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)

Happy Birthday to Moi – 47 birthday lessons I’d tell my younger self! 🎁

• Life is short. Get busy living or get busy dying.

• Start each day with a grateful heart.

• You are a soul. You have a body.

• What other people think of you is none of your business.

• Get outside every day. Miracles are everywhere.

• No matter how you feel; get up, dress up, and show up.

• Breathe, just breathe.

• Comparison is the thief of joy.

• Own your story and then share it with others.

• Attitude is everything. You are what you think.

• Change is always possible – at any age.

• Look people in the eye.

• Discipline is a choice between doing what you want now and what you want most.

• Listen more, speak less.

• Failure is proof that you tried. Try again.

• Loosen Up; it’s not that serious.

• Fake it till you make it.

• Keep it simple.

• Love is a word without action.

• Drink coffee. Cuddle a dog. Sip wine.

• Surround yourself with people who value, encourage, and challenge you.

• You can’t make everyone happy.

• Where you are today is not where you have to be forever.

• Your purpose is greater than your past.

• Love your body and teach your mind to respect it.

• Actions speak louder than words.

• Take responsibility for your own actions.

• Smile often.

• Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.

• Keep reading. It gives you someplace to go when you have to stay where you are.

• Be fierce, but flexible.

• Travel more; not to escape life, but for life not to escape you.

• Light candles, play music, and take a long-hot bubble bath.

• Save for the unexpected.

• Stop to smell the flowers.

• Worry less, pray more.

• Nap time is your happy hour.

• Happiness is a choice.

• It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop.

• Never underestimate the power of chocolate.

• It’s not what you say, but what you do that counts.

• Always be kind. Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

• Dance like no one is watching.

• Be creative and inspire others.

• Parenting is hard…do your best until you know better.

• You are a work in progress. You aren’t where you need to be, but thank God you’re not where you used to be.

• God is preparing you for something great. Hold on…as long as you are breathing, your life matters.