So I am typing this post and seriously, I am so sore! Lol. I started to work out yesterday night after having my daughter and let me tell you, I am so sore! I worked my abs out because they are in major need of some tightness (just keeping it real) and oh my, I am feeling it today! Almost makes me want to have a chocolate, cuddle up in bed and feel bad for myself! Haha! No seriously, I’m sure other moms feel the same way. After sacrificing my body for 9 months, giving birth, sacrificing my freedom and breastfeeding for a whole year, now I have to work my butt off to look like my normal self again! Ha! After all that, I think I deserve a medal of honor, lol. Not saying that it’s not one thousand percent worth the sacrifice (why I did it four times) but geez! It is hard work! Especially when my man looks even hotter today than he did before we had kids. So not fair! Sometimes I think I’ve earned my muffin top :)
Okay in all seriousness, do what makes YOU happy! Beauty is what you define for yourself. Not what anyone else defines for you. I feel the need to tighten these abs and that’s why I’m starting to work out. But I think I am beautiful with my muffin top and all! God gave me the gift and privilege of carrying four kids inside of me! I don’t care to look like anyone else, I am so proud of what my body has done that it makes me so proud of my “curves.” It means I am a woman. I am brave. I was selfless. I love intensely. I was made to be this woman! My idea of beauty is what is within. The outside is just an accessory. I think it is important to try to be your best. Whatever that version of yourself is, only you know. Only God can give you that confidence and show you who you were meant to be. As women we can be so judgmental of ourselves. I am my worst critic. But I’ve come to realize that nothing is more beautiful than who you are on the inside. The outside will change, it is inevitable. Be the best you can be and honor God in all you do. And most importantly, strive to be like Him.
“She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong…Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come…She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness…Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31
Okay now to share my online find. I bought this sweater a few months ago when it was still summer and super hot. I was looking forward to cooler weather so I could wear it. I love this sweater because first of all, it has lace trim! Hello?! What girl doesn’t love lace right? On top of that it is gray, which I LOVE for fall and winter. And it is so soft and comfortable to wear. Honestly before this mini photoshoot I was wearing it with black tights and black leather looking tennis shoes. So cute! I love lace and leather, it is so fun and chic. It’s under $40 and lets be honest, I am such a fan of online shopping because that means I don’t have to go to a store with four kids who absolutely hate shopping. It is easy and comes right to my mailbox. I am also pretty sure I got a sign up discount code but I can’t remember? So make sure you check on that, you might get free shipping or something? ;) I also love that it covers my behind so I can wear it with just about anything. I am petite so I appreciate sweaters that fit right and the sleeves aren’t super long either. It was so foggy and gloomy when I took the pictures, it even started to rain on me. That’s why you see the different hairstyles. You can purchase this sweater here. And don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you decide to purchase!