Things I’m looking forward to after pregnancy

Even though I haven’t been one of those ‘earth mama’ type pregnant women who gains this cosmic perspective on life or whatever, I do have to say that pregnancy has helped me appreciate the life and body I had before getting pregnant. I am so grateful to have been able to carry this baby, but it has been HARD (even though I had an easy pregnancy). Being pregnant has made me realize the beauty in a lot of small acts and freedoms that I absolutely took for granted prior. And I can’t wait to get back to them.

1. Laying on my stomach and flat on my back
2. Curling my knees up to my chest (this is my preferred sitting position)
3. HOT baths
4. An ice cold glass of white wine
5. All the sushi
6. Pants that zip
7. Running
8. Rolling over in bed
9. Wearing my wedding ring
10. Having more clothing options
11. Being able to stop worrying about protecting my belly from the dogs.
12. Easily shaving my legs.

It really is the simple things…no?

Why I blog

I follow this amazing blog, The Private Life of a Girl, and she did a post on why she blogs that I thought would be a good exercise to do myself given that I’m trying to blog more regularly. 

A few of her reasons really resonated with me and I’ve included them below (with a *) with my own explanations, as well as adding some of my own. 

I want to document my life*
I always mean to write in my journal, but I have terrible handwriting and only think to do it at night when I’m practically asleep. It’s not very productive, and it’s just easier for me to type.

I want to connect with people*
I will admit: I am lonely. I have a lovely husband and in laws and some wonderful friends, but having moved across the country from where I grew up I don’t have my people nearby. I’ve started watching Youtube channels full of vlogs for the casual companionship, which I realize is kind of pathetic, but it’s the truth. 

I want to live a more intentional life*
As Sophie put it: “The more I document my life, the more I think about who I am, what I’m becoming, and the direction I want my life to go in. I have become more intentional with my actions, my goals and how I aim to achieve them.” I’ll add that I spend a lot of time watching Netflix and Youtube and then feel sort of awful about having wasted my days. Having a blog to keep up with will hopefully give me something to do and shape my days around.

I want to help people understand they don’t have to be an expert to try something

There are so many people out there who want to start a new hobby or try something new but don’t out of fear that they won’t be good at it. Having been one of those people, I’ve always appreciate hearing the experience of a novice. 

I want women to like themselves
I realize this may sound incredibly lofty, but it’s true. I want to blog because I want women to stop hating themselves. I’m honestly not sure what direction I’ll take with this, but when I think about what I’m passionate about, it’s this. 

This last reason is probably the most important, even though it’s the least fleshed out. Number one for me is that with whatever content I post I want to make sure I’m asking myself “Does this post encourage higher self esteem? Does it inspire?”