Turning 50 Reno Project on Me!

I turned 50 this past December (2014). I tried to celebrate but, to be honest, I wasn’t that thrilled. It felt like I was forever saying good-bye to my youth and that I had only decay and aging to look forward to. Our society is so obsessed with youth, as you know.

So, I decided a renovation project was in order. No, not in my house … but a reno project on me. Here are the 4 reno projects I undertook and my scores on the results:

1. Laser Vision Correction
I have always hated wearing glasses. My asymetrical hairstyle meant that my bangs were always bumping into my glasses and I just never felt attractive in glasses no matter how modern or cool of a style I purchased. So I decided to correct my near-sightedness. I booked my surgery with Lasik MD whose commercials advertised, “Starting at $499 per eye.” $499 my foot! $3700 was the quote, supposedly, because of my astigmatism. Anyways, I took advantage of their financing offer and booked my surgery. Surgery was a breeze and recovery was a day of misery and a week plus of discomfort.

Am I happy with the results? Some days. As I write this, I am wearing reading glasses. What they didn’t tell me is that the surgery would completely obliterate my close-up vision. I now need reading glasses to be on the computer, read my iPhone, read the side of boxes in the kitchen when cooking, and a myriad of other things I can no longer read that I completely took for granted. It annoys the heck out of me! I basically exchanged my dependence on glasses for distance for glasses for close-up. Not sure that is a winning deal. And I didn’t get 20/20 vision according to my post eye exam. Some days I see better than others, it seems. I do love wearing normal sunglasses and not having to switch to different glasses when I go indoors. I love the freedom from glasses around the house and watching TV, but now I have to have a pair of reading glasses in every purse and every room in my house.

So, would I recommend it? I would wait until they come up with some solution to correct both issues. It can’t be that far away, can it?

I give this reno project a 5/10.

2) Tattoo’d Eyebrows

A lot of women get tattoos when they go through their mid-life crisis. I contemplated it, but I couldn’t figure out what I would want on my body that I could never ever change?!?! However, I decided to get my eyebrows filled in with permanent ink … basically a tattoo. Between years of plucking my once thick brows to a thin line and losing eyebrow hairs as I have aged10942310_951943858181212_4807372686433556951_n, my eyebrows were down to almost nothing. I had to draw them in with a pencil every single day! I wanted freedom from that!

Again, not a cheap procedure … $700, but I wanted to go with a reputable clinic. I booked in with Maria from Pink Permanent Ink. She had a good website with lots of “Before” & “After” pictures and I wanted the hair stroke type of fill-in, which is a bit more expensive and time-consuming, but provides a more natural result. Maria put freezing gel on my eyebrows and then we drew and re-drew the eyebrows on my face until I was happy with the look. To be upfront, the freezing didn’t take well for me even though she applied it several times. It apparently works on some better than others so it was a bit painful. It was kind of like a razor blade making little scratches into your face but it wasn’t excruciating. When we were done, I thought it looked good but you really need to let it heal to see the end results.

After a few weeks, I decided I wanted more fill-in and a stronger shape, so I re-booked a follow-up, which is only $50 if you book within 8 weeks. This time, Maria thickened the brow and defined the shape. After a few days of healing, I was super happy! It looks fantastic and I don’t have any regrets. Apparently they have to be re-filled every 2-3 years but I don’t care. I absolutely love how they look! I can’t tell the difference between where my real hair ends and the hair strokes tattoo is. And I don’t miss drawing them in every day and I love having eyebrows even without makeup on.

I give this reno project a 10/10.

3) Spiked Hair
I had always admired Pink’s funky, mohawk-like haircut and thought I’d like to try it “one day”. Then I saw a young mom in my local McDonald’s with the exact colour and haircut, and I begged her for her hairstylist’s name and salon, which she gave me. I booked the appointment. I had just started dating a new guy and I almost chickened out, but I figured he hadn’t been in my life long enough to have a say in my hair. By the way, I have much history with men in my controlling my hair. I swore by the time I was 50, I would stop letting men influence my hair decisions!

Amber bleached my hair. It was a long process but she was smiley and chatty so I tried to relax and just go with it. Then she started cutting. At one point, I thought it looked great and then she cut another 2 inches off. Yikes! She dried it, complained about my curly hair … lol, and applied product. Ta da … Pink’s hair and my face. 11265314_10153233068610170_7384332181924709102_n

It took me a few days to get used to it. I got tons of compliments. Lots of people loved it. Those who didn’t, said nothing. On the plus side, I have never had such a low maintenance haircut. It was super easy … no hair dryer; just put in some product and out the door. I felt funky and courageous and really glad I did it. On the negative side, I didn’t feel “pretty” anymore so I have decided to grow it out.

I recently had Amber undercut my hair and I love it! Hey, people, that @#$% grows. Live a little. Try something new. It’s fun!

I give this improvement a 7/10. Good experiment but perhaps not for me long-term.

4) Lean & Strong

Have you ever heard of Danielle LaPorte’s “Desire Map”. She says that setting goals is not very effective and that we should instead set desires … how we want to feel, which is what we are really after anyway when we set a goal. One of my desires was to feel lean and strong. It wasn’t about being skinny, but about feeling healthy and good in my clothes. Well, over this past winter, for whatever reason, I put on 15 pounds. Yuck. I hardly noticed except when I brought up my summer clothes from storage and half of my wardrobe didn’t fit anymore. Waaaaaaaaaah! I actually have more summer clothes than winter clothes (my preferred season), so this was a travesty that I couldn’t wear them and, as a single mom, I couldn’t just go and replace everything.IMG_4214

With the upcoming summer (bathing suit & shorts weather) as an incentive, I called up my friend, Mark, who had been bugging me to check into Isagenix. Mark recommended the “30 Day Cleanse & Fat Burning Program”. I thought, “I can do anything for 30 days, right?”, so I ordered it. When my box of product arrived, I weighed myself. 152 pounds. Ugh. 130 was my goal, so that equaled 22 pounds. I just finished my 30-Day Program and I am happy to report I have released 14 pounds. Only 8 more pounds to go! I will stay on the Isagenix products until I reach my goal weight, probably
in 3-4 weeks.

I give this reno a 10/10. Somehow EVERYTHING seems more possible when your weight is under control!

Am I done now? I think so. I don’t have a yearning to get plastic surgery or Botox anytime soon. I am feeling pretty good in my leaner body and with my new eyebrows. I think it was good for me to kick myself out of my rut and challenge myself. I am not on the warpath to find the “fountain of youth”, but I also didn’t want to slide into my 50’s quietly. I want to LIVE BIG, LOVE BIG and BE LOVED BIG! How about you?

Go, be glorious!

Fashionably Yours,


1) Lasik Eye Correction Surgery – http://www.lasikmd.com

2) Pink Permanent Ink Clinic – http://pinkclinic.ca

3) Accentric Salon & Spa, Stylist: Amber, Ph: (403) 281-9111

4) Isagenix 30-Day Cleanse & Fat Burning Program – http://bachler.isagenix.com

5) Skincare: Nerium – 2 simple products; 1 day and 1 night. My skin has NEVER looked better (ok, maybe when I was 20 … lol.) www.calgaryqueen.nerium.com

6) Non-toxic Personal Care Products – Melaleuca. I swear by it. I don’t want to bombard my skin with chemicals I don’t need to. http://www.melaleuca.com

7) Non-toxic Cleaning Products – Melaleuca. Effective and again, non-toxic. I want my home to be a safe place, not full of toxic chemicals. http://www.melaleuca.com


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