Have you ever thought about the person you were before you were who you are?
Take a minute to process that. I’ll wait.
As my kids get older and become infinitely more self-sufficient, I have felt the urge to re-evaluate what my role here actually is. Since my son was born in 2003, being a mom was half my identity. I still worked full time but even at work, he pretty much occupied my focus and everything I did revolved around his needs. When my daughter was born in 2007, I quit my job to be a full time mom and for the last almost 9 years, being a mom has been my entire identity.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I chose this lifestyle and have been very blessed to have been able to enjoy being a mom in the way I wanted to. I loved being able to be home with them and experiencing all of their “firsts” and I would do it all over again (except maybe I would rethink a few wardrobe choices).
But time has its own agenda, and my time as a mom is changing, which is leaving me with a lot to think about.
Who was I before I was who I am?
I have sometimes wondered what other moms that I see and talk to every day did before they were moms. But for some reason, I have never bothered to ask them. But none of us are one-dimensional and even if I only see one side of a person, I know there has to be so much more.
My Unexpected Side
For a very long time, very few people knew that I have a black belt in Kenpo Karate. I am a certified instructor and I had dreams of one day opening my own studio. At one point in my life I ate, slept and breathed Kenpo Karate. It was a passion like no other. I loved it and I was good at it, which is a very empowering feeling. It was so empowering, it even motivated me to apply to the FBI as a field agent.
My special agent career never panned out (though I still have an interest in it), but I did re-discover my passion for Kenpo and am currently working on my 2nd degree black belt and scouting studio locations at every turn.
Definitely not something most people would expect from a stay-at-home mom!
I’d be willing to bet that most people have an unexpected side to them that would surprise people. To help celebrate the unexpected, Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars is having a contest where you can enter to win up to $1,000 towards a fun and unique adventure simply by sharing your unexpected side on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #ShareYourBROOKSIDE and #SweepsEntry. You can also enter on their Facebook page as well. More information here: Full sweepstakes rules.
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