NOTE: This post was originally published on Instagram. I am reposting and backdating it here as part of a historical series in order to preserve these meaningful memories and early motherhood thoughts and experiences in a way that is not tied to any social media platform.
This is something I’ve been wanting to do for some time. As we formally shelter in place in NYC, this project brings me happiness and a welcome break from the news.
I don’t think productivity works for everyone or needs to be our current goal, but for me what works are bursts of productivity in stolen moments, balanced with quiet time, attempts at meditation, family snuggles, play time, trying to keep this now 2-year-old child stimulated and learning, binging on our grown-up shows once he’s asleep, snacking, building community and creating content for Señor Lechuga Hot Sauce, family meals, some form of exercise even if just a walk around the block, and looking to see if there are ways, no matter how small, in which we can help improve the situation. Every day for us is a different mix of this. 🖤
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.”
Could have spent my energy worrying about unbelievable postpartum hair shedding or whether my belly will ever look exactly the same as it did before or if I’ll find time to tone up before baring all in a bikini.
But instead I spent it loving on my beautiful boy and my beautiful husband and our awesome friends and their awesome kids. We had a great day!
Having your own identity is so important as a woman experiencing motherhood and I of course am a big believer in self-investment that goes beyond surface vanity, but as these fleeting thoughts cross my mind, I just don’t have the time or space to let them linger.
For new moms struggling with all these changes, physical and emotional, try in those moments getting lost in all the love.
It won’t take away the challenges but it will give perspective on them, which will soften how you see them and also how you treat yourself. Keep your face towards the sunshine.
Originally posted on April 15, 2018
NOTE: This post is not sponsored. All thoughts are unbiased and my own. All photos and content are property of Lauren Cosenza Beauty LLC.
Lauren Cosenza consults for top brands, websites, and magazines and serves as a trusted beauty/fashion/mom expert, a brand ambassador, an on-camera personality and spokesperson, a creative director, a published editorial contributor and writer, the creator and owner of DIVAlicious®, the creator and owner of BEAUTYfull®, a product junkie and an insatiable beauty and style seeker — with a former life at Cosmopolitan, Shape and Bustle/BDG brands. She currently runs Señor Lechuga Hot Sauce with her husband and baby boy as the Co-Founder + Head of Brand.