Another Year Older

This New Year I can see that I am getting older.  My prior new Years were always met with zeal and a firm resolve.  This year my resolutions are a little less ambitious and more about preservation.
  This is what resolving to take care of your skin looks like.  Something happened after 35.  My skin decided to rapidly age.  Suddenly wrinkles were everywhere, age spots, red spots, and enough peach fuzz on my face and neck to make a 12 year old boy jealous.  I learned I have Rosacia.  Now I have prescription medicine to combat that is applied morning and night.  I have learned living in the valley of the sun requires and additional commitment to preserve one's skin.

I have never been into high maintenance of my face, hair or nails.  I had only washed my face in the shower.  I never had a nighttime routine of washing my face and lathering up.  Ahh the days of youth.  Now I am scrubbing with this brush that is akin to a minigrindner for your face.  It is to help remove all the dead skin and stimulate your skin to look young and new.  Then I was working out and watching QVC one morning and was convinced I had to try Murad anti aging serum.  It would take years off my face.  I will say it does seem to help with the fine lines.  But what a pain!  A face wash, a serum, a night cream and then a daily moisturizer.  Oh then I have to add a moisturizer with sunblock too.  Before you know it I have been in the bathroom for an hour applying face creams!

Then the real fun comes with the little wax machine.  If I pay to get my face waxed, we won't be paying for college.  This little guy has paid for itself in two waxing.  So many mistakes.  A giant lump of wax in my eyebrow just about left me eyebrowless.  I look like I have just come out of sunburn that peeled when I am done, but at least I don't have a blond beard.  What the heck!? Could it be worth all this to try and slow the hands of time on my skin?  I sure had more fun back when I didn't care about my skin and had about an hour a day more!
If my bathroom isn't depressing enough, head into the kitchen at lunch time.  In no time it will be prunes for breakfast but at this point it is just kale smoothies for lunch.  Gag.  Chips are SO much better.  And trying to drink less wine, talk about a total buzz kill for the New Year.  Why is being good so much work.  There is a country song I identify with that croons All the things that kill me, make me feel alive!  The flip of that is all the things that persevere me, make me feel dead.  :)
So I had to have a few exciting and fun resolutions with all this being healthier nonsense.  Max and I completed our goal last year to hike 12 peaks in the Phoenix area.  It has given me a bit of a hiking bug.  Arizona has such a wild and unique landscape.  The prickly cactus paired with the red mountains and brilliant blue sky is a feast for the eyes.  I love exploring new places and challenging myself.  This year I hope to hike Havasupai Falls.
This doesn't look like it could really exist.  I have to see it!  It is a serious 10 miles in and 10 miles out in the Grand Canyon.  We would backpack and camp at the falls.  I am resolving to try and see this natural wonder before I am too old, it is too dangerous, my skin is too frail, and my bones too weak.
I resolve to keep on with our Family 50 and hit the middle of America and Washington this year.  We have 15 states left to visit.  If we are able to chip away these 7, we will be so close!  Our states trips have been some of our best experiences as a family.  We are excitedly planning our routes for this year.
I was recently inspired by our friend's family.  They are a Roman Catholic family from New Orleans.  Our friend has 12 siblings, with all of them still residing in Louisiana.  For his 50th birthday 8 of them and their families made it out to celebrate.  Our friends travel back to New Orleans regularly to maintain an incredible family bond.  It is hard to imagine with that many siblings that everyone would find time and make connecting a priority.  Another nod to my age, I really see the value in putting into your family.  While vacations with family are not in the same category as relaxing beach destinations, adventure filled trips, or exciting tours of Europe, they are more important.  In that vein we decided we would try harder to visit family.  There is nothing better than a strong family and I realize I must emphasize and teach that to my children so that they will hopefully carry on our strong and loving family bond.  We hope to visit as many family members this year as we can.  So look out, MKHKKH might be showing up on your door this year.



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