Bridging the Gap Campaign:
This October, I enjoyed the Bridging the Gap experience, (the Kick off was October 17, 2017—you can see all the pairings Check out Bridging the Gap Herehere: I met two great Millennials, Trevor Gormley and Kait Elizabeth as well as taking the opportunity to introduce the women in my life who most inspire me, “The Girls” from Tampa Bay Skating Academy, where Roger and I skate. Bridging the Gap was intended to bring the generations together, and help middle agers feel more visible. I’m not a woman who feels invisible or particularly “unrepresented” so it was a bit of a stretch from that perspective, but Kait and I have stayed in touch and that is pretty wonderful. Read about Trevor Here Read about Kait Here And my personal inspriation “The Girls” Here
Drama Leads to Big Changes for Sharing A Journey:
As we ended the first week October, it felt as if something might have been majorly off—planets misaligned or something. I experienced three days of the most intense drama among women I have seen in over 25 years. It came up without warning and died down just as fast, thank God. The experience got me thinking about the way we women sometimes communicate-or don’t; negativity, and how it has a way of rippling out, and how misunderstandings and anger brew when people don’t reach out and ask questions, but instead create a negative story for themselves, then spread it to those around them. That is exactly what happened, among other things creating a maelstrom of vitriol of epic proportions in my usually quiet, contemplative world. So maybe a blog post in the making, if nothing else.
I became aware that I had been struggling to keep my head above water with the blog and Roger’s being injured, (he fell ice skating in September) I began to see that I needed desperately to evaluate how I was spending my time, set boundaries and establish priorities.
My friend, Laura Woodard and I had a very illuminating discussion on energy, specifically, that where we focus our energy grows, which caused me to realize that a my energy was significantly divided between the blog, helping Roger and a project that I had volunteered for some months ago. The volunteer project had become a growing frustration and more and more time consuming, to the point that I wasn’t able to give the other things in my life adequate attention. I realized that my volunteer role had become a liability; it was keeping me from focusing directly on the blog—a pattern from way back—which I knew I had to change. The day I stepped away, I felt a sense of catharsis and new ideas for the blog began to flow. A page turned. I have lots of new fun stuff for you ahead, so stay tuned!
The Mailing List:
In late June, we had forty names on the Sharing A Journey mailing list, and I figured I’d start doing a newsletter when I reached 100 names. Because I wasn’t specifically working on growing the mailing list, I thought it would be a while. The other day, I looked and we have well into 500 names, not bad for four and a half months! Best of all, readers are reaching out to me and one another, and that’s exactly what I was hoping for. Thank you so very much Dear Readers! On the SharingAJourney Facebook page, we have The 5 o’clock Question, Monday through Friday so grab your favorite drink and join in the discussion, meet other women with similar interests. Sharing A Journey isn’t just about me—I always envisioned a community and now it’s starting to happen.
I have been asked by several of you to put shopping links into our Fashion and Beauty posts so you can purchase my selections or similar items shown on the blog. We are beginning this week. We are adding gifts, accessories and clothing items to a new Holiday Gift Guide which will be unveiled shortly. As always I love putting together outfits and Roger loves taking the pictures. Now that Roger is on the mend and the weather is cooling, we will be back out and about taking photos and having fun.
This October, I became a Brand Ambassador for India Hicks, a direct sales company featuring beautiful gifts, jewelry, handbags and a few beautiful clothing items. I can’t wait to share them with you. I have been hoping to offer high quality items such as theses— great gifts for friends and some splurges for yourself.
I love, love, love the holidays, and we have lots of fun in store, so I hope you’ll sign up for the newsletter, if you haven’t already because we are getting ready to get it together weekly.
In My Bin:
This month, I finally used up my Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach. When concealer alone no longer fit the bill for the dark circles under my eyes, I looked to adding color corrector to combat this problem. Since peach works well in covering dark circles with a blue undertone, Pixi Correction Concentrate, ($18 for 0.1 oz at Target) seemed a good choice. A little goes a long way, and this tiny tub lasted almost two years.
Last spring and summer, color corrector kits were the rage, and while I did dip my toe in by trying green tinted concealer to cover redness around my nose and at my forehead, and purple to cover brown spots, I usually save the extra step of color correcting for special occasions, rather than every day, so I have only dabbled with samples. However, color correcting under my eyes made such a big difference, I that do it almost every day—I’ll show you how in a minute.
Shortly after trying Pixi’s color corrector, I sampled Benefit’s Erase Paste ($20 for 0.15 oz) which is quite similar in color and texture, but is slightly creamier and doesn’t have the reflective brightening quality I find in the Pixi product. In short, I like Benefit Erase Paste slightly better, so I will be sticking with it rather than repurchasing Pixi Collection Concentrate, for now.
To use a color corrector:
1. Apply skin care and primer.
2. Apply color corrector just to the dark area blending the edges carefully. Try a thin application, building until the undertone has been neutralized.
3. Add foundation and/or concealer over the color corrector and ensure it does not show through your foundation. Medium to full coverage foundation or concealer is best when using color corrector.
4. Apply a light dusting of setting powder then continue with blush and eye shadow.
On the Telly:
We have been watching Gilmore Girls. I didn’t see it the first time around and Roger had enjoyed it so we decided to binge on all seven seasons while we wait for Doc Martin and the last season of Longmire to cue up on Acorn and Netflix. I like the show, the picturesque Stars Hollow reminds me of a Disney set and some of the small towns I have lived in. All the small town drama is fun—and the situations are compelling. However, sometimes I’d like to take a red pen to portions of the dialog—some of the “bits” are extremely long and annoying—and there’s the fast talking thing…I’m not sure what that’s about, but I have come to enjoy the characters—they are like family now which is what writers usually hope for. If you haven’t seen it, its fun and light.
Look of the Month:
While the weather has been slow to cool this October, I have been loving this comfortable, classic look for running round town, and have gotten a ton of complements on the cute slides which you may grow tired of by the end of the season, but I haven’t yet so keep you eye out for the ways I style these shoes. We can always turn it into a fun drinking game—a shot for each time you see me style these shoes.