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by aphrodite63
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I retired too early from a job that required me to have very short hair (hence, wigs). fast forward a few years (Im 60 now) and after working for a few more years, I grew my hair out. Now Im retired again (for good i hope) I no longer wear make-up to look feminine,,,Im just me now. I have 2 wardrobes....one I rarely use anymore and one thats growing because I cannot stop shopping on-line. So here I am and no longer look femme but I dress this way every day because it makes me happy and do things like shopping and the like and I dont care any more what people think. I know I dont look femme but "I dont mind". Im happy xx

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Renea

Im Renea, I live in Darwin - Australia and am 61, I thought I would like to share some of my thoughts and feelings as I identify with the journey we have all experienced to this point in our lives. I first started dressing (secretly) at age 8. I didnt know why I liked it for years and thought I was the only boy in the world who did it. In my teen years I stopped as I thought I should be the man I was supposed to be. I married in my late 20’s and then I started to explore my partners wardrobe (when alone). Dressing en-femme to me was never a sexual thing but more a sense of feeling happy and peaceful. Fast forward some years to a fully internet savvy world, is when I discovered I was not alone in dealing with this desire to be who I really am. On-line shopping allowed me to access the things that helped me elevate/accelerate my passion for my femininity, Im sure you know what accessories Im refering to. Over the years I have read many experiences of others, some, like me remained closeted for many years and of others who have understanding partners/family/friends that allowed for a more freedom of expression. My life has evolved very quickly in the last few years, separating from my partner, moving interstate and finally retiring from work. I now live alone and dress every day as a matter of daily routine. I live in a very small town but am a very private person so when I go out dressed when shopping or dining or just an outing nobody ever associates Renea with me (and nor do I care) Since May 2018 I began to grow my own hair (it was originally a crew cut), because I found my head got quite warm from wearing a wig for long periods. Also it was difficult to maintain a wigs neatness. Its a work in progress and would eventually like around shoulder length. I also shave my chest and under my arms, also my legs and forearms and utterly enjoy the smoothness of my body. The most satisfying thing I have ever experienced in my journey is the knowledge that there are many like me that share a common desire. We are all different in our approach to enjoying our feminine selfs, so I believe its not the actual exterior we see (no matter how good or bad) its the doing that brings the joy. Also I believe that those of us who have turned that corner, truly understand and feel comfortable about who we are !!! Its taken some time but I am now really happy xxx. ( My recent pics can be found in the groups: Over 50's, Share Your Outfit and Australia ) My stats (not that anyone really cares): 5'6" (167cm) - 110lb (50kg) - Bra, 34C - Dress, AUS Sz 10/(US Sz 6) - Shoe, Sz 6 1/2 UPDATE (8 Feb 22) I am now going out in public regularly. I dont get any looks or stares so Im taking it (maybe mistakenly) that I am not getting 'made'. Maybe I am but people just dont care. However when I try to take pics of myself...people do look and I get odd looks so I have desisted doing this, which is dissapointing as I want to share my experiences with you all.

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    Angela Wagner
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    5 months ago

    Renea, you’re living your life the way you want, wearing clothing that you enjoy, growing your hair long, and simply looking like yourself in the process. There’s nothing boring about your story at all. in fact, it’s very inspirational.

    Leonara
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    5 months ago

    Renea, here at CDH we offer friendship and support.. we all understand about “feeling comfortable about who we are” and thank you for sharing your journey and thoughts..

    Baily Marie Lovejoy
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    5 months ago

    I agree with Angela 100% hun. You be you girl. I’m getting there. By the way, LOVE that dress. The internet really helped me as well. When I saw there were so many other girls out there I didn’t feel that weirdness I used to feel. Now I’m taking little steps all the time. At this point I only sleep in my cute and pretty things and I’m dressed almost every morning for an hour or so. (I have kids and family living with me) and now I use my pretty smelling body sprays when I go out and when… Read more »

    Alli Katz
    Lady
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    5 months ago

    Your approach is really inspiring Renea. You’re living life as you want to, not succumbing to someone else’s idea of what you should be. I see the hot trend among celebrity women these days is no make-up.

    Zoey Zee
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    5 months ago

    You go Renea! full love and support!

    Sophia Taylor
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    5 months ago

    Renea, I think a lot of us have one wardrobe that is growing! Storage for said wardrobe is starting to be a problem…LOL. Your story was not boring or long.. You look quite lovely in that dress too

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