Monday, April 20, 2009

the journey to forty

you may know that my word for this year is journey. so far this year, i have been on several journeys: new orleans, chapel hill, philadelphia/d.c. and charlotte. it's been a combination of business and leisure travel, which is fine by me! just getting up and getting out of town for a few days is really making me feel a little less "stuck."

but there's another journey i'm on this year, a bigger journey - one that does not require airline tickets or hotel reservations, but still needs some planning: the journey down the road to forty! 4-0. four decades. (halfway to 80, if you listen to my cheeky sisters, who are all younger than me...)

this morning, i thought i'd share with you a few of the steps i'm taking along this journey, a few of the little things that are helping me approach this milestone in a positive frame of mind. i know a woman who took herself on a Disney Cruise for her 40th birthday. she had so much fun, she turned around and took her two children on that cruise a month later! i don't really have the means to do that (although i do hope to plan something *big* for november's celebration...)




first, there is my new best friend, jergens(R) natural glow firming daily lotion. LOVE this product, love the "daily glow" (i HATE the sun). and i really am thrilled to report that there is firming going on!



second is the new cure for my venomously thin lips, pixi lip booster. i've tried a few other "plumping" lip colors, and i am pleased to report that this one does not come with the tingling (read: BURNING) sensations that some of the others feature. i am currently using No. 12 "Tianna." (don't let the $18 price tag fool you... i found it for much, MUCH less at tarjay.

i am also digging herbal essences no flakin' way (wish i could grab a photo of that). i am a girl who has always suffered from "itching, tightness, dryness and flakes." (TMI?? you tell me). anyway, i grabbed this on my last journey when i realized i had forgotten my shampoo. (as much as i love hampton, i do NOT love hampton's complimentary shampoo.) (ssshhhh, don't tell my boss!) this product is awesome! and the fusion of cucumber fruit and lemongrass really appeals to the girly girl in me.


(image grabbed from flickr. geoart is the photographer.)

and finally, i have reignited my love affair with good old water. i am consciously drinking more of it throughout each day. i love it cold, no ice. i have quite a collection of BPA free bottles from which to drink it from. (or, when at home, i lovingly use my UNC tumblers.)

consider this my turning 40 public service announcement. i'll keep you updated throughout the year!

12 comments:

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

I do believe you will love your 40's journey, Lelly! Mine has been most fruitful and enjoyable.

rebekah said...

i love water tumblers.

Bahama Shores Mama said...

I turned 40 this January and I focused on how blessed I was. THough there are many things I STILL want to do, I've accommplished everything I NEEDED/WANTED to do by this mid way mark :)

Looking forward to reading your updates!

Lene said...

I found 40 to be very liberating. At the time I was going through a very dark time in my life and I came out of it better and brighter.

Barb said...

I've always been a water girl. It is just so good!
I love the public service announcement. I'm trying out the jergens for sure.

Amy said...

I really enjoyed this product endorsement here because I definitely never feel in the "know" about products anymore. And 35 is my big number in one short month!

Alisha said...

Love it, Lelly. I'm not too far behind ya on this journey. Thanks for the product tips! ;) I've recently decided I'm getting old and I need to get serious about make-up, so I've added eyeliner and eyeshadow to my lipstick/mascara stash. It's my feeble attempt to draw attention "away" from the negatives on my face, to "focus" on the positives. (Eyeballs can't get wrinkles, right?)

Date Girl said...

Thanks for the heads up on herbal essences. I had no idea they made a dry scalp shampoo! I'm definitely checking it out. Love your attitude-just remember, like a fine wine you are not getting older, you're getting tastier.;-)

Amy said...

Lelly....knew I adored you for several reasons!
I will be 40 in January...don't you know, we are planning a vacation to San Francisco for that milestone.....

I also love that pixi lip "stuff"...I am gonna have to try that firming glow lotion....I don't enjoy getting out in the sun either....too hot!

please do keep me posted! 40 is oh so young, ain't it?!

Natasha said...

I will have to look into these products. I love how you have had so many journeys this year - and it's only April!

Chris said...

I turned the 4 0 in January, and was having a hard time, but I actually found it to be good. Like Lene said, liberating. You have fun journey ideas, have a great journey to 40 and on. :-)

wende said...

good for you - i'm so glad to hear a product review and drinking water is always a good thing. forty will be great too lelly, and journey getting you there.
great post!