17 June 2013

Who I am

I decided to join in with From Mrs. To Mama on her 52 weeks of Blogging with a Purpose themes. Granted, there is no way I can promise to write on the theme every Monday, because well, I'm flakey and have trouble with commitment when it comes to blogging. But I gotta start somewhere, and who knows, maybe I'll stick with it. :-)

The first week's theme is: Who I am.

You'd think it would be no biggy to write about who we are, right?? But it's not. It's actually extremely difficult. So I thought I'd do it in typical bullet point fashion. Seems much easier than trying to write about myself in essay form. I'm sure there are a million ways to explain who I am but I'll just stick to the nitty gritty.

I am...
  • A changed person.
    If you knew me in high school, or even into my early 20's, you probably wouldn't recognize the person I am today. Of course, a lot of my personality traits hold strong, but the core of my beliefs and morals have changed drastically. I used to be a glass-half-empty kinda girl, but now, I'm optimistic and always hopeful. I have learned to cope with challenges, I've learned what it means to compromise (although my Husband might beg to differ ;-)), I always give people the benefit of the doubt, and I can confidently say that I am quick to forgive. I'm not trying to toot my own horn but I am proud of how far I've come in the past 7-8 years. Most importantly, though, I have faith in God and His plan. I know that He lives and shows me tender mercies every day. I am blessed because everything that I have, comes from Him.
  • A Wife.
    When I think about my "labels" (which by the way, I don't really like labeling myself, but the fact is that we all have labels, so there's that. ha) Wife and Mother are the first ones that come to mind. How cliche, but true none-the-less. I'm not the best wife in the world, not in the slightest. I have so many short comings, but one thing that I am for sure -- is the luckiest wife. I am so blessed with a Husband that works hard to keep me at home with our boys, he supports my passion for my photography business, and not only understands that I crave social interaction on a regular basis, but encourages it. Being a Wife really is not easy, but it makes up so much of who I am. Happy to call Philip my lifelong partner.
  • Mother.
    This is my calling, I know that I was meant to be a Mother. It's the biggest blessing I will ever be given. I love my role as a Mom, even on the hard days, the ones that make me question myself and my abilities. And I'll be honest and say that sometimes I lose myself in the midst of all the tantrums, poopy diapers and mounds of kiddy clothes that need to be washed and put away. And a lot of times I have to dig way down deep to remember who I am as a person, outside of being a Mother. But at the end of the day, being a Mom is what I do and I'd reckon to say that being a Mother is the largest part of me. And I'm so proud to have the privilege.
  • Photographer.
    I don't really need to elaborate too much on this but it is, in part, how I define myself. It's such a huge passion for me, and I'm happy to say that I might be one of the few that truly does LOVE my job!

    And I thought I'd be fun to find another way to describe who I am, so I asked my husband to tell me what some of my most dominant personality traits are and this is what he came up with:
  • Particular.
    I agree with this description of me. I'm not overly OCD about things, but I am very particular about the way I do things, and how I think and behave. When it comes to chores, work, mothering... etc...I find a system that works for me and I stick to it. It's very rare that I will waver from my system, so you can imagine that it can be challenging when my Husband doesn't do things my way, lol. But, as I said in the paragraph above, I have learned and am getting better at compromising! :-)
  • Industrious.
    I was caught a little off guard when he told me he would describe me as "industrious". But the more he started telling me about this part of my personality, the more it made sense. Industrious also means diligent and hard working. Those aren't words I would have used to describe myself when it comes to academics, though, I had a hard time focusing in school. But when it comes to hobbies or passions, or personal/business pursuits... I work really hard. I put a lot of effort into starting my photography business and work even harder to keep it running. I put a lot of thought and time into all aspects of my life, actually. Take my blog for instance, I spend a lot of my "off" time working on my blog. My little corner of the internet is important to me and I love putting so much of myself into it.
  • Friendly.
    He just kind of threw this one out there willy nilly (<--- ha ha I love saying "willy nilly")!  But yah, Husband, I think you're right. I am pretty friendly! I enjoy meeting people, and having friendly conversations with strangers. Though I might not be the most confident person in the world, I try to go out of my way to put myself out there and make friends. I love to surround myself with happy, positive people.
So there's who I am, in a nutshell. If you'd like to join in, here are the list of topics!

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Sarah [NurseLovesFarmer.com] said...

I love this post Mandy, especially that you acknowledge His plan in your life. I find extreme comfort and peace in recognizing the same about my life. My teenage self wouldn't recognize the person I am today - and that's a good thing. I was never a "bad" kid...but I'm definitely changed for the better. Thanks for sharing this on your blog and being so open about it.

Ginny @ Buttergirl Diaries said...

I am so just like your entire paragrah on I am a changed woman.

Now that I am 29, I'm a much optimistic person. I also forgive easily and usually give people the benefit of the doubt...unless my gut tells me otherwise. I also have developed a strong intuition since I was 20 and it has helped me to make decisions that have got me to where I am today.

One of the things I'm proudest of is that I don't care about being the best of the best. I'm never going to be a doctor, lawyer, or huge CEO of a company. I have BS degree, I failed nursing school, and now I'm a nanny. I LOVE it. I'm learning to live for me and to just BE...be....happy. It's something you don't think about when you are younger...you do things to please others and becaues it is "what is right"

Thanks for this post. I'm enjoying getting to know you better! I'm having a hard time reading blogs that are like this....I am yearning for good heartfelt content, and surprisingly it's kinda hard to find. My blog is that way too...for the reader.


Tiffany said...

I loved learning even more about you! PS...blonde looks good on you, girl!

Meg O. said...

Industrious.... I like it!

Alyson McMahon said...

This is so great. I might need to do a post like it. You have some great traits there too.

Krista said...

Great post. BTW--you definitely come across as friendly in your blog! Not all bloggers do :)

Jodi said...

I love this post! Always fun to learn new things about bloggers I've been reading. I'm particular too. I like that word so much better than picky. Lol!

Mrs. Mama said...

I LOVED that you had your husband add in about you. That is such a great idea, and I would enjoy reading how Andrew defines. Thank you for sharing and linking up friend!

Alyson McMahon said...

This is great. I feel like I should write a post similar. Would you mind?
Love hearing these things about you and the idea of asking the husband. It's so great to read posts like this, I feel like I'm getting to know you more. Thanks for sharing.

3 Frogs and a Princess said...

This is such a fun linkup. I didn't get mine done but maybe next week! Lol. Great idea having your hubs chime in. They always see things in us that maybe we don't see. Hopefully they are mostly good! Haha.

Cait said...

love all your answers!! stopping from Becky's link up! Great to get to know you better :)