"Wow! Look at you, all dressed up with makeup and your hair fixed!!"
It was the next-morning greeting I received from the ladies at a recent women's retreat I participated in.
As I poured some orange juice and glanced around the kitchen, I noticed I was indeed the only one in the rustic cabin filled with twelve women, who had gotten dressed, fixed her hair, and put on makeup. Not that it was a bad thing that the others hadn't done that yet! I guess I was just surprised to see I was the only one who had.
Given that we were on a "restful" (and I use quotes because we were actually quite active a good chunk of the time, as we hiked and went for a run later on) get-away, I should have felt okay rolling out of bed, wiggling into a pair of jeans, brushing my teeth, throwing my hair back in a classic ponytail and calling it a day. I certainly didn't need to impress anyone. Seems the other women had the right idea.
But what about when we aren't out on a relaxing retreat? What about the time we spend in the everyday trenches of motherhood and homemaking? Do we really need to "get all dressed" for those days?
Sure, starting the day out having to get showered up and dressed and apply the war paint to our face slows down the start of our day. It's also hard to juggle finding time to shower or apply mascara when little ones are tugging on our legs. And well, what woman really wants to dirty another set of clothing unnecessarily. Goodness, there's enough laundry to do as it is, right?
The more I've thought about it, the more I realize there are benefits to getting dressed each day. (Aside from the fact that nobody really wants to see us moms in our pajamas...except maybe our husbands, and even then, only if it's the really good pajamas, if you hear what I'm saying.)
But friends, this getting dressed every day thing? It's the secret to being a more productive and confident woman!
(...aside from seeking God first everyday...that of course, is truly the secret!)
When I get a shower, I feel clean and energized. I feel like I've had a healthy dose of much needed personal time, too!
When I dress myself in a favorite pair of jeans, a pretty top, some nice looking accessories from my jewelry box, and cover my feet with a pair of shoes (slippers do not count as shoes), I feel confident and ready to tackle the day.
When I take time out to apply some blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick, and then add some curls to my hair, I feel sexy and amazing!
If someone comes over unexpectedly, I won't feel the need to apologize for how I look. If I have to run out to the store, I'm ready. 1, 2, 3, Go! No looking in the mirror wondering if I should put a baseball cap over my tangled mane, or change into a different pair of sweatpants. No secretly hoping I don't run into anyone I know - which of course always happens!
When I'm dressed and ready for the day, my kids take me seriously. They don't argue with my attempt to get them ready - "but you aren't even dressed mommy! I want to stay in my pajamas, too!"
When I'm feeling gorgeous and put together, my husband immediately notices it. I communicate in a more loving (and flirtatious) manner, I greet him with a smile and a kiss, and there's definitely a sense of passion "in the air" between us when we're together in a room.
Probably the biggest difference noticeable to me when I start my day out dressed and ready versus lazing in my sweats, is that I move faster and I'm focused. I get so much more accomplished! Don't you?
I really think being dressed changes our state of mind for the better.
I know you're on the other side of this screen nodding your head. You agree, but you're probably wondering how in the world we're supposed to find time to do this every single morning, right?
Here are a few tips/tricks to help you get your morning off to a great start:
- Take your shower the evening before so getting dressed and ready in the morning goes much quicker.
- Use a pretty hair clip or another type of hair accessory to put together a quick, yet very stylish hairdo.
- Set out your clothing for the day the night before.
- Allow yourself one day of the week that is set aside for wearing comfy sweats or lounge pants so you don't feel so on-the-go all week.
- Reward yourself! Perhaps a pretty manicure/pedicure if you go all week successfully getting dressed each day?
What are your thoughts about getting dressed and ready for the day? Is there something that works well for you, you'd like to share? Please do so! I love your comments!
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