Let’s face it, our lives today are extremely busy.  We have personal and professional commitments that keep us running from morning to night and sometimes well beyond.  Managing the calendar for most people is a  full-time job.  The lists of things to do grows daily.

Do you put yourself on the list?  Women are givers and doers by nature.  It seems that everyone else’s needs come before our own.  Especially if you are a mother, you may feel that you can’t even think about putting yourself on the list.  The thing is, you are not unlimited.  Running yourself ragged with no time to recharge or attend to your own needs is detrimental in the long run.  I find that when I do something for myself, my capacity to do for others actually expands.  When I’m not taking care of myself, I am resentful and often cranky about what I must do for others.

Put yourself on the list when it comes to clothing, as well.  You don’t have to buy a bunch of new clothes, but having a few key items that make you feel great, goes a long way to enhancing your mood.  I call these “go to” outfits.   My favorite is a faded pair of blue jeans and a simple blue oxford shirt.  When I put this on, I feel immediately like myself.  Another favorite is a black knit maxi dress.  I am instantly comfortable and chic at the same time!

Spend some time in your closet, you may even want to invite a friend.  Go through and eliminate things that you don’t wear, or don’t fit.  When you are done,  organize your closet and make a section for  a few “go to” outfits.  The next time you are feeling low on the list, you’ll be able to grab one of those outfits for a pick me up.

What ways can you put yourself on the list?  How can you remember to keep yourself there?

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