Do You Like You?

What a great video – and perfect timing for me to see it!  This new stay-at-home-mama gig has me rediscovering priorities and what self-esteem feels like…  It’s interesting when you spend an entire day at home (and it’s not just a vacation, lazy day kind of thing) – what do you do?  wear?  make-up or no?  blow dry and curl the hair or not?  And if I choose not to do these things…  Can I walk past a mirror and not cringe?!

Or will I just feel ugly and lazy…?

It’s a weird thing…  Even when we’re by ourself, do we let society’s notion of beauty decide for us?  Or do we notice new things about ourselves?  Find new strengths?  See ourselves as “more than?”

This is really only the first full week I’ve been home with the kid since my last day of work, 3 weeks ago, and I’ve kind of decided if I’m not going anywhere why bother?  I get dressed in comfy clothes and skip the hair and make-up.  It’s so liberating!  Ha ha ha.  And then I walk past a mirror…  And see new things.

I see a mama.  And I see the beautiful little boy attached to my hip, smiling at our reflection.  I see that my laugh lines are getting deeper since he joined our little family.  I see the smile that lights up my face as his chubby hands grab my cheeks.  I see my hair, frizzy and huge – and know it fills his big eyes with wonder when my hair escapes from the pony tail.  I see my forehead, beginning to wrinkle from learning and concentrating on this thing called parenting….

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It may not be beautiful to Hollywood, or fashion magazines, or those who crave perfection.  But honestly, I feel pretty beautiful most days in this role called Mom.  I didn’t know what I was missing before this little man entered my life.  And now, I feel more whole than I ever have before.

Do you like you?  What does it mean to fully embrace who we are and our own unique beauty?  What does it take to let the world’s perception of beauty fall away and simply appreciate our bodies and spirits for what they are?

Tomorrow, I’m once again beginning a new weight loss journey (“once again” because I got side-tracked with my pregnancy!).  Am I doing it to be skinny and gorgeous?  No.  (But I’m ok with that side-effect.)  I’m doing it to regain a healthy body and spirit – that can be up to new adventures and possibilities.  I want a life of trying new things and chasing after my son.  I want to go on grand journeys with my husband and discover new places.  I want my mind to be sharp and my eyes to be bright.  I want to be healthy so I can serve the world in bigger and bolder ways…  Sharing God’s love.

I believe God made us – each one – to be unique and beautiful.  And for me…  I need to take a few moments each day and claim that.  Look in the mirror.  Stare at the reflection with no make-up, no hairdo, no photoshop…  Find one thing to love.  Every day.  A new challenge to myself – and maybe to you?

Do you like you?  I hope so…!

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.  –Psalm 139:13-16

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8 thoughts on “Do You Like You?

    • Oh Carol… Totally still getting there. Mike has had to remind me on numerous occasions… But things are looking up and I’m making the choice to see myself differently. I think we all have that power within us, we just have to believe it. Like I said, it will be a daily challenge! 😉

  1. Megan–The other day I had to run to the store…..I had on typical clothes I wear around the house… Not exactly the most flattering… But they were clean… No make-up… I asked Dad if I looked OK… He told me to read your blog… This one… Again …. Until I understood it…. Sorry, but I still changed my clothes and put a little make- up on. Still hear messages from my Mom…” You’re going out like that !!!?”

    • I still change my clothes when I leave the house… Just sometimes don’t worry about the make-up and pull the hair into a pony tail… Depends where I’m going. BUT, for me, it starts with how I feel about myself at home. I used to put make-up on and do my hair even when I’d stay home all day… Just cuz I felt better when I passed a mirror… I’m working on letting that go…! 😉

  2. Megan, I must tell you…..

    Shortly after you guys left our place a few weeks ago, I told Mark that you are so naturally beautiful. I said, “Megan’s the type of woman that doesn’t need makeup or fancy hair.”
    I think most women have a hard time seeing themselves as others do. I am guilty every single day of looking in the mirror and self-criticizing. But at the end of the day, I have my boys and a husband who tells me that I’m most beautiful without makeup. Who else is there to impress?

  3. Awww… Thanks, Lindsey! Funny – Mike and I have said the same thing about you… Especially when you post pictures of you and the kids. You just glow!
    We’re lucky ladies to have men that love us “as is.” Mike read your comment and said, “well, yeah…” 😉

    • Funny, that’s what my husband said, too! Thanks so much for your kind words – if only us wives could believe that with our whole hearts, the world would be a softer place… We’re working on it! 😉

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