Goodbye, 2016!!!

I am sure we all agree that this year has been full of surprises, heartaches and uncertainty. From the political world to the world of entertainment, from our personal lives to the state of humanity, things have tossed and turned all year round. It is also true that there has been some good news here and there. Harder to find, but not less true.

Let’s accept what happened that changed our lives, the ones we could control and the ones that are out of our hands. This would be the hardest part. It is only human to just go out and try to change the world when we have witness things we cannot comprehend. Now, we must remember that some people will find those same things to their liking. We must not judge them too harshly, not everyone is wicked, racist, misogynist and evil. Good people exist in every group, as do bad ones. I want to stick to that premise. It gives me hope!!!

When it comes to accept each other, I am unapologetic. Never would say it’s easy, but also never would completely give up on people I like and love because we have disagreements. What I see missing is the willingness to talk to each other. To listen to the other side, to present our arguments without insults. To try to agree to disagree is not simple. Some opinions are so deeply felt, we cannot pretend to change them in one wave of a magic wand. Unfortunately, this is what I see: if you do not agree with me, I will disown you, break all ties with you, even if you are family. Sorry, not me!!!

Life has taught me that things rarely remain the same. Opinions change, circumstances change, the world keeps moving no matter what. Whatever is going on today, will end at some point, nothing is eternal. So I am not willing to give up on my friends and family because we disagree. I say, let’s concentrate on making the world around us a better place. There is no way we can changed most unpleasant things that happened, but there are many small things we can make better and should!!!

The fact that we lost so many wonderful people this year is a sobering thought. I lost my mother and my most favorite cousin, my brother, in a matter of months. Most difficult months I have had in years. The experience left me thinking that there is more to the world than politics. At the same time, it taught me that family is not always the group you were born into, family is also the friends that are there when you need them. I have been blessed with many.

Then there are the people that we always saw as part of our world because we saw them in movies, television, read their books, saw them performing, sang their songs. They made the background of our lives and we are definitely going to miss them. It gave me hope that every time one of them passed away, the world mourned regardless of political views.

Humanity has been specially cruel to itself this year. We only have to look to Aleppo. Famine and disease, terrorist attacks and senseless murder have been in the news seemly every day. It was so hard, I stopped  watching television. Books offered me a calmer, happier and more sensible world. As you can imagine, I read many books this year!!!

Uncertainty is part of what 2016 leaves behind, but it’s up to us to try and make sense of that. It is our duty to ourselves and our families and friends to come together and work for a better year than 2016. May 2017 give us that chance!!!

I am in Very Good Company

Dame Helen Mirren, at age 69, has been selected to be the new face of L’Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal products. This only proves that beauty has no age. For the next three months, I will find myself in good company, because I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer Network campaign for L’Oreal Age Perfect. Not the same, you will say, but still pretty good for me. I will enjoy it very much, believe me!!!

AP-CELL-RENEW-ASSETS-04-200x214When interviewed about this new job, she said that as we grow older, we need less and less make up. Consequently, our skin has to look its best. Women are always searching for those perfect products that will keep our skin glowing. I am no exception. So when I was asked if I wanted to participate, I agreed. The serum, day and night creams, #sponsored by L’Oreal, arrived at my home about three weeks ago. Diligently, I have applied them during the day and at night before bed. First thing I have noticed: their lightness. The serum especially disappears into your skin. The day cream is a little heavier maybe because it has a sunscreen. The night cream is silky soft and easily absorbed. There is no greasy residue with either of them. My skin feels soft and subtle, not a dry spot to be found. I live in Miami, central air conditioning is part of our lives. Unfortunately, this causes dry patches to appear on my face from time to time. These, I am happy to report, are gone!!! The scent is pleasant and since I rub my hands after applying the creams,  they feel softer too. Double benefit.

In a world of expensive creams, spa treatments and plastic surgery, it is hard for the average woman of a certain age to find the right products. Even more than that, the right products at the right price. It is refreshing to know that these are available at drugstores. Now, is  #cellrenewal the answer for my skin? I have yet to find out, but the results so far are very encouraging. I will continue to use these products and keep you posted. Finally, I would like to point out that I am not affiliated with L’Oreal in any way other than using their products. Although I have received some compensation, I do not earn a commission or a percent of sales. The opinions expressed here are my own.