Here's what you need to pull of a great Mom-date with yourself:
~Someone awesome to watch your kid/s for an unspecified amount of time. It has to be totally OK with them if you decide to be a little late getting home (by, oh, 3 hours or so, if need be).
~Something flattering to wear. You deserve to have a day where you can play dress-up and look nice for yourself. It doesn't have to be fancy. It just has to be something you feel good in.
~Functioning speakers in your car.
~About $40.00 in cash.
For my date with myself I:
~did a quick session of yoga with a new video I found on Pinterest. I'm still not up to full work-out potential after my surgery. So the 15 minute quickie was just enough to make me feel less like a sloth without overdoing anything.
~wore jeans and a tank top, not fancy at all, but it's an outfit I feel attractive in, so mission accomplished.
~went the extra mile, and spritz on a little perfume for myself. I don't think I can truly explain why this felt so fantastic, but I can't remember the last time I actually wore perfume, and it was thrilling to have some on and feel like a real woman who gave a shit about herself.
~rolled the windows down in my car, and listened to whatever I wanted to as loud as I wanted to. No joke, NPR was on just as loud as the Beastie Boys. This is was my day to do whatever I wanted, remember?
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~treated myself to something I won't feel bad about later. I was in desperate need of new shorts for this Summer. I was down to only one pair left (the cut-offs I made myself last week) that fit me (in a good way. the rest from last year were too big. Finally!). So I went to Goodwill, spent $21.00, and came away with 4 pairs of shorts.
~didn't sweat the small stuff. I was running late for my movie because I stopped for my snacks, and there was a longer that expected line at the store. Oh well. I called to let my husband know that I'd be coming home later than I'd originally estimated so he wouldn't worry that I was dead, picked a later showing of the movie, and went about doing my shopping before the movie instead of after. Trust me... once your husband gets a glimpse at the relaxed, unsnarled version of you that he married ages ago, he will have no problem whatsoever with hanging with the kiddo/s while you take a day off now and then to refuel.
So between the movie snacks, the admission to the theater, and my new shorts, I spent a whopping $36.00 for and entire day of totally unscheduled, unstructured, uncomplicated me-time. Ladies, please make time to do this for yourself. SOOOOOOO worth it...
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