I’ve had the BEST song stuck in my head for days now.
It’s not normal at all to be happy about a song that won’t leave your brain, but this one. This one is worth having on repeat.
I’ll be honest with you (like that’s ever a rare thing around here, right?), ever since our little love bug came along nearly three years ago, I’ve avoided mirrors and cameras.
I’ve embraced by now that those “tiger stripes” will forever be etched across my stomach. No matter how much dieting and working out I squeeze in between playful, giggly mornings and sweet, bedtime snuggles, I’ve realized those extra 10 pounds most likely aren’t going anywhere.
And you know what? I’m finally getting to a place where I’m okay with that. So that song I was talking about before? It’s called Try by Colbie Callait, and it’s one of those feel good songs that makes you ugly happy cry. (You know what I’m talkin’ about?)
As my tiger striped, 10 pound heavier self inches closer to 30, I’ve decided. Enough is enough.
I can’t avoid cameras forever, and I don’t want to. Because no matter how I feel about my appearance, my daughter deserves to have pictures of her mother, sans makeup and nice clothes. Just my scrubbed out just-as-God-made-me self. That’s real. I want to be notably present in her childhood.
All those times I want to say, “Oh, don’t take a picture of me. I look terrible”; or after a glance in the mirror, “Oh gosh! I’m looking rough,” I need to bite my tongue. Because all those times I put myself down, I’m setting that example for my daughter.
So enough with the self-pity. Because my daughter is the most beautiful person on earth to me, and it would absolutely break my heart to hear her put herself down one day like the way I do to myself.
We are as beautiful as we feel. And the best way to feel beautiful is to accept yourself just as you are.
So as a little celebration of that journey, I made these two printables for Olivia’s bathroom as a reminder that every good day starts with a positive attitude. As she grows and learns more about her place in this world, I want her to see her reflection in that mirror and know she’s beautiful just as herself.
Next week, we will be heading to the beach for a long awaited family vacation, and by golly, I’m going to rock that bathing suit, tiger stripes, extra fluff, and all.
You can download the free printables here:
While we’re gone, I’ll be introducing y’all to a group of four incredibly talented bloggers next week, who I admire so much. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do.
On Sunday, I’ll be hosting a big summer kickoff giveaway too, so check back! I can’t wait!