If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember seeing this post where I mentioned a really cool lady I saw out one night last week (getting ice cream, actually!) who just really inspired me! She was probably about 85 years old if I had to guess. She had thick gray hair pulled back in a sleek bun, an a-line red midi dress on, and was wearing some pretty cute thick-soled beige tennis shoes. She had bright red lips and just exuded confidence. A handsome older gentleman, who I’m assuming was her husband, wore a good looking plaid button up shirt and some red thick-rimmed glasses. They were adorable! They were in line in front of our family getting ice cream, and after they got their order, and had taken a seat to enjoy it together, I watched them walk out arm in arm, just so in love. (Total #GOALS!) This couple was awesome, but even moreso, that lady was awesome. One thing that I noticed, although it didn’t stand out to me at first, was that she had some pretty intense varicose veins. But you know what? She didn’t try to cover them up. She was super confident in every single aspect of her look.
I felt ultra inspired, because with this pregnancy, my varicose veins (which I had while pregnant with Lily Ryan, but went away like moments after I gave birth) came back at 11 weeks. SUPER early. I’ve been pretty self conscious about them because, well… They’re not pretty! I only wore pants and maxi skirts/dresses for a couple of weeks. But then I decided that I was not gonna let that little bit of “ugly” get in my way. What I see as ugly just might inspire someone else. Just like the lady at the ice cream shop inspired me.
So I’ve decided that, for at least a little while longer, I’m going to ignore those ugly veins and continue on as if they aren’t there. Getting dressed while pregnant is already challenging enough, so I’m going to embrace the changes in my body — even the ones I don’t like — and do my best! Plus, all of this is a fabulous reminder that true, sincere confidence doesn’t come from anything outward anyway! Real confidence comes from knowing we were created in the image of a perfect God, who loves us very much, and who doesn’t make mistakes.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” Jeremiah 17:7
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For now, I’ll continue with some creative layering to dress this sweet baby who is really showing up these days. Maxi skirts and pants everyday might just have to wait until I get prescribed some of those beautiful prescription compression hose! 😉
It means the world to me that you chose to stop in today!! Thank you so much! Now I would love to hear any stories that you may have similar to my older lady in the ice cream shop story! Who else has been randomly inspired like that? I need all the details!!
Y’all are the best!! XO!