I'm sure you know that I've been having a hard time getting myself ready, dressed, and put together since becoming a mom to three. There are many reasons for this struggle, some of those reasons are lack of confidence in how I look, lack of motivation, and most of all just being out of the habit.
Last week from another blog I came across a book that intrigued me. The book is Frumps to Pumps by Sarah Mae. It's an e-book that amazon estimates to be 54 pages, and it is only about $5. It's a one month motivotional (motivation and devotional) that discusses the reasons we are stay frumpy and encourages us to get dressed.
Sarah Mae talks about the message that getting dressed teaches your children. After all, we set the examples that our children learn from. Until reading this I honestly hadn't thought much about the message I was sending to my kids. I do know that my mother ALWAYS got dressed and put together when I was growing up. She was ready to face the day and it showed. Another thing that was talked about in the book is how if you are feeling frumpy you usually aren't feeling good about yourself. You will go about your business trying to go unnoticed, but if you get yourself dressed and feel nice you will be more apt to let the light of your personality shine.
Probably the biggest challenge for me in getting motivated is coming to terms with the fact that I usually don't see anyone. Three days a week I drop my son off at school, but for the most part no one really sees me or what I'm wearing. So before reading this book, I kept thinking, if no one sees me what is the point? Now I've decided that the point is the message I am sending my kids, looking nice for my husband, and most of all getting dressed for myself and the way it makes me feel.
I've been getting dressed every day since reading this book. (Okay, it's only been 5 days so far.) I have noticed some really significant differences since I started though. My days are running so much more smoothly. I am much more on schedule when I get myself ready in the morning. During my frumpy days I always feel like I'm running behind and playing catch up. Since getting dressed, I am more productive. Being productive and on schedule makes me happier. Being happier makes me a better mom to my kids. That fact alone makes getting myself dressed and feeling good so worth it and a habit that I am committed to keeping up.
If you need a little motivation to getting dressed, I highly recommend reading this book. It really has changed the way I view things. I was not compensated for this review. I paid for the e-book myself. It's just my honest opinion that it was a really good book that motivated me to start putting a little time and effort into myself.