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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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