In taking my first shower as a semi-awoke person (does that make sense?) I realized -- I buy the good razors for Kevin, but use whatever I can get for free from couponing for myself. Do you understand how much BIGGER the area I shave is compared to his sweet little face? I used his razor and threw mine in the trash. Next, I evaluated my shampoo/conditioner/soap selection. For whatever reason, my girls who are not toddlers by about a decade, still have a fondness for what surely must be simply taking any cleaning product and POURING IT RIGHT DOWN THE DRAIN. They add a drop to their hair or body and then just upend the whole bottle. Therefore, other than the good Dove soap bc of course we have sensitive skin, I buy whatever I can get for the cheapest amount. Fine, good, frugal. But meanwhile, this means I have gone YEARS without something as simple as my hair looking and smelling the way I want it to. I don't even know what it is I want anymore, and I haven't bothered to find out. This simple act of taking a shower illustrated to me that EVERY SINGLE THING I do, choose and use, has other people in mind.
I believe it will make me a happier person, and better wife and mom, if I start thinking of myself if even just a little bit. I don't know what that will look like yet, but it's been eye opening even just thinking about it. And I know where I learned it, right at my mother's feet. And she probably was wearing shoes that she wouldn't have chosen, but got on a good sale so she could spend the rest on my brother and I.