This week was going super slow. I think it's because my oldest has started school and is living away, in the dorms. I have been having a hard time with the new normal of both of my kids being in college, kind of mourning. Then, things have started to get a bit better as the week has gone on, and now I cannot believe it’s Thursday...afternoon?!
I decided to pamper myself today, with mud. I am serious about keeping the aging to a minimum (body and mind), and things like using this Dead Sea mask by Annie Baby, (a little shop on @Amazon) help to take good care of my skin so that I can age more gracefully. It's kind of like playing in the mud, or in finger paints. Kind of like when I was younger.
Its minerals are sourced directly from the Dead Sea...pretty cool, if you ask me. It's something I use to minimize my pores and to deep clean my skin. It's also moisturizing. My skin tends to feel tighter, more elastic, after I have used it. I think that's why I like it so much.
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What do you do to fight the signs and symptoms of aging?
I've been trying supplements, special water, and other things, as well as beauty products like this one. I've also been adjusting my diet and have been super consistent with exercise and meditation. Laughter helps a lot as well. We get plenty of that around here!
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I don't know why it has been so hard for me to process that my kids are becoming independent. Is this something that everyone goes through?
It's not like I am not super proud of them. They are amazing and are going on to do amazing things for themselves and others. People will know that these boys have been on this planet. They are NOT ordinary, but are EXTRAordinary.
I think that it is my need to figure out what my role is now, and luckily I have been working for a while as an influencer/content creator for brands, so I have had my own thing and have it now to lean on, which keeps me very busy. It's processing this new normal and getting okay with it.
Lucky for me, my oldest has called me a bunch and we have had some amazing conversations. It still makes me cry though, as I am typing this, that he is living away from home. My family just brings me sooooo much joy. My little tribe is amazing and we have become quite a close-knit team over the trials of the years. I love them so much!
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We were going about our business of living, getting better acquainted, being married.
Our trip to Cancun was not for a few months, so we were back at work. My new husband worked from home and I worked at the furniture and design facility. The plans for Cancun kept us pretty busy.
It wound up being the plan that we would get married again in Mexico. I just prayed that my wedding dress still fit by then. I would be about 1/3 of the way to delivery by that point.
I wouldn't convert to Catholicism so we were going to participate in a wedding ceremony in a town near where his family had a home, and we would stay in the home for part of the two week trip. Between when we got married in the Salt Lake area and when we went on our trip from Nevada, to Mexico City and drove throughout Mexico, and finally to Cancun, nothing of super great importance happened, other than my finding out that I was pregnant.
My spouse did not talk about the baby or anything related to it. I just thought it was because he was so busy with his business.
He had a partner that he worked with and they did planning and installation of fire code sprinkler systems. His partner was quite a drunk and I hoped that didn't affect his business, but that was his and I figured I should not say anything about it. Of course, at this point, I didn't feel important enough to say anything anyway.
I had lost a ton...a TON of weight because of being pregnant, sick, and stressed. I wasn't fat before I got pregnant either. People would tell me that they didn't recognize me. These were people that I had as clients who had maybe not seen me for a couple of months. People I knew were worried.
I was doing everything around the house, not taking it easy one bit. That is my normal temperament anyway, but it was also out of being submissive to this very dominant male, who obviously had a different idea of how the world should work than I did, but at that point I just thought that there was an adjustment period.
If I remember correctly, we went to Tijuana to fly to Mexico City. It was a horrible flight because it was such a small plane. When we got off of the plane in Mexico City, I could taste the pollution. It was sickening!
That city is in a bowl of a valley. It's amazing how they have built homes on top of homes on top of homes. It looks like they could just tumble down the mountain. It's amazing the number of people that live there!
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