Thursday, May 10, 2012

Picking Ourselves Apart

Two weeks ago while I was scrambling to get ready for the Malice Domestic Conference, I seemed to come up with a list a mile long of the things I needed to take care of before I left.
First of all, my toenails looked awful. The polish was chipped and my big toenail was uneven.

My fingernails were in worse shape.

My eyebrows seemed way overgrown. Surely, someone would notice that they needed a serious wax job.

Oh, and that drew my eye to my hair. What were all of those gray roots sprouting up from my part? I had to get my color touched up.

And my teeth? Too yellow. They needed to be bleached with my at-home kit right quick!

Suddenly, I had too many wrinkles, my skin was too pale, and I didn’t like the outfits I’d picked out to wear.

Why do we women do this to ourselves? 
We make ourselves crazy when in truth, no one would notice my roots or my eyebrows or my nails. They’d notice whether I smiled or laughed or seemed happy. They’d listen to my stories and accept my hugs and sit in panels or at restaurants with me. That helped me relax a little (though I still got my roots done!)

When you have a big event coming up, what crazy things do you obsess about?


Aimee Hix said...

OMG! Your list was my list. I think I did everything on the list though. Mostly because it was a good excuse to pamper myself with doing my nails and eyebrows. The roots have a standing appointment.

And I didn't notice you looked anything but fabulously warm, funny, and caring.

Lizzie said...

My eyes! I obsess about wrinkles, fine lines, puffs, bags, circles, dots, you name it! I always feel they are the first to show age and I fear that!

Gayle Carline said...

The nails, definitely. I work with horses most of the week, so my nails and hands look well-worn. I try to get in at least a manicure before an event, just so I'm not offering a rough, nail-chipped, handshake.