Happy Labor Day to those in the U.S. and happy Monday to all! This is my series of posts I call Reality Check Monday…where we don’t ignore all that is going on around us, but discuss how to deal with our lifestyles with hope and joy.
2020 has certainly been about transitions!
FIRST REALITY: FALL IS ON THE WAY!
For many of us, Labor Day is the official end of summer and the beginning of a new season. This year the lines are blurred more than ever before because many children will stay home for school and some will go. Some colleges are in session and some are not.
But, what I know is that I love fall…there is a forecast which says we will experience some cooler weather at the end of the week and I am ready to celebrate a new season. So, I am putting away my super summery pieces.
The ones which say summer with color and style. I still have many I can wear in warmer weather, but those may not seem quite so summery. The cardigan I am wearing today is a JJILL linen cardigan and a good transition piece.
It has been in my wardrobe since last year.
I really like it with these new Soft Surroundings leggings. I have several solid neutral leggings, so I love adding these to my wardrobe which mix things up a bit! Hopefully, I can wear this entire outfit later this week!
Last week, the lovely ladies who read and comment on this blog stepped up in a big way to help another reader who was discouraged from wearing a hearing device. Find That Discussion Here. It was precious to see how much you cared about someone you do not know.
We all face moments of discouragement..especially now during all of the challenges 2020 has delivered on our doorsteps. The key is not to allow it to control your emotions or rob your joy.
My recent illness and sinus surgery deeply discouraged me and hit me by surprise. Early in July, I was feeling great…losing weight, toning, wearing smaller sizes and enjoying my outings to search for a new style. But, later in the month I began to feel bad.
Believe it or not, a trip to the dentist required a new X-ray and they commented on the status of my sinus cavities…in fact, I was told they had not seen sinus cavities impacted like that on an X ray. So off to the sinus doctor I went.
The result was sinus surgery. This whole process since late July has included two rounds of antibiotics, steroids, and low activity. I actually had two major fungal infections and a polyp in my head and I am still “in recovery.”
Needless to say…weight is back, progress stopped and when I recently took a round of pictures, all I can see is a bloating face and oversized body. I have always gained weight from steroids and have been on them often for asthma and allergies. I hate taking them.
I confess, I had a 24 hour pity party and sometimes that is healthy to do. But, because I believe life is too short to be discouraged…I am back to my joy with my usual determination to persevere.
I find out on Thursday if I am cleared to workout again.
I have always been up front with you about my “imperfections” because we all have them. I wear necklaces and bracelets because I have a torn ear lobe; I wear cute flats because I have hammer toes; I still smile despite crooked teeth…
I choose to have joy despite the imperfections and little setbacks…that is joyful aging. I hope you will do this as well…and I still will not allow the imperfections to keep me from confident dressing and style!
So hang in there, ladies…we can face these hurdles together.
KEEP SMILING, EVERYONE…I PROMISE, I AM!
I THINK IT IS TIME FOR A FABULOUS FINDS SLIDESHOW!!
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By Pamela Lutrell