Being Better

Today’s post has changed a number of times throughout the day. I didn’t have a lot of time to do anything other than be a momma today. I was planning to do a decluttering post, but didn’t have time for any of it. I’ve chosen a prompt that suits the day.

Write about an area in your life that you’d like to improve:

That’s the prompt. I don’t want to use it exactly as it is though. I don’t want to focus on what I want to improve, but I’d rather focus on what things I can do better at. I like who I am right now, but there are always areas I can be better. I think self improvement is great, but before working to self improve, you have to be happy with who you are. I want to continue to be a better version of myself.

With that in mind, here are some things that I like about myself, and that I can always work to improve upon to be a better version of me:

Being a strong Mom

I’m talking a strong mom physically and mentally, but these days I am working on the physical part of it. I go to Fitbump once a week which is wonderful. It feels like I keep ending up with injuries though (not from Fitbump), and I want to stay strong for my kiddo. I decided to do more. I’ve been going on the elliptical at least every other day (usually every day). It’s exhausting, but it feels pretty good when I’m done. I’ve also been adding in some fun exercise. My kiddo LOVES playing chase. He has a route around the upstairs that we use. (If I change the route, he has a MELTDOWN). He loves to chase me, and luckily, I don’t have to walk super fast so I’ve been adding in weights at the same time.

I am not doing any of this as a technique to lose weight. As I posted in the past, I want to be happy being me, no matter what weight I’m at, but I do want to be the strongest version of myself that I can be.

Write for my mental health

I’m making sure to write just for me. Novel editing is really important, and so is novel writing. Blogging is important to share my words. Sometimes, I just want to do my writing for myself though. I am giving myself one day a week to journal write and letter write. I’m writing letters to people. I have a pen pal, but I’m expanding it, and writing to anybody I think might enjoy receiving a letter. I love receiving letters in the mail, and if I can make somebody’s day by sending them a note, I’m all for it. It’s nice to write, but for myself – not just the hope of one day getting published.

Have All The Fun With My Son

I sometimes feel like to have fun with my son, we have to do something exciting. We have to have an activity planned. We have to leave the house. We do that a lot. Today we just did normal things, and we had a blast all day. We made cookies, and usually I take cute photos of my toddler helping, but really, it’s frustrating. It’s messy. He doesn’t listen. Today was good. He did listen, and we embraced the mess. We had fun working together to make cookies. Plus he got to eat chocolate chips. We played outside, we coloured, we played with play dough, and we had silly family time. It was a good day. Making my son smile makes me better. Having a good day with my son makes me better. This is also an aspect to the strong mom goal.

Watch my son try new things, and follow by my example

Something really cool happened today. Anthony picked up my phone, and started making clicking noises. Camera noises. He didn’t pick it up to check Facebook or Instagram, or to play games, or try to watch shows. He picked it up to take photos. I try hard to limit my phone use although I’m not always good at it. It made me smile that he’s seen me use it to take photos, and that’s what he wants to do. He was having so much fun that I decided to give him a real camera to play around with. There were A LOT of photos of my dogs butt, but a few great ones of his face. I’d love to get him his own camera. We both had a blast taking photos together, and I can’t wait to teach him more, and try to lead by example. I love that today he saw me colouring so he wanted to colour too. I love that he sees me taking photos so he also wants to take photos. I LOVE that we read, and he loves to read. I’m sure he’ll pick up a few bad habits as well – like my potty mouth, but I’m focusing on the good right now.

I love all these things, but the best part is that I can continue to be better. I can be a better mom. I can be a better writer. I can be a better person. I can be happy with who I am, but still try to make all those things better. I know what my good qualities are, but I’ll continue to change as I learn how to be a better person, and a better version of myself.

Tonight was my letter writing night, but I took too long writing this post. I’ll write tomorrow. I’m still learning how to use my time wisely so I can get more writing done in one night. I’ll write my letters and write in my journal tomorrow.

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