This Girl Has Got to Know Her Limitations ~ But Never Stop Trying!

    I know this blog will be a special one for me ~ after all it's over 40 years in the making! Lately I have had a friend and a family member venture (or at least think) about the world of music & learning to play the guitar. Bravo!! It got me thinking about my own brush with acoustic folk music greatness - NOT!! Yes, I took guitar lessons at age 11 or 12, fell in love with Jackson Browne, The Eagles and had sheet music in high school as a self-learner & then in college when a summer away had everyone strumming & me plinking... Ok, maturity showed me that this was not my calling at all; no talent whatsoever. Following that was learning French in high school & college. I passed classes that's all I can say. I had a few phrases for a week trip to Paris but that's all for 4 years of torture... Even a few years ago I put the Duo lingo app on my tablet to learn Italian. (thinking the Universe would see I was serious about going back to that awesome country) Great app & the Universe saw my ineptitude & hid behind the clouds!! There has also been attempts at scuba diving (claustrophobic catastrophe), driving a stick shift (took lessons, also instructed by friends over the years - thanks Rocker & Wrecker for sacrificing your clutches!) and just can't get it, don't like it. Could I go somewhere in a emergency - sure. Could I find a bathroom in France - of course. Could I force myself to scuba if there was a chest of Spanish gold coins within my reach - abso-friggin-lutely!! Could I serenade someone with a love song - well not a chance! This girl has learned her limitations...
    These un-manifested skills have not stopped this dreamer though. I am still the one with the vision board & the Bucket List so I keep trying!! This past weekend away with the Besties, the Bucket List reared its head with a Rappelling adventure in a state park. Beautiful leaves, fantastic summer-like weather, the bestest of friends & a 85-ft. cliff!! So of our five, three were able to climb & rappel twice. (didn't know there'd be a short rope climb that was a ball buster before you got to the top - [must remember to read website more thoroughly] ) It was terrifying and exhilarating too! The two who felt their limitations still had fun and can now put this one behind them and with all of us will try something again from the list soon! (although I had to promise flat Terre firma next time!) The message in all of this is to have fun and a sense of humor trying new things. They may not be your 'thing' after all is said & done, but there is a universe full of new things to try, fail & learn & eventually occasionally succeed!! No limitations there. We need to give ourselves a pat on the back every morning for our successes & near misses and keep trying new things every now & then to keep ourselves young & that heart beating fast!!
    I'm not sure what's next but I know in my life I've chosen well with picking friends and been blessed with a wonderful family all of whom tolerate my Bucket List lovingly (and with an occasional eye roll which usually tells me I'm on to something)!! So keep trying & failing and trying!!! This girl will never give up...

Best for my Skin Products 2017

   You know I love to review 'beauty' products & it's been a while since I have felt the WOW for a product (or two in this case). So here we go, only 2 products (they deserve stand-out attention), skin/life changers for me...
 

   The first product I tried at my sister's house late in the summer. She works for a dermatologist & has sensitive skin (she uses it primarily on her face, neck, chest). It is the new Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion for Body & Face ~ All skin types. (when shopping for this, most Cetaphil packaging is similar, so read labels!) It turned out to be a wow. I put it on and the next morning I felt like I just put it on! The best part: I have been trying to find the right combo for crepey skin on my arms, legs, neck. I always relied on shea butter moisturizers & oils, the thicker the better right? Well, this is lightweight and is glycerin, Vitamin E & avocado oil based & it completely smoothed my skin. I could not believe it could be this easy & inexpensive. My neck, which let's face it, has its older looking moments now - loves it. It is completely fragrance free &  absorbs fast & leaves a slight, healthy, moisturized glow. I recently went to a wedding with a sleeveless, just to the knee dress & it is all I used and felt confident in my skin  (it's been awhile). It comes in a generous 16-oz pump bottle, even better, and is super affordable. Approximately $14.00 at your drug store retailers and two-packs are cheaper on Amazon too!
    The second awesomeness in a bottle product is Murad's Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum. Yes, I saw the info ads one night on TV. It is during the late winter months that I really begin to notice my hyper pigmentation (age spots). Yes, the sun loves me & I slather on SPF50... however at my age I still need help. So I went to Ulta & just bought the one product in the line to the tune of approx $64. Pricey, yes, but desperate times. Never, ever regret the purchase! It contains 2% Hydroquinone and it is a bit thick at first (that's the aloe). The smell isn't great but dissipates in seconds while you are smoothing it on. Best use is at night & the results have been infomercial worthy. Yes, I have seen the lightening for sure but the best surprise benefit has been the smoother, less wrinkles & better skin texture to my face. Yes, that fantastic bonus ingredient is glycolic acid, the super exfoliator. I now purchase this on eBay for a third of the price & now alternating at night with Murad's Resurgence line Age-Diffusing Serum. Also, purchased on eBay for about 24.00, it's a great compliment. I love serums and these are tops!
    The bottom line on these products readers is the effectiveness with little effort and cost. The results are there so I will continue to purchase and use. I looooove them. Run, don't walk to your store or computer!!! And always remember, a smile is the best beauty product out there & drink lots of water!!!