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When people first meet me, they usually try to segment me one way or another. I’ve heard things varying from, “Oh, you’re so quiet! Are you shy?” to “You are so outgoing, I love it!” How do those things even match up? Why do we have to be one thing or another?
Let’s go into this further, shall we?
People after they get to know me will say, “You are so not what I expected” or something to the extent of that. They have often said at first, “I don’t know what to think of you!” and when I ask what that means (because honestly, what is that supposed to mean??), they say that they just don’t know how to categorize me… Whaaaat? Why do we need to categorize people? Very rarely have I met someone and they fit a stereotype to the exact description. And why do they have to? They don’t. But it makes life easier for us to stereotype people or judge them just by looking at them.
Many times have I thought something about someone when I first looked at them, and they turned out to be something completely different. So hey, I’m guilty too! But when you stereotype someone, you don’t give them a chance to show you who they really are.
They’re too young to judge or know stereotypes. They just go about their ways and find common interests. Let’s picture that with adults.
Put ten adults into a classroom with a few toys and they won’t move. They’ll look around and create ideas of the other people in the room. They might say something to their neighbor about what’s going on, why they’re there, but probably not.
Follow Up Lesson
What’s the difference between the kids and adults? It’s plain to see that we learn as we grow to judge people. We look at what they’re wearing, what their hair looks like, what their face looks like, how they act. Then we choose what stereotype they best fit. We best categorize ourselves, and then we talk to those who we think are most like us. Bam. True story!
Why am I doing this post? Mostly because I’m so tired of being judged as one thing or another. Why can’t I be everything that I am and not have to be grouped into one stereotype or another? I fight with this battle as a blogger because I want to be so many things to you guys, but I don’t want to confuse you. “Oh I thought she was a MOM blogger, but she like doesn’t even have kids!” Yeah, I’m aware. “Then how does she even know what kids like?” Really? I have to be a mom to know what kids like or how they think? I don’t have any nieces or nephews, neighbors, or youth that I mentor? Why do I have to be a mom to be able to write about kids? That’s just stupid.
“All she wears when I see her is yoga pants and baggy tops. She knows nothing about fashion.” Really? You’re right, a person can’t ever get out of jeans and bedazzled tops or else they are not stylish. I can’t imagine what Rachel Zoe wears to bed if this is the case.
Anyways, I’m getting carried away. The main point is, try to be less judgmental. Am I saying to stop stereotyping and just befriend everyone? No. I’m not. If you see a man running at you in a black ski mask and his hand in his front coat pocket, you have my permission to stereotype him as a crazy man and get your pepperspray ready.
What I am saying, is that just because you think someone might be one thing, give them a chance to show you whether you are right or wrong. Doesn’t that sound easy enough? Then why don’t we do it?
Food for thought.
You guys have heard all about my puppy over the last couple months. Some good things, and some of my frustrations (okay, let’s be serious here, most of them frustrations lol) But I’ve learned a few things from her believe it or not… Let’s take a walk down puppy lane.
1) Everything is exciting. No seriously. That tennis ball? Whoooop!! Throw that sucker, let’s see what happens!!
2) Never lay down when you can be doing something. Why lay down and relax when there are garbage cans to get into, shoes to be chewed, rugs to poop on… Get up, get moving!
3) Life is too wonderful to walk. We gotta run! We gotta sniff! Live life to the max. Yolo. No really, my dog said ‘Yolo’ right there. She’s really hip.
4) Exercise every day. Okay this one, for real. All that energy has got to go somewhere! Do you want it to go into running and jumping on the furniture and chewing up pillows? Or would you rather it be that half hour walk that we all should take anyways? Get your butt in gear.
5) Be social. Big dog, little dog, heck even that cat down the street is fair game. I want to talk to all of them!! I need to meet them. Now! Do you smell that? I smell a new friendship blooming.
6) Wear your heart on your sleeve. Or your fur, or wherever you want to wear it. If you love something, wag that tail! If you love someone, show them. If something upsets you, bark! Dogs don’t hold their feelings back. Neither should we (most of the time).
7) Never underestimate the power of sleep. Dogs get more rest in one day than I probably do all week. We don’t take time to rest our bodies, and give ourselves the break we need. Take a moment to relax. You’ve earned it.
Lessons courtesy of my dog, I’m merely the translator.
Sarah (and Luna)
If you are in the Minneapolis area, check out our segment on Twin Cities Live, Channel 5 at 3:00pm TODAY!!! I’ll be talking freezer meals – and as always, we’re talking quick, easy and inexpensive!
I got the idea to do this post when I continued to get comments on how put together I always look so soon after having a baby! I love all the sweet comments and it makes me feel so much better, especially since I still have about 20 pounds of “baby weight” to lose! If only they knew how easy my routine is to get out the door!!! Here are my secrets to making it out the door looking put together in UNDER 10 MINUTES!
- Get a low-maintenance hair cut. My newborn does not like being put down so I have a very limited amount of time each day where I have 2 hands to work with. This pretty much means I can throw doing my hair out the window! With my low-maintenance haircut, all I need is a comb, at most!
- Brush your teeth right when you get up (even if it means baby has to cry for 2 minutes). Being in dentistry, I hate walking around (even at home) without having my teeth brushed. I do it right when I get up in the morning and I don’t have to worry about it the rest of the day.
- Have a good selection of cute, comfy clothes. One of the most important things about choosing clothes for the postpartum period, for me, is functionality. The last thing I want to worry about is being uncomfortable or feeling like I can’t move with 2 little ones in tow. But I’m not talking about sweatpants and sweatshirts (leave those for home)! Think *Leggings or jeggings *Black yoga pants *Cute cotton v-neck t-shirts *Cardigans *Cotton dresses (weather permitting). These are all cute and functional. Just be sure they are clean!!!
- Change into cute clothes right before leaving the house. This is a continuation on my last point of keeping your clothes clean! Leave the grungy sweats and tops for home where they can get covered in spit-up, pee, poop, and breast milk without having to stress. When you are about ready to leave the house, put on your clean, cute clothes!
- Complete your outfit with cute flats, sandals or heels. Nothing screams frumpy mom like going out in your white tennis shoes (sorry, but that’s not cute)! Trade in those tennis shoes for some comfy flats, or if it is just a quick trip, throw on some sassy heals!
- Add some fun accessories! Spruce up your outfit with some cute earings, a fun necklace or a pretty scarf. It only takes a couple seconds to throw on and it instantly looks like you spent a good amount of time getting ready to go. I have a couple staple pairs of earings and necklaces that I can throw on quickly. They are super cute and go with most outfits. A pretty scarf can also add instant pizzazz to your outfit.
- Keep a bag of go-to makeup. For me this is *concealer, *mascara and *foundation. Keep it in a small makeup bag and do your makeup in the car before you pull out of the driveway. This way, the kiddos are all loaded up and ready to go and you have 2 free hands to get it done in a flash! I also keep a *comb and *perfume in there that I can throw on!
There you have it! That is how I look “so put together” with a 2 year old and a newborn! My entire routine takes me UNDER 10 MINUTES! Do you have any awesome tips for how you get out the door looking fabulous?
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