The Truth about Motherhood for Me This Week #fiveonfriday

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My alarm radio sounds in my ear, demanding I shake off my warm covers and take on the day. My brain is blaring to get going on my to-do list, but my heart is overloaded. This has been one heck of a week. Between recovering from the election and realizing that Thanksgiving is one week away, I found myself fighting the anxiety bug.

As I went into this week, I didn’t know that I would make some changes and start something new. I didn’t realize that in the midst of the crazy that is motherhood, I would come out on the other side feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Here are a few things I did along my motherhood journey this week.

I changed up my wardrobe.
Hello #capsulewardrobe. I had never heard of a capsule wardrobe before and when I came across this site on Pinterest talking about a winter capsule wardrobe, I immediately fell in love with the idea. When you’re expecting baby #2 in March and you have a 17 month old running around, well, you know how it is ladies. For many of us, our fashion and style priorities fall to the side.

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I decided I would take on the principles of a capsule wardrobe to accommodate the unique fashion sense that comes with being preggers. I removed several and I mean several items that I don’t “love.” Items that I was unsure about, I turned the hangers the other way and if they get worn in the next two to three weeks I’ll keep them, otherwise, I plan to say farewell to clothes whose hanger didn’t get used.

I rearranged my closet, prioritized my shoes based on the principles mentioned on her site and felt like I was all ready to tackle my fashion dilemma these days while carrying around this extra weight. πŸ˜‰ Plus, I signed up at Corina’s site for her first seven outfit arrangements to help jump start my wardrobe creativity to reuse and rewear what I already have!

Speaking of fashion, have I told you that I feel SUPER PREGNANT these days?
My body. OH me oh my. I remember with Bubby I had this weird sense of confidence with my body. I think it was all the excitement that came with the first pregnancy and I was definitely in better shape before I got pregnant the first time than I was this time. But this time around, I just feel big. I feel like I may never get my body back (which I know isn’t true, but you know, #hormones.) Basically as soon as I was done breastfeeding Bubby I became pregnant again, so there went that short window of freedom and all the wine.

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I think that was part of my drive to change up my wardrobe and take charge of my maternity fashion sense. Doing this gave me a confidence boost I think I needed.

I also know that I thrive with exercise. It’s my go-to for postpartum depression too. I have been making it a point to walk almost every day and that has helped me tremendously too.

Ankle Boots
Oh, and I know I’m way behind the fashion train, but I took the plunge and got me a pair of ankle boots to use as a base shoe in my wardrobe and I LOVE them! I got a neutral color to wear with several outfits which is a plus. The downside to ankle boots? I gotta keep my ankles shaved! Ha! Bye bye #noshavenovember πŸ˜‰

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Being Present in the Day-to-Day and Not Wearing my Watch
You read that right. I went a whole day without wearing my watch. This may sound trivial to some of you moms out there but this was a big deal for me. I like to plan. I like to organize. Shoot, I would love to have a planner for my planner. After a weekend away for some much needed time to evaluate and look at my faith, I came home with the urgency to just BE and forget time.

I was amazed at how much more present I felt in the moments with my son. Playtime and story time and outside time all seemed like this big, fun adventure. Seriously, give it a try. It may be just what you need to refocus.

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A Weekend Away
I had some time last weekend to go on a “retreat” that my church hosted just for the ladies. I say “retreat” because it wasn’t what you might think a traditional retreat is when you hear that word. This was a weekend about restoring. Restoring your heart and your faith in your walk with the Lord. I don’t think I’ve ever cried that much in my life or felt as raw and real.

It was incredibly refreshing and rejuvenating and I will definitely need to write separately about it sometime soon. Having gone to that retreat soon after all the emotional and social out lash that came from the Presidential election was just what my soul needed.

I came home and was welcomed by this cute fluff butt whose vivacious curiousity keeps me moving forward. What about you? Any new revelations on your motherhood journey as of late?

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Gloryanna

My name is Gloryanna and I'm a stay-at-home momma, former teacher, turned blogger. I love hearing stories and sharing stories, especially when they are encouraging. This is a blog about stories and experiences that encourage us in our relationship with Christ and others, no matter what season of life we're going through. Hopefully, you will take away a positive nugget by visiting this blog and maybe laugh a little along the way.
  • Capsule wardrobes are always fascinating to me! I think I may have to do one!

  • I’ve been thinking about trying a capsule wardrobe. I like the idea of turning the hangers around if something gets worn. It’s a great way to weed out a closet. πŸ™‚

  • Because I Said So Baby

    This is the best thing I’ve read all day! I also like to not wear a watch and just leave my phone somewhere where I won’t check it. Also, I miss wearing ankle booties!

    • Gloryanna

      Yep, it’s been fun stylin in the boots. And thanks for stopping by! I’m glad this encouraged you!

  • Ashley Freligh

    I have definitely stopped telling myself I couldn’t wear certain fashion. My wardrobe is so much more diverse now and fun now. Gets me out of any rut.

    • Gloryanna

      Yep, it’s a choice isn’t it to speak positive to ourselves, even about our fashion to keep us moving forward! Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello!

  • Lisa

    What great reminders that simple changes can change our outlook!! I LOVE those ankle boots!! I’m tall with big feet and my legs are skinny so I haven’t found a pair that look good on me…still searching πŸ™‚ And being present in the day-to-day…priceless!!! I love enjoying my life and my babies more than anything!!

    • Gloryanna

      Thanks for the compliment about the boots πŸ™‚ I needed these simple changes this week so I could move forward! It can be so hard to NOT get caught up in the day to day either! Thanks so much for stopping in and reading what’s going on in my life! It means a lot!

  • We definitely need to change it up sometimes as moms. Or else we fall victim to confusion and apathy which lead nowhere. Love your ankle boots! Glad you had that time of refreshment with other women. I came back from the same kinda thing just a few days ago and it was much needed! #selfcareissoimportant

    • Gloryanna

      Yes, the change was something I really needed and the weekend was fantastic! I think I saw you post about something you did this weekend and it looked like a lot of fun! And thanks about the boots πŸ˜‰

  • Brittany Harris

    Oh being a mother is the most rewarding and hardest thing yet. Being completely honest, the one thing I learned this week is that I can have moments where I absolutely don’t like my daughter and that’s okay. She’s 10 and extremely emotional at times. But that’s the beauty of having a relationship with someone you love- there may be times you don’t like them, but at the end of the day, you love them just the same and sometimes even more. (Mom transparent)

    • Gloryanna

      Oh thank you thank you for your honesty! I bet it can be challenging with a daughter on the verge of being a teenager! It’s good to be self aware too so we can manage our emotions too. I really appreciate you reading about my life today! Have a good weekend!

  • I finally got my first pair of ankle boots, too. Love them!

    • Gloryanna

      Whoot whoot for ankle boots! Thanks for Stopping by Sarah!