Embracing Everything That I Am

I don’t remember when it started.

I can’t think back to a specific event, moment in time or idea that let me know that it was OK.

I just always remember liking who I am.  Embracing everything that I am. 

I only hung out with people who could accept me for me, because I wasn’t changing for anyone.  This attitude hasn’t shifted as I have got older.  

I am 35 years old.  I am a wife, a mother, a step-mom, an ex wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a grand-daughter, an aunt, a niece, a blogger, a beer drinker, a full-time professional and a college graduate

I have stretch marks, a past, a few extra pounds, a loud voice, a positive can-do attitude, an adjustment disorder, determination to do just about anything and a temper.   

 
Things in life can certainly make you question yourself.  What about me?  What is wrong with me?  What could I do different?  
I have made mistakes, even those I embrace.  If I didn’t, how could I learn from them?  I still embrace all that I am.

How does the saying go?  You have to love yourself before others can love you?  Embrace yourself!  

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A Working Parent

I read this wonderful article yesterday that was circulating on Facebook.  An article talking about a culture that a workplace can create for working parents.

After I was done reading it, I forwarded it to my boss and then realized it isn’t just about working parents.  It is about people who have a life, any life outside of their organization.

I have worked for my current organization for a little over a year and a half now.  I didn’t know when I started just how much of a blessing this career change would be for me.  I am incredibly lucky to work for an organization who values family.  Not just children, but spouses, parents, etc.

We are able to have flexibility with our schedule.  I am able to work from home one day a week on average, and when I work from home I can start my day earlier so that I can pick my kids up from school.  I work from home the same day most weeks, because then it is easiest for me to get my daughter to her after school activities.

When crazy things come up like a child getting sick (or even a parent/spouse) we are fortunate enough to have laptops, so we can work on the go.  Same with if something goes wrong in the house, furnace goes out, cable guy needs to come over but only within a window that most people would be sitting at the office; then take your work home for the day.

I am able to work longer hours a couple of days a week so that I am available to pick my kids up from school on Friday.  I love being able to do that, something that so many working parents miss out on.  My typical scheduled allows me to be home early enough to make a homemade meal for my family on most days, help my children with their homework and spend quality time with them and my husband before bed time.

I hope that if you work for an organization like this, you appreciate it and understand how truly lucky we are to have a job in the United States that values this as their culture.  Places like this do exist and I am fortunate enough to have stumbled upon one!

Here is the article that sparked this post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephanie-wright/a-working-parent-on-the-w_b_9009172.html?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000018

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What Do You Think….Coke vs Pepsi?

I am just going to say right now that I am a Coke girl.  I drink Diet Coke regularly and I love it.  

When I was younger I drank Coca-Cola classic.  About once a year I still get a taste for that and I still think it is phenomenal.

Over the weekend on vacation with my family, my sister and I both had a sip of a Diet Pepsi and personally I think it tastes like garbage.

Compared to Coke and really almost all other sodas, it tastes so watered down and not carbonated.  I feel like this whether it’s out of a can, bottle or fountain.

It is just NOT for me.

In my novel that I just got done reading one of the main characters stated “white people don’t drink Pepsi.”  Which I thought was an odd thing to say, but then it made me wonder.  Is the Pepsi/Coke thing part of where and how you are raised?  That was what sparked me to write this.  

I would like to know what my friends, family and fellow bloggers around the world think.  Pepsi or Coke?

My Monday Check-In 1/18

This has been an incredible week for my Blog.

I am pretty sure last week was my best week ever statistically speaking.  524 views, where on a typical week before I was landing between 100 and 200.

92 likes and 20 comments.  I had only had 19 comments total in all of 2015. Tikeetha T @ http://www.athomaspointofview.com had me as a guest blogger on Friday.  It was an honor.  She showed me so much love, I ended up at 50 followers by Friday afternoon.  Then she so willing shared my blog post about hitting 50 followers, then even more of her followers came over to my page.  My favorite blogging moment this far.  Thank you again!

As of right now I am at 75 followers on WordPress, I was at 19 when the New Year started.  It also needs to be mentioned that I have 66 friends and family who follow my blog posts on my Facebook Page “Making Time For Me.”  Thank you!

Over the weekend I rebooted 2 amazing blogs written about adultery.  Thank you @ http://www.marriagerecoveryblog.wordpress.com for allowing me to share “Adultery is Abuse.”   Also, @ http://www.tomeganfromme.wordpress.com for allowing me to share your blog “To Megan.”

My blog was read in 20 different countries.  Looking at that stat is what intrigues me the most.  I think it is so cool.  A huge shout out to whomever is in Uganda, Israel and the United Arab Emirates reading my blog.

2016 has been absolutely incredible for my blog.  Thank you all for your support, interest and really just stopping by on the regular.

I can’t wait to see what happens this week.

Flashback Friday, My 1st Blog Post

Giving some love to my first blog post. When no one was following, no one was reading and I decided to try this thing out. I still firmly believe in the if I can do it, so can you. We make time for what is important to us. End of story.

Source: If I can do it. .. so can you!

This one is for you….

Hey you, yea you.  I know that you have had a rough week.  Things have been hard and we are miles apart.  

I can’t be at your side like I always want to be.  Instead we have had to settle for phone calls and texts.  Unfortunately most of the messages this week haven’t been happy.

My heart is heavy for you, my prayers and love are with you.  Given the chance my arms will be around you soon.  

You have needed a lot from others this week.  We so willing give it because you give so much of yourself to us regularly.  It is OK, we can carry the weight now, we can carry the weight as long as you need us to.  I only wish that there was more that we could do.

I went to bed sad for you, woke up in the middle of the night thinking about you.  I want to see you, to hold you and tell you in person how much I love you!

  
 
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