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Thirty-six,  it's going to be a good year.  I'm choosing a word to focus on over these next twelve months.  Authentic.  Accepting who I am and allowing for grace where I'm still learning.  I want to be more honest with myself.  Practically, this might translate into little things, like going to the mall just for fun, because I really do love it there- frivolous or not.  I've denied myself things like this for years, even though I enjoy it, because I didn't want to be judged.  Today it meant that I finally admitted to myself that the gray in my hair was beyond the point of being able to properly color it myself.  Some might argue that the more authentic choice in this matter would be to just let it go gray.  But if I did that, I would only be doing so because it felt like something I "should" do, to please the "all natural/age gracefully" people.  I don't want gray hair, so I put myself in the hands of a professional, and now I love the color of my hair.  Silly?  Maybe.  But these ideas translate to much bigger matters than hair and shopping.  Those are just all that I'm comfortable in sharing here. ; )

I realized that I have a tendency to feel guilty about things that I just need to enjoy.  I won't eat cupcakes every day, but when I do have one, I'm just going to let myself savor every delicious bite.  And that goes for a whole lot of other things in my life too.  It's time for that inner judgmental critic of mine to go away. That's why thirty-six is going to be a good year.


For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

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Reader Comments (10)

Happy thirty-sixth year to you, Dawn! Wishing you all good things.

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Thirty six will be a great year. Women have nothing to fear about there appearance for many more years to come. They just mature nicely and continue to look great. Love and Confidence are the two best beauty aides there are.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRick

Many blessings for your year ahead. You are a wonderful woman, so I appreciate you being authentic, as that means we get more of YOU in the world. As long as it harms no one, do what is right for you.

ps, I like going to the mall too ;-)

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarah

Its about time we ALL started being authentic. Women have such a problem with it. Good for you. Let go of the judgement! Great post. If you do give this gift to yourself 36 will be your best year yet. I guarantee it. Happy days!

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Happy Birthday Dawn! I love your hair and your word for the year! Definitely follow how you feel led, and fight that feeling of judgement, and enjoy your cupcake!! :-)

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentererin

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! :) Great post. Yes, authentic. It will be a fabulous year indeed.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I just stumbled upon your blog and I'm so, so happy that I did :)

I'll be thirty-six this year too! Happy Birthday to you! I think I will make authentic my new "way" of life when I turn 36. It's time :)

May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCari B.

Thank you everyone, for your kind words. : )

May 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

Ach, you are so young! And you LOOK young. The color on your hair is just beautiful, and that shot of you is, too. I know what you mean about these things, but I've never learned how to beat them. I've always felt guilty about even the tiniest things - like the cookie and a half I ate this morning, brought last night by kind friends for a birthday treat. But I'll be FATTER tomorrow. (really? How much fatter?) I think that other people's opinions mean very little. And the only real shoulds (waiving perkily at the natural aging people) have only to do with God and your children. Maybe your husband. Maybe. You are allowed to indulge yourself in things that you delight in and that don't impinge on the two important areas of responsibility above. Who ARE these people, anyway, who have the time to look at what other people do and have opinions about it? Pfff, I say!

May 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK

I love your philosophies!! Especially about cupcakes - so true. When we DO treat ourselves, we must fully enjoy it. If not, why do it?

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