Mother’s Day 2021 has come and gone. I hope it was wonderful. Listen, I love being honored on Mother’s Day complete with the absolute sweetest love letters and pictures from my three children, breakfast in bed, flowers, gifts, and my all-time fave: no one asking me what I’m cooking for dinner.
But we clearly deserve more than just a day to celebrate all the work we do for our families. Motherhood is a full-time job where we work all three shifts. No real vacation or sick leave, and the pay is less than acceptable compared to all the tasks and responsibilities.
2020 was a year like no other, and 2021 is equally complicated. It’s filled with tremendous uncertainty despite our attempts to get back to some semblance of normalcy. If this global pandemic has taught us anything, it has taught us to cherish relationships, find the good, how to shift, the importance of self-care, and the need to regularly and intentionally nurture our mental health.
Let’s switch things up in 2021. In the aftermath of Mother’s Day, I challenge all moms to keep finding the good within ourselves. Let’s keep celebrating. Continue to love on yourself. Continue to admire your beauty and your strength encompassed in bodies that have given birth, arms that have rocked babies to sleep, lips that have inspired and instilled confidence, and feet that have literally traversed miles and miles for their children.
You can still respect your post-kid body even when it’s not quite where you want it to be. Dress up or keep it casual, messy bun or a head full of bouncy girls, bold red lip or clear lip gloss–none of it really matters. But just keep doing you and what brings your heart joy.
Wear the swimsuit. Take all the pictures. Schedule dinner with your mommy tribe and date night with your partner. Plan the vacation with and without your kids. Holidays or not, just promise me that you won’t stop celebrating the incredible, gorgeous, amazing YOU.