True Self Care

Self care is such a trendy topic right now. For every 5 mom posts I see, there is 1 about self care and how important it is to take time for ourselves in order to be better moms. While that’s true, a friend shared another perspective with me recently that changed how I view self care. In a nutshell –

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Strong is the New Sexy

Remember that scene from Mean Girls where the plastics and Cady were in front of the mirror being unnecessarily self critical of their physical features? We’ve all done it, and that mindset robs the joy out of our actually pretty awesome lives! This “perfect” picture of me and my friend in Barre was the 6th and only picture taken that angled us in a way to make us look taller and thinner than we actually are, because I wished to have longer legs all of my life but have to accept the fact that I’m shorter than everyone in my family (including both parents) and will forever be 5’2”. My 1st grader is already a stronger believer than her mama, reminding me that God made us PERFECT the way we are ❤️

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Girl Stop Apologizing

I do eat whatever I want. I do love my boba teas. But I ALSO get my sweat on almost daily!!! 🏃🏻‍♀️🧘🏻‍♀️🤸🏻‍♀️ Honestly it’s about developing good habits so I don’t even consciously think about working out or eating my vegetables, I just do and love it and it’s a part of my everyday routine. I made some people upset when they found out I have stayed the same size since high school, even postpartum, and I often tried to come up with excuses to make myself look not as healthy as I strived to be. Why? Why do I need to make myself small to maybe please someone else? When I should be so darn proud of myself for working hard, developing good habits and trying to stay healthy! On that note, I have also learned that if your “friend” can’t be happy for you, she is not a real friend. I want to be a good role model for my daughters, and that includes accepting and loving myself for exactly who I am, all my strengths and weaknesses!

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