--How do you see yourself by the end of the year?
I have to say that I was always raised to be open minded, independent, and mostly, blunt and open about my feelings. Growing up in Missouri, it was easy to be myself but moving to a conservative area in Idaho made things become difficult for the first time in my life. Where I live, tattoos are generally frowned upon as well as any smoking/drinking (coffee & tea included), and necklines that show your clavicle..ie: it's a very modest place. Not that any of those views are wrong, but I found that even an act as simple as wearing shorts (not even short shorts) could cause people to think of you in a completely different way.
When we first moved here, I found myself definitely not fitting in and having a hard time adjusting. Over the past few months, I've really been doing some thinking and realizing. It took me over two years, but Idaho is finally home for me. Moving here and leaving behind all of my friends and family was a big deal for me and was even harder to deal with when I got pregnant 5 months later (my little girl is my parents first and only grandchild so far).
Once ladybug came along, I didn't have much time to think about missing my family and friends as much. Not long after that we became acquainted with an amazing (and super large) family through J Grizl's work. He ended up partnering on a business with one of them and shifted his focus a little in the ag world. Our new friends had a lot more in common with us and had a like-minded "greener" lifestyle. It's such an amazing gift to be blessed with a group of friends that share your interests, care about what they eat and put into their bodies and want to cultivate meaningful relationships with their children rather than wanting to relive their missed high school partying days.
You know, it's funny. Now when I go back to Missouri I find myself missing it less and less. The friends I once had are not the people I see when visiting anymore and it's funny how priorities can change so easily. I guess what I'm getting at is that I see myself happier. I learn a new trick every day that makes my day flow smoother and makes the everyday mundane easier and more convenient. Try cooking in a really disorganized kitchen. Everything may be neat and tidy and all put away but if it doesn't make sense to be where it is, then you're wasting extra time to go back and forth, making everything take even longer. I'd rather have that extra time to do something I want to do. ;)
Even today, it's been nice to just sit here and catch up on blogging while ladybug is asleep and sickly, laying on me. Being a mother really teaches you to slow down and enjoy every little moment.
Besides, she's just so cute when she sleeps. Here's some of my old favorites. ;)
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