I have a confession to make, and it’s not one of those silly cutesy confessions, sadly.
Sara snapped this pic of me in Arizona while I was shell hunting with the kids, and while my first thought should have been “oh so fun, a pic of awesome memories with her kiddos!”, my thoughts instead jumped right to holy. fucking. shit… my thighs are NOT carrying pregnancy well AT ALL.
And they aren’t, that much is true. But it bothers me that instead of focusing on the beauty of pregnancy and ALL the parts that come with it – the good, the bad, and the seemingly ugly – I zeroed in on a massive flaw.
Pregnancy has changed my body a LOT, and I have struggled with this change a little more than I’d like to admit, because for 36+ years my weight has never fluctuated much if at all; I’ve always been proportionate and petite.
That’s just what I know.
But I’m here experiencing the. very. best. reason to gain weight.
I’m here experiencing the. very. best. reason for body changes.
I’m here experiencing the. very. best. reason for growth, and fatigue, and perhaps even some discomfort.
And so I checked myself and I thanked her for this picture. And I hope someday I’ll look back on this and remember all the adventures I took my baby on in utero, and smile instead of focusing on any flaws.
Because again, while I have fleeting moments that challenge me, I am SO VERY grateful to be able to experience pregnancy, and I will do better with giving my body a break as it continues with the hardest, yet most rewarding thing it has ever experienced.
Were you critical of your body during pregnancy?
The holiday season is just so tough. Losses feel more profound around this time, memories flood your emotions…
But maybe instead of telling people to snap out of it and get in the holiday cheer, maybe offer them a hug, a kind word or something?
Most are not trying to be Grinchy. We’re not trying to bring anyone down. It’s just a hard time.
We could all use a little extra love 💕
(Yes, there are exceptions; some are just Grinchy, like this guy 😉)
What was the highlight of your summer?
(Phellow Curveball rephugees, I realize that what might have been your highlight never happened, but surely SOMETHING awesome happened this summer, so let’s focus on what DID happen 😉)
On especially tough days, just immerse yourself in the good times; the happy memories.
Remind yourself that you’ve gotten through 100% of the tough times you’ve faced, and allow the space to be gentle with yourself.
I don’t usually share these things but does this one not hit you RIGHT in all the feels? My goodness…
What’s a fond memory you have of Toys R Us?
Mmm, yeah, this about sums it up! Part of why I am working so hard to grow my business and give myself financial freedom is so we can travel more – I envision traveling all over with my children, like I did with my parents!
So traveling may not always be free (though with my Coach business, the potential is there to earn free travel!), but by working hard and growing my income, it IS more affordable and much more possible (and, I am assuming, a lot more fun when you aren’t needing to put it on credit cards!)
Did you travel a lot as a child? Do you travel more as an adult?