When I first had Eli, I had told myself I wasn’t going to buy any pants until I reached my weight goals.
After a couple months living in leggings, I finally squeezed into some old jeans. Squeezed might be an understatement. They were so uncomfortable.
I saved the uncomfortable jeans for when I really needed to wear pants and then lived in leggings.
I was starting to feel in a fashion rut.
If you read any literature on productivity and getting lots accomplished at home or at work, you know the term “dress for success” is a true statement.
When I have an extra busy or crazy day, I make sure I dress up for it. It seems to give me the boost I need to tackle it head on.
So for me this awkward stage felt like it was stretching on forever. It turned my workouts into stress-outs, putting intense mental pressure on myself that I needed to get to a certain point to so I could go jean shopping.
One day I broke. I hated feeling in physical limbo. I needed to look good regardless of where I was at in my fitness goals, and I needed to be patient with my body trying to recover from three pregnancies close together.
After talking it over, my husband dropped me off at my favourite jean store by myself and I started the hunt for the perfect pair.
Picking out a few options, I went to try them out.
First pair on, and I started bawling.
Jeans can actually feel comfortable?
I had totally forgotten how good a pair of jeans that fit just right feel. It had been so long since I had bought non maternity pants.
Even with the knowledge that these wouldn’t fit forever, I bravely confronted the total cost of the jeans at the till.
I felt encouraged in my heart. My dreams were worth the cost of feeling good in clothes that would make me feel good in life, even if they were short term.
Sometimes we have to make some sacrifices to keep our productivity up, but you are worth that. The dreams in your heart are worth it. Your marriage is worth the cost of feeling beautiful. Your kids are worth a mom that can comfortably and wonderfully get around with them.
Even the highly motivated wife of noble character in Proverbs 31 knew the value of dressing well for herself, as it says she was clothed in fine purple. Following that, the passage talks about the other important virtues she clothes herself in.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
I know for me, dignity and strength came in the form of a pair of great jeans that day!