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It’s beautiful, isn’t it? I am lucky enough to live not only within a 4 hour drive to the beach and a 2 hour drive to the mountains, but also in the immediate area of the gorgeous Lake Norman. It’s a beautiful lake. Where the bridges on I-77 cross the waterway, it’s so captivating that it literally stops traffic. Having lived here my whole life though, where everyone else sees the perfect place to relax, I see the little imperfections. I see the traffic headaches, the boating accidents and higher cost of living. It’s much like how we see ourselves in the mirror everyday and see the little imperfections that no one else sees.
My life is full of little imperfections, beautiful imperfections that extend far beyond what I see in the mirror. I’m divorced. That would be a flaw to some, and while it is, there’s also beauty in it. My children get the added bonus of having extra wonderful people in their lives as their daddy and I move on with our lives. There’s beauty in knowing myself enough to not only realize my marriage wasn’t working, but to also do something about it.
When I look at my 8 year old daughter, I see a gorgeous little girl that has a lot of her mama’s flaws. She’s high strung, anxious and speaks her mind. She’s perfect. My son, a goofy 6 year old, is a mama’s boy all the way. He and his dad are finally developing a relationship now that I am not always available. It’s not the perfect situation, but there is beauty in it.
While my life is much busier in many aspects than it ever has been before, I am spending more time taking care of myself. I’m making more of an effort in my personal appearance, and not in the “I’m trying to impress people way”, but in the “I feel better about myself when I’m taking care of myself” sort of way. I don’t wear a full face of make up every day, but I do usually at least put on my AVEENO® CLEAR COMPLEXION BB CREAM BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30. And at night, I make sure to take it off either by showering or using AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT® MAKEUP REMOVING WIPES. I love them because they are a quick and convenient way to do a little something to take care of myself, and avoid some of the not-so-beautiful imperfections that life throws at us. I have a pack in my gym bag too, as they are a great way to clean up my face after a run.
I don’t mind my imperfections. Life is full of them. I try to make the best of them though. As long as I’m taking care of myself, and taking care of my kids, everything else will fall into place. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the summer, take care of my skin and spend some time enjoying the lake.