Vanity, Thy Name is ….

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Generic Cosmetics Bottles“Me!”  I’ve noticed lately that I’ve been a little too absorbed with my appearance.  I’m getting older (aren’t we all?) and I’ve noticed a few changes to my face that I would rather not see.  They’re probably not noticeable to anyone else but they are to me.  I find that I’ve been spending more money on different skin treatments and different cosmetics to make me look younger or cover my perceived imperfections.

Then I remembered back to the end of last summer when I had my six-item clothing challenge.  At the end of the challenge, one of the things I learned was that other people don’t care as much about how I look as I do.  Or maybe they just don’t notice.  Either way, it was quite humbling.

So, with that in mind, I’ve decided what I will be doing as part of my Lenten preparations.  I’m going to abstain from makeup on the Fridays of Lent.  I know I can’t make it without cosmetics EVERY day but I think once a week will be a good challenge.  It will be a sacrifice and a reminder of what true beauty is.

I can already tell you that my biggest challenge will be not altering my commitments on Fridays to avoid being out in public.  I know I’ll be tempted to just hang out at home and catch up on housework and writing but that would defeat the purpose of my sacrifice.  So, I will shower, dress, do my hair, and put on moisturizer.  I’ll even make sure to wear earrings.  But, I won’t put on any makeup.  Wish me luck!

What are you doing for Lent this year?  Are you working on overcoming a weakness like I am?

Copyright 2014 Laura B. Nelson

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Laura B. Nelson is a Catholic wife and mother of three children. She is also a Catholic blogger, author, speaker, teacher and life-long student of the Catholic faith. After receiving her degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin, Laura let her curiosity and enthusiasm take her down many paths including working in the world of finance, full-time motherhood, ministry leader, catechist, music teacher, speaker and author. Laura likes to be busy but she most enjoys spending time with her husband and three children at their home in Grapevine, TX. Visit her blogs at Green for God and Suburban Sainthood.

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