Owning It

Hello there and happy Thanksgiving week.  Whose thankful for school?  This momma.  Kidding.  Kind of.  I’ve LOVED this week and having time with no lunches to pack or alarms to set(except to get up and run…agh!!).  I’ve loved having my man home to hang with and spending time with the kids.  But today, at the top of my thankful list, is school.  Just sayin.  Junk is hitting the fan today and these kids need some structure.  Anyway.

Back in October I had the privilege of guest posting on my friend Erika’s blog…A Little Bit of Everything.  It was so fun to be a part of her Owning It series.  I thought it would be fun to post mine to my blog since that day I only had a link for the post.  This way those of you who missed it can take a look at a few of my faults and feel super about yourselves going into the Christmas season, which I also stink at by the way(I don’t do “busy” very well at all).  Also, I would love for you to pop over to Erika’s blog and read the other posts in this series…it’s so fun!!! Ok, hang onto your seats, here are my top hidden secrets that I’m sharing with YOU, which means we need to be best friends.

1. I’m deathly afraid of cruises.  Like, I won’t step foot on a boat if it’s going to cart me out into the middle of the ocean and stick my in a room the size of my closet…with no window.  I’m kind of afraid of getting eaten by a shark so I figured, avoid the cruise…avoid the sharks.  Plus, in my ripe old age (of 33), I’ve gotten somewhat claustrophobic….and afraid of flying.  But that’s neither here nor there.  Good grief.  What is wrong with me?  Age is turning me into a major wimp.

2.  I bite my nails.  I know, its disgusting.  I was born in 1981 for crying out loud.  I’m old enough to know this is unacceptable.  I have always wanted to be the girl with the well manicured nails.  I have short nail beds ok? Even when my nails grow out, they don’t look good.  So, I fake nail(NexGen baby) these puppies and call it a day.

3.  I cry in the shower.  This post is about owning it right?  For some reason the shower just seems to be the best place for a good cry.  I’m alone, it’s loud so no one can hear me, and it washes the ugly cry off my face so it doesn’t crust.  Just sayin.  I can’t be alone on this one.  I have 3 kids.  Finding quiet space to just let it all out is nearly impossible in my house.  So, the shower it is.

4.  I smell my laundry when I fold it.  I know I’m probably losing you with each passing confession.  Have you ever watched Everybody Loves Raymond?  You know how Robert puts his food to his chin before he takes a bite?  That’s me with laundry.  I love the smell(especially since I use Unstoppables…they smell amazing) of clean clothes.  When I fold, I’ll pick up a pair of shorts and give her a good whiff.  I feel crazy just typing this.

5.  I could throw down an entire box of thin mints.  I feel like thin mints don’t really have a sweet meter.  They are the perfect combination of sweet but not too sweet.  I just don’t get full on them.  Plus they are small and easy to pop.  Don’t even get my started on Tagalongs.

6.  I have a sick obsession with work out clothes.  If you don’t know this about me, I like to run.  I’m studying to become a personal trainer so I just want to make sure I have the uniform down now.  They are comfy, can be super cute and I just feel like they reflect my personality.  I’m not down with being someone I’m not.  So, I own this one.

7.  I can’t resist a french fry.  I know your confidence in me as a trainer went way up with the thin mint thing.  Now french fries?  Yes, just yes.  I think a salty, crunchy snack that can be dipped in ketchup is a win win.  I don’t eat them every day, or every week for that matter.  But they are delicious.  Plus, I love ketchup.  The more the better.  All that awesome artificial flavoring and high fructose corn syrup just makes me happy.  Don’t judge me.

8.  I crumble under pressure.  I HATE the feeling.  Hate it.  It’s ironic really.  As a runner, I love to train.  But this means I have to actually compete.  I race and yet I dread the nerves and pressure of performing well.  I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who “rose to the occasion” or  could “thrive under pressure.”  I’m just not.  It’s something I’ve had to learn to let go of and deal with.  Otherwise, think of all it would hold me back from.  I’m currently in a season of life that is pushing me far outside my comfortable and where I’m forced to do things, in a somewhat public light, that I’m terrified to fail at.  But, I know I’m doing exactly what God has told me to do.  That doesn’t always guarantee success.  Deal with the possibility of failure, learn to handle the nerves, and go for it. Otherwise, you could miss out on some pretty amazing moments.  

Ok ya’ll, there you have it.  My deepest darkest secrets….sort of.  Thought we could all use some funny and light today before we put up our Christmas tree and embark on the next 4 weeks of pure crazy.  I love this time of year but it also wears me out!  SO much going on.  So, get your coffee makers ready and your to do lists on stand by…it’s Christmas season.

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