For those of you that do not know me, I had two girls within 15 months of each other. That meant that any figure I once had just disappeared. As a consequence and due to being physically and emotionally exhausted post the second birth, I spent the best part of two years as slummy mummy. I lived in jeans and as I had told myself that I would not spend money on clothes in a size that I did not intend to inhabit for long, most of them were not in anyway stylish.
So what changed? Some things did not change much in that I am much happier in an informal environment and will still wear jeans frequently. Using my coaching techniques and my will power which can be formidable, I lost the baby weight and am now five pounds heavier than I was pre-children. Not bad when the experts say that one should expect to gain half a stone with every child one has! So that meant I was able to reward myself and buy some new clothes. And yet it was more than that, I realised that I was the face of my business and therefore it was worth getting dressed up and wearing make up for networking meetings and tweet ups. It also made me feel more confident. Around the same time I discovered eye brow plucking in a big way. I don't do it methodically but I swear it makes me look younger which, when everything else is going south, is a bonus! I also have a three year old who, when asked what she wants me to wear, always says a dress. Sometimes I comply but normally I compromise by going as far as skirt.
So that's me but I found something that is a bit of fun and can be used to help you decide who you are, so tick off mentally all the ones that resonate with you:
- You always wear the same clothes as they are practical, and often covered in food.
- You may occasionally get to brush your hair before you go out.
- You have turned up at a class only to find that it is half term and you had forgotten
- You do the odd class only because you want to get out and meet people for your sanity
- The house is always an absolute tip and you don't care - what is the point of tidying up when all the toys will come out again anyway?
- You are always perfectly groomed
- You wouldn't dream of taking your children swimming yourself as you would mess up your hair - they have a personal instructor
- Your children wear designer clothes
- Your children have a strict timetable of classes from birth to ensure their education is top notch, they will never be allowed to jus play
- The house is always perfectly tidy, and you would never know children live there
This post has been written for Josie's writing workshop and was inspired by Nicky's post, which when I read it, I knew that I just had to write my own version. So thank you Nicky and Josie for giving birth to this post so to speak.