"Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin” is a blog topic that I've been thinking about for quite a while. The other day, as I was going through a catalog to order books for the shop, I came across a book entitled Just When You’re Comfortable In Your Own Skin, It Starts To Sag, by authors Amy Nobile and Trisha Ashworth. I laughed at the title and thought, “Right on, Girls!”

Then, as I read the short review, I noticed that they are writing about what it means to “age after 40!” Wow! That really knocked me over. 40??? I mean, are we really going through a life crisis at 40? I’m sure some women are, but most of what I’m reading and seeing on the internet - and most of the women I know of that age - have ambition, beauty, talent, and can stir the soup with one hand while holding the child in the other. For the most part, they look pretty comfortable in their own skin ... and clothes, and homes, and careers.

And then there are the REAL aging women (like me) with wrinkles, experience, and many life crisis behind us ... and ahead of us. Me. You. Are WE comfortable in our own skin? I know when I look in the mirror ( Yes, I have an 8x magnifying mirror, which doesn’t help.) and wonder, “Where did THAT come from?” that I am slightly uncomfortable! So how do we get comfortable in our own skin when it IS sagging?

It’s not about the mirror. It’s one word: GRATITUDE. GRATITUDE. GRATITUDE. All day. Every day. Every moment. What is inside is going to show on the outside. So let’s like, no LOVE, ourselves, so that compassion and respect, not moisturizer, will be the glow on our faces. Start a gratitude journal. Writing things down really solidifies it in the brain. Look around and be in awe of what you see. Be comfortable in your own unique, precious, miraculous skin.

Oprah says, “I know for sure that appreciating whatever shows up for you in life changes your personal vibration. You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you're aware of all you have."

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/oprahs-gratitude-journal-oprah-on-gratitude#ixzz5K1CHVCM2