As a personal challenge, I have decided to embark on a 31-day challenge to lower my stress level, and make staying at home not so overwhelming. Each day, I will focus on one area of my life that can be cleaned up or addressed to help make my life just a teensy bit easier – and less stressful.
Business mentors say that how you dress is a reflection of your brand. It is also a great source of stress for me every day. As a mom, I feel a lot of eyes on me at the various activities I shuttle my kids to once a week. I know everyone is more worried about themselves than what I am wearing, but I feel the need to not look like a slob, or a mommy who hasn’t quite lost the pregnancy weight.
Powerful decision makers (President Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, the late Steve Jobs) all wear similar outfits day in and day out. Part of it can be branding (power, relatable to the target market, or geek chic), but a lot of it is decision making. Powerful people have a lot of decisions to make every day.
You have a lot of decisions to make every day. Making sure all of your various household, family and personal needs (ha) are met, meeting all your deadlines, paying the right bills and balancing your checkbook while trying to figure out how your current balance is going to get you through to next paycheck. You also just don’t have a lot of time to play dress up.
Wardrobe is another daily decision. I know that your yoga pant and tank top work to some extent, but really, do you feel good walking out of the house like that? Like really? Comfort is key, but feeling your best is also important. But who has time to try on several outfits and still put on makeup and brush teeth while one kid is crying for the channel to be changed and the other is trying to climb in the bathroom cabinet? You are lucky I put on eyeliner and mascara half the time.
I don’t say that I always step out in the best my closet has to offer, and a lot of that is my not having the time to put together an outfit. I have 3-4 go-to business casual outfits I have for client meetings that are always ready to go so I can throw them on as the babysitter arrives. But why don’t I have some “power mommy” outfits?
So I am challenging myself to shop my closet. I will find 5 outfits (seven if I am ambitious) that are acceptable for My Gym or Ballet class that are easy to care for, can be kept clean, and are ready to go without any effort. This will allow me to be able to walk out of the house to any situation and feel good.
Do you have your go to outfits?
Ready to join in? Here is the series to date!
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