the maintenance of one’s personal well being and health
(for a person’s assessment of his/her own value and dignity)
Having girls is an interesting proposition. For me, my girls are my bookends…my oldest and my youngest. They keep me balanced. Everything I’ve given to them comes back to me whether I want it to or not. Full circle. Full stop.
I taught my daughters how to take care of themselves. It was my job. But I also taught them to treat themselves well. Take a nap. Go for a walk. Delight in a bubble bath. Paint your toes. Schedule a massage. Work hard, but be kind to yourself and acknowledge your mind, body, and spirit. It was a whole do as I say, not as I do, kind of thing. I had no time for any of that.
Then my youngest took this idea to an entirely other level. Her and her youtube peers watch makeup tutorials, learn how to make face masks from whatever’s in the pantry, have lessons on blow drying their hair. I used to think it was Vanity Run Amok. But now I’m whistling a different tune. I’m intrigued. My oldest is doing it now too, not to be outdone by her younger sister. They’ve started talking beauty techniques and products and I don’t have a clue. I hate it when I don’t speak the language!
So that was my motivation. I’m not watching the videos, but I am reading beauty blogs. I’m spending a bit more time with my make up, lotions, etc. And I’m delighting in naps here and there, going for walks with my dog, taking bubble baths, doing my nails. Taking better care of myself and treating myself well for value and dignity’s sake. I’m putting the me into meticulous for once, and I kind of like that about myself.
“Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. “
Happy May Day!