If we, as wives and mothers and homemakers, are the very heart of the home, that means we set the tone of our home. Moreover, our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and have you ever read about how ornate and beautiful God prescribed His first temple to be? How much work did God think His temple was worthy of? Moreover, as wives we picture the Church — and God always speaks of cleaning and beautifying his bride. By taking the time to maintain and beautify our very selves, we proclaim that God’s work is worthy of adornment, that God loves and desires beauty, and that the Church and our homes are glorious things
This is very true, of course. And I need the reminder. I'm usually good about taking time for myself, but not always so good about thinking about my presentation.
This being said, I couldn't think of much to do, but here is what I came up with.
“maintenance” task your person needs
This one wasn't a surface change, though I think it helps my surface. I started exercising again. As a 48 year old woman, I need to keep my cardiovascular system in working order, and my bones from losing density. Plus exercise helps my mood, my stress level, and my complexion. The secret for me is LIGHT exercise and strength training. I don't like being out of breath -- makes me panicky! I finally figured out why I was always falling off my exercise routines! So when I learned to take it easy, I started enjoying myself and I can already feel the change.
For the "extra" I cut my coffee intake. Caffeine has many benefits, but I was drinking too much coffee out of habit, and so I cut back to 1-2 cups a day (rather than 4-5). Honestly, I don't feel that much different. I'm apparently not someone who is much affected either way by caffeine. I was expecting to get headaches and want to sleep more, but it didn't work that way. Still, I'm going to continue with the limited amount.
one “superfluous” beautification.
I couldn't think of anything. But finally I realized I had been procrastinating cutting my hair. And it was really starting to bother me. I like it better when it's fairly short. I only took an "after" picture -- partly because I did the cutting on impulse, and partly because it didn't really look too much different "before" but it feels much better!
So in that sense maybe it could be called superfluous!
Aidan took the picture!!