Our house has needed some happiness these past few weeks and we have found it in the Netflix Original Series Queer Eye. We have watched all of the prior seasons as well but Season 6 in Austin, Texas has taught our family some lessons that are now close to our hearts. I love that we can watch this show as a family and we all laugh and I will be honest, I normally get a little teary-eyed.
Here are five lessons The Fab Five taught our family:
Black can make a room look bigger.
Bobby Berk taught us that a black wall in a small space makes the space BIGGER. We have lived our lives thinking that black walls make a space look smaller but we were wrong! My sister recently ordered black curtains for behind her bed and it makes her space look so much larger.
You can bake your flour for your gumbo roux.
When Antoni Porowski started to make a gumbo, our born and raised South Louisiana family flinched… PLEASE don’t make us look bad, Antoni! Bring yourself here, we will give you some Gumbo! However, Antoni taught us a new trick, he baked his flour ahead of time to help with his roux. As I am typing this post now, my husband has a gumbo cooking with baked flour and it smells delish!
Believe in yourself. Love yourself.
Karamo Brown is the culture and lifestyle extraordinaire. He speaks to each of the participants of Queer Eye with so much love and grace, I think we all could be a little more like Karamo. One of his quotes that I really love is “Everything we saw that was in you is just shining on the outside now, so just get used to it.” If we all could realize how other people saw us, I think we would all shine a little brighter.
Dress Your Body.
Personally, I want Tan France to come and redo my wardrobe and just talk to me so I will feel good about myself again. Tan France is in charge of the fashion part of the make-over and has a way to show how all of our bodies are beautiful and perfect just the way they are. “Just because the office is casual doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make an effort.”- Tan France.
I may be saving my best lesson for last, Jonathan Van Ness is who I would vote and my personal fairy godmother. I want the positiveness that exudes their presence in my daily life. “How you take care of yourself is how the world sees you. It’s OK to have a relationship with yourself.” – Jonathan Van Ness Have a relationship with yourself! Do you hear that, Mamas? We as mothers put ourselves last in so many ways… if someone is sick, we care for them. We do care tasks most of the day and rarely save time for ourselves. I want you to do me a favor, go on a date with yourself! Coffee, a book store, maybe walking around a park ALL ALONE – just do it. Make time for yourself and get to know you are as a woman when you are not a Mama or caregiver.