With all of this inspiration that's been going on in my life, I've been doing a little soul searching and reflecting.
I realized that I don't do enough for myself.
Yesterday's post showed that I curled my hair and put on make up! Hey, it's a start! It made me feel pretty. I should do that more often...should I find the time.
Running, working out and blogging has certainly helped me get some "me time" in there. Those are sure things that I do for myself, but thinking back, I used to love to do crafts, read and sing, and I don't really do any of those things anymore. I mean, I still sing in the shower every now and then, but I sang every day on my way to and from work for the 30 minute drive each way. When I lived with my mom in high school, almost every night I went down to the basement and turned on the amplifiers and microphones and play some Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, Shania Twain, LeAnn Rimes...and just sing. I miss it. I have a cassette tape that I recorded at an amusement park of me singing "The Rose" by Bette Midler. It's not my best, because I was nervous and I have terrible stage fright (except at Karaoke Night with a few adult beverages in me...). However I would like to share it with you all, if I can find a cassette player and a way to rerecord it digitally, so I can save it. If I get brave enough, I may even get a YouTube video up of me singing...but I'll be honest...don't hold your breath ;)
Anyway starting small...I have been researching some ideas on my handy dandy friend named, Pinterest. Just little things to do at Annaliese's first birthday party which is coming up so fast, house projects I'd like to do, recipes I'd like to try, etc. It takes money to do a craft project and right now we don't really have any extra funds because they are all going towards the party, so just getting ideas for the upcoming holidays is exciting enough for me :) They're on my "I'm actually going to do this" list and not on my "Pin this and probably never do it" list. :)
Also curiosity has gotten the best of me and I picked up a book to read. Everyone and their mother...and even their grandmother has been talking about Fifty Shades Of Grey, so...what the heck? I picked it up to try to get back into reading like I used to love doing...and apparently it worked! I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I hadn't ever read a book over 500 pages before...at least not that I can remember. So that's a good thing! Actually I'm a little shocked at how many women love this series, especially after reading the first few chapters in book 1. I'm not really into the whole S&M thing (probably TMI, but I'm proud of that fact), but the story itself is interesting. A small town pretty girl falls in love with a wealthy handsome business man...yeah it's like any other beginning to a Lifetime movie, but it's got a little twist. Needless to say I read the first book pretty quickly and am on the second book. Yeah it's an erotic love story, but at least it's getting me to read again :) Ya know...something other than Clifford The Big Red Dog and Goodnight Moon. After the "Grey" series, I plan to begin the Hunger Games trilogy. My best friend, Takia, insists that I read it!
So this week's One Good Thing link up with Sarah at Little White Whale is the desire and motivation to pick up some good old hobbies that I used to enjoy doing. I need to make more time for me, as a person, as an individual. Not just the mother and wife me. I enjoy both of those roles very much, but it really is not enough. I enjoy being lil' ol' me too :) The person I was before adding the wife and mommy role. I'm still me, just rediscovering me :)