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What is Dermaplaning?



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How is Dermaplaning performed? 
It is safely performed by using a #10 blade (yes, a sterile surgical blade).  The blade is held against the skin at a 45 degree angle and stroked along the skin, just like shaving.  However, the practitioner is doing the stroking while holding the area of skin taut. 

This treatment, when professionally trained/performed, is extremely safe.  There is no more risk to the skin than when a man shaves his face.  As long as the practitioner has adequate training, the treatment should be very easy and quick.

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Dermaplaning is performed only on the facial areas only.
With exceptions to the nostrils, eyelids, neck and chest areas.

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This procedure is similar to microdermabrasions or chemical peels; during said procedure there is typically 2-3 weeks worth of dead skin cells removed and you can safely have this procedure repeated every 3-4 weeks, it is recommended to wait this long between services to allow the skin to complete its normal skin cycle of approximately 30 days.

Dermaplaning can also be performed in conjunction with a chemical peel.  It is recommended using a Non-Traumatic Chirally-Correct peels (each ingredient contains only those molecules that will produce positive side effects to the skin).  They are made without harsh chemicals that might induce a burn effect on the skin.  Being loaded with antioxidants and nutrients as well as chirally-correct acids, such as L-lactic, L-malic and L-tartaric.

Still with the above precautions you still may still see some superficial peeling after a chemical peel and dermaplaning service. If you are seeing skin peeling after a regular dermaplaning procedure without the act of a chemical peel, the procedure may be too soon for your skins normal cycle to be complete.  Take note when you are having it done and try to lesson the procedures so you are lessening the skin peeling process that could occur.  This will not help with the health of your skin if you are not allowing your skins normal cycle to be completed.

The idea is to not over-exfoliate the skin.  We are just assisting with your skin’s natural exfoliation process.

Skin types/conditions that can be benefited or treated by this procedure:
Nearly all skin types can truly benefit from dermaplaning, however, it is not recommended that this treatment be used for those suffering from severe acne and an over production of the sebaceous gland (microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily/waxy matter, called sebum).  The oils from the sebaceous glad need to travel up and connect with the vellus hair (short, fine, light-colored, and barely noticeable hair that develops on most of a person’s body from his/her childhood. Typically referred to as “Peach Fuzz”).  If the hair is removed, then the oils tend to stay below where they are prone to mix with bacterial colonies, ultimately stimulating more acne.

This procedure is often a great alternative to someone that cannot have a chemical peel or microdermabrasion procedure due to contraindications that will prevent them from having said services.  Someone pregnant for example, would benefit from this process if they were concerned with the skin texture or were routinely having peels or dermabrasion services.

The only Contraindications to dermaplaning include an allergy to nickel, numerous raised lesions on the skin and inflamed acne.

Procedures for having Dermaplaning:

  • You should be explained the procedure and informed that although unlikely, there is a chance that you could obtain a superficial scrape or nick to the skin.
  • You should sign a consent form that states possibilities of complications.
  • Your skin should be cleaned thoroughly, using a cleanser with mild keratolytic properties, (such as beta or apha hydroxy acids) this will help loosen dead skin and allow for a deeper exfoliation with the scalpel.
  • The scalpel being used should have a #10 blade in the handle.  Blade may need changed during the process due to dulling that will occur.
  • Your skin should be completely dry.  If the skin has any moisture on it at all, there is an increased chance of nicking the skin, and the treatment will not be as effective.
  • Because the scalpel is being used on your skin, it is very important that you, the client remain still during the procedure.
  • The blade will be scraped across your skin at an approx. 45 degree angle.  The abrading of the surface with precise movements in the opposite direction of the hair growth, there is a pattern that should develop, such as starting at one side of the face and finishing at the other, to ensure that all of the areas are covered properly.
  • After the entire face has been treated, a hydrating moisturizer and sunscreen should be applied to the skin to finish the procedure.
  • If another peeling process will be used (such as a chemical peel), it is important that extra precautions are taken.  The peel will penetrate more deeply after the removal of the superficial layers of skin.

There is no downtime typically associated with this procedure.  You should be educated about the importance of using sunscreen (EVEN during the winter months) to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation (darkening of an area of skin or nails caused by increased melanin).

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Below video is a little bit silly, the commentator is a regular person, he is going for his first dermaplaning and has a very basic detailed process showed before and during and the after effects.  I chose this one because he did make me laugh, some of the videos… they get a wee bit too serious! (hope you enjoy!)

 

The below video is a bit more serious, it has a good amount of details without a LOT of medical jargon.  I wanted to find videos that are “client” perspective and client friendly… I hope these gave you some great detail!

 

Special thanks to two web sites that assisted me with details on my above blog:

http://www.skininc.com/treatments/medicalesthetics/129825918.html
Skin Inc.
Dermaplaning for Skin Rejuvenation
by Edie Pastis

http://www.pureskinjunkie.com/id17.html
Pure Skin Solutions

Thank you for being patient with me and reading my blog.
your patronage and use is always my greatest joy with regards to this blog… thanks for stopping by and reading!

 

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Favorite things…


So… I have been thinking about thing I love… things I am curious about and things I would love to try… so… this post will be about different products I have either tried, or am insanely curious to know more about and try… please enjoy and I would love any feedback on any of the products… what you think — like? dislike? anything that can help others with their choices!

THANKS!

Skincare:

SEACRET

            

Seacret Skincare line hasn’t been around for too long, but, it’s becoming quite popular for it’s very natural and organic ingredients… all the products deriving from the Dead Sea salts… and then eventually being created into the many amazing products that are available.  There aren’t too many ways to purchase the products, but, if you are able to get connected… you won’t regret the results.  There are great testimonials and the product speaks for itself.

The Recover mask (see above far right) is a very luxurious product, great for all skin type with the EXCEPTION to very acne prone skin, if you have extremely oily skin, DO NOT try this product.  There are serums within this product that can create unnecessary oil build-up on your acne prone skin.  However, if you are of aging skin, or very dry skin… this IS the product designed especially for you! And let me tell you… it’s amazing!! You simply apply it with your hands or a small plastic spatula applicator and let it sit on your skin.  Let the product work, and then remove with the magnet supplied… yes a magnet!!! you use a piece of tissue and a small square magnet and pull it over your skin… watch and see what said magnet will pull… when it pulls said product off your face!!! It’ll not only amaze you, but, maybe even surprise you too!!! The feeling of your skin after this product is removed is amazing! Soft, moisturized and so supple!

I definitely would recommend you considering this product line or at least parts to add to your currently skincare regime.  The best thing about Seacret, is that it IS natural and you can use it with any of your current products… and it will not hurt you!  The Acne line is also something to truly consider trying for anyone that is having issues with controlling the issues that arise with acne prone skin.

If you are interested in gaining more knowledge? Purchasing any of the products you can check this link out: http://www.seacretdirect.com/?ID=jhatfield1972

I am curious if you do try it… what you think or thought of the above products line?  please let me know!!

IT WORKS! Body Contouring Wraps:

I was recently introduced to what seems almost too good to be true product… but… I have seen the quality of the effects up close and personal and I can vouch that it works!!! Really well!

“It Works! Body Contouring Wraps” is a naturally-based, detoxifying body contouring formula, that can tighten, tone and firm your skin throughout your body!  It will help minimize cellulite appearance, improves texture & tightness, and results can be seen within 45 minutes, however, the LMT Devon Ratley that is offering this at one of the Salon/Spa’s I currently work within says the longer you can wear the wraps the better!!!  You can wear one wrap on a body part every 4 days, they do offer a Defining Gell that will help during the 4 days between the wrap treatments, it’s similar product, however, on a much less intense scale.  It will still help improve skin texture, tightness and also helps diminish the appearance of varicose veins.

This product was showcased on The Oscars and The Emmys in the star give-away baskets as the “thing to have” and also used on the set of Sex & The City 2! It is a product that is getting some amazing results!!! I would definitely recommend trying it out!  For one wrap it’s only$25!!  You can purchase a 4 pack for $99 OR become a preferred client and over 3 months you on pay $69 for the kit each of the 3 months… or change to a different product… just need to remain a preferred client to get the better deal!

for more details and get your wrap: https://www.myitworks.com/Home

NERIUM:

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One simple over night serum/mask you place on after you’ve washed your face as your are readying yourself for bedtime!  It’s way easy… and you get tons of results for just 3 easy pumps to the hand and applying to your neck, face and any other area that you might want to try with this product!

My boss in Vancouver is an agent for Nerium and I have had the privilege to get to use this product for a few weeks and I personally have seen differences in my skin… the product works much like a filler and does help with fading discoloration we all tend to have due to sun damage, if you have Scandinavian genes that can make the redness occur a bit brighter to under your natural skin tones… the weather and stress doesn’t help this matter any… I can vouch for that! But this product does show some great results and I have personally seen it helping people with Rosacea, in fact one of the fellow agents only decided to buy into the product and sell it because it solved her severe issues with Rosacea!

Most people start to see results within the first few weeks… as you can see there is some great results… this isn’t just with one person… it’s something I certainly have seen up close and can say it really works!

If you are interested in this product… please check out the link: http://tinapalmer.nerium.com/

There is plenty of product details and if you become an agent you and can get 3 people to buy under you… you get your product FREE! A nice incentive for the person on a budget!

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All these products are natural, organic and have proven, and shown results.  I realize with any kind of product there will be people that may not appreciate them and have bad results… I welcome that feedback as well, but, please be constructive when you give your results, I don’t wish to have someone just claiming they HATE something without giving constructive criticism to back their claims.  I do not wish to create a form for hate.

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as always… I appreciate your time in reading my posts!!! I have hit nearly 6500 hits/reads on my Blog… and that truly is something to say… I am so grateful for everyone that has used my blog, professionally, as a student or as the average consumer looking for education or details on certain procedures or methods!  It’s a great feeling knowing so many have been able to find some great usage out of my Blog.  I have to again say a special thanks to a very special man that inspired me to start it… convincing me that it would be a great idea!  TO me… 6500 people viewing my blog is HUGE!! Ever single person that passes over my words and reads them… it’s great!

So… again… thank you!!! To my Readers… you ROCK! 🙂

SIGNIFICANCE -vs- INSIGNIFICANCE


Below is a link to my personal blog entry… I am happy with this entry… (not that I am not happy with my other entries… I just really think I keyed in on something that I needed to find within myself)
Thanks for taking time to read!
It’s always appreciated!:-)

SIGNIFICANCE -vs- INSIGNIFICANCE

 

BEING POSITIVE


BEING POSITIVE.

From my person blog…

It’s my 40th birthday today… and I am trying to reflect, remain positive and believe…

I hope today will be good…

I just wanted to share and wish everyone a wonderful Sunday…

Be well!

Jamie

Tattoos… part I… first comes History


Tattoos….

they are definitely internationally known… you don’t have to share the same language to understand what a tattoo can represent… how it can be important to someone… that it symbolizes something incredibly deep, special and often times to mark a day in time… to always remember said day.

I wanted to embark on a post about Tattoos… it appears I will be doing a couple at least… this one… it’s about the history of the tattoo… a little brief insight to what and where they come from… and potentially why we adorn ourselves with them now even.

It is part of the skin… therefore… it is in my opinion a part of Esthetics… knowing is something I seek out… knowledge, details, to form good choices… or at least that’s my attempt.  I hope you enjoy the history lesson 🙂

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The word TATTOO is said to have two major derivations: From the Polynesian word  ‘ta’ which means striking something and the Tahitian word ‘tatua’ which means “to mark something”.

The History of tattooing appears to have begun over 5000 years ago, and obviously as extremely diverse as the people who who them.

Initially it is assumed that the first tattoo’s were created purely by accident; someone having a small wound, would rub it with a hand that had dirt, soot and ashes from a fire to cure the wound of infection, however, once the wound had healed, they would realize that the mark stayed either permanently or for many years embedded within their skin.

BRONZE AGE

In 1999, a five thousand year old tattooed man “Otzi the Ice Man” made headlines in newspapers all over the world when his frozen body was discovered between Italy and Austria on a mountain.  This was the best preserved human from this period of time ever found.  That being said his skin also had 57 well preserved tattoos: a cross on the inside of the left knee, six straight lines 15 centimeters long above the kidneys and numerous parallel lines on the ankles.  The position of the tattoo marks suggests that they were probably applied for possible therapeutic reasons (assumed treatment of arthritis).

PAZYRYK CULTURE

In 1948, 120 miles north of the border between Russia and China, Russian Archaeologist Sergei Rudenko began excavating a group of tombs, or Kurgans, in the high Altai mountains of western and southern Siberia.  Mummies that were found dating from around 2400 years ago.  The tattoos on their bodies represent a variety of animals; Griffins and Monsters were thought to have a magical significance but some elements are believed to be purely decorative.  Tattoos of this time were believed to reflect the status of the individual.

EGYPT

Written records, physical remains, and works of art relevant to Egyptian tattoo were virtually ignored by earlier Egyptologists influence by prevailing social attitudes toward the era they were practicing within.  Today, however, we know that there have been bodies recovered dating to as early XI Dynasty exhibiting the art form of tattoo.  In 1891, archaeologists discovered the mummified remains of Amunet, a priestess of the Goddess Hathor, at Thebes who lived sometime between 2160 BC and 1994 BC. She displayed several lines and dots tattooed about her body, grouping dots and or dashes were aligned into abstract geometric patterns.  This art form was restricted to women only, and usually these women were associated with ritualistic practice.  The Egyptians spread the practice of tattooing through the world.

By 2000 BC the art of tattooing had been stretched out as far as southeast Asia.  The Ainu (Western Asian Nomads) then brought it with them as they moved onto Japan.

JAPAN

Earliest evidence of tattooing in Japan was found in the form of clay figurines which have faces painted or engraved to represent tattoo marks.  The oldest of said figurines of this kind have been recovered from tombs dated 3000 BC and older.  Many other such figurines have been found within tombs dating from the 3rd millennia BC.  These served as stand-ins for living individuals who symbolically accompanied the dead on their journey into the unknown.  It is believed that the tattoo marks had religious or magical significance.

The first written record of Japanese tattooing is found in a Chinese Dynastic history compiled in 297 AD.  The Japanese were interested in the art mostly for its decorative attributes, as opposed to magical ones.  The Horis, the Japanese tattoo artists were undisputed masters. Their usage of colors, perspectives and imaginative designs gave the practice an entire new angle.  The classic Japanese tattoo, is a full body suit.

POLYNESIA

In Pacific culture tattooing has held a huge historic significance, it is also considered the most intricate and skillful tattooing of the ancient world.  Polynesian people believe that a persons “Mana” – their spiritual power of life force, is displayed through their tattoo.  The vast amount of what is known today about these ancient arts have been passed down through legends, songs and ritual ceremonies.  Elaborate geometrical designs which were often added to, renewed and embellished throughout the life of the individual until they covered the entire body.

In Samoa, the tradition of applying tattoo, or “Tatua”, by hand has long been difined by rank and title, with chiefs and their assistants descending from notable families in the proper birth order. The ceremonies for young chiefs, typically conducted at the onset of puberty, and were elaborate affairs and were a key part of their ascendance to the leadership role.  The permanent marks left by tattoo artists would forever celebrate their endurance and dedication to their cultural traditions.

The first Europeans who set foot on Samoan soil were members of a 1787 French expedition.  They got a closer look at the natives and reported that “the men have their thighs painted or tattooed in such a way that one would think them clothes, although they are almost naked”.  The Mythological origins of Samoan tattooing and the extraordinary cross-cultural history of Tatua has been transported to the migrant communities of New Zealand, and later disseminated into various international subcultures from Auckland to the Netherlands.

The Hawaiian people had their traditional tattoo art, known as “Kakau”, serving them not only for ornamentation and distinction, but to guard their health and spiritual well-being.  Intricate patterns, mimicking woven reeds or other natural forms.  These graced the arms, legs, torso and face of men.  Women generally were tattooed on the hand, fingers, wrists and sometimes on their tongue.

The arrival of Western missionaries forced this unique art form into decline as tattooing was discouraged or forbidden by most Christian churches throughout history.

NEW ZEALAND

The Maori of New Zealand  created one of the most impressive cultures of all Polynesia. Their tattoo, called “Moko”, reflected their refined artistry; using their woodcarving skills to carve skin.  The full-face Moko was a mark of distinction, which communicated their status, lines of decent and tribal affiliations.  It recalled their wearer’s exploits in war and other great events of their life.

INDONESIA

Borneo is one of the few places in the world where traditional tribal tattooing is still practiced today just as it has been for thousands of years.  Until recently many of the inland tribes had little contact with the outside world.  As a result, they have preserved many aspects of their traditional way of life, including tattooing.  Borneo designs have gone all around the wor;d to form the basis of what Western people call “Tribal”.

INDIA/THAILAND

Hanuman in India was a popular symbol of strength on arms and legs.  The mythical Monk is still today one of the most popular creations in Thailand and Myanmar.  They are placed on the body by Monks who incorporate magical powers to the design while tattooing.  Woman are excluded because Monks are not allowed to be touched by them and because Thais believe women do not need extra boost as they are already strong enough on their own. (Must admit I was initially irritated, but, I think I like that this culture felt women were ‘strong enough’ on their own!).

AFRICA

Due to the darker skin colors most African cultures tend to have, the tattoo as most commonly done by most other tribes and cultures takes a different path here.  Another technique that isn’t technically “tattooing”, but is related to the tattoo; made by lifting the skin a little, and making a cut with a knife or some other sharp tool.  Special sands or ashes are rubbed in to make raised scars in patterns on the body, it can be felt like “Braille” lettering. Each pattern often times follow local culture and traditions.

ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME

The Greeks learned tattooing from the Persians.  Their women were fascinated by the idea of tattoos as exotic beauty marks.  The Romans adopted tattooing from the Greeks; Roman writers such as Virgil, Seneca and Galenus reported that many slaves and criminals were tattooed.  A legal inscription from Ephesus indicates that during the early Roman Empire all slaves exported to Asia were tattooed with the words “Tax Paid”.

Greeks and Romans used tattooing as a form of punishment as well.  Early in the 4th Century, when Constantine became Roman Emperor and rescinded the prohibition on Christianity, he also banned tattooing on the face, which was common for convicts, soldiers, and gladiators. Constantine believed that the human face was a representation and image of God and should not be disfigured or defiled.

MIDDLE EAST

During the time of the Old Testament, much of the Pagan world was practicing the art of Tattooing as a means of Deity worship.  A passage in Leviticus reads: ‘ye shall not make any cuttings on your flesh for the dead nor print any marks upon you’. (19:28) this has been cited as biblical authority to support the church’s position.  Biblical scholar M. W. Thomson suggest, however, that Moses favored tattoos.  Moses introduced tattoos as a way to commemorate the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt.

VIKINGS

There is no proof, however, it is likely the Vikings were tattooed in some fashion.  At around 1100 the Arab Ibn Fadlan described a meeting with some vikings, he thought them very rude, dirty and covered with pictures.  There is however, very little proof of this era in history to prove one way or the other.

ENGLAND

Explorers returned home with tattooed Polynesians to exhibit at fairs, in lecture halls and in dime museums to demonstrate the height of European civilization compared to the “Primitive Natives”.

After Captain Cook returned from his voyage to Polynesia, tattooing became a tradition in the British Navy.  By middle of the 18th Century most British ports had at least one professional tattoo artist in residence.  In 1862, the Prince of Wales, later to become King Edward VII, received his first tattoo, a Jerusalem Cross, on his arm.  He started a tattoo fad among the aristocracy when he was tattooed before ascending to the throne.  In 1882, his sons, the Duke of Clarence and Duke of York, were tattooed by the Japanese Master Tattooist Hori Chiyo.

FRANCE

In the 18th Century, many French sailors returning from voyages in the south pacific had been tattooed.  In 1861, French Naval Surgeon, Maurice Berchon, published a study on the medical complications of tattooing.  After this, the Navy and Army banned tattooing within their ranks.

THE CELTS

A tribal people who moved across western Europe in the times around 1200 and 700 BC, they reached the British Isles around 400 BC and most of what has survived from their culture is in the areas now known as Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

Celtic Culture was full of body art.  Permanent body painting was done with woad, which left a blue design on the skin.  Spirals are very common, and they can be single, doubled or tripled.  Knot-work is probably the most recognized form of Celtic art, with lines forming complex braids which then weave across themselves.  These Symbolize the connection of all life.  Step of key patterns, like those found in early labyrinth designs, are seen both in simple boarder and full complex mazes.  Much in the way that labyrinths are walked, these designs are symbolic of the various paths that life’s journey can take.

CENTRAL and SOUTH AMERICA’S

In Peru, tattooed Inca mummies dating to the 11th Century have been found.  16th Century Spanish accounts of Mayan Tattooing in Mexico and Central America reveal tattoos to be a sign of courage. When Cortez and his Conquistadors arrived on the coast of Mexico in 1519 they were horrified to discover that the natives not only worshiped devils in the form of statues and idols, but had somehow managed to imprint indelible images of these idols on their skin.  The Spaniards, who had never heard of tattooing, recognized it at once as the work of Satan.  The 16th Century Spanish Historians who chronicled the adventures of Cortez and his Conquistadors reported that tattooing was widely practiced by the natives in Central America.

NORTH AMERICA

Early Jesuit accounts testify to the widespread practice of tattooing among Native Americans.  Among the Chickasaw, outstanding warriors were recognized by their tattoos; Ontario Iroquoians had elaborate tattoos reflecting high status.  In Northwest America, Inuit women’s chins were tattooed to indicate marital status and group identity.

The first Permanent tattoo shop was opened in New York City in 1846 and began a tradition by tattooing military servicemen from both sides of the civil war.  Samuel O’Reilly invented the first electric tattooing machine in 1891.

 

 

Stupidity or Maybe a new path, a new adventure?


Hello ALL! I hope you didn’t think I gave up on my blog?!  Sorry for the delay… things have been…complicated.  I am not sure how much easier they will be for me in the weeks and potentially months to come.

Things have always been a bit more bumpy… difficult for me.  I have often wondered why I have so much to learn?! lol.  I suppose I didn’t learn enough in my past lives? Who knows.  But, I am still on a major learning path and I have made a few wrong turns and managed to create some really low points in my life recently.

I am here to say I believe in what my life should be… which includes someone else… he made my life better, enriched it beyond what I care to detail.  I am a social person, but, as I have aged, I have sadly learned what privacy means.  The stabbing pains of mistakes still haunt me from time to time.

I tend to make big changes and show said person I deserve another chance… WE deserve another chance… but in the meantime, I have to do things for myself… so… I have begun a path of either major stupidity or of self discovery and major changes… it might call for some painful sacrifices, but, I think it will make my life better… and maybe help me survive with something left.  Because even though I truly and 100% believe with every cell in my body, I know it takes 2 people to feel that belief, and if in the end he chooses a different path… I have to attempt a life… and I do mean “attempt”.

That being said… I have made a new plan.  I want to see other places, I want to touch other places and experience life in far off lands.  I know I have responsibilities here… but, I also know I have to do things to help me keep myself sane and that might mean sacrificing time from my beautiful child…

I have applied for jobs overseas.  I have in fact started down a path that I have pondered and feared doing for sometime now… and I just did it! If it works I will be getting something back… maybe.

If I fail… I am no worse off then the pain I am currently residing in right now.  But, I have a hard time facing myself in the mirror.  Knowing I am nearly 40 and I have done very little to make myself happy, I have done nothing to broaden my horizons or the things I once dreamed of doing…

I started to dream those dreams… recently, with him.  I was truly feeling like it would happen… and it would be amazing.  I still believe it could and can be…

but in the meantime, I am going to seek out things and hope for happiness… in some form.  It won’t be the same kind of happiness… that won’t ever be again… unless we are truly given another chance…

I have applied at several spas overseas.  I have started the actions… I have a huge amount of fear, trepidation and worry of how fucking stupid I truly am being right now… but… I also feel this thrilling, exhilaration that makes me glad I chose to try. I have started my efforts to get my passport finally… I am waiting for the birth certificate with the gold seal so I can order passport… if things go right… I will have it ordered by the end of the month… and within 4-6 weeks… I will be officially available to choose my destiny.

I also made a promise to myself as well as him.  I will not give up, I will find you and I will show determination.  I have nothing to lose… but my fear!

So… anyone have any words of wisdom… or words for the foolish woman I might be being? any advice? for finding work overseas? I would prefer someplace that I can make a small amount of money and have some form of room/board.  I am willing to take low pay… if I can be assisted with travel expenses and have a certain amount of time contracted.  Then I can choose to remain or leave.  I have thought about this… although it was a spur of the moment that pushed me over the edge finally…

Guess I needed to do it…

I am working on a new post… about Tattoos… lots of details… probably going to start with the history and then move onto more of the care and precautions…

Thanks for spending time on my blog and reading!

Yes… I know, it’s been a while, My Bad!


Dribble-Drabble for April 2, 2012

Hello All!  Remember me?

Sorry… I have been M.I.A. for a little bit…. I actually don’t have a great excuse, well one that I think would float well… I have been working a LOT, but, I do know I could have probably found a little bit of time to write ‘something’ so… again, my bad for not doing anything.

I could say I got tied up with my daughters birthday, then working more hours then I was accustomed to, got side tracked with getting Girl Scout cookie sales finished and over with (yes, Dad, I still have your 10 boxes and I still know how to use the post office and I even remember your address… but I somehow have managed to procrastinate entirely TOO long—sorry), or I just got lazy… that’s probably more to the point!  My past few weeks have been a bit of an emotional roller coaster at times for me…

Why? well… those that know me well enough to know my emotional roller coaster… there’s just one thing that makes me a bit off kilter these days… but in the same sense it’s also one of the highlights of my day… the thing that brings light, happiness, a smile and deep satisfaction in the knowledge that I have someone so incredibly devoted to me… and that’s also the hard part… you see we are currently separated by 10,000 miles (give or take a few 100 either way for good measure of course).

I have found myself to be a social ‘butterfly’ if you will… with age, of course, I have learned I can be a loner… but not for extreme periods of time however.  I need people to feel.  I like to be around human beings.  I like to interact and when I lack this ability I find I struggle emotionally.  I know I can go out and spend time with strangers or family or the few friends that I trust… but… in the back of my mind and deep down, I know there is something missing.

Spring Break starts this week for my daughter… she’s with me this week and I am looking forward to having some much needed time off with her… I managed to get a decent amount of time off and I might even be able to catch up on some posts I have been considering…

In the mean time… I have been daydreaming about things, life, future, winning Mega Millions!!! LOL!!! I imagined some pretty amazing things I could/would have been spending some of that unfathomable obscene amount of cash on…

I had spent a lot of that money on a dream spa!!! I would have created an amazing spa with some of the most impressive new machines on the market, hired some of the best and most talented Esthetcians I know and create a “Coop” type of work environment… so eventually everyone would have been able to invest into a portion of said spa and they would be controlling partners… and be able to make more money as they increased their ownership.  I have heard of this working before and it sounds and sounded pretty interesting to me.

Just think… if you had millions upon millions at your disposal, what would you spend on making the most amazing, spectacular spa around??  I would also make certain that the spa was able to provide some affordable menu items… so even the average American could enjoy a little indulgence occasionally!  That’s the one thing that makes it so incredibly impossible for the regular person to even be able to enjoy a facial or other treatment for beauty… the cost!!!  I am the first to understand you have to be able to make enough for cost and using said machines… but… come on!? Who here thinks that it should literally cost as much as some of these fancy spas charge?  I realize there are special extremely costly products for some kinds of procedures, but, if you think about it and break down the cost associated with each person and the amount of actual product used on each person… most of these spas are making a huge profit!!

I have always believed anyone should be able to afford at least a little something extra IF they wanted to pamper themselves.  There are so many that would benefit from just a small amount of TLC given to themselves….

So often we are doing so much for so many people that we forget to do something for ourselves, or we feel guilty for indulging in something costly for US.  Why is that?!

Any ways… I suppose since I didn’t win the big jackpot… I will be dreaming about winning and hoping I manage to do all the things I want to do on my “wish list”.

Do you have a Wish List or  Bucket List? Something that you either keep physically or mentally a list of things you want to accomplish, see, experience, or do before you leave this life?

I have one… it seems to grow and change a bit over my life… but… a few things have remained:

  • visit Europe – I am a huge History Geek… I want to touch and experience history in front of me!
  • swim in the south Pacific… preferably near Fiji
  • parachute
  • visit Japan
  • See a Broadway show in NYC
  • Drive a Vespa  while visiting Italy
  • own a Harley Davidson
  • get more tattoos
  • ride in a hot air balloon
  • snorkel off the great barrier reef
  • road trip all over New England States…

it’s nearly 1:30 a.m. way too late or too early for my behind to be even up… let alone attempting some form of a post… this was complete nonsense and my ramblings…  more of less it was just me letting you know I am still alive, kicking and breathing…

So if you read to this far… thank you for taking time and reading my utter useless ramblings… please be patient with me… I do have some good ideas coming… since Spring is suppose to be here (although outside feels more like Fall or winter) and I know that means sunshine… and I figured I might try to conquer the post about sunscreen -vs- sunblocks  or maybe something about products for the skin?  perhaps make-up tips… since I have a photo shoot I am planning to do soon and I need to brush up on my skills on red lipstick… which can be harsh if done improperly.

So like I said… I am alive… please be patient and thank you for reading my ramblings… I hope you at least enjoyed it or got a good laugh… perhaps a chuckle or eye roll??? NO? :-/