Do we really know ourselves? I thought about this as I was writing 7 Things About Myself for #FridayReflections this week.
Sometimes we are afraid to show who we really are for fear of being laughed at or not taken seriously.
We hide behind a mask projecting the person we think others expect us to be.
I know myself that whilst I can appear to be comfortable in a crowd, I’m not really. I need to get to know people before I can be the true me.
Now that I have reached midlife, I am realising that I am worthwhile and my years being self-conscious may have robbed me of some happiness – or at least trying to please all the time to be accepted was very tiring. How sad that it has taken until now to realise that I am actually a great person to know – at least I have discovered this before it is too late.
I have finally accepted who I am as a person and I actually like who I am. The fear of not being good enough no longer has a hold over me. I love who I am, I enjoy being me and I have a wonderful life.There is such a feeling of relief when we truly accept who we are and can make peace with that. Click To Tweet
I also have discovered that there are many women who feel like I did and I hope that they have realised their self-worth and are living their lives with renewed confidence and a zest for living. The whole purpose of my blog is to encourage women to enjoy this wonderful time of their lives if they can let go of old fears or make the changes in their lives to allow them to be themselves.
So here are 7 Things You May Not Know About Me
1. I am a Runner
I am 58 years old and started running at 50. I have run 10km, half marathons and a marathon at 55 which was on my bucket list. I love running with my ‘Saturday Sisters’ – friends who I have run with each Saturday morning for the last 5 years. It keeps me healthy, helps my stress levels down and I enjoy the camaraderie and friendship that my ‘Saturday Sisters’ provide.
2. I discovered I can bake birthday cakes!
Since my grandchildren were born I wanted to try to make them feel special on their birthdays, so each year I think of a special birthday cake to make for them. This photo shows my efforts for this year. I love planning what to make and finding ideas on Pinterest.
Sometimes I need to call on my assistant (my darling husband) for an extra pair of hands as I come up with some exotic new idea! The look on the children’s faces is priceless and I think now I have started a tradition where they wonder what type of cake I will be making now. I hope that in the future they realise the love I have put into making the cakes for them.
3. I am an explorer
I love travelling – especially cruising and experiencing other cultures.
My husband and I have been very fortunate to be able to travel the world especially over the last 6 years. We have visited many places. The first trip we took together was 1995 when we went to Bali. However, the most poignant was when we visited my husbands birthplace in Italy in 2004. He had come to Australia which his parents when he was 4 years old and had not returned until that trip some 60 years later. It was such a special time for him meeting his Uncle, Aunt and cousins who all made us feel very special.
We love cruising and usually try to fit a cruise in wherever we travel to. We are off to India in March although it will be a land tour and a very different culture to Australia, so I’m very excited.
4. I enjoy encouraging others to be the best they can be.
I suppose it stems back to the days when I had a ballet and dance studio at the age of 14. I loved seeing the children develop not only their love of dance but their self confidence as well. I had always wanted to be a teacher however chose the path of dance teacher until I had my children.
I’ve also taught Tax Return Preparation – pretty boring I know compared to ballet! It is a joy to see my students learning and growing in knowledge and self esteem – it is very rewarding.
Now I want to help others facing midlife to enjoy this wonderful phase of life. As I say – Positive Ageing is Positively Wonderful.
5. I’m an ABBA fan
When we visited Stockholm a couple of years ago, I dragged my darling off to the ABBA museum and sang Mama Mia! It was fabulous. They had a stage with microphone, a little like karaoke and you sang with holograms of Anna, Agneta, Benny and Bjorn. My poor husband actually took a video of his wife on stage singing her heart out totally off key and doing all the dance moves like the girls did in the film clip. I still smile when I think of that.
6. I just discovered yoga this year and I’m a convert and I love it! – Oh and by the way that is not me in the photo – maybe one day LOL!
My lovely personal trainer, Nikki Wakerley, introduced me to yoga and at first I wasn’t sure but after a couple of classes I found it was just the therapy I needed. I loved it so much I wrote post about it – I’m a Yoga Convert!
7. I am a Festive Season tragic!
I love everything about this time of year! The planning, the cooking and baking, the old Christmas movies, Christmas carols and songs, Christmas lights, Santa, decorating the tree – have I forgotten anything? – oh yes! the fireworks on New Year’s Eve – although these days we only catch the children’s fireworks at 9pm! 🙂
It is the highlight of my year and I find just joy in the happiness that surrounds me – especially at this time. The innocence and wonder on the children’s faces is priceless. You can imagine I’m getting just a little excited now!
So now you have met me, I hope you will come back and visit. I love my blog and the people I have met through blogging. Blogging has given me a purpose again after retiring from work and is another outlet for me to encourage others.
I am very blessed to have the life I have.
Let’s Keep Sizzling!