It’s not often enough anymore that we look in the mirror and approve, is it? It’s true. We bear lots of battle scars. Our tummies might not be as flat, our eyes might have bags under them and let’s not forget the wrinkles forming between our eyebrows from all the mommy death stares. Sometimes, we even just sit there and mourn the loss of the girls we once were. But what we seem to not realize is that those girls are still very much there. It all comes down to your perspective.
But mama, look in the mirror. Don’t look for flaws. For just a minute, look at how beautiful you are. Pick a feature or two that you like and dwell on them a bit today. You are so pretty mama! Not just inside (though you ARE incredibly gorgeous inside) but outside too! It’s so much easier to notice things you don’t like. But in the avalanche of our lives, we forget to remember the things we do like. Do you have high cheekbones? Nice eyebrows? Full lips? Strong nails? Bouncy hair? Long legs? There’s lots that you have! I don’t know why we’ve gotten into the mindset of being uncomfortable with noticing what we like about our bodies. We feel like we’re being arrogant in acknowledging that we have nice eyes but totally accept bashing our thighs. As Julia Roberts says in Pretty Woman, “the bad stuff is easier to believe.” But just like all good and useful things, we need to practice. It’ll feel weird. Even wrong. But that’s the faulty unconscious belief that our society has led us to develop over the years. I’m not saying to stand there in front of the mirror and serenade yourself for an hour (but like, if you’re up for that, you should so do it!). Just look in the mirror and realize that you are beautiful. For real! Don’t think that this is some kind of fake mantra that you repeat till you transform into it. I’m saying you’re already there. You are already VERY beautiful.