Our Keepsake Journal is Here! 🎉

I was born in 1982, which technically makes me a millennial—but just barely. My music growing up was more of the Spice Girls variety than Justin Bieber. I don’t ride an electric scooter to work, office out of a flex workspace, or purchase cars from Carvana. I also don’t snap pictures of my girlfriends and me holding hands with the caption “v, v ideal day tbh.” No, those are my kids’ babysitters, who are also millennials curiously.

I am the variety of millennial who grew up playing Oregon Trail in a computer lab at school, eating Flintstone Push-Ups while watching Saved By The Bell reruns, and eventually, when life really got good, logging out of AOL chats because my mom had to use the phone.

I would guess most old lady millennials like myself probably find themselves in many of the same precarious situations I do these days.

While the millennials bringing up the rear are busy polishing their engagement rings and dreaming up clever wedding hashtags, my variety of millennialsthe geriatric millennials or GMsare busy stuffing our post-baby muffin tops in mom jeans every time we have a minute to sit. And we are contending with the curiously new-shaped, slightly wrinkled, and sun-spotted selves in the mirror. We are just now learning that our side parts, skinny jeans, and emoji usage are all wrong.

RELATED: To The 30-Something Moms

I can’t confirm this personally, of course, but I’ve heard rumors some GMs must keep emergency tweezers in their cars at all times because the sunlight reveals black, wiry hairs in places no hair should live on a woman. Ever. I will say, the other day I found two white hairs in my eyebrows, much to my horror. At this rate, I’ll be submitting my application to be a mall Santa come next December.

Much like the stackable Russian nesting dolls, our 24-year-old selves are just inside the surface, and a bigger shell has been snapped on top. There are times I look in the rearview mirror at my three boys and question, for just a second, if they’re all really mine.

The new shell is good, but you have to get used to it.

I have wonderful girlfriends, and we remind ourselves of this over a glass of wine or chips and queso regularly. We have all experienced some of life’s knocks by now that make us “pick ourselves up by the bootstraps,” as my dad says. Those difficult things have ultimately made us better, more resilient versions of the women we were at 24. Our shared joys and sorrows give a richness to our lives we didn’t have even a decade ago. It was made us as individuals and our friendships more authentic. 

RELATED: Life is Too Short for Fake Cheese and Fake Friends

The truth is, our containers may feel unrecognizable at times, but all of the tanning, toning, waxing, highlighting, and manicuring in the world won’t take us back to the women we were before.

And I’m not convinced that’s what any of us actually want anyway.

Rather than looking back, I’m pretty sure we just need to look ourselves in the mirror with kinder eyes instead. Besides, if not us, then who will show the younger millennials that with just the right top, fun shoes, and great accessories, skinny jeans can be v, v cute!

Originally published on Southlake Style

So God Made a Mother book by Leslie Means

If you liked this, you'll love our book, SO GOD MADE A MOTHER available now!

Order Now

Check out our new Keepsake Companion Journal that pairs with our So God Made a Mother book!

Order Now
So God Made a Mother's Story Keepsake Journal

Chelsea Salomone

Chelsea Salomone is a writer, mom, and scooter enthusiast. She lives in a fraternity house with her husband, three sons, and feisty Boston Terrier named Lolly.

10 Awesome Things About Getting Older

In: Living
10 Awesome Things About Getting Older www.herviewfromhome.com

1. You no longer care what people think. You own your style, your flaws, your awesomeness. You ain’t got time for no janky nonsense. 2. There’s no guilt when turning down invites, saying no to things that don’t serve you and sending regrets. You know where you need to be and put yourself there; no GPS is required. 3. You know who your people are and let go of those who aren’t. Again, you ain’t got time for that stuff. 4. You are grateful for the things you have and no longer desire the things you don’t. Purge. Save. Choose...

Keep Reading

I No Longer Sit At Tables Where I Might Be The Topic When I Get Up

In: Living
women on a beach

“I NO LONGER SIT AT TABLES WHERE I MIGHT BE THE TOPIC WHEN I GET UP.” Can I get an AAAAAMMMMEEENNNNN?!?! I used to think that in order to belong I had to sit at that kind of table. I used to think that this is “just how women are.” I used to think that I just didn’t belong, that I wasn’t enough. DUDE let me drop another mic with a little Brene Brown talk… “Our worth cannot be determined nor negotiated by other people.” So if you’re sitting at the table where the topic of conversation is someone else’...

Keep Reading

I Like Midlife Me

In: Living
Smiling woman

I can keep straight in my head all the dates and endless elements of a dozen college application pieces for a child, but I can not figure out how to turn down the alarm on my cool new phone to save my life. I can—and do—cook mostly without recipes at this point, but I drive around with one headlight burned out because the thought of spending actual energy to go get it replaced just seems wasteful to me. I recently got excited about learning there are these vertical bin-things in which to store wrapping paper so it doesn’t get all...

Keep Reading