>Beauty Gone Wild: Dammit, women. Calm down!

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I love makeup. It makes me feel pretty. But there are limits to what I will do to my body to improve my self image. The other day I read this article on Yahoo! about women who go on this nose tube feeding diet before their weddings. Are you kidding me? This is sad and insane.

It’s one freaking day of your life and you are practically killing yourself for vanity.

OK, I can understand trying to cut out the junk food or even joining a boot camp fitness thingy to make you feel better about those hundreds of photos that will be taken, but none of those things will really fix what’s going on in your mind.

You don’t have to look like a supermodel to be beautiful. Supermodels don’t even look like supermodels. They are photoshopped and lit to give an illusion to sell a product.

I just wish women would take all this money and effort they are putting towards extreme beauty methods and use it to fix what’s going on in their minds. Until you can accept yourself as beautiful right now as you are, you are always going to be struggling with your body image.  It’s a bad habit to think of yourself as ugly.  Stop it!

You don’t have to be perfect. No one is. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think the beholder needs to change her mind and stop calling herself ugly.  Stop trying to be perfect and enjoy life instead.

Maybe a psychologist should set up a table at the next bridal show and offer sessions to help women overcome their body image issues. I’ll bet they could make a mint.

>I’m Single And It’s Awesome Part Deux

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Oh the “woe is me” thoughts are such a bad habit for me. Yes, they are hormone triggered for the most part, but I’ve really got to get control over my thoughts. The worst ones are the “I’m going to be alone forever” thoughts.

No one can possibly know that and forever is a mighty long time, but I’m here to tell you, there’s something else. No, not the after world and I apologize for paraphrase Prince in that last sentence.

I just need to remind myself that being single isn’t awful. Like I’ve said before it’s kind of awesome. Everything is all about perspective and I just need to change mind to focus more on the positive.

I don’t have to share a bed with anyone. I can sleep on the diagonal and no one is there to hog the covers. Plus, I don’t have to hear someone snoring or various other bodily noises that one emits through the night. No one is going to wake me up before the alarm.  No one is going to drink the last beer. No one is going to lie to me. No one is going to play mind games.

No, I’m not going to go all “rah-rah single is always great!” on you. I’m just trying to stop being such a downer.

But, I’m trying to figure out why I’m in such a hurry to get married? Granted, I’ll be 40 sooner than later and by society’s standards I should be put out to pasture, but fuck society. People live until their 90 now. I’ve got 50 years to live still.

It’s just that I wonder why everyone gets all crazy about marriage? Why is it such a huge event? Why is there so much focus put on the bride? There are two people involved in this legal arrangement.

And the money that people spend on it is highly unnecessary. I would rather have ice for my gin and soda than a giant carving of a swan. Better yet, why not use those thousands of dollars to buy a house or go on a kick ass vacation? Personally, I don’t even know 200 people I want to spend more than 20 minutes with much less a day long event.

>The eye of the beholder

>The good news is that I’m not going blind.

The bad news is that apparently I’ve been having migraines for the past two weeks. The thing is that I haven’t noticed any major headaches. I’ve just had this weirdness happening in my vision.

Glares have been my trigger. I’ll see a bright light reflecting off some surface and suddenly this spot appears in my vision. Except, it doesn’t go away when I close my eyes.

When I told my optometrist this, he said, “Well then it’s not your eyes…”

“So it’s my brain?” Panic! What?! Not my brain! I have nothing else!

That’s when he told me I’ve just been having migraines.

The spots in my vision then expand to these zigzag blue starbursts which impede my sight a little bit… Enough to annoy the shit out of me.

They have been happening enough to scare me into going to the doctor. He actually told me that some people even go to the emergency room when they get these migraine auras, which apparently isn’t the name of the newest Disney princess.

The thing is that the actual headache wasn’t all that bad (knock on wood). It was just a dull sort of ache. I was freaking out about my vision too much to really notice it. Allegedly, there are a few other things that could occur like nausea and a heightened sense of smell. No thanks to either!

The Mayo Clinic website said that difficulty with speech or language can be a symptom, but I’ve always got a problem with both of those things. Anyone who’s read my blog can attest to that! Plus, I’ve always had a little dyslexia to contend with, so I wouldn’t know the difference anyway.

So, now I have to get more sleep and cut down on sugar. He said to cut back on the caffeine too, but I really don’t drink much of that. One cup of coffee a day can’t kill me. It’s the sleep and stress that are making me see these auras. I know it.

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