On: Being Contrary
The word contrary relates to things that are opposite or contradictory of one another. But what if that contradiction is all within the same person? Within their thoughts and beliefs? Welcome to my life. I’m sure everyone feels this way at some point, maybe even most the time, I can’t be the only one, right?
I have two daughters, a three year old and an eight month old. They are the loves of my life and I couldn’t imagine not being their mother. There are many things I do that make me a “crunchy” mom, but just as many that make me a “traditional” mom. I use cloth diapers (crunchy), many people think I’m out of my mind crazy, but I love it! We also have a stash of disposable diapers (traditional) we use at nighttime, while traveling, or just when it’s convenient. I have breastfed both of my daughters (crunchy), and we did baby led weaning (crunchy) when it was time for them to start eating solid foods. But we also regularly give our daughter fruit snacks, goldfish, and the occasional happy meal (traditional).
I love nothing more than a good Netflix binge. When the latest season of House of Cards or Orange is the New Black comes out, you know where to find me. But I also love to read, and have a wish list of over 100 books I want to read. I go through phases where I read at least one book per week, and I go through phases where I watch at least two shows per night.
I want to be thin, fit and healthy. I work out semi-regularly by running (okay, walk/jogging) or using Beachbody on Demand. I often make recipes using quinoa or kale or whatever “superfood” is in vogue at the moment, and follow several healthy eating blogs on Facebook. But I also love food, especially carbs, especially sugar, which interferes with the healthy eating, and see above mentioned Netflix and reading obsessions to understand why I don’t exercise as often as I should.
It’s the same way with many of my beliefs and opinions, political leanings, etc. I usually share some of the beliefs of one side and some of the beliefs of the other. The thoughts I have just about one subject would probably seem contrary to many people, but all seem to make sense in my head (for the most part). Even topics for which I have a solid opinion, I can usually see the other side, where they’re coming from and why they believe the way they do, even if I choose to believe the opposite.
I’m sure I’ll write about my opinions on many topics for this blog. It will be interesting to see which aspects people agree or disagree with. I’m one of those weird people who loves seeing debates in the comment sections of blogs, Facebook posts, etc., so I would love if that would happen here! Often, I will see information within those comments that I didn’t know or think about that causes me to modify my opinion, as long as the comment was respectful and made a good point.
Which leads me to the purpose of this blog. I’m not exactly sure what the “theme” of this blog will be. It will certainly be very contrary, just like my life. I will probably post my thoughts and opinions on a lot of things, but also about parenting, book reviews, my journey to become healthier, be a better person, and just about my life in general. I hope you will continue reading and interacting with me on this blog, as I try to figure out this thing called life and everything that goes with it.