I love being a mom. Of all the hats I’ve worn in my lifetime – daughter, sister, aunt, wife, psychologist – it’s been the most rewarding, the most fun, and the most gratifying. However, I realized around the time that my last “baby” turned one and started walking and becoming more independent, just how much of myself was wrapped up in this role. Mind you, this isn’t a bad thing. It isn’t bad at all, and it was a choice that I made nearly 3 years ago with my first. However, with that I also inadvertently gave up some of the things I used to enjoy doing for me. For example, I used to have a weekly standing hair appointment. I used to go to the nail salon and get a mani and pedi every two weeks. And my husband and I used to have date nights every weekend… only, back then, it wasn’t called “date night” because we were simply enjoying the spontaneous and carefree life that childless-couples have.
After having the boys I was lucky if I made it to the hair salon once every three months… and I think I’ve had maybe 2 pedicures total in the last three years.I realized several months ago how much I missed all of those things. So I made it a point to begin reintroducing all of the things that used to define me… that I loved about me, and that my husband fell in love with. I vowed that I would make it a point to get to the hair salon at least once a month if it darn near killed me – and twice a month would be even better. My mom blog, which is so near and dear to my heart, didn’t feel like quite enough, so I also created Style Me Prissy, which became a photo blog of sorts where I could capture all of the gorgeous fashion and beauty images that I come across, including my own new mom style. It’s been so much fun delving into the world of style and beauty via this new outlet and, in fact, has inspired me to be more mindful of my own fashion sense. For the first time, in a couple of years, I’m feeling like the “old me” – and it feels great! There’s no better feeling than to wear ALL of the hats that define you – mom, wife, psychologist, and burgeoning fashionista.