Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 388 – Natural


“Happiness is the best makeup.”

Drew Barrymore

Thank you, Spidey, for a great quote!

This kinda follows on from yesterday’s SoCS post.

Yesterday I posted a poem I write about accepting ourselves for who or what we are and not trying to make ourselves look different to please the rest of the world.

I’m not a make-up person at the best of times. I get far too hot for make-up, and it ends up sliding off my face before long…

Sure, I’ll add on a little slap if we are going out, but especially now, as I feel my skin not being as smooth as it was, and the eyeshadow I used to apply with ease, getting caught up in those creases, or happy lines around my eyes, I find myself looking at my reflection in the mirror, and wondering, “Do I really need that? Who am I putting this stuff on for?”

Because I’m more than happy without it.

I like to have my eyebrows in order, and no one needs to see me with a light ‘tache on my upper lip, but other than that, what you see is what you get.

I no longer dye my hair, so the greys coming through show that nature has embraced me.

The smile you see will light my face more than any make-up would.

And you would see that I am genuinely happy. (Whiskers, double chin, grey hair, and all!)

So, ladies, are you one who needs their mascara and lippy to feel confident when you go out, or do you embrace the natural you? And gents, how do you feel about your appearance?


Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

#OneLinerWednesday – Happiness

“Happiness can be found in the smallest of things.”


For Linda’s #OneLinerWeds Challenge

The Ultimate Blogging Challenge: Day 2

Sorry it’s late, but Caitlin’s Day 2 challenge is here!

This is going to be based on things that make you happy. It could be something as simple as making a list of your favourite things, or perhaps you could write a poem. It could even be about a certain special person in your life, a close friend maybe. You could write about a memory you share, or just what they mean to you.

What makes me happy…

Happiness is…
…waking up with my Hubby Dearest every morning.

Happiness is…
…watching my children playing together without fighting.

Happiness is…
…starting a book and realising it’s a true page-turner!

Happiness is…
…fitting into my old clothes, without holding my breath in!

Happiness is…
…seeing my parents.

Happiness is…
…a Skype conversation with my baby nephew.

Happiness is…
…singing at the top of my voice in the shower.

Happiness is…
…writing something that my readers relate to.

Happiness is…
…seeing my pupils progress during the academic year.

Happiness is…
…whatever makes you smile!

The cure for all ailments…

True words...

True words…

The jolliest people I know look so much younger that their years.  Do you find that?

Those who are able to have a laugh, have a giggle, a good old belly laugh, a guffaw, a titter, you know, all those words, that indicate laughter, and happiness.

In India, they have Laughing Clubs.  Its like the morning walk brigade, but they sit, or stand, in circles just laughing! Great fun! Groups of people, mostly older in age, laughing away, big belly laughs, flailing arms, opening their arms, and so opening their chests, big gulps of air taken in. It’s all oxygen, great for the body and mind!

I want a go… I think I might start my own.  This world doesn’t have enough laughter in it, I think.

We are all so caught up in living life, rushing from one event to another, work to home, cook, clean, look after kids, or going out. In fact we probably don’t even sleep as much as we need, because our time is so precious, we eke out as much as we can… to our detriment though.  We end up starting a day tired, and ratty, irritable, and when you are irritable, when do you fancy a laugh? When you are in that state, sometimes the funniest things do your head in, and you would rather shut the person up, than join in with the giggles.

But this is just it. if you were to laugh, it would probably relieve your tensions more.  My Pops teaches yoga, and the type he teaches has been promoted by Swami Ramdev in India, and to be honest it has been around for aeons… but he has brought it to the forefront of peoples eyes. He was a childhood polio sufferer and by doing various breathing exercises, he really improved his own health. At the end of all his classes, and subsequently at the end of my Pop’s classes, they encourage the whole class to belly laugh for a good few minutes.

I love a laugh.  I cant hold it in to be honest, whether its a child inadvertently saying something inappropriate, or just a genuinely funny joke, I have to laugh!  Maybe that’s why a lot of people think that I don’t look my years.. but on the flip side, I am so tired most of the time, I do get irritated, and find that where I should have laughed, my sense of humour seems to have gone on holiday…oops! I am going to make a conscious effort to laugh more, every day. there is always s something in your everyday life where you can laugh…

So I’m going to challenge you…

Laugh. 😀

Every day. 😀

Find something that makes you openly guffaw. 😀

See whether it makes you feel better. 🙂

I’m going to try it too.. tell me what made you laugh today, and together lets knock a few hundred years off our faces!!!

Even the rainbow smiles…

Love this photo I took of an upside down rainbow last year…

see! I like to surround myself by smiles, and even nature helped!

My interactive peeps!

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