I’m the first to admit that I used to be a bit of a diva. It used to take me a good hour or more to get ready in the mornings (make that 2 if I was going out at night). In my pre-mum life, you name it and it had to be perfect – from my hair, to my career, to my body, to my food. I liked perfection, in myself, and strived for it. I was highly strung and without a doubt high maintenance.
Oh how things have changed since I’ve become a mum! These days, I’m what you could consider ‘low maintenance’. Well, in all honesty, my husband probably wouldn’t quite agree that I’ve changed COMPLETELY – but I do know that, as my priorities have changed, so have my high maintenance ways.
1. I'm happier with less.
Once I was all about “I need this latest, greatest piece of clothing/technology/car” etc. Shopping made me very happy. Now, I am less materialistic. Yes, I still love to shop but if I do want things nine times out of ten it’s something for my kids not myself. I have the most fun just hanging at home or at the beach with my husband and kids. No purchasing or expense required.
2. I can get ready in a third of the time.
My daily routine used to be epic. These days a shower longer than two minutes is a luxury. Most days it’s a quick splash followed by deodorant, mascara, a bit of concealer, hair in a bun and out the door. If I have to wash my hair, that requires planning and has to be done while the children are asleep. If I’m wearing full makeup, you know it’s for a special occasion and that shit took effort - so you better bloody appreciate it!
3. I’m a cheap date.
Once upon a time, I knew all the ‘hot spots’ and always had a new designer outfit to wear when I went out. Now, if a date consists of just a movie on the couch and a nice red wine I'm chuffed. If it’s uninterrupted and means I can lounge around, sign me up. If I do get to go out for dinner, two wines is all it takes to get me tipsy. And even if the meal is bad, it’s a whole lot better than the toast or omelette that is my dinner way too frequently.