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As I’ve become older, given birth a couple times, focused more on the demands of work and the priority of raising children and maintaining the family and household,I’ve realized that I’ve somewhat taken myself for granted. My identity has become a bit blurred and surely my appearance has completely taken the back burner to life in general. Lately, I’ve been working on focusing a little bit more on myself in addition to life, work and family. I know, who knew, you could still be an amazing mom, wife, AND take care of yourself all at the same time. Taking a piece of life back for myself was not just an accomplishment, but a very necessary step to regaining a bit of self-esteem. Certainly, I am MORE than just a Wife and a Mother, not that those are not two of my most treasured roles in life, but I AM IMPORTANT too.
One of the things I’ve been doing lately is taking care of my appearance a bit more. I’ve been one of the those moms that as long as my children are 10’s walking out the house, it doesn’t much matter what I look like. But its so not true, I’ve learned that I enjoy taking that little extra step to put that glow back in my skin and a smile on my face. No, I’m NOT talking about covering up the skin on my face with makeup, I’m talking about good old fashioned skin care. For the longest time I’ve used the Mainely Cole’s Cucumber Facial Trio, and it works wonders for my skin, but it wasn’t until I began using the Adovia Dead Sea Mud Soap, that I started to see a difference in the appearance of my skin, the texture and yes, even the color.
Some benefits of the soap (provided by retailer) and check out my review on the Adovia Dead Sea Mud Mask here: “My Skin Glows”
- The Must-Have soap for acne prone skin
- Removes dirt and cleanses skin, while simultaneously infusing it with minerals essential to keeping skin hydrated and moisturized.
- Enriched with century old Dead Sea mud, leaving your skin cleansed and nourished
- The mud soap gently cleanses away oil, bacteria and dirt particles, leaving skin purified, detoxified and fully cleansed.
I’ve been using this product twice daily and my skin feels soft, less irritated and itchy and the red blotchy appearance is beginning to be less apparent. I couldn’t be happier, and you know what makes it even more amazing? Is other people are starting to notice as well. I hear comments like “What did you do to your face, you skin looks good” or “You skin looks amazing” and for a woman at my age to hear those comments from both sides of the age spectrum is pretty FAB.U.LOUS! My response ” I washed it!” ha, people think I’m a comedian, but I am being so serious!
This is me, exposed, bare, with a smile on my face — But if I am being honest, it’s taken a bit more work and effort to put that smile there, it takes work on the outside, but where it counts is the self-esteem, the confidence on the inside and I’ve been working on that too, through self-reflection, journaling, a lot more glances, and stares in the mirror, heart to hearts with God and with the help of Elizabeth Norton of 5 Amazing Things. She’s creating a 25 day challenge to boosting one’s self-esteem. Each day I’ll receive an email prompt with a quote, a challenge and additional thoughts by Elizabeth. I’ve got to say that being asked to list who and what I am on day one was a challenge within itself, but since then, I’ve acknowledged how my past has contributed to the woman I am today, and I’m learning that how making one small gesture to make ME smile really goes a long way in the restoration of me.
In closing, I’d like each and every one of you to look in the mirror, check out all of your perfect imperfections, I’d like you to get up close and personal with yourself and then say aloud, “Hello Beautiful, you are looking mighty gorgeous today”, you’ll be surprised how positive spoken words can really help boost your self-esteem. I was challenged today to do something to make me feel better, I wrote this post and now I challenge you to do something to make yourself smile today, no, that doesn’t mean go out and spend money, but something more personal, do your hair, paint your nails, throw on a little make up, have a mini pampering session, do something for you and do it with the knowledge that you are not only worthy, but you are loved!
Until Next Time,