The Things That Remind Me That I’m Still Me...

I’m not ashamed to admit that there are moments where I enjoy being simply me.

I love being a mother. Like really really love it. Like many of you it just makes up so much of who I am now. I kind of think it made up some of who I was even before I became a mother if that even makes sense.
But I’m not ashamed to admit that there are moments where I enjoy being simply me. You know, those things that you’ve always enjoyed. Things that are inherently “you” but not necessarily concerned with being a parent.
Here is my “still me” list. What are yours?
  • Getting my nails done. It’s just a three week manicure but it makes me feel so... fierce. That feeling has never gone away. I don’t religiously get them done so it’s always a real pick-me-up.
  • At any given opportunity I will watch a couple of episodes of Teen Mom. I’d like to say it’s my guilty pleasure but that would involve a bit of guilt. I just love it. I love the original four girls and I genuinely get excited when I hear the theme song.
  • Charity Shops. I’ve always loved a bargain but lord did I catch the charity shop bug. I’ve picked up dresses from Zara and Oasis for cheaper than your breakfast roll. It gives me such a thrill. Fun fact – you will either find nothing or about ten items. BUY THEM.
  • Chewy Sweets. The likes of refresher bars and those chewy pink and white lolly pops. I cannot get enough of them. I’m on the hunt for a “Roy Rover” and a “Dan Bar”. Anyone else?
  • Standing in a newsagent reading magazines for a solid ten minutes. I don’t buy the magazine and I leave knowing everybody’s business. It’s mindless, it’s kinda negative and I bloody love it.
  • Ordering too much food from a take-away. Sometimes I just want a bit of everything. I’ll have spent a small fortune and the waste is embarrassing but I do it sometimes and that’s OK.
  • Having a bit of a bitch. It might be about a celebrity couple, the bus driver or that teacher from 5th year but sometimes there is nothing like a bit of a waffle to those closest to you. There is no malice, judgement and it’s just a bit of escapism really.
Written by Tracey Quinn, Staff Writer, with Family Friendly HQ. 

Tracey Quinn

Proud mum of two who got married on Don't Tell The Bride and had an accidental home-birth (loves a good story). She's passionate about breastfeeding, positive thinking & all things cosy.

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