Even writing that makes me feel bad. Like it sounds like I am saying that ‘just‘ being a mum isn’t enough? To be honest to myself though, it isn’t enough for me. I am more than that. Or at least, I was. I think it is fair to say that I am in the middle of what seems to be a bit of an identity crisis right now. Am I a mum, am I a wife, am I a career woman, am I …..?
Someone fairly wise last week suggested that I remember what it is in my life that has made me happy in the past. Then yesterday as I was reading through some of my favourite blogs I came across a new post from KateTakes5. She has written a blog post about who she was before she was a mum and reading through some of the other posts by people who have linked to it, there is a real sense of ‘hey, I was actually super cool before I became a mum’ but also ‘and here’s why I love being a mum’.
That’s a bit how I feel. So I had a look through some old photos, or at least the ones I could find, to remind myself how I became who I am today.
So here goes,
I grew up just beside here on the north west coast of Ireland
I have a degree in History and Italian which meant that I got to live here for a year
I then went to live in Milan for 6 years with an Italian man. Funnily enough, there aren’t any photos of that period as he kept them all when I left! It was there that I got into the industry that I am in today, internet and ecommerce.
I also got married in Italy. Not to the italian but to my darling american man.
but I am jumping ahead a little…to celebrate being a single lady in between times I went to Africa on my own and saw these up close
stayed in a treehouse on a tiny island called Chole Minji, off the coast of Zanzibar
I’ve learned to cook food in the places where it is from
I’ve indulged my adrenaline fuelled side in various ways, like helicopter rides,
or driven Mustangs in California
or having my first flying lesson
I used to stay in places like this
and I got to see places like this
I used to party a lot too
I took a LOT of photos
and generally chilled the heck out
It has felt kind of showy offy doing this but the aforementioned wise person also told me to celebrate my life. So who am I?
A person, who has had the massive good fortune to travel, try new things, meet new people, be surrounded by amazing family and friends. And who now, has the added blessing of being a wife to a remarkable, loving husband
and a mother to two gorgeous, crazy, special children.
and I am still the same person in all those other photos, I just need to find the time!
Please do go and have a read of some of the other people who have posted about this theme as it is a celebration of some pretty interesting and great women.