Mask, lipstick, jewelry…oh my!
A lot has changed since March 2020…not for the better in my eyes. Most of us are social to a
point some are introverts and some are extroverts. I know a lot of introverts at the beginning
were really happy. Now several months later they are not and I being a total extrovert is having
challenges. If the environment is set…change how you engage with it and others. Always be
the change you want to see in the world and leave it better than you found it,
So just for fun I did a social experiment on a recent grocery store trip. FYI I totally hate grocery
shopping. I am blessed as my husband does all of it except for buying cat food! So that is my
one grocery store task and I know how lucky I am truly!
Alright back to my experiment, I wore the mask, lipstick and full makeup, shoes, handbag and a
lovely black dress…it was not floor length. However, I was very tempted to do so, yet it is a
grocery store floor and decided I didn’t want my gown sweeping their floor for them for free! I
had sewn big red lips on my mask, early one as I didn’t like the fact that none could see my smile
or my lipstick! Those that know me understand that both are completely me. I wanted to see if
anyone would engage in small talk with me. I only needed cat food for my beloved kitty Coco
Chanel. I knew which aisle that was…instead I went up and down every aisle to see if people
would say anything. The very last aisle, I got the cat food. Not to mention my outfit, chandelier
earrings and three strands of pearls!
Not a single person said anything to me…except the cashier. She said “that’s a lot of cat food”.
To which I replied “I hate grocery shopping so I do it all in one trip as there are other things I
would much rather do!” She finally laughed and said “it looks like you are going somewhere
fabulous after here”. “Just home to feed my dear Coco” I replied. She then asked, “why are you
so dressed up to buy cat food?” I replied, “in a world where everything has been cancelled or
postponed to someday, I am not cancelling or postponing me being me and what makes me
happy and neither should you!” Then I waltzed my way out of the store with the sound of my
heels clicking on the floor. No one could see the real huge smile under my mask!
What are you waiting for in this pandemic? Find a way to do the things that make you-YOU!
Wear your lipstick, wear your fine jewelry, wear your heels, do your hair and makeup for you!
As I look around every one, I see looks like they have just given up everything. I overheard a
conversation that made me really sad… said “since I am wearing a mask when I go out, I rarely
brush my teeth anymore and the other said “ME TOO!”
In my book, “You are perfectly flawed and rarer than any diamond!” I wrote a whole chapter
about “Find Your Love”. It was written pre Covid-19. Yet, it still rings true today and even
more so I believe. The love I wrote about is loving yourself first-means taking care of yourself
first! Brushing your teeth, washing and doing your hair, etc. All I see anywhere I look when I
am out is sweats, jammies, and a general -I DON’T GIVE A F**K ATTITUDE TOWARDS
EVERYONE, including themselves! This breaks my heart.
Yes, we are in the midst of a global pandemic!
Yes, we don’t know when life will return to how it was pre-pandemic or if it every will.
Yes, we must keep a respectful distance regardless of how you feel about it.
Yes, we can talk to people at a distance and be safe.
Yes, we need to be kind and give grace to others no matter what.
Yes, we are all on this Earth at the same time for a reason.
Yes, we need to show love to ourselves first, so that we can truly love others.
Yes, there is only one like you and there will never be another “YOU” in the future or the past.
YOU BE YOU, AS ONLY YOU CAN DO!
DON’T WAIT FOR THIS ALL TO BE OVER TO DO YOUR LIFE!
The perfect time never comes…and time flies whether you want it to or not.
When you are comfortable you are not growing, when you are fearful you are not open to
anything but more fear.
You have the power to change how you see the world and how the world sees you. I am sure
that many people smiled when they saw me galivanting down the aisles dressed to the nines! Oh
course, with the masks I will never know…did it make me happy! Oh hell yeah! Maybe they
thought what a crazy lady…yet if I made anyone smile or think about something else. I did my
job being me and hopefully changed their perspective just for a minute or two!
Financial advisor I Speaker IAuthor
Tiffany L. Gough has been in the financial services industry since 1990. Over the years, she has helped many through some difficult times while working on their financial goals. She is a financial advisor with an office in Seattle. In her debut book, "You are perfectly flawed and rarer than any diamond!", she shares some of the tools that helped her with her challenges as well as others. She grew up in Seattle. She is married and has two grown bonus sons (aka stepsons) who reside in Toronto, Ontario Canada.
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