I feel like I too often talk about the things I'm not good at, or the things I don't like doing, or the things I don't like about myself.
I suck in the kitchen. I can't really cook more than 5 things. I am not a 'nikokira' - Greek for 'good housewife'. I can't iron. My closet is a mess 3 days after I organize it. I sometimes leave wet towels on the floor after my shower. I swear too much. I spend too much money. I buy my children whatever they want. I can't say no. I drive too fast. I switch lanes without putting my signal on, sometimes. I eat too much chocolate. So do my children. My math skills are horrible. I'm not the size I want to be, yet. My abs are still not what they were before I had kids. I hate traffic. I'm always late.
Okay, so. How about what I am good at? Or the things I love about me? Or the things that make me happy? Isn't it time for a more positive post?
I love my hair. It is what I get the most compliments on. Followed by my smile. You'll see my biggest smiles, my most honest smiles, in any picture I'm in with my children. That's me.
I still love my boobs. Maybe more now then before. Pretty cool that they fed my babies for a while!
I love shopping. I'm not going to feel bad about this, or make it something bad. I'm single-handedly great for the economy. Both the American and Canadian economy. You're welcome.
I love reading to my children. I love teaching my children. I love playing with my children. At playdates, I'm not hanging out with the other moms, even though a part of me wishes I was. I'm playing with the kids. I'm reading to them, I'm laughing with them, I'm chasing them around. I'm on my knees, getting dirty, I'm in the pool, getting my hair wet. Every minute I'm with my children, I'm with my children. Actively involved. Talking, playing, laughing. Being together, in the moment. I love being a mom.
I love swimming. I'm great at swimming. I have never lost a race. I took swimming lessons all my life. I love being in the ocean, swimming, far and deep, away from the shore. Praying I don't get bitten by a shark or jellyfish. You cannot keep me out of the water. It is my favourite thing to do.
I love reading. Books are my passion. I think I'm a geek at heart. I must be. I love a great book, I love a great blog post, I love the connections. I would rather be home in bed with a book (or my iphone) then out at a bar. My friends know this about me and yet they still love me. Thank you.
I love getting my hair done at the salon once or twice a week. It's my time to relax. Plus, I cannot do it as good myself!
I'm great at organizing my children's closets. Shirts, pants, sweaters, socks, underwear - I'm very proud of their closets. Their rooms are always picture perfect - toys and books put away, beds made neatly, clothes hung in order. Yay, me!
I make great mashed potatoes.
I make great scrambled eggs.
I make great homemade mac and cheese.
I love listening to great music while driving.
I love being in airports, and people watching.
I love spending times with great friends.
I am good at at multi-tasking when I'm at work. I can write an article, I can write a comms plan, I can send out a dozen important emails, do research for a new project, organzie a meeting, read a few blog posts, and tweet all in like, 10 minutes flat. Okay, maybe in more time than that, but you know. I can do a lot at once.
I am never late at sending out thank you cards. I love stationary and thank you cards are important to me! Nothing like old-fashined mail, you know?
I love sleeping beside my children. I can't imagine not spending most nights sleeping beside one of them. Seeing my children sleeping brings me such happiness and peace. They grow up so fast, so I'm going to spend as much time as I can with them sleeping beside me, because I have a funny feeling when they are teenagers? They're not going to want their mom in bed with them anymore!
I love riding my bike. And now, I ride my bike with my 4 year old riding beside me. That is a beautiful thing.
So there you go! A happy, positive, I love me post. Hope I did not just kill you with too much happiness. But sometimes it is important to keep things positive, you know? What do you love about yourself? What is your favourite thing about you? What are your passions? What makes you happy?