I don’t want to appear younger than my years. It’s perfectly OK that I look my age.
I know the beauty industry tries to convince us that we need to look at least 10 years younger than our true biological age, but why? I’ve received messages telling me I look ten years younger, and also 10 or more years older, it really doesn’t matter how old I look, its how old I feel, and I feel the same as I did when I was 18. I eat a varied whole food plant based diet, exercise daily, limit my time on social media and I spend lots of time in nature. It takes effort to feel good, sadly there’s no magic pill. I feel full of energy and ready to take on any challenge. More on this another day, I write less on Instagram posts as the limit on the number of words is too challenging for me!
I took this shot on arriving home from the construction site. My hair was covered in dust and was happily doing it’s own thing. I wandered into the bathroom and picked up the scissors. You see, my hair is falling out. … It’s normal. I have an under active thyroid and it causes my hair to wave goodbye to my scalp by the handful. Sometimes more than others. It’s OK, it’s only hair. 10 minutes of snipping and I have a shorter style.
It doesn’t matter if I look 54, 64 or even more. I just hope I look healthy and happy, as that’s my only wish.
What are you celebrating today? I am celebrating the start of my annual summer wardrobe sorting session which commenced today. I always forget a few pieces of clothing, and seeing them once more makes me excited for summer. We’ve had the most glorious spring this year with sunny days every day since lockdown. This week it’s been wet and rainy which has been a bit of a shock after all the lovely warm weather. So it’s ‘goodbye’ to perfect lighting and blue skies and ‘hello again’ to cloudy days and the joy of muddy boots and wet socks.
What is your favourite colour? I love yellow, pink and navy blue but there aren’t any colours I avoid wearing except brown. I know lots of women have a colour palette they stick to, but I am very random in my colour and clothing selection as I buy whatever makes me feel happy. I avoided black for a long time when I had blonde hair but I have a new found affection for black and white since ditching the dye.
Rummaging through my summer clothes last week I found this gorgeous white blouson jacket from Zara. I don’t normally wear a lot of white, but I think thats about to change. Which colour makes you happy and lifts your mood? For me, it’s hot pink or a lovely lemon yellow as a second choice.
She has sparkling hair, or maybe cherry red… or any colour of the rainbow. It’s whichever colour makes her feel happy and confident. She cares. She’s kind. She wears what she wants. Dr Marten boots with a pretty dress? She likes it, thats all that matters. She wears her hair long, in a messy bun. Or maybe her head is shaved, an undercut, dreadlocks. Her choice. She dances, she sings, she loves her life. She knows she is lucky, she is here. She’s visible. She’s bold. She’s brave. She’s fearless. She’s wise. She loves every stretch mark from weight gained, weight lost, perhaps a baby, or maybe not. She likes her squidgy belly. It’s warm and soft. A perfect pillow. She walks. She talks. She breathes in the morning air and is thankful each day. She smiles. She makes time for herself, to be the best she can be. She’s caring. She’s mindful. She’s compassionate. She wears sexy undies, big knickers, no knickers, she can wear whatever she damned likes. She wears pink lipstick, red lipstick, no lipstick. They are her lips to choose. She has tattoos, no tattoos, dreams of tattoos, get that tattoo! She’s slim, she’s shapely, she is lean, she is the shape she wants to be. She is everything she never dared to be. This is her time to shine. She is me.
The question I am asked most often? ‘What’s the best advice for those about to hit 50?’ Start taking care of your health, because nobody cares about your body as much as you should. I will be 53 this summer, I still feel 16, no aches or pains and I am beyond grateful to my body for providing me with wonderful quality of life.
Eat a diet of colourful fruit and veg, nuts, seeds and beans. Drink lots of water, minimum caffeine intake (I drink one coffee per day) and if you read my post yesterday….avoid drinking too much alcohol. Even if Julia Roberts in the film I watched last week ‘EAT PRAY LOVE’ embraced her fuller figure, eating lots of pizza, pasta and red wine, I can tell you… buying larger jeans is not the answer!
Exercise! Even if you are feeling like a slug (a comment which made me laugh yesterday), or a full on couch potato, slip on some comfy walking shoes and take a walk outside. The wind in your hair (I love the wind!) and sun on your face will see those stresses melting away, along with the excess weight if you walk or hike regularly. My hair is having a salty, sun kissed day today. Very casual, feeling liberated from years of colouring and treatments (perms….remember those!?!?). Swimming in the sea without having to worry about the effect it’s having on my coloured hair is bliss! I really like the feel of salty hair, I like to scoop it all up into a messy bun after a dip in the cove. The hair around my face is becoming so white, and I LOVE IT! I chose very natural makeup today – such a lovely matt lipstick from Thrive.