The Dressing Room

Ladies, you know for most of us we dread the dressing room. It is this dingy horribly-lit private place to look at your body from all angles whilst knowing half the clothes you brought in will probably not fit well, and you foresee at least two more trips back in your shopping future . You held them up at the rack, you chose the sizes you normally wear, yet when you go into that dressing room…

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On this occasion I’m standing in the dressing room at Target about to try on jeans. They’re a brand I already have a few pairs of so I’m feeling hopeful. I had the size I usually wear and one size up. I decided to try on the bigger size first because I thought they’d be bigger, and that would feel good.

It didn’t. They were insanely tight! I did the standard squats to see if they’d loosen up a bitpants-too-tight-cartoon-final-cropped but they stayed sticking to my skin. I checked the tag to see if I misread the size, but the bigger number stared back at me.

And then I felt bad.

I peeled the jeans off and frowned over at the smaller-sized pair. I told myself to try them on anyway. Maybe if I could squeeze into them to feel the discomfort of the tightness it would motivate me to change my ways immediately. I could scold myself mentally as well while I stared in the mirror. A kind of punishing act I guess?

Except,

they fit.

They fit perfectly.

I shook my head and chuckled at my reflection.

I was so amused by what happened that I immediately posted to my Facebook women’s group about my experience and the troubles of shopping for clothes. There were comments upon comments with women sharing similar points of view.

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It is all those thoughts that go on in our mind when we look into the mirror, and feel confused about what we are trying on. It’s that confusion that makes us doubt, and the doubt that can turn into negative thinking.

I decided it was time to get out of there, and with another light laugh I left my negative thoughts in the dressing room.

I waved goodbye to my insecurities, and doubts. Because I understood that it was ridiculous for me to make sense of how I felt about my body based on clothes that didn’t make any sense when on my body. Made by people who may not generally come down to the dressing room, and make sense of the average female’s experience alone in there.

I decided that in the future, any decisions I came to around where to take my physical appearance would not be made in the dressing room.

And then I felt good.

Maggie xo

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Being Weird: 2nd Attempt

Alright! Here’s hoping this one goes through…

Below are a list of ways that I, and other awesome women I have had the privilege of knowing are owning and sharing our weird “things” we do.

I am certain this will be an enjoyable read for all.

Because let’s be real,

there will inevitably be some things on here that

YOU don’t fall too far behind from,

Or are right there with us on.

15 Somethings that are Weird

1. I move my feet around when I’m eating something I really love.

2. I have a song I sing to one of my cats (which I will never share with anyone).

3. I watch the movie Enchanted about once a month because I like the songs, and the feeling of fairy tales coming true. Patrick Dempsey ain’t too shabby either…

4. If someone is standing too close to me while I’m shopping I sometimes call them a space invader. Out loud. To their face.

5. When I finish a book I hug it.

6. Memorizing and smoothly executing an E-40 line empowers, and very much amuses me.

7. The calories or time of my workouts have to end in a 0 or a 5…any psych majors out there?2nd_pose1

8. I sleep comfortably  in the tree pose…

9. Sometimes I check my Facebook on my phone. While I am on it on my laptop.

and it’s open next to me on my Kindle.

From followers via Facebook:

10. “I walk around every time I’m on the phone talking with someone.” ~Amanda

11. “Me too! I always pace on the phone. And I talk to myself when alone. And then I talk to myself, telling myself to stop talking to myself, because it’s WEIRD.” ~Anjali

12. “Didn’t realize I did this until my husband pointed it out but I shake my foot/leg when I am sleepy. I guess in attempt to keep myself awake? Lol” ~Vanessa

13.  I move my toes while watching TV or a movie. Weird, I know!! Lol” ~Jessica

14. “When I get excited about something, my nose gets super itchy for some reason. Oh- and I talk to myself……frequently.” ~Toneka

15. “Sound effects while I drive lol. Talk to myself. Sing by myself while I drive.” ~Christina

Christina-good to know I’m not the only one who puts on concerts in the car!

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Maggie xo

Eek!

Well well well…
I am sitting in the mall typing this out as it seems this lovely site did not save the final product of my blog!
So the email you received was my first baby draft. Now you caught a glimpse of my process…I end then start!
This is one of those times I don’t feel as much blessed as stressed, but it will pass…
Retail therapy!

Maggie xo

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