Do you feel GUILTY for pampering yourself?

So, it's been one of those days. 

You set your phone alarm for PM instead of AM. The kids didn't get out to the bus in time. were late to that important meeting at work. That important project deadline was moved up to TOMORROW. And then you got the "call" from your kids' school. Your son fell off the monkey bars and likely needs stitches. What?! Today?!

I would venture to say we've all experienced a hectic, non-stop, everything-that-could-go-wrong-did-go-wrong day. In some seasons of life, they happen far more frequently than we care to admit.

So why do we feel guilty for taking care of ourselves? 

Why don't we take time to relax when we can? 

Why do we tell ourselves that we CAN'T get that pedicure? Or that massage? Or that new outfit? Or that fancy lotion?

Mothers, especially, feel like they have to put their own needs on the back burner for their kids...or their spouses...or their friends...or their parents...and...the list goes on and on. Who are "the people" that we allow to put this notion in our minds that it's wrong to put ourselves first every once in a while?

I don't have the answer, but I will tell you that the benefits to taking care of yourself and--dare I say it?--even PAMPERING yourself FAR outnumber the reasons NOT to.

Does a bubble bath relax you at the end of the day? Then gosh darn it, take one!

Does a mani/pedi make you feel more feminine and confident? Then make that appointment!

Does a massage relieve your stress and actually change your mood? Then do it!

Do you feel stress relief from the aroma of a brand new soap or lotion and how it makes your skin feel? Then get some of our soaps and lotions! <-- See what we did there? :)

But seriously, STOP letting the negative "voices" in your head tell you that it's not OK to pamper YOU. 

You will be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, employee and neighbor when you take time to refuel. 

And remember, how you treat yourself is how you are inviting the world to treat you. You set the standard others will follow.