Every year for my sons’ birthdays I post things that you may or may not know about them. I try to keep it real, but also respect them as people.
I know that I post a lot about our lives and what’s going on in my mind, but how often do I actually talk about myself? What makes me tick. What I like about myself? Ummm never, that is just not something that I do. I tend to be very modest and I like to be the hidden narrator of life behind the camera and keyboard.
I know that like most people, I find it easy to point out the things that I need/want to change. I can talk about how I want to lose weight. How I like to eat and know that isn’t the best thing to lose weight. I can talk about the things I bake/cook, the books I read and even the things I purchase. I can even talk about the difficulties of being a parent, but can I strip it away and talk about what I like about me?
Well, Abbey at Three Cats and a Girl, put this out as a challenge on her blog “List 5 things that you love about yourself. (appearances, personality, achievements)”. Instead of answering it on her blog, I am putting it out there for my own readers to read… so here we go!
I’m going to try to do 5 different areas of me… (not in any specific order)
-I love that I’m a child advocate. Over the years I’ve honed my craft as a teacher. I am always learning and changing, but I will always back my students. Over the years, administration have learned that when I felt a child in my class needed something I won’t back down. I realize that I can’t make standardized testing or things like that go away, but I can help with the little things. I advocate for every child I encounter, not just the ones in my own classroom. I will stand up and try to get every child’s voice heard.
-I love that I can bake and cook and enjoy both. I know most people either like one or the other or neither. I have always loved to bake, it is very relaxing to me. I love that you don’t have to think, you follow the steps and magically you have cookies, a cake or bread. Over the years, I’ve learned to love to cook as well. This taps into a different side of me. I hate following recipes for cooking. I love to “Lori-ize” recipes and make them work for my family. I love that I can cook healthy foods that my family enjoy eating and that I know are good for our bodies
-I like that I am a realistic parent/wife. I am not perfect. My husband is not perfect. My sons are not perfect. We will all do stupid things. We will hurt and upset each other. But, we also know that the loving bond between us is strong. The choices Richard and I make are done with love. The boys are at an age where they are trying to figure out who they are and how they fit into this big world. We need to be here for them. We let them fail. We let them succeed. We will be there for them no matter what happens… we will love them. Since they were little we’ve always told them I won’t always love your choices, but I will always love you… and I just hope that understanding continues as the years go forward.
-I love the fact that music has such a big roll in my life. I grew up singing and acting. I always have music on in the background. Both my sons have very eclectic taste in music. Music can transport me back in time, settle me when I’m upset or hype me up when my energy is low. While I do not sing or act anymore, I still love music and probably always will.
-I love that I don’t fit inside the box. I’m not girly, but I’m not a tomboy either. I’m athletic, but I’m not an athlete. I get along better with guys than most ladies I know. I never was part of a group growing up. I had friends, but often times they were people who I associated with in situations more than friends. I don’t like to talk on the phone. I am very loyal to people who are important to me. I have friends from HS and college that I know if we were together today, it would feel like I talked to them tomorrow. But, I don’t feel the need to talk to them every day. I’m very patient and give people way more chances than I should, but once you push me too far you will know it. I have a long fuse, but watch out for the explosion. Once you’ve pushed me too far, especially if it is more than once, I struggle to trust you again. I am who I am. I change as needed to better myself, but at the same time I feel like… love me or hate me it’s your choice.
There you go… that was a LONG post for me. If you made it through the whole thing… thanks for reading a bit more about me. If you decide to join in the fun, hop over to Abbey’s post and read what other people are saying about themselves… lets see how much real we can post on the internet today.