I started this blog with the intent of sharing what I have learned in my life and to help women realize that they can be more and do more than what they think. I want to influence women to find their true potential. I thought the only way to do this was to have a How-To blog, but as I’ve been talking to friends and family about the direction I want to take the blog, I’ve realized that I need to do more than just instructional posts. I need to share my life and my story of personal growth and the journey to reach my true potential.
So here it goes. . .
I grew up in a family with 7 kids in a 1,000 sq. ft. house in Southern California. I am the middle child with 3 boys above me and 3 girls below me. Because I was the oldest of 4 girls, I was basically responsible for helping them get ready for the day and tending to their wants and needs. I babysat them far more than I should have.
For this and several other reasons, I spent my childhood and adolescence craving freedom. I felt like I didn’t quite have the time to just be me and figure out exactly who that was. That’s probably one of the reasons why I only have 2 kids: because I’ve been waiting my whole life to have my own time to do what I want and figure out who I want to be. This is also the reason why I am so motivated to learn more and be more. I believe I can do more, and therefore I should do more. I’m excited to use my time as an adult to learn what the world has to offer and I refuse to have a boring life.
I’m 33 years old and I live in Las Vegas. I’ve been married to my husband, who will be referred to only as Hubby, for almost 12 years. He is a professional firefighter. I have two adorable kids. A 9-year-old girl, who I call Boogie, and a 6-year-old boy that we affectionately call Buddy. I also have 11 chickens, 2 rabbits, 2 desert tortoises, and a dog.
Ryan started half-day kindergarten this year, which means that this is the beginning of me having time to “do as I please”. Next year both of my kids will be in school full time and I’ll have 6 hours kid-free. Whether I’ll spend that working, sleeping, cleaning, getting pedicures, or whatever else mom’s do when their kids are at school, I’m not sure. But let me give you a taste of my average week now.
I get up every day at 6:30 a.m. and start getting Rylie ready for school. After taking her to a carpool drop off place at 7:15, I come home, wake up Ryan, and get him ready as well. He’s at school from 8-12 during which I clean, take care of my animals, go grocery shopping, do some type of work on our house (this week it was tiling a shower), babysit my friend’s 3-year-old, hang out with my husband, work on my blog, send out emails, do social media posts for the PTA, and other random things. This is the time I use to learn new things and do any of the projects that you see me post about.
From noon to 1:50 p.m. I am feeding my son lunch, and continuing to do the activities mentioned above that were started while Ryan was at school.
1:50-3:30- I am picking up my daughter from school. Yes, it takes that long! Next year it should only take 20 minutes as her school is building a campus closer to our house.
3:30-4:15- I’m usually resting. I hate driving and it makes me really tired. I want my day to end here, but it doesn’t. So I relax on the couch and play Candy Crush for a bit while I simultaneously help my daughter do some extra math homework.
4:15-5 p.m.- I’m making dinner. Which again, I hate. I’m not a fan of cooking and I rarely know what to make. If I ever post recipes on my blog, know that they are worth making because they were either easy, or really good.
5-5:30 or 6 p.m. (depending on the day)- I’m eating.
5:30-9 p.m. MWF- Karate for Rylie and me (I started taking Karate classes in August and I love it). My class starts immediately after hers and has an extra weightlifting portion from 8:15-9 p.m.
T/Th- I play soccer or I spend time with my husband.
Then I go to bed and it all starts over again.
On the weekends I have karate competition training and church. Both of those activities take up several hours. My kids usually have friends over and I am often babysitting for other people. I will also spend that time gardening, working on finances, doing any extra chores that were left over from the week, learning something new, doing home improvement work, hanging out with friends, serving someone, crafting, reading, organizing, etc.
My bathroom flooded last week, so this week I shopped for vanities and repainted my bathroom. I also finished tiling and grouting a 10’ high shower, went to the Chiropractor to fix my shoulder that separated when grouting, got a balance massage to heal and prevent injuries, researched bathroom designs since I am now forced to finish our bathroom remodel, sold 6 dozen eggs that my chickens laid, had family (7 people) come to my house from out of town for dinner, bought and sorted hundreds of Lego minifigures (don’t ask), helped my husband move furniture, wrote a 12 minute talk to give at church, normal beauty maintenance, smothered my kids with kisses and love, reminded my kids how much I love them and how amazing they are, and did research for future blog posts.
Today I became the new president of the PTA. So add PTA activities to any gaps in there.
Because I know I can do more, I will be adding bi-weekly blogging, karate fighting competitions (out of state once a month), woodworking, studying to get my personal training certification, meditation, and more reading (I only read books that teach me how to do something).
Everyone has the same amount of hours in the day. This year I’ve learned not to waste them and how to use those hours to benefit me.
I hope you will all help me to continue to learn by giving me constructive criticism and suggestions for this blog. What do you want to learn about?
2 thoughts on “An Introduction to Personal Growth”
Katie, you’re so rad. You’ve given me a lot to think about!