There I was standing at the store counter with my sunnies on. I pulled them down a bit so I could give a little eye contact, paid for my purchase, and gently pushed the center of my glasses to slide them back up. With a smile, I grabbed my bag and walked toward the store’s exit, as other shoppers eyeballed me up and down the entire 60 seconds of my walk out of the store.
When I moved to this little town, I adored its quiet surroundings. Things were slower paced and the people appeared to have a sense of value for family. I didn’t get the dirty looks I’d get in the city when I trotted by with my (then seven) children. If you could have seen the dirty looks I’d get in the city for having so many children. The glares and sneers could cut deeply into the inner being, but here, people smiled when they’d see all of us together. They’d tell me how blessed I was to have so many little ones who’d love me and care for me in my later years. I embraced this family town.
Okay so, this sweet little family town is among the cornfields, farms and beautiful mountains, and everyone here is pretty simple and laid back. I love that!
The thing is…
I rather enjoy fashionable things. So, when I take care of business outside of my house, be it a trip to the grocery store, lunch, or just a quick shopping trip, I like to add a little style. That gets stares because it’s not quite as simple as this town.
Should I fit in with the crowd?
I’ll never forget how my grandmother wore 4 to 5″ heels well into her 70’s (at which point her doc advised her to kick them). The funny thing is that although she grew up on a farm living a very simple life, she never stepped out of the house without her stylish appeal. It was just what she did, making sure she wore something that suited her inside fashionista. Be it the store or dinner out, Grandma always stepped out in style, handbag on arm and lipstick close by.
So, I guess it’s in my genes. I must admit, I do quite enjoy wearing heels and denim when I’m doing a little home shopping. 🙂
Here’s the reality.
Juggling the many tasks I have in my schedule, I could very easily get caught up in the day to day and forget that I need to take care of me. In fact, I’ve been there, I call it Tired Mom Syndrome. You’re drained and don’t really feel like doing anything.
Behind the work of it all, there is Dawn. My family doesn’t want to look at me tired, worn and unkempt and, honestly, I feel better about doing my jobs when I’m not looking like I just got up and threw myself together. Sometimes a little motivation may be necessary, but adding a little style to my day makes me feel like I’m still intact. I’m inclined to think that my husband is partial to it too. 😉
I am many things. I am wife, homeschooling mom, entrepreneur, artisan, confidant, training coach and the list goes on.
But, just because I have 10 children and live near farmlands doesn’t mean I have to let that cramp my style.
I encourage you to be the you that shines.