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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ode to the Big O

And by O I am referring to Oprah Winfrey. What were you thinking? Okay, now that we’ve cleared that up I want to talk about being a mom. For me and I am sure for many mothers being Mom has taken precedence over every other title held in life. I am Renée yes, but mommy first. I am wifey but even hubby calls me Mommy. College grad, Masters degree holder, Consultant - Mommy, Mommy, Mommy. So while I still maintain some semblance of my former life: independent, world traveler, spontaneous, fit and fabulous; I am truly a shadow of my former self.

I sat here pondering that for a few moments and realize that it doesn't have to be this way. There is no reason for me to go down the path that Gabrielle of Desperate Housewives is taking. I mean, have you seen her? The former high paid model turned mommy of two looks like your worst mommy moment nightmare. She admitted to Carlos that she is glad he is blind and can't see her! I truly believe that she is going to get her act together and I am working on mine too.

In honor of my former self I am having an O moment. You know how Oprah is on every cover of her magazine? And every month you ask- what gives Oprah? Well, clearly she has struggled with her body image and I think she uses the cover to honor herself.

So at risk of being seen as a narcissist, I am channeling Oprah and posting a recent picture of me that I think looks fabulous.


One day in the near future I will look like this everyday. And be 50 pounds lighter to boot! Thanks for the inspiration Oprah!

If you don't take the time to look great everyday why don't you try your hand at an Oprah moment. Post a picture of yourself that you love. Let me know when you do so I can see you in all of your glory. Let's call it "I Love Myself Meme." I can't wait to see the photos.

And speaking of shameless self-promotion, Cutie Booty Cakes is being featured today on Bizziemommy.com. Check it out!





117 comments:

San Diego Momma said...

Beautiful. Great color on you too. I hope you wear it often.
And what's this 50 pounds crap????

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Gorgeous! You look fabulously fabulous! It is easy to lose ourselves under the many hats we wear (or the pounds we gain) I know. Thanks for reminding me. Narcissism? Pssht-if you want something done right, sometimes you gotta do it yourself! :P Look for my pic coming soon to a sidebar near you!

Sage and Savvy said...

Fabulous indeed!

I love your posts...always so inspirational and enlightening.

As for my own picture...maybe one day I'll be brave enough to post one... =).

lilialately said...

That pic is gorgeous, and so are you, inside and out!

1stopmom said...

I agree with san diego momma, girl you look great!! I can't wait until I get the courage to post a picture of myself!!

Erin said...

I don't think you need to lose 10 pounds, let alone 50! I think this is a great meme. Unfortunately, I have no pictures on this computer.:( I'll have to dig around Snapfish and see what I can find.

mannequin said...

That is definitely your color! Actually, I honestly have not seen one picture of you that looked "questionable"!
You didn't lose yourself Renee, it's just all covered up in diapers and toys somewhere; you just gotta find it!

Jennifer said...

That is an awesome picture of you :-) I love it!!!!!

Rick said...

You do look great, but a big photo like that of me on my blog would only chase people away, and that kind of goes against what we're all blogging for - right?

Mandy said...

Great photo Renee and great idea! You made me laugh about your comments about O.

Amazing_Grace said...

What a beautiful woman you are! How I wished I looked as good as you. :)

ali said...

Last year was the first year of Kindergarten and I let the hectic schedule get to me and walked around in sweats and a ponytail with no makeup. This year I've done so much better and feel so much better as a result. I want my hubby and kids to want to show me off!

Heather said...

You, my dear, are GORGEOUS!! I love that picture.

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

That is a nice picture of you! You look great!

Jamie said...

You are beautiful! Great picture!!

just me... said...

Gorgeous photo and I loved the post too! I think you're right, as a Mom, we are ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME and have a hard time giving ourselves the chance to be ourselves. Of course we do it because we're being the selfless mothers that we need to be to our families, BUT:

We need to acknowledge of sense of Self, find a way to be fulfilled, content, and HAPPY with ourselves... otherwise, we're not being the great role models we want to be for our children, and we are not giving them our Very Best...

So don't call yourself Narcissistic, its imperative to look at yourself and love the person you are... that breeds self-confidence and provides a great role model for your children to follow your lead!

Nice post!

Judi "Jlo" Moran said...

Enjoyed your interview...you are one busy woman, Renee.
Your pic is great, too.
I will post a pic of me in the little, black dress when Tina nears. :)
PS: Thanks for sending readers to my post Hatred in Small-Town America - I appreciate the help in getting the message out.
Love,
Jlo

MyBrownBaby said...

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! And, er um, lose 50 lbs and you'll wilt away to nothing... and lose your man, whom I'm sure is QUITE HAPPY with his wife EXACTLY the way she is!

Ms. Bar B: said...

Look at Miss Glamorous!! Isn't it funny how everything changes when we feel good about ourselves??

I have been dreading doing a post like this because it is very true that once you become Mommy, that's just it. Even other people start referring to you as so and so's mommy, lol. Just a sign of how much we love our children, the self sacrifice that we are constantly making. But all hope is not lost. We are still the women we have always been and it is up to us to show the world.

I will definitely be tackling this photo meme this week!!

Kelly said...

lookin good! too bad i don't have a decent photo of myself. maybe i will photobooth one from my computer this weekend.

Melissa said...

Oh, I love this idea and with Wordful Wednesday right around the corner, I'm all set!

And Darhling? You look marhvelous....(said in my best Billy Crystal voice)

Soulflower said...

I love that picture! You look absolutely gorgeous. (Found your blog from my friend TheRFamilyDiaries, hope you don't mind me stopping by!) The blog looks great and I have a friend in Atl who is preggo - this would be a great gift!
Soulflower

fly tie said...

you've got a great face.

i've hear people take issue with oprah putting herself on the cover of all issues of her magazine. it's never phased me one way or the other, but i like your take on it: a way to honor herself.

Petula said...

Great idea! Your pic is hot! I'm going to do mine soon... uh, between now and Friday. This is something I work on. I try to dress cute and fab everyday, but I don't take the time to do the five-minute face.

Congrats on the interview. You rock as always.

Carol said...

I think you look fabulous!

There are pics of me all over my blog. Maybe not so many Oprah moments, but surely no mommy moment nightmares either, I hope.

Lookin' good!

Yolanda said...

You look fabulous and your hair is so beautiful! Love the idea of an Oprah moment, I certainly need to work on those (although I must say since locking my hair its a lot easier to feel great about the every day).

Vodka Mom said...

yeah, I love Oprah. AND, your pic is cool. AND, I'm a BIG fan of the big O. big fan.

Babette said...

Oh Renee, you look great! You don't need to lose weight but I do know how you feel because I feel the same way. LOL I'll see what I can come up with. :o)

Petra said...

What a fantastic picture! The picture of myself that I like the most is the one on my blog. Other than that, I haven't had any good shots lately--I tend to stay behind the camera!

karen(karooch from scraps of mind said...

Sensational pic of you. I hope you have it enlarged and in a magnificent frame.
Oprah is certainly an inspirational woman.

ermine and pearls said...

You look fab! I love your locs. I'm thinking someday soon, I'm gonna finally make the transition from loose natural hair to locs. We'll see.

Ronda's Rants said...

You look fabulous!!! So very pretty and I love your hair!!

Christie said...

BRAVO! Proud of you! Remember, all of those fabulous titles you hold would be absolutely NOTHING without the woman within!

angie said...

Congrats on your feature, and what a great "O" moment!

HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

you do look fabulous!!! You are gorgeous and I love the one of you and your little guy! Look at those beautiful teeth too!

anymommy said...

Um, gorgeous. Congratulations on the feature!

Solei said...

I know what you mean... I don't look my best everyday, and I always say tomorrow, tomorrow but it hasn't happened. Geez, I gotta get up off my sorry little behind and get made up. It does make us feel better and prettier. Which you look really nice btw.... And when you said a tribute to the Big O, I sooooo imagined it would be Oprah. LOOOOOVE her!!! What did everybody else think, lol????

Solei said...

=0D

jennifer said...

I have been thinking about this a lot. I don't understand why I don't take better care of myself. I need to. People can see me! I spend 30 minutes every morning getting my daughter ready. I should do the same.

I love your picture. You look wonderful. Maybe I'll make myself up and take a snapshot. Maybe if only to remind myself that I am still here. ; )

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