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When did that happen?


Wednesday, August 01, 2012

A couple weeks ago, a niece posted this on my FB wall:

"I think you are the most Bad-Ass (pardon the language) Aunt I know! Love the new profile photo & cover photo!!!"

The profile pic and cover photo you've seen, the profile was me before the open water swim, and the cover was that "victory leap" after the Color Run.

When I ask "When did THAT happen?" it's really a question about re-defining one's family identity. You see, I grew up being "the good daughter", "the happy baby" who stuck with mom & dad's church after all the others had left. But I was also "the fat sister".

I have struggled with those labels most of my life, trying for some crazy reason to live up to them? Awakening happens slowly. It does require self-examination. I guess living up to "happy" finally moved me into things that CHANGED the family identity, at least as far as how the next generation sees me. I'm now more identified with fitness and exercise and promoting healthy habits... and overcoming limits!

I'm proud to be a "bad-a$$ Aunt". Glad to leave the "fat sister" label on the cutting room floor. Here's to removing, ripping off, and burning labels that limit, and embracing not just who we want to be, but turning that into who we are becoming... one day, one decision at a time.

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BD3269PM 8/2/2012 7:57AM

    emoticon Wonderful! I like it---Bad Ass Aunt emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 8/2/2012 7:27AM

    WooWoo!!!! Bad Ass girl!!!--- You are such a role model--Pretty neat -=that new label!!!! I love it!!! Lynda emoticon

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_LINDA 8/2/2012 1:29AM

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Way to break out of the old labels! There isn't a better description! You rock!

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SHARON10002 8/1/2012 9:39PM

    emoticon on being the "bad a$$ aunt"! Take this label and remember it because you have earned every bit of it! (in the best way!) emoticon

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SUNNY332 8/1/2012 8:53PM

    Now this makes all of that hard work worth it.

That was just great and I thank you for sharing this with us.

Hugs, Sunny

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MOBYCARP 8/1/2012 8:42PM

    It's good to have people like that niece in the family! She kind of put a new perspective on my last Facebook post that I almost didn't make, because it wasn't *that* big a deal.

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KARIDIAN1 8/1/2012 7:24PM

    You have broken the mold and escaped the old labels that have haunted you in the past.

Now you have a new nickname/label- the Bad Ass Aunt. Wear it with pride!

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MSLZZY 8/1/2012 6:09PM

    You have certainly proven to me that it can be
done! Show me the way, sister! HUGS!

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FITBODME 8/1/2012 2:24PM

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EBEAMS 8/1/2012 9:23AM

    Ahhh ... the dreaded "labels" that we neither ask for nor get to chose but somehow in the family structure become attached to us. I was the quiet, good, smart, not pretty, heavy sister while my sister was labeled the opposite. I was "programmed", if you will, to grow up to get married, have babies, work hard and live happily ever after. I'm still recovering from my childhood (LOL) but I've come far enough to know that "happily ever after" is built one day, one choice, one thought at a time!

Your niece is pretty smart ... emoticon I like her alot!

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BELTONWALKER67 8/1/2012 8:50AM

    emoticon emoticon in becoming who you want to be rather than what others think you are!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/1/2012 8:37AM

    Oh I couldn't agree more about labels!

when I first started in nursing, my nursing supervisor used to call me "Mommy's little helper." OMG! I know it was because I am vertically challenged, but Lord help me . . . I wanted to deck her!

I am so glad that you're establishing a whole new identitiy for yourself! Way to go!!!!

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CELIAMINER 8/1/2012 8:29AM

    Good for you! Thanks for being an inspiration and for reminding us that change can be a GOOD thing.

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DEE797 8/1/2012 8:27AM

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JOHNTJ1 8/1/2012 8:24AM

    Feels good, dont it?

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ANDI571 8/1/2012 8:15AM

    I know about those labels. "You are just like your mother", comes to mind.

I don't know that I would have used the exact wording that your niece did, lol, but I would have to agree with her. You would not believe how many times I use you as an example when I am talking to Kel or Terry. I also love, love, love that picture with the leap at the end of the color run. You rock! emoticon

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CMKARLS 8/1/2012 8:04AM

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ALBAUGHMO 8/1/2012 7:59AM

  you should be so proud of yourself and all that you have done. i stand in awe of you. you inspire me and i hope i can keep pushing myself. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 8/1/2012 7:59AM

  way to go and the youth have a strange way to put things at times but it does make us feel good

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