I was having a “what should I write about?” day today. I have OODLES of projects in the works, but nothing to completion or even a point I want to share. And then I hopped on BlogHer for the first time and read an inspiring post from Come What May and Love It about being real as a blogger and all the things we hide to keep up this “put together” persona. The timing was kind of perfect because I had decided a week or two ago to participate in the 31 Days of Change on Nesting Place in October. The premise is that The Nester and many of her followers will be posting throughout the month of October on any topic of their choice related to 31 days of change. There were some topics that I had planned on blogging about and decided to cover different categories each week encompassing those topics, with the overall theme being “31 Days to a Better Me”. Some of the topics I plan to cover were going to cause me to go out of my comfort zone in sharing personal information about myself…well, IF I decided to get that personal.
Then I read that post today and decided today I would tell you what you might not already know about me in order to lead us into October for some positive changes. So, here are some things you may not know:
- I am a daycare provider and a mother, and I don’t like to play. I feel guilty all the time for not sitting on the floor more and giving my undivided attention and just being silly. I love children, adore the things they say, and find it very important to provide them with a developmentally stimulating environment and activities, as well as nutritious food. I can color ’til the cows come home and love to do songs and dancing with the kids. But I don’t like to play.
- I love being up early but won’t do it unless I HAVE to (which is what I love about my early daycare schedule). I am a chronic snooze-button-hitter and my husband will tell you it’s one of his biggest pet peeves. And don’t talk to me for the first 20-30 minutes after I’ve gotten up around 5:15 am because I.AM.CRABBY. My husband wakes up so irritatingly chipper and all I want is the bathroom to myself and quiet long enough for me to shower and wake up.
- Hard, that is, except my body. Which has gotten pretty soft. Leading up to my divorce and up until the birth of my daughter I was in the best shape of my life. I was always thin in school (really thin), but I got to a point around 30 years old where I was more active than ever. I walked on lunch and breaks at work, Jazzercised 3-4 times a week, and played in 2 sand volleyball leagues. When I was pregnant with my daughter I was STARVING all the time and felt I needed to satiate the sensation, and I gained 60 or so pounds (honestly I stopped looking at the scale). I managed to lose a lot of it and get to a place where I liked looking in the mirror again a few years ago, but after a series of events a lot of it has come back. I hate pictures of myself right now but I’m kicking it in high gear to change that. (I almost posted a selfie on Instagram of me on a walk but just couldn’t pull the trigger.)
- I love yoga and walking and Jazzercise. Fitness is really hard for me without Jazzercise, and walking is so therapeutic for me. Yoga really helps me wipe away the thougths of the day and provides me with stretching time that I otherwise won’t do on my own.
- I am fearful that I’ll fart out loud in yoga and wish they’d turn the music up. (Hey, figured this post needed some humor and it’s just plain true! I also know I’m not alone here.)
- I am a spender, not a saver. I’m not a crazy spender, mind you, but I wasn’t raised with good saving ethics (is that the word I want?), so I find it difficult to do. I should be in a larger home with nicer things, or at least be more financially secure. While there have been several life events that have contributed to where I’m at, it’s also largely because I suck at saving. (Also working on that.)
- Typically I’m an open book and will tell you anything, but writing this post was really difficult and I hesitated on several. But I am always so inspired to read other bloggers share their imperfections, so I hope I can do the same for you.
- I’m a naturally organized person but my house – the parts that people don’t regularly see – are often a mess. Too much stuff + too little time + not quite enough space = CLUTTER.
- I have infertility and my daughter was a true gift from God, which is why her name is Faith. As I near 40 (less than 2 years away…eek!) I pray that she won’t be my only, and I very much want to give Brad a son. But I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to carry a child and have the daughter I always wanted, and know there are those who don’t even get that chance.
- Until I decided to do this blog full time and start an organizing business, I was really unclear of the purpose and direction of my life. I was constantly frustrated that though I am a smart woman, I had a degree I wouldn’t really ever use and didn’t have education or experience to do what I really wanted to do. But it’s funny how God puts people in your path to show you the way, and though I’m not quite there yet, I finally feel like I’m on the right track.
- I am blessed with so many wonderful friends and have had that privilege for most of my life. There is just something about being able to share with other women and have that loving support (a glass of wine doesn’t hurt either), and I’m so grateful for all my girls!
- I probably don’t deserve the wonderful husband I got. Brad is a good, hard-working man. He helps take care of Faith so that I can workout and go have my time with the girls, he is very helpful around the house, allows me to do one hair-brained scheme after another, and without his handiwork my blog projects and organizing jobs wouldn’t all be possible (or would be much more expensive).
- I am so grateful for every follower, page view and comment on this blog or any of the social media sites I use. You guys make this all possible and I love you for it!!!