The year is 2016, we live a global village, information is at our fingers tips, people have been to the moon and back, technology is the norm to an extent where the possibilities of innovation are end less.. . Yet my being an intelligent, confident, self aware, assertive beautiful woman is for some people still unfathomable.
How the same girl grows into a smart woman who excells at work relying only on her brains and not her long legs or pretty face.
Im still shocked that half of America, would rather vote in a candidate who unapologetically showed his ugly true colours over a capable woman. Granted she had made some mistakes in the past, but dnt we all? !
My daughter excells at everything she does, like so many little girls her age. Girls are taking centre stage both in academics and extra curriculum activities… And i intend to continue encouraging and supporting her to do even better.
I refuse to dumb myself down to stroke anyones ego. I refuse to tell my little girl she cnt do something she’s interested in because its supposed to be a preserve for boys..
Don’t get me wrong, was i raising a boy, I would teach him the same values and expose him to the same opportunities. Most of all teach him to respect others abilities and not to judge them based on their gender , race, religion,political affiliation or other demographic features.
I am capable of too much to just sit and look pretty!Our daughters’, our sisters, our mothers are capable of too much to just sit and look pretty.
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Time flies is becoming more than an understatement,I turn 30 tomorrow and honestly it seems like my life has been moving in fast forward.I thought teachers we’re just being harsh when they said things would be very different once we left school.
Campus was a hoot though and for a while we created our own reality but that did not last forever.Graduation soon came and it was time to go deal with real life.But thirty was still far away and boy did I have plans,things I had to achieve or do by the time I turned thirty.
First on the list was getting a good job,well it has been an up and down kind of ride but I’m finally working at a job i really enjoy and it can only get better.Second on the list was finding Mr.Right,I learned the hard way you can’t plan for this one.Believe me the frogs did not disappoint but I did meet my prince charming and I couldn’t be happier.
I was going to have two kids by the time I turned 28 but as fate would have it,this wasn’t an exact science either.I am the proud mummy of a beautiful brilliant little girl and we’re working on the second born,watch this space 🙂
Looking back I don’t know what I was so afraid of about turning 30.I have grown up so much since my days of claiming I’d be 18 till i die. I now know life can’t fully be planned out and I don’t really sweat the small stuff.Instead I’m grateful for all I have,for the good and bad things that have happened to me,because they got me here.
So happy thirtieth birthday to me,can’t wait to see what the next phase of my life has to offer!
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Sometimes it feels like no matter how hard I try am falling short,whether its at being a mum,a wife,a daughter,a sister or even at work.But falling short based on whose standards,mine?And if so should I then cut myself some slack or maintain them so that I’m always working towards being a better me.
If its not by my standards then should I break my back trying to live up to other peoples expectations?When we were kids I thought my mum was super woman,now that I’m older though I realize she was doing so much and dealing with her own issues as working mother and wife.
There are these roles that are expected of both men and women either by society or just as a status quo we have come to except them.How realistic are they though?For instance,men are supposed to be the providers in their family.
In today’s world two income homes are becoming more common,how then does this affect the role of the man, if at all?I remember my dad making Sunday breakfast sometimes but that was a rare occurrence,talking from my own experience,I don’t know how I would survive if my husband didn’t help out with dinner or dishes every so often.
Does this make me any less of a wife or mother or him less of a man?I don’t think so!I love that my daughter will have numerous memories of making breakfast with her dad,doing school projects or sorting the laundry,so that mummy does not have to be up all night doing chores.
So to hell with people’s standards and expectations,I’ll go with what works for me and my family.I’ll give myself a hard time every once in a while because I’m my own worst critic but I can handle me…
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Conversations with my daughter usually involve very many questions of the why, how, how come nature ?! Plus numerous stories of her adventures in school, I practically know her whole class by name, both names even 🙂
U get the drift, we talk a lot, we enjoy each others company, she’s my little best friend 🙂
So what’s my point?? Life keeps getting in the way of our hanging out. I’m at work all day while she’s at school. When we get home, its shower, homework, dinner, sleep and the cycle begins again.
Okay, our life is not that dreary we do get off days and maybe an hour or two during the week. That’s when i get to hear all about the naughty boy, the bully, the best friend forever, the cute boy(this one threw me but i acted cool)the business she’s going to start,the shoes she wants me to buy for her,the new cool show we must watch on Nickelodeon..etc etc..
Most times I’m usually doing something else while we’re talking, either I’m driving, cooking, ironing or something. As much as I pride myself on my multitasking skills I don’t always follow. Were we talking about the bully or the BFF…
My baby being the genius that she is has caught on to this and sometimes makes me repeat what she just said. Lets just say she’s not very happy when I can’t .
So yesterday she says to me,
mum stop multitasking me,
in the saddest voice you ever heard. That got my attention!
I don’t want to miss out on this quality time that will become a distant memory as she grows older.In fact I’m hoping that we will have built such a great foundation even the teenage monster stage wont stand a chance!
So I’m resolving to give her at least an hour of my undivided attention everyday and definitely more on the weekend. No phone,no TV, no chores, no talking with anyone else. Just us girls catching up 🙂
I haven’t posted anything in a fortnight and its not because i didn’t have something to say, I guess I was clearing the cache (just got off the phone with an I. T guy might as well borrow the lingo)
One of my favourite quotes is
dont speak because you have to say something, speak because you have something to say
and I try to live by it.
In truth I feel like 2016 is just starting for me. January was not the easiest month and cant say I’m sad to see it go.
February on the other hand has started with a bang, I landed a new job that is full of promise and i think I’m really going to enjoy it.
This is my turning 30 year: pause for effect when did i get old??! Well never I’ll be 22 for the next 10years…
Seriously though I’ve been in a reflective mood since the beginning of the year, kind of settling the accounts of my life so far…
Looking back at the things I thought I would have done by now, I just laughed. I’ve learnt that life has its own plans that almost never coincide with ours.
The books don’t look so bad though,I’m healthy,surrounded by people who love me, I ‘m a mummy to a beautiful princess(who I must give a little brother or sister soon) and I have a job that I think will challenge and reward me at the same time.
Things could be worse, so here’ s to new beginnings and whatever they may bring..