treat yo-self

P1070914ed2I don’t think mothers are naturally destined to wear ratty clothes and tired faces. It seems to have become something we’ve chosen for ourselves. I understand the eating cold meals and cold bath water thing. Really, I do. We’re wired to give ourselves away on a daily basis. We pour out; we empty. We leave it all on the field, and we don’t question or regret it. But the clothes and the accessories? I just don’t buy it, ladies. I think it’s just as important that we look and feel our greatest as it is for the rest of our family members. Now, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not a supermodel mom. I do not rise before the sun and work out. I do not blow dry my hair or wear makeup everyday. I just try to keep my closet stocked with items that make me proud to wear them. I want to get dressed in the morning and feel confident about who I am, what I’ve been called to. I don’t want to be distracted throughout the day with an outfit that doesn’t fit or flatter, or a purse that’s falling apart and embarrassing me.

I try not to let my kids’ wardrobe expenses come before my own, and I do this by building a little Momma money into the budget. If you’re a regular around here, you know that I made a commitment this year to not buy any new clothes for myself. That did not stop me, however, from making two very important purchases in the accessories department. I used my work bonus on a new handbag and a watch. They weren’t the most expensive options out there, but I’d had my eye on both and it felt good to buy them. At the same time. While pregnant. See what I mean?

10 thoughts on “treat yo-self”

  1. I always feel better when I look put together, but those days feel few and far between now – post partum 8weeks and still not fitting back into my old clothes (which are pretty sad to begin with). With hospital bills rolling in from the birth, I feel guilty for needing to buy new clothes. We just can’t afford it, and I’m terrible at thrifting. Any tips? What stores do you like for price and quality? I’m just so bad at this.

    1. Wear what fits and just start adding to it from Goodwill, Value Village, IG shops, etc! The point is for me to feel better about myself. So if the outfit is a bit wompwomp, I’ll wear makeup and jewelry to jazz it up a bit. This is especially effective for me during the awkard/emotional postpartum period!

  2. I have a really hard time with this. I used to blow out my hair and wear makeup everyday. I barely get out the door in the morning for work with my sanity. Right now I just make sure my clothes are wrinkle free and call it good. I am at a size where I don’t want to invest in new clothes because I don’t want to get comfortable here. I have a lot of work to do. I guess I’m in a wilderness season of sorts and just have to give myself grace.

    1. I hear you on the clothes thing. I hate buying stuff that I know might or might not fit in a few months. Let’s just jazz up the accessories for now, shall we?

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