I am a hu(wo)man.

What is it about being a woman that we are expected to appear "put together" all of the time?

Recently, I have come across so many blogs for women written by women on topics like how to look your best in casual-wear to go to the grocery store. Admittedly, I am guilty of reading these articles and taking the tips a little too seriously, but the most recent article I read made me think twice about the value we as women give to our physical appearance. The article was titled something like, “how to look put together in 15 minutes” with tips like, “shower,” “brush your hair because no one can pull off the bed-head look in real life,” and “ iron your clothes.” The very obvious tip, "shower," offended me, as if I need to be told I need to bathe. Also, I am pretty sure that I cannot do all three in 15 minutes much less all ten that were on that list. 

I have my personal routine down to 17-20 minutes.

    7 minutes in the shower (10 minutes if I have to shave my legs/underarms)
+ 5-plus minutes to put on clothes (3 outfit changes max depending on how bloated I feel that day)
+ 5 minutes to put on makeup (face lotion, bb cream, bronzer, chapstick, eyebrow pencil, DONE)
= 17-20 minutes

I am sure you noticed that "doing" my hair and brushing my teeth are not a part of the routine.
And you're right, it's because I don't.

WHEW. I feel like I just aired out my dirty laundry. 

Do I really have to feel ashamed about this, though, as if I just told my deepest darkest secret? And in the first place, why do I feel ashamed of what works for me?
I am only human... We all are!

Can we all just pause for a second and shout this out? 
Repeat after me:


"I AM HUMAN!"
     You: "I AM HUMAN!”

“I AM WOMAN!"
     You: “I AM WOMAN!”

“I AM A DAUGHTER OF THE KING."
     You: “I AM A DAUGHTER OF THE KING.”

“MY HEART IS MADE BEAUTIFUL WITH CHRIST."
     You: “MY HEART IS MADE BEAUTIFUL WITH CHRIST.”

“I AM BEAUTIFUL."
     You: “I AM BEAUTIFUL.”


What I do to get ready in the morning, what I wear to go to the grocery store, whether or not I have on make up, if I choose sneakers instead of high heels because I want to be comfortable, none of it matters. And it also does not matter if I am "put together" the next day, wearing a new dress and lipstick because I feel confident in it.

I am loved by the Father and He has made me in His image.

 
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No matter what.