Seeing as how we are currently in the midst of a transatlantic move, I figured this was the perfect time to talk about how easy it is to just say “screw it” when it comes to ourselves when life gets busy. We all do it, I know I do. We have kids to take care of, a house to clean, and errands to run so we get it done and by the time it’s all taken care of all we want to do is collapse. Days like that pretty much guarantee a makeup-less day spent in yoga pants with hair thrown up in a haphazard top knot. Sometimes these days also mean that we just don’t feel like cooking dinner and working out and there’s nothing wrong with that as long as it’s just one day every now and then. Unfortunately though, sometimes a day turns into a week, which turns into two, and well… you get the idea.
So, why is it that we are so quick to sacrifice the few things we do for ourselves when life gets crazy?
This pinup is here to remind you that you are important and you need to take care of you. I would even argue that taking care of ourselves is the single most important duty we have as wives and mothers. I’m sure you’ve all heard the adage “you can’t pour from an empty cup” and in the nearly two years since I became a mother I have learned how true that really is the hard way. I completely lost my identity because we only had one car for a while so all I ever did was clean the house and play with The Noisy Thing. Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore my family and spending time with them is a blessing but I for a good chunk of time, I rarely went out and I felt completely frumpy so I started working out and that helped. I started eating better and that helped a little more. I started doing my hair and makeup more often and dressing in vintage styles and that was really how I clawed my way out of the ocean of self-loathing I’d be swimming in for some time.
Here’s my advice, one pinup (one mother) to another: take time for yourself every single day. I know that sounds easier said than done but I’m telling you it is absolutely doable. I work out, eat healthfully, and do my vintage stylings pretty much every day but there are times (like this month) where it is not always possible to do all of that every single day. This fact does not stop me from making at least 30 minutes for myself every day and it shouldn’t stop any of you either. Pick one thing that you do just for yourself and make sure you do it every single day no matter how insane life gets. This thing will change from day to day depending on what you need to or feel like doing but it should be something you do just for you. Make time for it. It is true, the floors aren’t going to sweep themselves but guess what? They’re not going anywhere either! Your family will survive if you delay sweeping for one day so that you can take the time to do your makeup, go to the gym, get a haircut, or whatever else you choose to do. I cannot stress enough how important this is. Let’s take care of ourselves so that we can better care for our families!