Camera-shy

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I’m making a confession here – I’m extremely camera-shy.

It’s not that I’m particularly vain, but I feel like I’m always covered in oatmeal, boogers and milk, my hair is almost always a frizzified mess, and now that I’m 41, and I’m noticing new wrinkles like crazy. (I’ve always had laugh lines, but if my skin were a reflection of my life, I’ve been laughing my ass off for years!) Basically, I always feel like I look like I just stuck my finger in an electrical outlet.

I’m wondering if it’s time to return to my old frienemy – make-up.

I was an avid wearer of powder, shadow, liner, mascara, lip gloss, and perfume back when I was a teenager, but living in a teepee for six months pretty much broke me of that habit – as long as I was clean and reasonably groomed, I felt pretty good, and that went on for years. Pretty much until around 4 years ago actually. I even had somewhat decent and cooperative hair that I wore long and would braid or just let wave on its own.

My hair has now been the bane of my existence for the past several years.

It’s suddenly all frizzy, and whether I use mousse and blow-dry or let it air dry, it’s always either totally limp and lifeless or it’s poofing out in all kinds of craziness that must make me look like a psycho witch to all the local kids.

And clothes? Ugh. It seems like designers and store purchasers want us all dressing like prostitution rejects. Needless to say, my wardrobe could use some help.

There you go – I pretty much hate how I look lately.

I’m going to try out a new haircut (I can’t believe I’m going to try another short cut), and get myself some girly tops and pants next week, so we’ll see how it all works out and maybe I’ll finally update my profile pictures. The one I’ve been using is seven years old – Connor was an infant, and he’s just out of frame!

I bring this up because I noticed that I’ve been avoiding being in any pictures, and that’s not fair to my sons. They’re going to want to see me in pictures when they get older. So, it’s time to work on this.

This elephant and I have way too much in common for my liking!

This elephant and I have way too much in common for my liking!

Anybody else have serious issues with how they look?

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