Momma… I want to challenge all of us to get into our swimming suits. Summer is winding down, and we don’t have many more opportunities.
I know it’s hard.
I know we feel a little self conscious because we have cellulite. Or because we have a goal we haven’t quite reached. Or because we just had a baby, we are still working to lose the weight, we have a baby bump, we _____.
But our kids don’t see that.
They don’t care about any of those things.
Our kiddos won’t remember if we had cellulite or not.
Our kiddos won’t remember if we had love handles or not.
Our kiddos don’t notice our stretch marks.
And the other mommas we may be worried about? They aren’t judging us in our swimming suits. They’re thinking about themselves in theirs.
What do our kiddos see?
They see a mom who is smiling. They see a mom who is making memories. They see a mom who is laughing. They see a mom who is playing. A mom who is teaching them something. They see a mom who may be introducing them to something, or playing a new game. They see a mom who is trying her best to be present and playful.
They see a mom who is there, physically and mentally.
And that’s what they’ll remember.
Let’s put our swimming suits on.
Let’s give ourselves permission to play.
Let’s give ourselves permission to be present in the memories being made, instead of being on the sidelines.
It’s time we stop caring what other people think, and care only what WE think of ourselves.
Let’s be a little more kind to ourselves.
Let’s work on being grateful for the beautiful bodies we’ve been blessed with and all they do for us, and all that they help us experience, achieve, accomplish, and create.
Let’s strive to live a life full of joy.
Let’s work on loving ourselves a little more.
Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Let’s ACT like we love ourselves.
Let’s say kind things about our amazing bodies.
Let’s pay attention to the thoughts we have, and work to make them kinder.
Let’s align our actions to move us closer to treating our bodies with the respect that they deserve.
Let’s make time for self-care.
Let’s play. We are allowed to get in too. And let’s strive to play with grace, love, and compassion for our amazing and beautiful bodies and all they’ve done for us.
Because us mommas? We are amazing.
And our bodies are amazing too.
Let’s use them to play!