Sooooo, we were ‘liberated’ forty or so years ago and made able to join our male counterparts in the workforce. Yipee! Don’t get me wrong, I love that I am able to earn, and strive and create every day. I adore the fact that I can date whom I want because I actually like who they are, rather than having to focus on ‘marrying well.’ With the fast pace of business today, the big challenge I find may be one I share with all my sisters, and that is in remembering I am a queen.
Do you know what I mean? In a brutally competitive, get-something-accomplished-in-every-second environment, we can easily lose ourselves. Do you ever feel beat up or brutish by the end of the day? Ha – I just mistakenly ended that last sentence with a period. It probably should be a statement, but we’ll just go with rhetorical question. Make no mistake my dears, you are all queens – perfect in every way. I would love this blog piece to go on to talk about how we should take one day each week to lavish ourselves in all things girly and fun. But, alas, I’m too practical for that. I regain my queenliness in moments — you know – a moment here, a moment there.
Steal your queenly moments. Here’s how:
• In the morning, take your time in choosing an outfit and the perfect pashmina to dramatically toss over your shoulder.
• At lunch, slowly wander through a big shoe store, surveying the merchandise in Imelda Marcos fashion. Be sure to stop and seriously ponder a fantastically frivolous pair that may (or may not) go with anything in your closet. Also, take care to peer down your nose in disdain at the especially ugly ones.
• Take a few moments in the middle of the day to touch up your makeup and perfume (preferably one of mine:).
• Stop to admire a neighbor’s flower garden. If they are outside, tell them what a great job they are doing.
• At night, slick an olive oil conditioner on your hair, wrap it up in Seran wrap and do it up in a turban, warm towel right out of the dryer – ala Doris Day, darlings! Okay, I know what you are thinking, let’s go all out – this begs the face mask, cucumber on the eyes, fuzzy robe and slippers. And I say, yes sister, you are exactly right. Amen and hallelujah!
• Light a fragrant candle (again, I know a great brand:), close your eyes and meditate for a few minutes, just focus on your breath and nothing else.
• Make a cup of hot tea and leisurely look through one of those high-gloss, over-sized fashion magazines.
Make Life Miraculous,
Sandy Munnerlyn Bell
This fantastic chalk drawing is titled Just a Dream, by Annika Secker. It makes me think of one more tip – A soak in a warm bath with some old school R&B playing in the background. Please feel free to hit the yellow comment button and chime in with your tip for reclaiming queendom.