This is what I wore to go to dinner with a girlfriend the other night. Just us. No kids. So you know what that means...we actually put our food into our mouths, chewed it, swallowed it, and our behinds didn't leave our chairs once. No one asked for more juice, or a napkin, or needed a nose wiped, or spilled anything. Every once in a while, it's good just to be able to sit and eat. I'm not asking to do it every single day, because I know that this season of having littles will be over long before I want it to be, but sometimes, a mama just needs to BE.
Every single item in this outfit is at least 2 years old, and it all came from NY&Co. I used to shop there all the time, and they had such great sales that I'd rarely pay more than $10 for anything, and usually I'd pay much less than that. When we moved to TX, I don't know what happened...I don't know if they switched buyers or what, but I hardly find anything cute there anymore, and the sales are not fabulous.
Which brings me to another thought. Since I decided to do more "What I Wore" blogging, and reading other blogs written by women who are doing the same thing, I've noticed that I feel a lot less contented and a lot more dissatisfied with what I already have or with what I have available to me. I'll see what another writer is wearing and think, "Oh, I need one of those!" This is not good.
This is a big part of why our country is in such a mess. We're such envious and jealous people, always looking for the next, newest, shiniest thing to distract our attention away from what really matters; we are always on a quest to fill a giant gaping hole of WANT. Not need, just WANT.
I like pretty things. I think most of us do, right? But liking pretty things, for me, can easily turn into focusing on wanting MORE pretty things, which can easily turn into resentment that I am not in a position to OBTAIN all the pretty things that I want. Not ok.
So I need to turn my attention back to being happy and contented with the life I have, because it's the life I'm supposed to have. I can and will choose joy.