FOR THE KIDDOS

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    Confession: I think I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve worn a swimsuit in public in the past ten years.

    Last year me & my BFF went shopping and I was feeling particularly good about myself.  I bought a super cute suit that was quite tight-just hoping I’d fit into it in a month or so-and it sat in my closet.  For the whole year.

    A couple weeks ago my kids wanted to go swimming & my in laws have a little pool, so I got them all ready to go.  4 year old said, “Aren’t you going to get in with us?  Where’s your swimsuit?”  Then 2 year old said, “Yeah mom-you too?”

    I had an excuse on the edge of my tongue about how I’d just watch them from the side or something, but instead I surprised myself by saying, “okay, just wait here.”

    I got my suit on and we went swimming.

    Because it was important to my kids.

    I don’t look like a swimsuit model and I’m not at the place physically I dream of being, but wearing the suit was certainly great motivation, and guess what?  My kids didn’t care.  They were ecstatic that I was in the pool with them, playing, laughing, and enjoying myself without worrying about what I looked like or everyone else was thinking.  We had a blast!

    I’m going to continue working toward my goal of just completely rocking that suit & many others to come, but I’m also challenging myself to embrace the opportunities to enjoy myself with my kiddos and to not keep them from fun experiences with me because of my self consciousness.

    Is there something in your life you’ve avoided doing because you’re uncomfortable or self conscious?  If so, I’m challenging you today to just do it!  I’d love to hear about it.

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3 Responses to For the kiddos

  • Sanchez wrote on August 10, 2012 at 4:49 // Reply

    I wish I would of been as brave as you when my son was younger..i missed out for sures…now I would embarass him if I wore a swim suit…so glad you guys have such wonderful memories and fun…

  • Deanna wrote on August 13, 2012 at 11:42 // Reply

    I recently went on a trip with youth groups from my church and several other groups. I’m 31 & overweight and was worried that I would be accepted by the other kids. There was a game GaGa Ball they played all the time that looked like a lot of fun, but I was nervous I’d make a fool of myself for all the jumping and hitting that was required. Well, one day I said screw it – it looks fun and I jumped in the pit with them. No one ridiculed me like I thought would happen and I actually became good friends with a few of the “cool” kids. It’s amazing how our view of ourselves is so warped compared to what others think!

  • sherry saville wrote on August 15, 2012 at 11:23 // Reply

    I go swimming all the time with my kiddos in our community pool. Although I know I don’t “rock it”, I’m comfortable, covered up, but in the water with people who love me and just want to play with me. I admit, I have days I cringe when looking in the mirror–but I have an opportunity now to change that and just be myself.

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