This past Saturday, I woke up feeling ugly. I mean really, really ugly! My Spring allergies kicked in, so I woke up with a puffy face and watery eyes. And I fell asleep without wrapping my hair, so my hair was a disaster. My skin was flaky...probably due to these pregnancy hormones that have invaded my body. I woke up feeling ugly, and I'm sure I looked like a hot mess! Have any of you ever woke up feeling like this? Well, I haven't in a really long time, and it kind of scared me. Let me explain.
Like many Professional Divas, I spend a good amount of my week day getting ready for work, driving to work, working, and driving home from work. And then there are the few chores that I try to take care of when I get home. And then there are the occasional nights when I do a little extra work at home. I try to make the effort to pamper myself whenever I can, but as of late...let's just say that I have been neglecting myself. Now don't get me wrong, I know how to pull myself together so that the outside world is unaware of my neglect. But when I woke up on Saturday...something had to give!
I jumped out of bed (kind of), got dressed, and headed to the mall. My first stop was the nail salon for a manicure and pedicure. My gel polish was about a week overdue, and I could always use a foot scrub (I ended up having to skip the pedicure because the nail tech was
a pain in the butt slightly annoying). Next up: S.H.A.P.E.S. Brow Bar for some eyebrow maintenance. Isn't it amazing how a little piece of thread and some tweezers can beat your brows into submission?! My next stop was the hair salon. I was spending most of the day in Brooklyn at my parents' house, so I made a point to stop by my old hair salon for a good old-fashioned wash and set. After an hour, my hair was LAID! Finally, I headed to my parents house and hopped in the shower. While I was there, I broke out a sample packet of an apricot face scrub that I had picked up at the drug store earlier that morning...flaky skin: gone! I got dressed and put on some makeup, and voila! I felt like a new creature! I woke up feeling ugly, and I did something about it. I'm so glad I did!
The moral of this entire diatribe is a simple: never let the pressures of a busy, stressful life prevent you from taking care of yourself. The truth is that I have been spending a great deal of my time working and doing things for others, and I forgot about me. For months, I have forgotten about me, and I haven't been treating myself very well. I broke that cycle on Saturday, and I intend to do better.
So, I am publicly making a promise to love myself better. And I encourage all of you hard working Divas out there to do the same. Have a great week Divas!