I was invited to a brand brainstorming sesh to weigh in on things women start to do for themselves as they get older. (FWIW, I don’t think I’m old.) Turns out, we all seem to agree that when couples are done having kids, as those kids get a teeny bit older, they seem to become a little bit more proactive about doing things for themselves.
Are you done having kids and you’re nodding your head or are you nursing a baby and reading this and you’re like “things… for myself? Like showering? I can dreeeeaaam.” I gave birth three times in the span of three and a half years, so I can relate to both. After what feels like a marathon session of trying to balance momming and working, I’ve found that I’ve been craving some space to do things that aren’t limited to work projects and pairing pink socks and teaching my kids how to do the Roger Rabbit (I’m all about the life lessons, you guys).
And then you start daydreaming. It’d be amazing to work with a personal trainer. It’d be cool to never have to shave my legs again and then nick myself and the only band-aids left in the house have a cartoon pirate on them. I want to learn how to speak… German. Is running long distances fun? Maybe? I don’t know. I guess I’ll try yoga. This is a lizard pose? How does this look like a lizard? I need ice.
“I trained for and ran two half marathons last year. Becoming a runner means taking the time for myself, and setting and accomplishing goals for myself that are purely my own and have nothing to do with my kids.” – Catherine
“Once my kids were old enough to spend the night without me at home I started investing in traveling alone. I often tack on time for myself after a business trip or conference to cut costs. It was weird and scary at first, but now I relish that time.” – Kelly
“After I was done nursing my last baby, I decided to invest in breast augmentation. It was a great investment and I don’t regret it at all. Now that I’m 35 and my kids are all in school full time, I am making the time to work out again and eat clean. I am a happier woman, wife and mom for doing this. It isn’t selfish. It isn’t vain. It is taking care of the person who eight other people depend on. I only wish I had done it sooner rather than putting myself last for so long.” – Kadi (mom of 7)
“I went back to school at 35 and got my GED.” – Tonya
“I pay for a haircut and color every 8-10 weeks. I go to a really nice salon and I pay more than I probably should, but I really don’t care bc I love it, love the quiet, and feel like I deserve it. :)” – Amy
“I had one crooked tooth that never bothered me for a moment, until I was pregnant with my second child. My fuller face, at least in my opinion, accentuated that tooth and it became all I saw when I looked in the mirror. When it was still bothering me after I had lost the weight I invested in Invisalign. Loved it!” – Jessica
“Now that Harper is 9 months old and sleep trained, I’ve started to go to the gym. I’ve also taken iOS programming classes.” – Adam
“I’ve recently become obsessed with beauty gurus on YouTube and have been buying a lot of their makeup must haves. I’m learning to do my makeup again as a 35 year old mom…I never had time for this before!” – Kathy
“Having two kids wrecked my body. I was able to lose most of the weight, but I had a lot of leftover loose skin. I had a tummy tuck, and I’m so glad I did. It has done wonders for my confidence and quality of life.” – Name withheld, as requested.
“I fully intend to take some acting workshops and get new head shots.” – Erin
“Having a kid as the motivation I needed to make better choices when it came to eating and to make more of an effort to get and remain healthy.” – Brad
“After I was done with the last kid, my self confidence took a beating, so I decided it was high time to go from a barely A to a respectable C in which the doc and I dubbed the ‘soccer mom boobs’ – they make me feel good about myself, but dads at soccer/school/wherever aren’t constantly staring at my chest. ;)” – Emily
“Invisalign. Hired a personal trainer. Ran a half marathon. I clearly have no trouble investing in myself. Snort.” – Jo-lynne
“Lasik Eye Surgery and Laser Hair Removal – worth EVERY PENNY. As long as the kids don’t go without in order for us to do these things, I think it’s incredibly important to do things that make us feel good. Getting Laser Hair Removal literally changed my life!” – Jenn
Can you relate with any of the above? Do you have a must-do list for when eating dinner doesn’t require dodging spoonfuls of rice? :) I’m getting there. At this point I’m just entirely grateful for a daily shower. ;)
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