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The Road to Recovery

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I spent my entire break feeling like crap.  I was snotty and coughing.  My head was heavy, and my body just wasn’t working right.  I felt like I looked completely gross.  No make-up, hair in a ponytail, wearing sweatpants and a fleece.  So not attractive.  So I decided for my last day off work, I was going to do my best to be pretty.

I fully believe that it’s what’s on the inside of a person that counts and that conventional beauty is mostly smoke and mirrors.  But I’m also in favor of a little vanity from time to time.  Feeling beautiful can really do a lot to improve my mood.  I know I’m never going to be on the cover of a magazine, but looking nice makes me feel more confident.  I smile more.  It’s easier for me to talk to people.  I feel like people will take me more seriously.  It gives me power.  I encourage a healthy perspective on vanity.

I took my time yesterday getting pretty.  I indulged in each step.  I put on nice smelling lotion when I got out of the shower.  I had fun playing with makeup.  I even curled my hair, which my fiancée loves. I chose a fun outfit and wore high heels, even though it makes me look like a giant. There’s something about high heels that forces femininity upon you.  They make every woman more elegant.  (If she can walk properly in them.)  When everything was in place, I spritzed myself with Chanel No. 5.  Heavenly.  And finally, I went to the nail shop and got a manicure and pedicure.  I didn’t feel like a sick person anymore.  I felt beautiful and sophisticated.  I didn’t care what others thought when they looked at me.  I wasn’t dressing up for them (well maybe a little for Geoff).  I was doing all this for me.  And it felt amazing.

I ended up having a wonderful night.  I left the house at 3:30 and didn’t get home until close to midnight.  We met friends while we were out, and we had a fantastic time eating and laughing together.  I even had enough white Russians to cause me to sing when I got home, which was probably much more fun for me than for everyone else.  So…

Indulge yourself from time to time.  Get hot.  You won’t regret it.

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About Renee

Life should be awesome, even if your paycheck isn't. I'm trying to live awesomely on $20 a day.

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