(Written between Friday June 29 and Sunday July 1)
I know I’ve said this already, but I LOVE how much time I have in the morning, now that I’m not putting makeup on. It feels so good to be able to leave the house so quickly! On Friday, Ellie and I went swimming, and usually we don’t leave the house until 10:15-10:30; this time we left the house at 9:15! All because I didn’t have to keep Ellie entertained while I applied my makeup (it takes at least twice as long to do my makeup when Ellie is around). When we got to the club, it was practically empty, and there was no one else in the pool area. So for a full hour we had the pool and sauna all to ourselves. It felt like we were on vacation!
And can I tell you something surprising? Only one person has said anything about my naked face, and it wasn’t even critical. I would have thought for sure that someone would have told me I look unwell, or that I look tired by now. (I’m sure no one has commented because they all know that I’m fasting, so they’re already expecting me to look terrible. My friends are very kind like that.) But regardless, I’m pleased. I really hate being told I look tired, only because I’m not wearing mascara, so this is a welcomed surprise.
Elle and I went swimming again on Saturday (what can I say, we love the pool), and it was so nice to not have to worry about her splashing me in the face. I realized (as she dunked half of my face into the pool), how restricted I usually am in playing with her in the pool, because I don’t want to get my face wet. How boring! We’re having so much more fun at the pool, now that I’m not afraid of getting my fece wet (“I’m melllllting!”)
I was really nervous to go to church on Sunday. No one there reads my blog (I don’t think), so no one was aware that I was going to look like a sea monster. I wonder if I should have posted this on our Facebook page? Or sent a mass email? “Be warned: Melissa Godsey will not look like herself on Sunday, but DO NOT mention it under any circumstances. In fact, tell her she looks well-rested, and prettier than ever!”
Church-folks should be the least of my worries. I mean, “judge not,” right? But NONE of them had ever seen me without makeup. Not even when I was sweating to death on a rooftop in Mexico. I just look…different. Well, only ONE person said a thing at all, and it was only because we’re buddies on Instagram, and she happened to see my naked face photos. So, I’m chalking that up as a win.
Side-note: I was by myself all weekend because my husband was out of town for work, so I completely forgot to take photos to prove that I’m not sneaking makeup on when you guys aren’t looking. I promise: I was barefaced.
On Sunday night, while I was pulling my hair back, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror, and for a fleeting moment, I liked my naked face. I mean, I didn’t think it was pretty in the way that faces are generally regarded as pretty, but I liked it. But even then I thought, “why do my eyelashes have to be SO blonde? Ugh.” But hey, Sunday was day 5 of 40, and I already had a moment where I liked my naked face. That’s progress! I’m just getting to the point now where going around naked-faced isn’t feeling completely mortifying, and I still have 35 more days ahead of me. I expect that now that I’m edging out of complete and total discomfort, my ears will be a bit more open to what God has to say to me, and I have a feeling that that’s when all the difficult, heart-changing stuff happens.
35 more days to go!
For details on the “Fresh-Faced for 40 Days” makeup fast, check out this post.
Please join me! You can participate as passively as cheering me along (I will need lots of encouragement), or as actively as joining me in fasting from makeup for the full 40 days. I would love to have some ladies on this journey with me! If you’re interested in joining me, I’ve made a Facebook group where we can keep each other updated on our progress, post links to our blog posts, and generally hold each other accountable. Obviously, we’ll all be starting on different days, so it’ll be fun to cheer each other on through the different stages.
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