{Frugally} Fighting FRUMP – A 2013 Personal Challenge

Fighting Frump cover

While I don’t typically make resolutions with the start of a new year I DO like setting goals, recording hopes, and (re)looking at what we’re doing and how we can change our habits and routines for the betterment of our family.

I also like to give myself the occasional personal challenge – things that stretch my comfort level.  Challenges that make me nervous even though I know (or assume) they will be rewarding.  Starting a blog was one of those personal challenges.


Fighting Frump – on a  limited budget, of course!

frump  (frmp)*  n.

1. A girl or woman regarded as dull, plain, or unfashionable.

2. A person regarded as colorless and primly sedate.

Am I overly frumpy?  Not yet, in my opinion.  But I could be heading there…

Doing daycare from home doesn’t lend itself to paying a whole lot of attention to fashion and my appearance.  In fact, it probably has the opposite effect – i.e. causing me to care less.  When you end your day covered in the snot and drool of other people’s children (not to mention the pee and poop – yep, it happens and with frequency:) what you wear  and how your hair and make-up look doesn’t top your priority list.  At least not for this “daycare mom”.

My work “wardrobe” consists of jeans (every day) and any shirt that’s clean and is easily laundered.  I do put on make-up – but always the same.  My hair?  Usually in a ponytail or sloppy bun.

And I’m okay with that for daycare.  The problem arises when I go out in the evening (to dance class with the girls, church stuff, etc.) or on weekends and I’m still wearing the same clothes, make-up, and hairdo.

I feel not-put-together (that’s a term, right?) – like I’m prioritizing myself last.  And, truth be told, I am!

So, my challenge – to end the year less “frumpy” then I am now.

Do I have specific parameters with which to judge my frumpiness?  Nope – in my opinion each woman needs to decide for herself what she considers “too frumpy.”

Will I just be dealing with the physical appearance side of things?  Nope again.  I actually think being/feeling frumpy can stem from a frumpy disposition.  So I plan to address what I would call intellectual and mental frumpiness as well.

How will these posts be set-up?  I’m sure it will evolve as I go.  For now the plan is to highlight an area in which I want to {Frugally} Fight Frump each month with updates and a focus area each week.

The schedule (so far):

  • January – Diet & Nutrition
  • February – Skin Care
  • March – Hair
  • April – Make-up

Is that the whole story?  Not really…I’ve never been fashionable.  Out of fashion?  Hopefully not (except of course my “alternative” high school/early college years:)  In fashion?  No way!  And again, I’m okay with that.  Truth be told, I will NEVER be the fashionista mommy and I don’t really want to be.  But, I also don’t want to look back at  family photos with regret that I “had let myself go” nor do I want to be dissatisfied with the image I’m projecting.  Because as much as the idea bothered me as a teenager, how I present myself DOES matter.  What I convey to others about my self-image IS important.  And, last but not least, my feelings about how I look DOES impact how I feel about myself.  I know that when I feel frumpy it effects not just my outside appearance…I am grumpier, less satisfied, and more harsh/critical of myself.

Why blog about this personal challenge?  First, accountability to myself.  I’ve set a schedule and that’s half the battle! Second, to maintain forward progress.  I already now what I’ll be tackling – at least in big picture terms – its listed above.  Third, because I think that there  is no shame in asking for help, motivation, and encouragement – from friends, family, and readers.  And finally, because I want to:)

I hope you’ll join me on my journey of {Frugally} Fighting Frump – I plan to offer tips, tricks, musings, failures, set-backs, goals reached (and missed), and even some reviews.  For those of you who have completely defeated frump – I hope you can help me along the way (and probably get a few laughs at my fails… remember, I’m a tomboy – this stuff doesn’t come naturally for me!)  For any fellow “Frump Fighters” – why not take the challenge with me?

Thanks for taking a look.  I’ll be back tomorrow with the “first installment” on Diet & Nutrition.  Because there is of course truth in the old adage, “You are what you eat.”  Eat like crap and you are guaranteed to feel frumpy – whether you’re thinner then you’d like, the perfect weight, or have some pounds to lose.

Blue Skies & Blessings,


I anticipate linking this challenge up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES – if I get up the nerve:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, Krafty Kat, Ginger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFab, Brassy Apple, DIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee Crafts, Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk, Gingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Homemade Ginger, Project Inspire, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, Sew Much Ado


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