Chin up buttercup, RISE!

It’s never over…(sigh)

Just when I think I’ve got this, something unplanned comes along.

I don’t work out for 2 days which then turns into 2 more days.

I have one Parmesan bread bite, then I go back for just one more bite.

I might as well have one piece of pizza….and just one more.

Before I know it, I’ve had 2 pieces of pizza.🍕

It’s a vicious cycle & it can be so discouraging.

Those relentless voices start whispering and then screaming…’might as well give up,’ ‘it’s the weekend.’ ‘Might as well just start Monday.’ ‘It’s ok, just accept it.’ Blah, blah, blah!!! They’re LIES. I can’t buy into them.

I can’t keep beating myself up. I can’t change what I did yesterday, it’s gone. That fall can remind me, but I can’t allow it to define me.

We all have moments of weakness.

Sometimes our moments of weakness turn into days, weeks, and years of weakness.

It’s not the end of the world, y’all.

We all make mistakes and get off track. It’s inevitable. It’s life.

The mistake does not determine the type of person that I am or the quality of my character. What defines us is how well we RISE after we fall.

Chin up buttercup, turn that frown upside down & move forward. Today is a new day, make good use of it. #RISE

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

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)