“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” ~Parker Palmer
Do you ever look at the women who go out and get their hair done regularly or show up to events looking completely polished and pulled together, and think to yourself “wow, she must have a nanny or a lot of money in order to get that kind of royal treatment”?
I used to too.
I used to think that the only way that moms who actually presented themselves well to the world (read: not in yoga pants and sweatshirts every day) were the ones that had means far beyond what I did.
That somehow they could afford a better life.
That somehow they deserved a better life than I did.
That they were selfish for spending time on themselves instead of their families.
In the past few months, I’ve discovered just how wrong I’ve been about all of these ideas.
All mamas have access to feeling amazing and looking fantastic – on a regular basis.
It has only been after doing tons of my own internal work and working with other mamas regularly that I realized that self-care isn’t selfish at all.
In fact, now I see that self-care is a fundamental right that all women and moms deserve.
And you don’t need tons of hours a week or month to get that feeling. Or a nanny. Or loads of money. [Read more...]