Dear Mothers

Big flowers on my green blouse – this is what I wanted to name this post. But after 30 seconds of pondering over, it felt awkward. Moving on..
Today I specially want to connect with my mom-friends. This post is dedicated to all the mothers. We are super-heroes, each one of us. All the hardships that we go through, from the minute we conceive to giving birth and then raising our babies. The struggle, the hardwork never ends. Once a mother, always a mother. We will always worry about our children, no matter how old they get. However sometimes, while mothering we start losing ourselves. Inch by inch, everyday, we keep letting go of our original self until one day when it’s too late.

So today, I would like you to Stop what you are doing and think about it. Are you one of those mothers who has stopped loving herself? Have you stopped cooking for yourself (by which I mean something that YOU like, not what the family wants)? Have you stopped dressing up nice? Have you stopped taking time out for a hobby or any activity that you previously enjoyed? Well, if the answer to any of these questions is a yes, then my friend there is a problem. This is not OK. We must love ourselves first, take care of ourselves first, only then will be able to love our children and live a happy life. ‘Happy’ is the key word here. Are you happy? Like REALLY happy? This happiness should not be because you gave birth. This happiness should be because you love your life, because you have not given up your ‘true self’ to be a mother.
Often I see mothers who are always, like ALWAYS dressed up in sweats or black head-to-toe. And rarely this is because they like black color. Usually it is because black hides their curves and makes them look thin. They think their bodies are not beautiful anymore since giving birth and hence do not deserve pretty clothes.
May I request you to please, please not do that to yourself. If anything, we must love and appreciate our bodies even more now. It goes through so much pain to bring a new life in to this world. Our bodies are so, so strong. And that is why I think all mothers are superheroes.
All of you is beautiful. Even those sagging breasts and the wide waistline – all these tell a beautiful story. The story of bringing a new life to this world. How can that be ugly in any way? Look at yourself from your child’s eyes – For them you are THE MOST BEAUTIFUL being in the entire world. Their eyes light up when you enter the room. Don’t they? Would you like them to grow up seeing you hating or criticizing your body? Instead we want our sons and daughters to be confident and humble in every way possible. If not for yourself, do it for them. Our children are seeing us, observing us, learning from us. They are observing every minute thing we say and do. We can’t let them grow up thinking only skinny is beautiful. We can’t let them think their mother hates her body since giving birth to them!
So let’s just change this. If not today, then when? If not us, then who? Let’s just start from dressing up nice everyday. Embrace your curves. Love your body. Don’t eat junk, workout regularly (remember they are watching us). Say good things about yourself. Think positive. Cook for yourself. Go back to that art class, gardening or reading or whatever you like to do. Take time out for yourself. Go shopping. Meet with your girlfriends. Just do what makes you happy!
In my humble opinion, body confidence is one of the best gifts we can give to our children, but it has to come from within us. And actions speak louder than words.

Dear mother – you are beautiful. Every inch of you. πŸ™‚

Blouse: New York & Company | Jeans: Loft | Bag: Wilsons Leather | Earrings: Target

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The Fun of Life

I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome this summer is going for me. But before that, let me thank you all for your immense support and feedback with regards to my last post. I’m glad so many of you enjoyed reading it.
Coming back to today’s post, my mom is in town (well she has been for a while), and time is just flying. Everyday is so much fun. Now that a cute Little Missy has also joined our (ladies) club, fun has multiplied tenfold, if I may say. πŸ˜‰
I have so many pictures memories to share with you all, and I will, I promise, it’s just that I try to give my daughter my undivided attention. Even if that means some time off from social media. Their is no fun in life if you don’t live in the moment, am I right? πŸ™‚

Linen Tunic: Gap | Skirt: Target | Shoes: DSW | Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Finally Gave In

I gave in. Finally. I had to. After all these months of resistance, I gave in and bought a pair (actually two!) of maternity jeans. Initially I thought of not wearing denim pants at all once the bump starts increasing. I thought I would simply rely on my linen pants, loose fitting dresses and stretchable skirts etc. But then, there were days when I really missed wearing a good pair of jeans. I used to look at the pile of my regular (now old) jeans, and sigh.. thinking when will I be able to wear them again! Since all my regular pants are no where close to my waist-line anymore! So I finally took a deep breath and brought two pairs – a skinny fit (my choice) and a boot cut fit (husband’s choice).
The only thing holding me back was that these pants won’t be of much use to me post-delivery, but then I ready of a lot of blogs, where women talked about wearing the maternity pants way after their deliveries (since obviously the belly doesn’t go back to ‘flat’ the next day of delivery). Well that made sense and so here it is!
P.S. Your girl is 21 weeks preggo here! The jeans and the loose blouse are hiding the bump quite nicely, I must say.
P.P.S. Every week it feels like I’m achieving a new milestone. To think of it, I keep getting closer to holding my babe in my arms. πŸ™‚

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Blouse: Express | Maternity Jeans: Jessica Simpson via Macy’s | Watch: Fossil | Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Shoes: Moda Spana via DSW | Necklace: Gifted

Crisp Mornings

I love these crisp Fall mornings we are having here lately, which is also the best time to go for a run! The incredible feeling when my lungs get filled with fresh, fall, crisp morning air – Oh!Β My whole day gets better. Fall, oh Fall, why can’t you stay forever..

The other day I was talking to my husband and I told him (actually put my foot down), that when we build our dream home, it should have a gym of my own, and no it can’t be in the garage or in the basement. I want a proper ventilated gym! Yes. Generally I like to workout in the open (because I do a lot of HIIT stuff), and hit the gym only when I have to lift weights. I even installed a door way pull up bar at home a month back. Not only that, I keep free weights and a yoga mat handy in my Car trunk (so that I can workout anywhere, if I want to)! Fitness is an obsession, a way of life now. I don’t think I can ever go back to being the same girl I used to be in school (who used to sit at the corner and watch while others used to play in the field). This journey has been great! Umm.. I am still not where I ‘want’ to be! But, what is the point in being satisfied with where you are, we all should set high (achievable) goals for ourselves. And I have a long way to go, my friends. But the plus side isΒ I feel I am getting younger every day (no kidding)! πŸ™‚

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Here, jazzing up a plain black maxi with a denim waist jacket, wedges and big earrings!

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Dress: Old Navy | Jacket: Papaya | Wallet: Aldo | Sandals: DSW | Earrings: Mexico | Watch: Fossil