What I probably omitted from my ode to Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk hand cream was the greasiness that comes along with it being *emollient*, ha. I have vacillated. One the one hand {pa dum ching . . .}, it requires me to really take a moment. Once I moisturize, I don’t want the next thing I touch to be stained with grease, so I have to sit a second and let it soak in. On the other hand, there’s a place for efficient functionality. And if I can moisturize and keep my life going, there’s added value in that regard.

So anyways, I came across this new thing that I thought might fit for the season. But it’s just not the same . . . it’s not a replacement. And it doesn’t need or have to be. It gets to be what it is, and I can decide if I want to use it or not. It’s really not that deep, ha. But sometimes these sensory style classics feel like metaphors. So the Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion that Calms & Relaxes and Softens and Smoothes Skin with soothing oat, lavender, chamomile, and ylang-ylang doesn’t do for me what the cherry-scented Almond & Milk hand cream accomplishes. But it does do something . . .

Maybe it’s better used on a different body part. Which brings to mind what has occupied so much of my thirty-something thought life . . . on Where I Belong and What I’m Supposed To Be Doing, ha. And it has not been at all what I used to be so sure it would be.

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2 responses to “soothing oat”

  1. Sometimes I feel so silly for how much of my twenties I spent planning the next 10… 20… 30+ years and how not even the 10 year plans came to fruition. Feels like a lot of time wasted when I should have just been enjoying my life. Now, in my thirties, I figure I belong where I am and I’m supposed to be doing what I’m doing and when that’s supposed to change, God will let me know.

    But also, I still have a difficult time moving when He says move, so I’m still making my life more complicated and (probably) less exciting than it should be lol.

    C’est la vie.


    • ha! Can definitely relate. Such grand plans and then it can feel like the loosing music on Price Is Right when even basic seeming stuff doesn’t come together, lol.

      But He is helping us!! I’m with you – learning to chill a little bit and trusting God to keep me posted as I keep seeking Him.



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