This is a fairly accurate picture of what I look like on an average day when I am forced to leave the house and I don’t feel good. First, I will start with my hair. I am going to be honest, there is about a 30% I will do my hair unless I have a meeting. Otherwise, I stopped caring years ago. Either it will lay itself down or I will put it in a pony.
Moving down, you will notice the bags under my eyes. They are just a part of me now. They get worse when the pain is worse, but they never go away. I can get 8 hours of sleep or 15 hours of sleep. The bags are there. Maybe tanning will help. Either way, I don’t try to hide them. Sometimes I wear sunglasses, but these bags are huge, you can still see them.
As I rush to get out of the house, I will grab at any lip gloss that looks sparkly and light colored. Todays had a little more pink in it that I thought. I wasn’t trying to look cute, I just hate dry feeling lips and why shouldn’t my lips sparkle for me when I look in the mirror if it makes me happy?
I am fairly monochromatic when it comes to my choice in clothing. I prefer grey, it looks fine if you get it wet out of the shower. Actually, anything from white to black and in-between. I do have some colored pieces, but I really prefer the grey family. My favorite is a light grey 3/4 sleeve tunic over variegated dark grey fleece leggings. A lightweight dark grey sweater with convenient pockets, light grey boot socks and black Mukluk boots.
Often I am seen clutching a bottle of sparkling mineral water and a half-charged cell phone that I forgot to grab my headset and charger for. I have all of these clothes in different shades of grey, black, or white. Really, it just makes it simple to get dressed without having to worry about matching. Plus, if I want to wear something with color, it always fits in.
This is now my standard mom uniform. I don’t feel bad because at least I look presentable and I am not trying to impress anyone. If anything, I am impressed by how well I orchestrated my closet.
It is very easy to fall into not going out or wearing your pajamas out (I do sometimes) but I have found that is I take that extra few minutes to put on real clothes, even though they aren’t designer or fancy, I feel better about myself because I did something positive for me. Often we forget how important it is to make ourselves happy with little things. I feel better about myself when I take the time to put on something different before leaving the house. Not because I look better, but because I just took the time to spend on myself.
So, I may not be the hottest mom, or the coolest mom, but I am the mom who managed to make it out of the house today, so I am the Champion mom!