Beauty’s Only Skin Deep – #MakeUp #LizHurley

Should we be impressed? Yesterday the Sydney Morning Herald shared an Amuse magazine article where Elizabeth Hurley revealed that she never leaves the house without make-up and believes that more women should take pride in their appearance.

Let’s face it, it’s easy for Liz to take pride in her appearance; she’s an accomplished actress and Estee Lauder model who has much to work with, but her comment left me wondering why she’s under the impression that most women don’t take pride in their appearance? So throwing caution to the wind, I decided to take a closer look at the women who crossed my path and then report my findings. Well, after a full day of being tossed around town, the majority of the females observed in the office, on the street, and in the shops certainly did appear to have tried to their best, and furthermore, witnessed several women who gave Ms. Hurley a run for her money… those girls who place the chic in Chicago.

The lovely Ms. Hurley went on to say, “I always wear make-up as I don’t see the point in looking less than your best… I can get fully made up in five minutes flat; light foundation, blush, eye pencil, eyelash curlers, mascara, a slick of lip gloss and I feel a million times better.” Whatever works for you, Liz… but trust there are days when all that’s needed is a pair of sunglasses and a swipe of lip gloss to be good to go – au naturel – and not only feel, but also look like a million bucks… undoubtedly taking pride in appearance.

25th? Come On, America…We Can Do Better Than That! #math #science

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”
– Booker T. Washington

Recently a riveting ExxonMobil commercial has found its way to an early morning time slot. And if Americans catch its airing before their first cup of Joe, it’s likely to cause a headache in an already headache riddled nation. Its thirty-second message succinctly states…”In a math and science test given internationally, the United States comes in twenty-fifth.”

Twenty-fifth? Unthinkable…unbelievable…unacceptable! Yes, but there is our little icon…each day traversing the screen, trailing behind a line of twenty-four higher achieving other countries.

As has become almost common in our culture, when the going gets tough, we point accusatory fingers at others we deem responsible, recently that would be our educatioal systems, and specifically our teachers…then there’s the media and technology and the pressures of a fast-paced, high-achieving lifestyle. In so doing, we allow our students to think of themselves as victims, helpless in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Could it be that this line of thinking is programing our youth for underachievement…that the real problem lies within…and that each of us is ultimately responsible for our own successes and failures? There are always obstacles to overcome, and there are always stories of those who overcome them. Success is a personal choice; it requires perseverance and hard work. Maybe that’s the better message to pass onto our children…maybe we need to stop encouraging excuses…maybe we need to start expecting achievement.