A few of my homeschool-mom friends were recently talking about things they're doing that they didn't think they would ... wearing shorter skirts, dying their hair, wearing more makeup, investing in manicures or other beauty treatments, cutting their hair shorter, redoing their wardrobe. We were joking about whether it was a mid-life crisis or just re-evaluating. We all agreed that we liked to call it re-evaluating instead.
I've done it myself. I've switched from skirts back to jeans. I've tried to replace baggy shirts with more fitted shirts. I've tossed out some out-dated or unflattering clothes. I've tried to buy more modern jeans (that don't expose me every time I bend over). I've cut my hair back to shoulder length. I'm pondering the need for a bit more make-up.
I'm 37, and I don't want to look like I'm tired, worn-out, or like I don't care about my appearance. Especially since I'm a homeschool mom and have a large family. I don't want my appearance to give the impression that my family is running me down, or this lifestyle is just too hard on me. I also don't want anyone to think they have to look a certain way to homeschool.
The recent discussion reminded me of a post I read last month from a new blogger, Not A Supermom. She posted about not "Letting yourself go -- homeschool mom style". It's a fun read, and it might just push you to take a second look at yourself in the mirror, too.
Focusing on our appearance too much is bad. Ignoring it is also bad. It's not necessarily a bad thing to look in the mirror, look at the women around us, and look in the mirror again. But of course, always look to please your husband first. If he likes your hair au natural ... keep it that way. If he likes it Little Mermaid red, then dye it! If he likes dresses, or pants, or whatever ... dress to please him.