A little background on me…I have been a cosmetologist for over 20 years and in those 2 decades countless women, young and old, as my clients. I live, eat, and breathe this industry. The friendships and relationships I have built with these women is cherished and what has made this career ultimately so fulfilling, and on top of that I make women feel beautiful! Over the years we have all aged. Some of my clients were in their early 20’s just like me when we started our beauty journey together and now we are in our mid-40’s! Many of these women were in their 40’s and are now in their 60’s. We all age. We all have what we perceive as flaws. About 10 years ago (my skin was still looking quite youthful) I had the most beautiful, sophisticated woman I knew, who happened to be in her 70’s, tell me how hard she thought it would be on me to start aging. I don’t think anyone likes it, so I suppose saying that was not too much of a reach. My point is that we all obsess over something completely unavoidable that happens to every human on the planet and always will. We are obsessed with looking like we did in our 20’s. It’s why botox and fillers are a multi-billion dollar industry. It’s why nearly every photo you see is a filtered version of someone and it’s always obvious! I have never met a human over the age of 10 who looks that smooth and flawless in real life. Why do we have to live up to that standard? Why do we subscribe to that self loathing? I love a good angle where I look young and flawless just like everyone, but I don’t want to feel bad about myself because it’s not really me either. It is a delicate balance between having fun with the social media filters and feeling like you want to put a bag over your face without one. I’m trying to embrace my 40’s, getting older, loving myself, recognizing each line is a celebration of my life; Heartache, love, laughter, playing outside, tears, and blessings. It is natural to age and you are beautiful! Embrace your natural beauty.