So I've finished six works days of arriving on time instead of a late. Of putting some thought into what I wear to work. Of wearing a little makeup and styling my hair.
My attitude has started to change for the better. I don't struggle near as much to maintain my zen. My kids are picking up on the difference, they comment on it and they react differently. My parents are starting to treat me like a fellow adult instead of like an over size kid. Even my boss noticed and is treating me differently. I took a look around my class and decided a radical overhaul is in order because I want to be a better teacher.
So I guess the update is- it works. At least for now, and I know all about things that work only in the short term, it works. Awesome!