One of the most startling realizations I have had, since becoming a mom, is how hard it is to look put together. I mean, having a shower or doing my hair never took a colossal amount of planning before. I am so very thankful that the ponytail is in vogue right now. And while many of my friends, who are moms, have opted to live in their lululemons forever —granted I’m from Vancouver where yoga pants can be worn 24/7— I’ve been really trying to put in an effort to make myself look better
all the time at least in public. But it’s no small task.
My inspiration, has been seeing the moms of several little ones at church. To me they truly reflect the beauty of motherhood. Not just by their outward appearance (that helps), but they genuinely seem happy, barely tired and their families look like they’re fun to be a part of. Everyone is familiar with the cliche “if you look good then you feel good” and it’s true. I think these moms who look so rested are proof of that cliche. I know the odd time when I have felt put together, I was amazed at my increased energy levels. I tackled way more chores, and felt like I had more fun with my family than I normally do. Although I consider myself a romantic at heart I am not naive enough to think that just because these women “look” put together doesn’t mean that their lives always reflect that. The point is I really appreciate their effort to make motherhood look good.
The secular world hasn’t always made motherhood look so appealing (although times seem to be changing —or maybe I’m at that age where everyone on my Facebook is having babies so it just “appears” like the times are changing). Motherhood is hard, but it’s the most amazing and awesome thing in the world. We need to reflect that image of awesomeness more to our secular culture, so that we inspire women who may be on the fence about motherhood. To demonstrate that moms can still be stylish, fit and strong women, instead of women wearing last weeks soiled laundry and looking like extras from the latest zombie apocalypse movie.
I know it won’t be easy, but I am going to try and spice up my ponytail this Sunday and try really, really hard to get to Mass on time. If the moms of 4-6 little kids can do it than surely I, with one three month old baby can. If I have to channel my inner competitiveness to succeed then so be it.
***Also if anyone has any tips for being more organized with kids, so that I can give my self that time to get ready, I am all ears!***