I realize now, after being a mom for almost THREE months, that you have to take care of yourself first before you can take care of others. By others I mean your children. And your spouse. But mostly your children 😉
You know on airplanes where they go through that shpill about if the plane is going down and about to crash, put on your mask first before you help someone else? Yes, well, same applies with mommyhood. If I don’t get some solid time to myself each day then I’m either a cranky crank pot that night (poor hubs) or a cranky mama the next morning. I love that my husband can come home and get some quality time in with his little girl while mommy escapes off to the gym to get in some “me” time. Although I would probably rather be at the spa getting a massage every day or taking a LONG nap in a big comfy king-size hotel bed (yes I dream about these things), taking care of my body is more important to give me my source of healthy energy. Also, I eat a shit ton of muffins so I gotta make sure I burn calories!
I love spending every day with my little girl… I’m dreading going back to work soon (a month!!) so now is the time where I am trying to fit in as much time for myself as possible because once work starts back up, it’s going to be really hard to have the energy. 😦
So take care of yourself!
So the last week that I posted was July 9th… Which is weird because around that time is the time I became…. pregnant! I am on my 17th week and feeling great!!
Pregnancy is weird though. The first couple weeks I felt like absolute garbage. Like, GARBAGE. You know how your garbage just sits there, sulking in the can, stinking up your house, lounging in your kitchen? That is exactly what I felt like, minus the appetite part. Now is the time that I finally feel like I can consume real food and I don’t feel the need to live off of saltine crackers and drops of water, thanks.
Not only is pregnancy weird, but it is legitimately a miracle. I am carrying a human inside my belly which is the strangest thought and at first I didn’t believe it but now I do and I’m really excited. Pregnant. WOW. Go ahead and call me mom.
I treated myself to a full-priced shirt (gasp!) at Anthropologie this past week, and I think I might be in love. I’m going with the whole “less is more” thing and finally was able to contribute to “quality over quantity” by spending $$$ on said shirt. I figured my husband might be a little shocked at the purchase, but I think he’s come to realize that the random, frivolous spending frenzies are over with (for now) and so I can treat myself to a quality purchase every so often. I’ve taken out so many items from my closet and happy to say I’m going to start building it back up (limited number, of course) during each capsule time with only quality pieces. The realization that Forever 21 is NOT forever hit me hard, and now it is time to invest. I’m not complaining about it….
I’m still on the hunt for a chambray shirt that doesn’t reach my shins and fits like a glove. Madewell had a PERFECT MATCH FOR ME, but sadly it sold out. I tweeted them about it and they aren’t going to get any more in stock, sadly. This means I’m still on the hunt. Any suggestions about where to find the best chambray shirt?
So over Memorial Day weekend I had a huge “WOW” moment when I glanced inside my closet (glanced, because I can’t walk in because SMALL HOUSE = SMALL CLOSETS) and saw an avalanche of clothes and yet nothing to wear.
Well, this is how you know you might have an issue… When you have over 100+ pieces of clothing but “nothing to wear”. —– That’s when I started reading blogs about capsule wardrobes. More specifically, ONE INFLUENCIAL BLOG.
It was like an angel fell from heaven right to my computer screen! Her name is Caroline and she has the most amazing blog called UnFancy (although she is taking a 6 month hiatus from blogging to spend with her husband and living life in a new city NBD IM JUST IN THIS ALONE HELP NEED MORE HELP). It was here that I realized the problem I have with shopping and not knowing what to wear and always managing to wear the same thing anyway. *Side note, I also did some inside digging and found out that I have a temporary love affair with sales and the instant gratification buying a piece of clothing gives me… BIG DEAL.
I came to the conclusion that my typical uniform tends to be skinny jeans, a loose fitting t-shirt, sandals, and minimal jewelry. HA! Caroline and I seem to have similar styles, which totally made me feel better about myself. Even though my first thought was NOT to go rush to my closet and donate all of my clothes, I did follow her instructions and put all of my clothes and shoes out on my bed and did some hard-to-do thinking in what I need/don’t need/don’t wear/wear. Some of the decisions were easy due to my insane addiction to cookies – my new size thighs didn’t fit into some of the jeans/shorts I had been storing. “I’ll lose some weight and fit into that in 3 weeks..” IT IS GOOD TO HAVE DREAMS, PEOPLE. But also time to face the facts. I will never be a size 00 again.
With that in mind, I was able to clean out about half of my stash. The other half was picked through thoughtfully, although I was able to get rid of most of the spur-of-the-moment-I’m-21-and-proud cheap as hell purchases from Forever 21 (hello, I’m 25 now duh), the others were the “this is trendy today so I will wear it once and regret it forever” purchases, and I was left with about 32 shirts, 7 pants, and 11 shoes …or so (not including my work clothes). Getting dressed in the morning is SO much easier now that I can actually see what I own and know that everything in my closet actually fits my body. I’m still trying to dwindle down to 37 pieces TOTAL (shirts and pants and shoes), but this is my first time around so I’m giving myself a little leeway. I did this mostly to 1.Purge 2. realize that I don’t need clothes to be happy 3. feel good in everything that I wear in my closet. I’m sure there are more reasons but my fingers hurt from typing.
Some of the clothes I removed from my closet I tried to sell, the other 5 bags I donated to goodwill. MAN O MAN did it feel good to purge! This “capsule wardrobe” thing isn’t for everyone, but I do encourage you to check out Caroline’s blog and maybe it will inspire you in more ways than you think! I’m hoping to have all of my capsule wardrobe issues figured out by the time fall comes around and really start investing in statement pieces that will never go out of style and represent who I am as a whole. Less is more, people!
Instead of blogging myself, I’ve been reading quite a bit of other blogs and getting an idea for what other “bloggers” like to do.
It has been very inspiring. I hope that I am able to inspire people one day. To do whatever it is that they love. Whatever brings them joy.
I know I’ve been gone for a while, but sometimes life just gets in the way and you have to just BE instead of write about it. I’ve really enjoyed just living lately, but I’m ready to jump back on the blogging bandwagon!
I’m seriously embarrassed at my lack of dedication and commitment to my Whole30 challenge. However, I’m going to go ahead and give myself a pat on the back for losing 12lbs while participating half-heartedly to this thing.
I also don’t want to discredit myself for the COMPLETE 2 weeks that I put in to eating Whole30, which was then followed by a cocktail cheat night and a piece of pizza. Sue me.
However, since my last post I have also started my role at the Boston Consulting Group, and I love it! All of these fun (Required) happy hours and fancy dinners is what made me struggle with sticking to Whole30. Who can pass up free drinks and fancy food?? NOT ME. So I decided that the best option for me would be to start Whole30 over again after our recruiting period has ended… Within the next couple months. I can’t pass up being wined and dined for nothin’.
It is a happy ending after all!
I’m trying to mentally prepare for the journey that is Whole30.
My husband and I are excited to be celebrating NYE in Savannah with some of our friends this year! Yes, we will be getting all of our drinking out. We plan on having a “last supper” kind of dinner- probably not the best idea since we should be weaning off our cravings, but Oh Well. Only a couple days left until we start! Any good recipes we must try? I’m nervous!!