Beauty Garden

I am not a Millennial.  I rarely take selfies, and when I do, I am ALWAYS unhappy with how I look.

My twenty-something daughters and nieces grew up in front of the camera in a way I did not.  They can snap a gorgeous selfie and post it to their world in one quick click.

I never know the angles and the poses, so the current environment of self-love in social media just makes me anxious!

We are forced every day to view and compare ourselves physically to those around us, and this culture of obsession with our looks is a constant stress for me.

I turned fifty-one in April, and have gone completely insane trying every gadget on social media to turn back the clock.  I wish I had taken more selfies when I was younger!

My picture here looks pretty good, because the light was diffused and you can’t see the wrinkles by my eyes, the acne scars on my chin, and the bangs cover my deep frown lines – but that’s exactly my point!  That’s me, but not REALLY me.

So how to navigate this problem (at any age) of solving our beauty woes and not lose ourselves in a sea of chemicals, devices and treatments?

I’m going to just put it out there – I’m doing experiments on a million “cures” right now.  I think it’s time to share the journey, along with any answers I find, and some honest reviews on some ridiculous hype I’ve tried along the way…

Read the Beauty Garden topic as I try to nurture and find “me” in a world of impossible beauty standards.

Author: Anne Beck

Anne Beck is a real estate agent, artist, designer, mother, wife and creator of an abundant life in New Orleans. This blog is the manifestation of her life as a writer, recovering alcoholic and self-improvement junkie, shared now as her journey continues into pursuits of gratitude and joy.