The Power of Getting Dressed

You know when you have one of those days where you really don’t feel like getting out of bed, let alone getting dressed? And when your day starts like that, you usually end up being very unmotivated, and can be found in your PJs at noon with your hair still looking like a rat’s nest and your teeth unbrushed…. you know what I’m talking about, right? Those days where you really do all of nothing for most of the day unless you absolutely have to.

Well, I have a solution: dress for the day you want to have.

It’s true. If you dress in sweats and a baggy T-shirt, you’re going to feel like having a lazy, sit-on-the-couch (or in front of the computer) kind of day, hoping no-one decides to unexpectedly drop in for coffee because the house is a disaster zone and you look like Einstein.

But, if you dress in clothes that make you feel awesome, you’ll be more motivated to get things done, organize stuff, cook healthy and tasty meals, exercise, clean something, make your bed, etc., etc.

You get the picture.

You don’t have to have a reason to dress up and look good… being a woman is reason enough, even if you’re just staying home all day.

So today, just do it. The minute you get out of bed (or as soon as you read this, depending on how your morning has gone so far!), dress in your favourite clothes (ones that make you look and feel great), do your hair, wash your face, brush your teeth, and feel the motivation kick in.

On the other hand, if you really don’t want to have a motivated, successful day and you really, REALLY just want to do nothing for hours, by all means, stay in your PJs and relax!

My point?

It’s all in your control.

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This Moment

There are many, many times in life where we just want to cash out and give up for a while, aren’t there? You know what I mean, those times when we are stretched to the limit and don’t have the energy or patience to take it any longer. When all we want is to just be alone with a good book and a cup of coffee for 8 hours straight.

But as mothers, we don’t have that option. In fact, very few people in this world do. There is very little we can change about our issues and challenges in moments like this, but one thing we CAN change is our attitude.

We can accept our challenges and meet them head on with joy. We can look towards the finish line and ask ourselves how THIS MOMENT can be used to shape our children into the adults we want them to be someday. We can take a deep breath, smile (even if we feel like crying), and get back in the game.

We have choices in life. Why choose to be miserable?

Jamie at Steady Mom wrote the following a while ago:

It’s all we have, no matter where we go.

It may be thrilling, painful, boring, or lovely.

We want to run from it at times, when it means:

– discipline issues

– messes to clean up

– work to be done.

But in embracing it, we find our greatest freedom.

Life without worry, without overanalyzing the future or past.

This moment is perfect.

Let’s enter it and enjoy.