Well if it isn’t Friday already! Where does the time go?
Happy Weekend everyone and thank you to all of you who regularly stop by to visit on Let’s BEE Friends Friday. I love and appreciate your participation and support
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I’m super excited to tell you that I have Melanie from She’s Write hanging out with me today.
Melanie is ” a mom, a wife and a career woman, who loves food, red wine, clothes and talking about all of the above”. Melanie is a journalist and writes for a living. She is never short of words or thoughts or ideas.
Today, she is sharing with us 10 wonderful things about herself.
She’sWrite: It’s What I Do
You know that mom who has lost all of her baby weight by the time her kid was four months old, always has perfect hair, great make-up (not too little, nor too much) and would never, ever be caught dead in yoga pants?
Yeah, that’s not me. I am the mom who was still calling that extra 20 pounds “baby weight,” even though my baby was 3 years old. (I’ve since had a second child, and he just turned 1, so I’m OK with calling it “baby weight.”)
My hair. Oh, my hair. I’m African American with relaxed hair, so it’s always a struggle to deal with. I rarely wear it straight though. It’s too much work, so I am either rockin’ a Chaka Khan-infused bed head, or it’s pulled back into a bun/ponytail. Neither is cute. I keep telling myself that with the right confidence, any hair style is OK. I know it’s a lie, but it keeps me going, so please, don’t judge.
Yoga pants. They’re a staple in my wardrobe these days. I try to “class it up” by wearing jeans outside the house. Yes, it’s classy.
But you know what? I’m OK with not being that “perfect” mom. Largely because I’d find it too confining to be in that Perfect Mom box. There’s beauty in imperfections, right?
I’m so stoked to be on Let’s BEE friends today, thank you for having me. I’m supposed to tell you guys 10 cool things about me. Um, I don’t think there are 10 cool things, so I’ll just pick 10 random facts/stories. I also will count the three points above because I’m running short on time due to my aforementioned 1 year old doing his Evel Knievel impersonation by performing death defying feats featuring our coffee table.
Let’s see, seven more…
I’m a Kansas girl. <Insert your favorite Wizard of Oz reference here> and I live in Chicago’s suburbs. It’s a little cookie-cutter out here in the ‘burbs, but it’s great for the kids and we’ve got some fantastic friends.
I am a journalist. I always wince when I say this for two reasons. A) It sounds way cooler than it is. People sometimes have a romanticized idea of what life is like as a journalist. They think Woodward and Bernstein, or foreign war correspondents. My journalism isn’t that sexy. And B) Some people immediately go on the attack and lump us journalists all into one category. The question usually starts: “Why does the media always …” My journalism isn’t irresponsible like that. Though, I’ve done some fun things in my years as a journalist, this summer I quit my company of 12 years because it wasn’t feasible to do my gig and raise my kids. (You can read about it here.) Now I’m freelancing and it’s fun, different, but fun.
Let’s see, how many is left… OK, half way there.
Also in the category of Things Sounding Cooler Than They Are: I’m a blogger for Huffington Post. It’s a great platform and neat to be able to reach a wide audience with my opinions. I’ll spare you the details of my pieces, but you can check them out here. Some are inspiring, others are provocative, all of them will make you think.
My husband is Norwegian. He’s an awesome Hubby who works too hard, but that kinda seems how life is these days, right? We used to travel to Norway every year, but since having kids, we’ve only been back twice. Most recently we spent three weeks there for the Christmas holiday.
Hmmm. I like to travel and this fall had a girls trip to Bermuda, that was fun and much needed.
I love blogging and the people I get to meet. Isn’t it strange how you can connect so well with people you haven’t met IRL? Some of my favorite posts are here.
Ummm. I’m running out of things to say. I suppose No. 10 would be that I used to have a California king snake named Othello.
Phew! So there, that’s 10 things about me. Now enough talk about me, I wanna know about you! Tell me a little about yourself and know that you’re welcome over on my blog anytime. You can also find me on Twitter using @sheswrite or you can visit my Facebook page here.
Bruna- Thanks so much for having me! It’s been fun.