that woman! Let’s commit to each other that we will try new things….and go to new places….when we can and maybe along the way we will make some new friends.
Just one more thing! It’s so important! If you do decide to try something new, give yourself permission to make a mistake!! For Pete’s Sake!! You might find that when you actually try it….you might not like it!! Maybe, if you Always wear black pants, you will consider wearing jeans….but if they don’t work out for you the way you hoped they would, put them right into the Goodwill bag! Don’t fret about that! Just move on to the next thing! It will most likely work out!
Girls Scout Motto: Make new friends, but keep the old,
One is silver and the other gold!
P.S. Just after I wrote this the other day, I snuck out to the movies: A Star is Born. If you haven’t seen it, please put it on your radar! I loved it!! I think this is a movie we want to see in the theatre because the sound is amazing! These are the lyrics from the first big number that Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga sing on stage!!!
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die, Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
It takes a lot to change a man,
Hell, it takes a lot to try… Maybe it’s time…
What about you??? Is it time to try something new…?!
Please comment & share your thoughts!
It’s Fall! Actually, it is getting cold like Winter (brrrrr)….and I am still sorting thru my closet! That tells you how behind I am this year!
Do you find yourself standing in your closet….hopelessly staring at the black pants…..trying your best to decide what you are going to wear today!?! I bet you do….because that’s just what has been happening to me! I have to say, I think that GREAT black pants are a staple of a well curated closet!! If they are not GREAT, then you don’t need them. Our lives are too important for us to settle for old, tired, stretched out black bottoms/jeans! We deserve better than that! We can’t be the best we can be…if we won’t be good to ourselves….which includes creating a closet that works for us! It is so important!
So I have some suggestions. Start by going thru your closet and pulling out the things you loved wearing in the summer, even the early Fall. If you can’t, actually, part with them, find another closet somewhere that you don’t have to look at them everyday. That way next year when you are looking for some more colorful clothes you will begin by shopping in your closet! We all like that! Remove the short sleeve and sleeveless blouse/tops also. It’s likely that you won’t go to those now that it is getting colder outside….even if you think you might….take them out of your closet and put them with your other things for Spring.
Slowly you will notice that you can actually see what is left…..so that you can make a better decision about what you really want to keep and, actually, Wear! When you can actually take a good look at what is left in there, you will get a much better idea of what you want to add to your closet for this current season. For example, I need some cardigan sweaters with out a lot of wool in them. I’ve been noticing (and hearing from You) that a higher wool content make me itch like crazy! I hate that! So I’m getting much more conscious of fabric content than I was when I was younger!
Now for the denim and/or black pants. Pull out 3 pairs of black pants that you can’t remember when you wore them last, hang them right up in front of you, so you can’t avoid looking at them. Make it a point to try them on and actually Wear Them! Take note during the day….How do they feel? How do they Fit? Are they the length you like? Are they “sans stains”? If they are, and you felt good in them all day long, Yeah!, then when you take them off, put them directly into the bag to go to the cleaners, so you can get them back and Wear Them! I predict that by the time you have finished your morning coffee, you will think “Yeah! I Love these pants! I’m so glad that I found them!” Or, you will decide right away that they aren’t good enough….they are too short, or long….the fabric is old and uncomfortable, the legs are too baggy, or too skinny!! Styles change, and we become so used to a certain look sometimes we forget that! Getting dressed in the morning should be FUN! Not a nightmare!
The Chinese have a saying that goes something like this……
When sleeping women wake they move mountains.
My guess is that when you get up, and embrace your day wearing pants/clothes you love….you will move the mountains that might stand in your way!
Be good to yourself, and try something new. I think you will be glad you did!
Please comment & share your thoughts!
But I believed her and found myself riveted to the TV last week. I couldn’t turn away. Is it possible that she is lying to all of us?
I don’t think so.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford seems like a woman I would like to know. I found her to be engaging, smart, honest, thoughtful, well dressed, credible … and terrified all at the same time. I can’t imagine how brave she must be. I don’t think I know many people that are that brave. She is standing front and center and trying to express her deepest secrets & worst fears, telling a secret that she has held close to her heart for 36 years essentially, to the whole world.
But, I don’t know Bret Kavanagh either. It seems he has had an illustrious career. And I wasn’t there at the party that night 36 years ago. Did I make some stupid mistakes “back in the day”? It kills me to admit it….but, the short answer, is Yes. Would I want Senator Grassley to interrogate me, in front of the whole world, for a moment to moment account of what happened….and where….and by who, such a very long time ago?? The short answer is No! And yet…..I believe that in this country, and at this time, we are supposed to be considered innocent until we are proven to be guilty.
Hmmm……so what to do? Since both Dr. Ford and Sen. Kavanagh steadfastly insist that they are each 100% certain of the facts as they recall them…..one of them must be lying….but which one?
So, I think just now I might have found a solution….I think the answer might be to nominate Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for the vacant Supreme Court position. She was calm, cool and collected, and articulate…under the most difficult of circumstances. And, after all, isn’t that just what we want in a Supreme Court Justice?? Even though it would mean leaving one career to begin another….maybe that is just what we need right now?
And yet, nevertheless she persisted.