Smile! 😁

Wearing my best smile today in honor of ‘NATIONAL SMILE DAY!’ 😁 What make you smile?

I smile when something is funny or if something that I’m doing brings me joy. I smile at puppies and babies. I smile when my children laugh. I rock a mighty grin when I think of those that I love and beam the light of joy ✨ when spending time in the company of delightful people.

Smiles are powerful! They not only create engagement between two people but the more a person smiles, the healthier their brain can be. It is a direct link to our brain and can help to reduce stress.

Just one smile can brighten someone’s day and improve yours. Smiles are infectious. A smile can develop confidence and generate a new outlook on the world. A smile is the universal language of kindness.

Smile because life really isn’t that serious. You’re beautiful and amazing. Smile because you’re unique and you can. Smile because tomorrow is a new day and someone loves you. Because you deserve to…SMILE.

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~ MOTHER TERESA

Give it a try, share a smile – today. 😃 ~ Monette

The RED dress! 💋

RED. I rarely wear it, I didn’t realize that until I needed to wear it for a special event and I had NOTHING that color in my closet. I had to buy something just for the occasion. I slipped into that dress this morning and immediately grew self conscious and uncomfortable. So uncomfortable that I considered wearing something more comfortable (preferably grey or black) for my first two appointments and changing for the ‘Go Red Luncheon.’ I’ve never really given it much thought, but this morning as I stepped out, begrudgingly – to put gasoline in my car…’it’ fanned me with a brick! The reason why…

RED – a dynamic & passionate color that symbolizes love, passion, rage, and courage. It demands attention and evokes great emotional impact. It is considered a color of power.

As an introvert, I SOooo prefer blending into my surroundings, but today – after I realized “why” I was feeling so uncomfortable…I made a conscious decision to own that power. I faked it till I made it, HA! I wore that RED dress with confidence and strength. Sista, there was something pretty AMAZING about being a part of a sea of other beautiful, strong, and courageous women wearing RED. There is POWER in RED.

And to the sweet Manager at McDonald’s in Kinder that complimented me on how stunning I was in that dress…I simply said “thank you” without minimizing her kind words. #growth

Is there a color that evokes deep emotions for you? Think about it…

Friends, I challenge you! ❤️ Wear RED! OWN “it” sista! Be bold – be courageous; step out and be the woman that God created you to be. #livepurposefully

~ xo

Monette

Going to the gray side.

I’ve been toying with the idea of transitioning from colored to natural gray hair for many, many months now.  I’ve been gray-curious! I’m a true believer in God’s timing.  I think that my health and wellness journey has prepared me for such a time as this.  Just as loosing 35# doesn’t happen overnight, I know that I won’t suddenly wake up with silver strands as if someone painted them on.  Wouldn’t that be nice?  But, just as poor nutrition choices over time caught up with me in extra pounds and poor health related issues – I know that the chemical color treatments that I’ve been adding to me hair for years will take some time to grow out.  It’ll surely be a process, but I just may be ready to embrace this journey to gray like I took on my health & wellness journey.  Head down…focus on what’s in front of me, NO looking back!

What’s surprised me the most has been the reactions from those that I’ve share my decision with…opinions have been strong. Ultimately, I came to understand that what others think really doesn’t matter.  This is about, Monette.  Redefining beauty for myself.  As I get older, I am finding that the more true I am to myself – the happier I am. I can’t explain just how I feel about loosing the dark brown color.  As women, we are constantly on a mission to reverse the signs of aging so, to let go and accept that I am aging is scary.  I may not feel like 47, but the truth is…I am and I don’t need to try to deny that reality. This is personal…I am in NO way passing judgement on anyone that chooses otherwise.

For me, it’s about freedom and total acceptance of myself.  Unlike weight loss, the good news is that if I can’t take it, I’m just a short trip to Walgreens for a box color…HA!  In all seriousness…I think it’s more about timing and confidence.  I feel like my 40’s has been a decade of coming into my own and just being me.  Less is more!  Although I LOVE my stylist, I’m tired of managing appointments and spending $$$ every 6 weeks at a salon,  I hope I can pull it off, but at this point –  I’m choosing to ditch the dye and go gray – gracefully (that’s the goal).  So, I’m sharing my journey with you and looking forward to re-defining Monette’s style.  There I go again…UNRAVELING!

(9 weeks post salon color/3 weeks home root touch up)