As of February 1, I joined Caitlin Boyle and Molly Barker (and others!) in their Naked Face Project. These women make a HUGE ripple in this river o’ life. Among many other things, Caitlin is the founder of Operation Beautiful. And among many other things, Molly is the founder of Girls on the Run. I invite you to read Caitlin’s and Molly’s motivations and observations in their respective blogs.
My motivation is this ~ I want to pay attention to what I HAVE BEEN paying a lot of attention to re: how I look to others AND how that makes me feel about myself.
On Day One, I had an early morning meeting with six other local business women. Have to admit, I felt more than a little spooked by attending a Business Meeting WITH OTHER WOMEN sporting my REAL face and hair. Well ya know what? The first thing I noticed was that three of these six women wore no make-up. Amazing. I’ve known these women a long time and I’d never noticed that before.
Over the weekend, I attended a Convention for my church. There were a few hundred people there. I knew a lot of them. And those I knew all knew that my sister had passed away just a few weeks ago. I did exercise my ‘right’ to wear mascara that first day. It was my safety net. I felt like I needed it because, well because of all of these tears and because I woke up that morning to find a PIMPLE on my cheek. I mean come on. What 53 year-old gets pimples? Anyway, no one seemed to notice. If they did, I didn’t overhear anyone talking behind my back about how bad I looked. People were still able to look me in the eye, listen to my opinion and respond when I asked them questions without treating me like I was The Elephant Woman. I skipped the mascara the next day and haven’t worn it since.
The biggest challenge I faced this week was not explaining myself. I want to go through these six weeks without telling people (aside from this blog, of course) about this change. I sooooo wanted to ‘excuse’ my appearance several times. I didn’t though. And it’s getting easier to ignore that urge.
So here’s what I noticed in my paying attention this week:
- when I focus less attention on my mask I pay closer attention to other people;
- NOT wearing my mask doesn’t help me stop traffic any more than wearing it did; and
- packing is MUCH easier without my masking equipment.
Speaking my my masking equipment, next week I’ll show you the before & after images.
In the meantime, I’d love to know your reaction/observations about this whole Naked Face thing.