Trying to get ready for an evening out can sometimes be an incredibly trying experience, with ever eager children underfoot In fact, it's the reason I don't bother trying to put on make up every single day. But today it struck me just how precious these moments are.
While it may drive me crazy to no end for my daughter to be under my feet and into ALL of my make-up, the fact is that she's doing it because she wants to me like me. She wants to be a woman and have all the accessories and fun that women do.
Not only that but I realized that these are the moments where I have the opportunity to teach her that she doesn't NEED make up, that curves are OK and that it's our individual features that make us unique and beautiful. Not the mascara wands and hot rollers.
If there is anything I could change about myself it would be my self confidence. If I could go back and do it again it wouldn't take me 28 years to start embracing my curves instead of trying to cover them. I would change that constant nagging in my head that I'm not thin enough, not pretty enough, my hair isn't long enough, etc. I would go back and tell myself what my daughter told me while getting ready, "Mom, you're perfect just the way you are."
Hopefully now I can teach my daughter all the things that it took me so long to learn. Although, by the sounds of it, she's off to a much better start than I was.
A couple weeks ago I did the bride's hair and make-up at a local Nashville wedding. I'm happy with the way it turned out. Of course, it's easy when you have such a beautiful bride to work with!
These photos are by Sam Butler, whom I had the pleasure of meeting that weekend. He's a rather good photog from England, you can check out his work here! http://www.sambutlerphotography.co.uk/