It’s no secret that when we look good, we feel good. We’ve all heard that before, but honestly, just writing it gives me the feeling that I’m talking in clichés that mean nothing and it kinda gives me the icks. I mean, in my mind the only people that put “looking good” that high on their to-do list are obviously people with too much time on their hands, right? And they probably all have their plastic surgeon on speed dial, or, they live at the gym and loooove building up a sweat. Not exactly the person I see when I look in the mirror, ya know?
But here’s the secret. It’s not about those things. I mean, if plastic surgery or loving the gym are your thing- more power to you! But if you’re just who YOU are, doing YOUR thing- working, chasing kids, running errands, going to school, dealing with the crap life sometimes throws your way- there is NO reason you can’t also be an individual that proves the sentiment “When you look good, you feel good.” Really. It’s actually easier than you think. As one of our current Muchness challengers recently wrote “…now I see the difference between being selfish and just simply being nice to yourself.”
Here are 5 reasons why something as small as happy nail polish can actually enhance your mood- on the inside:
1- You can make your Muchness Meter Ding like mad!
Ya know that feeling you get when you come across a picture or color and you instinctively go “Oooh! I like that!”? Well, that’s what I like to call your Muchness Meter, and it’s going “DING!” Here’s the thing- you can actually recreate that little jolt MUCHNESS dozens- if not hundreds of times throughout the day just by wearing toe nail polish in a color you love! Every single time you look down at your toes it’ll be like “ding-ding-ding-ding…” (this same concept holds true for fingernails, and pants, even cute little colorful under-things- though you’ll see them less frequently. 😉 )
4- You are giving yourself something muchy to think about- namely, what MUCHNESS are you gonna wear tomorrow?
When we get stuck in a thought loop, the same ideas and words can toss around in our heads for hours, or days- even months or years. Early on in my grief I’d spend my time letting really sad and upsetting thoughts live in my head. In truth- I needed to deal with those thoughts and I needed to allow them to work their way through my brain so could move to the next stage of healing. But at some point I was ready to start setting those thoughts free. But what else was I going to think about while walking to and from the bus station and my office? During that walk, I was so used to entertaining thoughts about my sadness and grief – I didn’t even know what else to think about! So, I thought about sparkles. And nail polish and tutus and cute shoes. And those things made me smile. Simple, but true. Ask yourself what makes you smile? Then think about those things more.
5- And the number 5 reason why wearing something Muchy on the outside makes you feel good on the inside?
Because You are taking care of you.
Oh, I know— another chiché about women… we put everyone else before ourselves. Funny thing about clichés… they’re often so true. So, maybe you don’t have to time to go to the gym on a regular basis, Maybe you’re not interested plastic surgery, and maybe you ate the kid’s leftover chicken nuggets for dinner because that’s all you had time for… that’s life and we do what we can. Taking a moment each day to focus on your own muchtasicness will benefit you and everyone around you! You will feel better, happier, your kids will benefit, your husband will benefit, your job will benefit.
Well, it’s not something I can wear “soon” bc I’m in the midst of losing 60lbs to get back into it BUT I plan to show off this cute Hawaiian print dress I bought for my honeymoon 8 years ago! I’m down 20 and have 40 to go for the big reveal!
Great message! I sometimes forget that it’s actually simple :). I think a shopping trip for some muchy clothes are in order for me.
Tova, you nailed it. And all your reasons are important.
Lately I havem’t been wearing too many of my sequin or shiny clothes….I’m 17? weeks now. And feeling the belly. But I think I do need to search for some muchy pregnant clothes. And because they don’t exist or are endangered, maybe I need to make my own. PS. Hubby made me a sewing table upstairs and moved all the other things out of the room so I have a sewing room that I don’t have to share with the craft/laundry room anymore. Which, is pretty much my heaven, once I get it organized. And I haven’t been to that muchy fabric store in a couple months. It’s sad, really. I need to scout it out.
I must say, however, I have sparkly eyeliner that I wear on a daily basis, just because I’m naked without shiny.