This is ME.

Who doesn’t love this song from the sound track of The Greatest Showman??? I love the song and especially love what it stands for. This is ME is all about being who you are, standing up for yourself, being proud of who you are, loving and accepting yourself (the good and the bad). This is easier said than done especially if you feel judged or if you feel you have to be a certain person to fit in with those around you. This song serves as a reminder for all the things we should do but sometimes don’t practice.

This is ME.I’ve got news for you. You are good enough. You deserve to be who you are and to be happy. Stop listening to the voices inside you that may tell you different. Everyone is different and unique in their own way. Accept who you are and embrace it. If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s a must see.

Today I’m sharing who I am!  So here you go…this is ME.

I’m in my upper 30’s. 🙂 I grew up in a very small town and have 6 siblings. Life was crazy growing up in a big family. One minute everyone was getting along and next a fight would break out.  I learned hard work ethic being in a large family and at a young age starting babysitting. Through my high school years I carried 2 jobs.  In college I worked full time and went to school full time. I graduated with my Computer Information Systems degree. I worked at a retirement system for 15 years and been at the AGO’s office for 6.  Today I’m the Director of Information Technology. This job has been extremely busy, challenging and I LOVE every minute.  I had the goal of becoming a director for years so feels good to be fulfilling my dream.

I’m a mom.  Sometimes I do awesome in this gig and other times I feel like a complete failure. But I do know one thing…I’m doing the best I can and I love my kids more than anything. I’m their biggest cheerleader, I’m the hardest on them but love them the most. I want them to exceed, I want them to be hard workers and good people. I want them to love life most of all. I love experiencing life with them.

I’m a wife. I feel like this role fits the above mom role. Sometimes I’m an awesome wife. Sometimes I could definitely do better.  But I’m trying and I love my hubby more than anything. He’s my best friend. I’ve been married for 17 years and with my hubby for a total of 20 years. Quite proud of what we have accomplished as a team! Mostly proud of the 2 awesome kids we are raising together.

I love to travel. I love to spend time with my family. I love to have fun. I love to joke around. I love to keep my kids on their toes. They never know what their momma will say. I love to be goofy…life is too short to be serious all the time. I love to kick a**. I love to work hard. I love to accomplish goals. I love to have a clean home. I love to cut stripes in our grass.  I’m picky. I’m anal. I hate debt and bust it to pay everything off. I’m probably too much of a perfectionist. I have high expectations. I can have a short temper at home when my kids don’t listen. I wish I had more patience. I regret some things I have said. I don’t cook (Thank God my hubby does). I do clean. I’m a good friend. I love the outdoors.  I love our time together at the lake and farm. I love my family and friends.

I love many characteristics about myself and I have plenty I don’t. I embrace the good with the bad and say screw it. I’m not perfect. But I do strive every day to be the best person I can be…

And that’s the best we can do!

Enjoy your weekend.  Be you and love every minute of it!

Fav words in the song…

I am brave, I am bruised

I am who I’m meant to be, this is me

Look out ’cause here I come

And I’m marching on to the beat I drum

I’m not scared to be seen

I make no apologies, this is me


Who says I can’t cook? You obviously haven’t tasted my cereal.

I have no issues being honest and admitting I don’t cook.  I don’t want to, I don’t enjoy it, and I have no interest in starting to cook.  Every once in a while I get a wild hair and think I should start cooking. It doesn’t last long. Maybe I try one new recipe then I move on. Not being the chef in the house does not mean I’m not a good mom or not providing for my kiddos. My kids are happy and healthy.

I know how to cook, I just don’t.

The joke in our house is when it’s my night to cook, it’s cereal. The kids know I’m not the chef and I’m ok with them growing up in a home where I’m not the meal provider. There are 100 ways for a family to function or marriage for that matter and as long as you are carrying your weight and providing in another way, you are rocking your job.

I just don’t like spending that much time in the kitchen. I’d rather be the laundry provider honestly or be outside cutting grass. I think maybe my dislike of cooking started when I was growing up. Being one of seven kids, if you did cook you had to make a spread to feed all the faces at home.  Just took away from the fun for me. I gladly went outside and helped my dad.

Who says I can’t cook? You obviously haven’t tasted my cereal.

So by now you may be wondering what the heck are my kids eating? Well, like many men, my husband rocks. He whips up a meal so fast, makes it look easy and is dang good at it. I appreciate his cooking even though I probably don’t tell him enough.  He is teaching our kids how to cook as well. So with 3 possibilities for chefs, it looks like I can continue to escape the kitchen. I will gladly let those 3 handle it and I’ll clean up the mess.  If you can’t find me, I’m doing the laundry. 🙂

Leave me feedback. Who is the chef in your house?