One of the many things that I love about my life is that I am able to do everything with little Levi in tow. Anywhere I need to go he comes right along with me. This includes my volunteer work, allergy shots, work etc. If for some reason I am not able to take him with me, my husband has the flexibility in his job to be able to stay with him. I’m able to do a majority of things without even leaving the comfort of my home, this Includes work.
Even right now as I’m typing this blog (well more like speaking into my phone because I’m using Microsoft on my phone), I’m able to sit on the floor with my little guy while he’s rolling his cars down his slide. I stop every couple of minutes as needed, or as wanted to play and interact with him. I know that I’m fortunate to have the opportunity, flexibility, and most of all support from my husband to be a stay home/work at home wife and mother. This is not something that I take for granted.
While there are some major advantages to being at home, there are also some disadvantages as well. Sometimes I’m just not inclined to do anything but stay in pajamas all day. And in the end who’s going to judge me? My 19-month-old? My four cats? OK, in all honesty, I don’t stay in my PJ’s breakfast unless I’m sick. However, I don’t usually get dressed either, at least not in the traditional sense. It’s more like casual lounging/ workout clothing. Let’s just say, I’m not usually bringing a strong fashion show to the table if you know what I mean. If I’m staying home all day I don’t usually put on makeup, or do much with my hair, other than putting it in a ponytail. As you can clearly see in the picture to the right. That was my little guy at 7- months, how I miss (and yet and yet at the same don’t) those days.
I’ve noticed that on days when I more inclined to stay in lounging type clothing, not do my hair or makeup, I’m less likely to accomplish tasks. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, we all need down days. On the days when I do get dressed in the traditional sense, I find myself being more productive. I’m not sure why this is. Maybe it’s just the mental thought that because I’m more dressed up, I have a reason to leave the house and go do something, even if I never leave at all.
It’s funny how something just as simple as putting on your favorite blue jeans, with a nicer top, and a little bit of mascara, can make all the difference in the way you feel. When I’m “dressed” I feel ready to tackle anything that comes my way! When I’m not “dressed” then I’m more inclined to leave it until later. I will be the first to say it’s hard to want to get yourself dressed and ready just to be staying inside all day. Especially when you’re dealing with a toddler who insists on feeding himself everything and always manages to hit you, the moving target. I’m not going to suggest anything like we all need to start getting up in the morning and bring your A game. Who can live up to that standard? ( haha) That being said, maybe there is something to this whole “look your best, feel your best” adage.
Here’s my challenge: The next time you feel less than special, try sprucing yourself up just a little. Whether you’re a man or a woman, throw on a nice top, or a pair of pants that make you feel special. Try a little bit of mascara, or anything that makes you smile a little brighter. You still might not leave the house, you may be tending to the needs and demands of a busy household. What can it hurt, though? There’s a good chance that you can start smiling from the inside out, and your smile will shine through!
Share with us in the comments below, how do you dress for success? What makes your smile shine a little brighter?