Monday, October 1, 2012

my latest project.....me

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I apparently love projects. Of the DIY variety or that of self-improvement. It's no secret I'm a work in progress.

A few weeks back a received a book in the mail. The sender's name was not included (although I had a special way of knowing -thanks Mom! ;). As I delighted in my surprise gift, I managed to read the book in a matter of days. Loved it! The book was Happier at Home. It is Gretchen Rubin's follow up to The Happiness Project, of which I have yet to read.

It was such an easy, not to mention, eye-opening read. I felt like I was having a conversation with myself (a much, much wiser version!) Not too many people get my constant need for self-improvement. But Gretchen did.

I seem to always be on the prowl for a way to improve myself... my life, my home, my family, my relationships....anything. In fact the Lowe's motto is my favorite..."Never Stop Improving".

Throughout reading this book I became excited to start my own project. Although mine wouldn't center on happiness...no, my project would have more to do with me and my age.... Thirty is creeping up on me. It's there. I see it coming.

As a once teen mom, my age, in relationship to others', has been a large part of my adult life. I used to feel completely out of place at functions for my kids. I even used to dress "professional" to meet the teacher just so I would feel at par with other parents and be taken seriously. I thought everything would change once I turned thirty. Thirty seemed like the appropriate age to be a mother....18 was not... 22 and two kids, got you looks...24 and three kids got you more.

But now 30 is steadily finding it's way to me and I'm not ready. As I lose my "you're too young to be a mom" identity, I'm having to find a new one. An identity that accepts my age and the ages of my kids. It's an odd place to be. (To be perfectly honest, it's not a place anyone thinks of for teen moms.)

So with 30 on the horizon, and Gretchen's words still bouncing through my brain....I've decided to start my very own project...My 30 by 30 Project.

Now most people would include sites to see, hobbies to take up, people to meet and the like...but to stay true to my nature, I'll be going the self-improvement route. Most of the items on my list are goals for me to achieve. (Big ol' yikes there!) I would love to be the Angie I want to present to the world by the time I'm 30....because it's going to take time.

I have 15 months to complete my list/project. I don't expect it to be easy. It will be a bumpy road, but I hope that by sharing it on this platform I will not only stay committed to my dream for myself but that maybe others might join me in becoming all that they want to be....even if 30 has past by. Because it's never to late to change the road we're on.

And since that last line sounds like something straight out of Pinterest's quotes category I thought I'd add a few more... ;)

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