Today's post has been inspired by Denyse's 'Life This Week' blogger challenge. Today's topic is 'Ten Things I Like About Me'.
An interesting one for a blogger who writes pretty much exclusively about herself at the best of times. But 'about' is worlds apart from 'like'. 'About' can be superficial, it can be self critical, it is also often self deprecating. I am up for the challenge though, so let's see where I go with this. I'm following Denyse's lead and using photos to introduce each point.
1. I've evolved as a parent
"Everyone is a perfect parent... until they have children". One of my favourite pearls of parenting wisdom because it's so true. I've learned to parent based on who I am and who my son is rather than going by The Books (which my son hasn't had the foresight to read). I've let go of the perfection fairy who used to complicate everything from what I wear, what my son wears, what we eat, what our house looks like and how our days together are spent. It's not that I don't appreciate the beautiful Instagram feeds or the perfect family at the next table at the cafe... I've just learned to appreciate those things for what they are while knowing that my reality looks completely different and that's just the way life is.
2. I take care of myself
Really hope I am what I (mostly) eat. I've made some changes in my diet recently to focus a little more on whole foods and also to include a wider variety of things for lunches at work. The logistics have worked themselves out and my taste buds have deeply appreciated the new flavours.
I'm also loving myself sick for staying on the fitness bandwagon. It's been a bit of creative, lateral thinking journey at times but I do something every day, it keeps me feeling good about myself and that's enough for me.
3. I've grown to love travel
I never used to like travelling overseas. I spent most of my twenties very happy where I was, thank you very much. I had a mortgage to pay off, nice things to be bought with what was left over from my pay each fortnight and a perfectly pleasant little life full of structure and routine.
I'll never ever be what you'd call an adventurous traveller but I look forward to whatever opportunities I get each year to board a plane, get that overseas SIM card and currency and just explore a new place and live there as close to 'normally' as I can. As a side note, blogging whilst away in these new places counts as one of the things I enjoy most about my trips. Yes I do often write under the influence of extreme jet lag and excessive amounts of caffeine but it is so much fun tapping away about my new surroundings at some odd hour of the morning.
4. I love the little things
That fifth and free coffee on a frequent sippers card, the bonus make up item you get with a mascara. It all puts a bit of pep into my step.
5. I know when and how to switch off
One of those personal development achievements for me. I used to be all about getting everything done yesterday. Not exactly the best life skill to cling onto as life gets more complex and committed as you get older. Being able to take that break and step away to regroup hasn't actually made me any less efficient than previously.
6. That I've allowed a few frozen meals into my life
Dr Oetker pizzas and Jamie Oliver fish fingers, anyone? Not necessarily together but there are days when pulling a carton of food out of the freezer for dinner is a sanity saver.
7. I'm always on the look out for bargain
Especially when it comes to things like toys and bits and pieces for the house. Does anyone else get a thrill out of finding something that does the job for less?
8. I don't take fashion and style advice from the glossies anymore
I should probably be a bit embarrassed that I ever did but that's a story for another day. Were you ever part of that disposable world of fashion where a particular celebrity look would be featured in an editorial along with ways you could 'get the look for less'? Or the more spendy take where influential fashion editors and designers would tell you what to invest in for the season?
Somewhere along the way, I stopped reading fashion magazines and started buying clothes with my lifestyle, body shape, budget and quirks in mind. I will forever buy my shoes for comfort, my handbags for 'investment purposes' and my denim from long time favourite labels. I am sure there will come a day when Shop Bop will feature a 'Seniors' tab in their denim shop and that it will show case an array of jeans for us older ladies who spent our younger years in Citizens of Humanity, AG and J Brand. Until then, I'll just keep shoe horning myself into my existing collection.
9. I know where my priorities lie
My family give me purpose, love, support and joy every moment of every day. Knowing that we're always there for each other gives me purpose, direction and clarity. I'm incredibly lucky and humbled to have them all in my life.
Totally looking forward to another Christmas at our place in ... 75 days.
10. I'm not a victim.
There's one type of person I cannot stand. The entitled and professional victim who never takes responsibility for their actions. It's always someone else's fault, life is always unfair, their focus on the numerous barriers to their success. They're often the same people who are never happy with their lives despite what they've been given. It must be excruciating living their lives this way. It must also be a life devoid of joy and happiness.
Well, that was an interesting one to end off with.
What do you like about yourself?
Thank you, Denyse for hosting this link up.