Today, I went with a friend and got a facial for the first time. I would have probably never gone alone, or without having her describe step-by-step what was going to happen, because I am the kind of person who gets really stressed if I have to do something without being able to visualize every step and know that I will know exactly how to act. It's okay when I'm doing new things with my husband - he'll protect me! - but alone, no way. I've gotten better, but that doesn't extend to voluntary events like facials.
The verdict: It was fun! So fun that I would do it again, even alone. I wouldn't go, say, before an event to make my skin look great (I didn't really see a difference), but I would go just for a relaxing, indulgent experience. My lady also told me two things about my skin: 1) it's dehydrated and that I need to drink much more water, and 2) I don't have very much sun damage (which totally validates my SPF 70!).
The most exciting part, for me, was that I splurged on a brand-new grown-up skin-care line! No more drugstore facewash, now I have a multi-step regimen, including daily cleanser and moisturizer (and soon eye cream, they were out), and weekly clay mask and retinol cream. I have been really annoyed at my skin for a long time, and am really hopeful that this will improve/prevent things. But mostly, I just feel grown-up.
(These photographs have nothing to do with this post, but I really loved this editorial in Elle's March 2011 issue. It's Katy Perry, of course, shot by Carter Smith. [via])
Read: Finish the books that I've already started on: A Spy in the House of Love, I Am Ozzy, and Jude the Obscure.
Eat healthier: One piece of fresh fruit a day. Insanely doable.
Cook more: Make one new recipe. An actual recipe and not just throwing things together.
Play guitar better: Pick up the guitar one time and play it.
Like the way I look: Get a hair cut.
Exercise: Exercise one tiny time. Just do it.
Keep keeping the house clean: Spray for bugs, since winter's over and they are all starting to come out.
Wake up early: This one is super easy but I always forget: Set my alarm.
Diary/Blog and photos: Take a picture every time I put on a dress/skirt. Or red lipstick.
Improve day-to-day apartment living: Order that vacuum!