I am Me
I was totally blown away when I read this post by Jaime at The Oliver’s Madhouse called I Am Me where she shared how she was so much more than just a mum, which was an idea originally started by Rachel at Three years & Home and now it’s a bit of a new fad spreading through the blogosphere. The idea really struck a chord with me and I immediately decided I wanted to join in and do the same.
Since moving to Canada I find myself constantly justifying my ‘stay at home Mum’ status. People are naturally curious about where we have come from and why we are here but one of the first questions is ‘what do you do?’ I guess it makes people feel comfortable when they can put labels on you. I admit I would use the phrase ‘just a mum’ and now I say ‘I’m not working right now’ even though my days are full to bursting of unpaid work and I really don’t think that sounds much better. I am fed up justifying who I am, what I do and what my choices are.
I am a
Wife, mum, daughter, sister, grandaughter, auntie, sister-in-law, loyal friend, worrier, people pleaser, self doubter, volunteer, hardworker, organiser, day dreamer
I am sometimes
Quiet, homesick, lonely, overly sensitive, an over thinker, brave, determined, protective, shy, generous, impulsive, emotional, easily embarrassed
Taking walks, spending time with my family, colourful nail varnish, pretty shoes and handbags, chilled dry white wine, iced latte, yoga, camping, forests, flowers, sailing, being by the sea, going to the zoo, seafood, making lists, my Pandora bracelet, lay ins, singing loudly in the car, having a back massage, reading a good book
Being the centre of attention, spiders, disloyalty, selfish people, being taken advantage of, peas, being away from my family and friends, crazy drivers, ignorant people, disorganisation, leaving things to the last minute, dishonesty, laziness, stress,
I am me. I am way more than just a mum.