Some may wonder how Houston will recover from the recent epic disaster from Hurricane Harvey. I can’t tell you exactly how it will happen, step by step, but I can tell you we will not only recover, we will be stronger and prouder than we were before this devastation hit our city. We are a strong, God fearing, flag saluting, gun toting, compassionate city and we will show the world what it means to be Texas proud.
If you’re not a Texan then you probably don’t understand our pride or mentality. We may pray to different gods, vote for different presidents, and have skin of different colors, but when we see our neighbors in need, we help. We are humans helping humans. We don’t wait on the Government to rescue us. We take care of each other when things get tough. We are prepared to do what needs to be done. We don’t just sit and cry and feel sorry for ourselves.
Don’t misunderstand me; we have cried many tears over the loss of lives, pets, homes, cars, and family heirlooms. My heart feels like it is swollen. At times I feel the pounding in my chest so strong that I think this must be what a heart attack feels like. In a way, it is an attack on the heart. I personally feel overwhelmed with emotion seeing all of the loss that many of my friends have suffered while I seemed to have been spared from the devastation. But I can tell you, through the tears, we take action. We have rescued each other, offered our homes to complete strangers, given time and money to help clean buildings and homes, clothed the drenched families, fed the hungry and taken care of our beloved first responders. This will continue until the job is done.
One of my friends who lost her home said she wasn’t used to being on the receiving end of things. Tears spilled out of her eyes as she said that she was so grateful for her neighbor who rescued her family on a boat. I reminded her that the giver is blessed. When we are able to reach out and come to the aid of those in need, it is an honor. So if you are uncomfortable being on the receiving end, remember that you are allowing someone else to experience that blessing.
I’ll never understand why I was able to ride out this storm completely unharmed but I can tell you that I am grateful. I am also honored and blessed to be able to love on and help those who need it the most right now. I believe that God will bless Texas in a way we’ve never seen before this storm. Get ready for some Texas pride on display!
I’m super excited about what Sabrina’s done so far which includes Botox and filler. She is most definitely not one to just shoot you up and go on to the next one. I can assure you that she is an artist!
I couldn’t believe the time she took to study my face, the symmetry, each wrinkle, sag and bag! She even inquired as to which side I sleep on. Apparently that affects how your face ages! There was lots of walking around the table from side to side to check each profile view to guarantee the perfect outcome. Sabrina Mercer has an exceptional eye and a comprehensive understanding of the facial structure and took the time to explain to me the treatments that she recommended. That’s why I say she is an artist!
With every injection Sabrina was precise and meticulous. She also took great care to make sure that it all happened with no pain. I was out in public teaching a class the next day and nobody noticed a bump or bruise.
I will be blogging over the next several months chronicling additional treatments so stay tuned. For now, here is exactly what she did and some before and after photos. I am extremely pleased with my results!
Here’s what she did:
I had 1 syringe of Juverm Voluma for lifting and to put volume back from bone loss and fat pad loss in my cheeks. The syringe wasn’t split evenly since I had one side that needed more to make me even due to sleeping and bone structure difference. A small amount from the same syringe was used in my chin to support my mouth and neck.
I had 1 syringe of Juvederm Ultra split between nasolabial folds, marionettes (puppet lines under mouth), oral commissure (down turned corners of mouth) and tear trough (under eyes).
Botox was applied in small doses to allow movement to frown lines, forehead, crows feet and a small amount to jaw line to help lift jowl area.
This treatment amount application is Sabrina’s preferred method. It’s what she calls the “age management formula”. I like the sound of that and absolutely love what it’s doing for me! It gives me a smooth air brushed look that never looks “done”. This amount of product applied once a year will never look fake. Remember, I said I wasn’t going for the Kenny Rogers look. Combine this with natural collagen stimulating skin care, laser and radiofrequency applications and you have what makes Sabrina’s approach so unique and desirable.
More to come later on the skin care, laser and radiofrequency treatments.
Check out my previous post HERE.
Learn about Sabrina’s Skin Care line that I’ve been using HERE.
Side by side photos to compare my results so far. 🙂
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I have been bound by the shackles of my past. I have been unworthy. Thank God, I have been redeemed.
There are times in my life that I was unfair. I only saw the world from my perspective. I have been self-centered. I have treated others poorly and said cruel things. I have been foolish and irrational. I have spread gossip. I have been a bully.
There have been times in my life that I have defended the shy and weak. I have been able to shield them from bullies. I have spoken for them and protected them. I have been kind. I have been an advocate.
There are times in my life that I have been desparate, on my knees in prayer, and the words wouldn’t even come. I have been afraid to the point that I’m completely incapable of verbalizing the pain and inescapable anxiety of what lies ahead. I have felt utterly powerless over the circumstances in my life that left me uncertain of my future. I have stayed awake at night in fear. I have been a scared victim.
Many times people see me as courageous but sometimes I feel like a fraud because of the fear that occassionally flickers through my thoughts. There have been times that I have taken steps in faith. I know that faith has carried me and given me courage. I recognize that each step I have taken has increased my faith. I have been faithful and courageous.
There are times in my life that I was so completely sure of something that I would have bet my life on it only to find out that I was indeed wrong. I have been humbled.
I have known people with tunnel vision. They have insisted that their view is the only way and nothing will convince them otherwise. I have been patient and hopeful.
I have been mislead, told half-truths and lied to. It hurts me deeply.
I have been dishonest. I really don’t like to admit that. It hurts. Lies tend to keep me awake at night weaving scenarios in my head of how to wrong the right. I greatly prefer honesty. It makes for a peaceful nights sleep and it’s much easier to remember.
I have been loved when I didn’t deserve to be loved. There are people in my life that have seen me at my worst and have pulled me up when I’ve fallen. They have applauded my accomplishments and celebrated my success. They have been there for me in every moment, good and bad. I have experienced unconditional love.
I am a mom. I have loved unconditionally.
I have hated. I have truly hated another person so much that the mere sight of them made me physically sick. I have been full of hate.
I have forgiven. After experiencing tormenting hatred toward another person, I have been able to finally forgive. Some of those times, an apology was never offered. Even still, I have learned that I was the one who was set free.
I have been forgiven. There are times that I have been forgiven for things that I have not apologized for. Forgiveness was not deserved but was given anyway. For that, I am truly thankful.
Many people have helped me along my journey. I am blessed by every lesson they have offered me. Some people that have helped me have profoundly changed my life and I’ve never been able to thank them. I have been blessed. I have been the recipient of charity.
I have been able to give back. My heart has experienced what it feels like to give. I have realized that giving with a pure heart does more for me than the person I am blessing. It feels a little like cheating sometimes. I have been charitable.
Friends and even strangers have lifted me up along the way. Many times when I have hit bumps in the road, people have appeared in my life to help me get back on track. They have reminded me that I am worthy of an abundant life. I have been motivated and inspired by other people.
The first time I gave a speech, I was told that I was an inspiration. By sharing my story, I have had the honor of showing other people that they too can and should thrive. I have been honored to help others see that they can get past their own fear and uncertainty too. I have been able to inspire and motivate other people.
I have tried to do things that I thought would be prosperous but they didn’t work out. I’ve spent time, energy and money trying to accomplish these things. I have failed at attempts to find success.
I have succeeded beyond my wildest imagination. I didn’t know I was capable of doing some of the things that I now love. I have been surprised by my own accomplishments. I have been open to new endeavors. I have been successful. I have been an entrepreneur.
I didn’t know what I was doing when I became an entrepreneur. I had many lessons to learn. I’m thankful that I have grown.
I have been honest about the “not knowing”. When I first began my business I was wisely told that there is no shame in not knowing something. I have been confident in my ability to adapt and learn what I need to know. I have been open to learning new things.
I have been through the valley and I have been on the mountaintop. While I love being on the mountaintop, I wouldn’t wholly appreciate it without having experienced the pain in the valley.
While I’m most proud of the honorable things I’ve done, it’s the horrible things that have wrought the most unforgettable lessons.
I have been who others wanted me to be but I’ve discovered the serenity in being simply me, Naked & Unafraid.
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There seems to be a great deal of clandestine activity going on in the beauty industry lately. For centuries, both women and men have used wigs, special clothing, make up, procedures, contraptions, and various aesthetic cosmetic treatments to help their appearance look more pleasing to themselves and to others.
Most people don’t want to divulge what they do to achieve their look though. It’s a very well kept secret. When I meet someone who looks like they are in their mid thirties to early forties and then learn they have children in their thirties, something doesn’t add up. I mean if they look well rested, have no wrinkles, no bags, no jowls, and no frown lines or smile lines then you have to wonder if they’ve discovered the fountain of youth. I respect everyone’s privacy so I never press them for information but it’s pretty clear that they have had something done to prevent wrinkles and sagging skin. I say good for them!
I believe that you should do whatever makes you feel happy about your appearance. If you want to remain all-natural, go for it. I know many women who choose to not do anything other than a simple skin care regimen and they are incredibly beautiful and stunning! If you’d like to take advantage of some of the cosmetic treatments available to us then do that. It’s all a very individual choice and we shouldn’t be so harsh and quick to judge each other about what we choose to do.
I recently met registered nurse and advanced skincare specialist, Sabrina Mercer, RN, BSN. After talking with her and hearing her philosophy about cosmetic procedures like Botox and fillers, I was quite intrigued and wanted to see what suggestions she had for someone like me. I am speaking up about my journey and as usual; I will be “Naked & Unafraid” and open about my individual experience.
First, I confess that I’m not completely new to Botox. In my mid 40’s, I tried it to smooth out the frown lines between my eyes. They had been getting more and more pronounced and every time I looked in the mirror I felt like I looked angry or stressed out. I hated that! And maybe I was a little angry and stressed out since this was a time in my life that was quite difficult but I didn’t want others to see so clearly on my face what was going on in my life. Those frown lines really bothered me! I went to a Dermatologist and she happily shot me up with Botox. While it did get rid of the frown lines, I noticed that it pretty much froze my eyebrow movement. Kinda weird but I really hated those frown lines so I continued to go back to her.
A couple of years later, I met a Plastic Surgeon who explained how important it was to really understand how the muscles in the face work and that placement of the injections should be administered very carefully. I knew that the Dermatologist I had been seeing kind of just poked at me without really studying my face. So, when it was time to get more Botox, I gave the Plastic Surgeon a try. The results were much more desirable. After a while I noticed that I had to go less and less often because the results lasted quite a bit longer with each treatment.
After a couple of years, for several reasons, I decided to stop getting Botox. I figured it would be interesting to see if the frown lines reappeared. It took a few years but they did come back. It’s noteworthy that they didn’t come back as strong as they had been when I was 10 years younger. I’ve learned that Botox not only works to smooth wrinkles, it can also work as prevention. But after several years with no treatments, those darned frown lines began to bug me again. And now, in addition to the frown lines, I was seeing dark circles and bags that hadn’t been there before. Every time I looked in the mirror, I saw a tired woman looking back at me. I believe it even affected my energy level sometimes. I was ready to do something about it.
After a lot of thought and discussion with Sabrina, I have decided to go for it and let her work her magic on my skin. The goal is for me to have a more airbrushed appearance. I won’t be going for the Kenny Rogers look, lol!!! I don’t want to look “done” at all. In fact, if I weren’t blogging about it, you probably would think I have finally just gotten some rest. This is the look that most people strive for but struggle to find the right person to achieve that look for them. I can say that I completely trust Sabrina Mercer to take care of me. She totally understands what I want to achieve.
So get ready, this will be continued! For now, here are some of my “before” shots.
Learn about Sabrina’s Skin Care line HERE.
Read about the After story HERE.
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