My daily life is all about being a mom: a stay-at-home mom, a work-from-home mom, a homeschooling mom… just a regular old mom. I’m busy from the moment I wake up till the moment I skid into bed full speed each night. With all I have going on, a red-letter day is one where I manage to take a shower and prepare a meal that requires more than two pots. Unfortunately, with things as crazy as they sometimes are, the first thing that gets brushed aside is, well, me. In fact, there are sometimes weeks—or months or years—between moments when I get to spend some time for just me.
I’ve never been one for make-up, and a fancy hairdo for me is a ponytail tied at the nape of my neck instead of a makeshift scrunchied bun on top of my head. I’m about as basic as can be when it comes to style. Nothing I have screams “fancy” or “elegant.” And though my cotton pants and T-shirts are definitely made for a woman, they do little to actually make me feel like one. Add to that my kids’ severe allergies to anything with a fragrance, and you’ve got a regular old Plain Jane. And after days—or months—of being Plain Jane with absolutely no time for herself, it’s easy to lose touch with the frilly side of me.
That’s when I need a little bit of feminine. Whether it’s a quick coat of glittery pink nail polish or some lip gloss with a bit of shine, there is something so empowering about taking that extra moment to get back in touch with my girly side. And my favorite way to do that is to slip into a pair of satinesque pjs. I mean, what is better than soft, womanly pajamas to end a crazy, upside down, inside out kind of day than a little bit of care and comfort just for me. It doesn’t take hours to do; in fact, it takes very little effort at all. But that simple feeling of embracing my feminine side is such a great refresher.
It can be so easy to get lost in being a mom, wife, teacher, dishwasher, laundry worker, chauffeur, and all the other nine million jobs I have that I get lost in the midst. And, for me, it’s such an amazing thing to be all those things… and a woman, too. It’s something I need to find more time to do, and I am sure there are many of you who need to do the exact same thing. Today I challenge you to take some time to take good care of you.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 1:2