I take it ALL back

Progress ReportSo maybe I was having an identity crisis. Maybe there’s more than one of me living inside my head. Maybe I’m just not ready to make radical (okay, not *radical* so much) changes, because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

Hang in there with me, please.

A funny thing happened this month. My Jayne Kingston domain came up for renewal. The funny (to me) part is I could not let it expire. I put up posts about “reinventing myself as myself” but when it came down to it. I couldn’t let go of Jayne. I’m happy to report she’s alive and well and back on social media, but only on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. I’ve always been terrible at Twitter, so I’m not going to bother.

The other thing that didn’t last was the no makeup thing. I made it seven whole days. As those of you who know me know, I love respect all women of all shapes and sizes and their individual makeup and clothing choices. That being said, the light catching my white eyelashes makes me buggy because it looks to me like there’s something stuck to them. I also felt as if I looked like I’d given up caring about my appearance. So I broke out the powder brush and the mascara, and all is well again.

It’s the little things.

For those of you who have been along for the ride during my identity crisis, thanks for sticking with me. Hopefully there will be book news sooner rather than later.

And if you use or know of natural makeup lines that don’t cost a fortune, I’d love to hear about them.

XX ~ Ay… er, Jayne

Looking Forward with Open (and naked) Eyes

 

Please excuse the previous negative post. I’m usually super optimistic when New Year’s Eve rolls around, especially if the year was a rough one.

It’s been a few rough years for me, and I guess I was feeling especially beaten down by 2016. The hits kept right on coming, and I don’t mean just the incredible number of talented public figures from my barely middle-aged generation that we lost.

But for as many personal lows I experienced, there were just as many highs. I got to enjoy the privilege of watching my beloved granddaughter turn two, and I get to be a regular part of her life. I started a new job that I love, which is all the sweeter because I went through hell working at the last place. I moved around a couple of times, but after falling pretty hard off the sanity wagon, I’m back on my feet and feeling pretty steady.

And isn’t that something we all want in life?

My family and friends are healthy and a constant source of love, and I thank God for them.

There were things I wanted to start doing before the calendar turned over to 2017–eat less, exercise more, write consistently–but they didn’t happen, so I’m going to go ahead and call them my New Year’s Resolutions.

win_20170102_20_23_49_pro-2I’m also thinking about going Alicia Keys on the world and embracing her no-makeup approach to beauty. Admittedly, I rarely wore anything more than powder and mascara, if I managed to put those on before I left the house. I just need to get over these crazy white eyebrows and lashes I have now.

What are you looking forward to in the new year?