Hey. It's okay......
....to roll up your pants on the bottom & pretend you are a hipster.
....to suffer reasonable amounts of Mom guilt when you work a lot.
....to occasionally give your children a sucker before supper to cleanse oneself from Mom guilt.
....to be the only person who seriously hates Kenny Chesney music.
....to write a blog standing up.
....to accept help from other people.
....to tell people you're "okay" when they ask how you are doing. Because you are really doing okay.
....to scream at your television when Will died last Sunday night on "The Good Wife."
....to BLAST Florence & The Machine on repeat.
....to have emotional breakdowns on your treadmill while you try to work out to Florence & The Machine. Pssssh. Good luck working out to that.
....to unfollow a distant acquaintance who gives out parenting advice.... but has no children.
....if the idea of running a 5k in a month makes you want to curl up & take a nap instead of train.
....that your garage is busting at the seams with all the junk you threw in there over the winter.
....to tell people no.
....to be selective about who you let into your life.
....to go see the movie "Noah." I promise not to get on my moral high ground & slam you for seeing it. It's also okay to focus on bigger problems in the world than worrying if a Hollywood movie directed by a professing atheist got the book of Genesis spot on. [Is it just me or are we as professing Christians just a tad too over-dramatic & snobby about we expect from nonbelievers?]
....to ask your parents when they buy matching Ford Mustang Convertibles if they are going through a mid-life crisis? And if not, in total typical teenage fashion - is it okay if you borrow the car this weekend then? :)
....to have a stack of books that you put off reading. But then read your coworkers copy of "Glamour" magazine cover to cover in one lunch hour.
....to wish you were daring enough to try purple eyeliner.
....to sometimes believe the fortune cookie.
....to wish death upon the cartoon Caillou.
....that you took a pregnancy test after 5 people randomly asked you this week if you were pregnant.
....that you were relieved that your pregnancy test said "Not Pregnant."
....that you told the world at large on the internet that you peed on a stick.
....that you started a new diet this week called the "Stop Eating Everything Put In Front Of Me" diet.
....to cry when it starts snowing. [again.] Or at the very least take a selfie during the snowstorm.
....that you want to take a yoga class to lose weight, but first need to lose weight before you can go lose weight. [Totally makes sense.]
....to punish your son for hitting his sister by making him take a time-out, sitting on the floor in the corner of a Burger King bathroom.
....to miss President Bush.
....to consider opening a dog park. Or a trampoline park. Or a business that maybe doesn't require heavy insurance.
....to be thankful for people who speak life giving words.
....if at-home waxing kits scare you.
....if you always carry the same purse because you hate switching over the enormous amount of totally essential crap that sits in your handbag.
....to work hard - some days really hard. But then take no guilt or shame in taking your Sabbath or a vacation even. Hey. It's okay to know when you've earned something. Really earned it.
....if your daughter knows all the lyrics to "Let It Go" - the constant reminder of the words to this song will likely save you years of therapy.
....if your name is spelled weird. Sometimes a little different is not such a bad thing.
.....to have seasons of life where all you care about is pasta & like 3 people.
....that you sometimes only dust when your mother comes to town.
....that your life turned out differently than you thought it would be.
....that the only time you walk into a jewelry store is to get your wedding ring cleaned.
....to walk happily & humbly. Knowing that life is truly what you make it.
Much Love Readers.