Gray Hair Transition – Rounding the Seven Month Mark

It’s been over three months since I gave an update on how I’m doing with my gray hair transition, so I thought this would be a good time for me to fill you in on the journey.  I’m now at just about the seven month mark and there have been some changes to my transition plan since I last reported on the process back in August.   I’m still planning to stay the course, but it definitely hasn’t been easy!  In today’s post, I’ll update you on recent new developments and share photos and thoughts on … [Read more...]

Photography Interlude – Pacific Beach

It’s been a while since I last shared my photos with you, so I’d like to highlight another one of my favorite places today. In the midst of all of the chaos and upset going on right now, this also seems like a good time to focus on what’s good and beautiful in the world.  The lovely scenery abundant to the area where I live is a wonderful example of this, as I’ve shown in previous photography posts. A few weeks ago, my husband and I drove to Pacific Beach for a walk and to photograph the … [Read more...]

Hello 50! and August 2016 Balance Goal Update

As I write this, it’s just three days before my 50th birthday and this post will go live on the big day.  I can’t believe it’s almost here!  As it has gotten closer and I’ve had other things on my mind, I’ve become less stressed about moving into a new decade and more accepting of it.  As many people say, it’s only a number, plus it’s better than the alternative! It’s hard to think that I probably have less of my life in front of me than behind me and that perhaps my best days are in my … [Read more...]

Gray Hair Transition – Three Months and Counting…

It’s been two months since I last gave an update on how I’m doing with my gray hair transition, so I thought it’s high time that I chime in on how that project is going for me.   As a reminder and for those who are new to the blog, I colored my hair for the last time on April 20th.  I initially wrote about my issues with my hair back in May, at which time I had not yet made the commitment to transition to my natural color.  A price increase at my salon and a friend who had taken the plunge to go … [Read more...]

On Body Image, Shopping, and Style

Today’s post kicks off a series of at least two installments on the topics of weight, body image, shopping, and personal style. These subjects have been at the top of my mind lately, as I’ve experienced some weight fluctuations resulting from health challenges and hormonal changes.   This has been going on for months now, but sometimes things feel too emotionally raw for me to post about.  However, since I realize that I’m not alone in these struggles, I’ve broached the subject in the “End … [Read more...]

Two Months to 50: Gray Hair Transition & Balance Goal Update

Two months from today, I will turn fifty.  As I lead up to that milestone birthday, I’m periodically writing about some issues in my life and things I’d like to change.  In today’s post, I’ll update you on the hair issues I wrote about last month. I’ll also bring you up to date on how I’m doing with my balance goal for 2016 and highlight some ongoing issues I’m experiencing in that regard. I’m bound and determined to be in a better place in my life by the time I blow out those fifty candles … [Read more...]

Still a Shopaholic?

I have been writing this blog for almost 3.5 years now (here’s my very first post, from January 2, 2013).  When I started, I thought it was perhaps a one-year endeavor or maybe two years at the most.  I believed that through setting goals and rules and writing about my motivations and behavior, I would overcome my compulsive shopping problem in relatively short order.  I never expected to attract as many readers as I have or continue the blog for as long as I have.  But the readers came (for … [Read more...]