Who I Wanna Be


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Nerd. Dork. Cheesy. Quirky. Funny. Awkward. These were all ways I would describe myself growing up. The difference is back then I saw them as negatives. They were the things I saw wrong with myself and felt I needed to change in order to fit in. Now, I have learned that to be who I wanna be is all I need to be. Now these words are the ones I embrace and treasure because they make me who I am. This confidence wasn’t something I came by easily, but oh now that I’m here I couldn’t be happier!

 

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I Was Miserable

Growing up I had the normal ups and downs of childhood, but looking back I can see that a lot of them were of my own doing. I took it upon myself to try and get rid of what I thought were the bad qualities I had simply to try and fit in with those around me. I wanted to be who they wanted me to be and who they would accept and I thought it meant letting go of me. I must admit I became a bit of a pro at fitting in. I could even describe myself as a chameleon. I would change my speech, my look and even my likes simply to fit in with the people I thought I needed to be happy. Yet once I got there, the happiness never seemed to come. I was miserable. I had to work so hard to keep up the facade of being all they thought was acceptable that I almost forgot who I really was.

What About Me?

That’s right. I was so busy pleasing others I nearly forgot to please myself. I had to actually take a step back – and away – from the people I had sought to please and figure out why I wasn’t happy. I mean I’d gotten what I wanted, right? I wanted to ‘fit in‘ and be a part of their circles, so why then— even though I was there— why wasn’t I happy? They were all happy, which was great, but I wasn’t feeling fulfilled or even liked by them or more importantly myself. I stopped and asked myself – what about me? What did I want to do, be, say, like, wear…etc.? I lost myself in the process of fitting in and I was ready to make a change.

Who I Wanna Be

I decided that I needed to track down that girl I used to be and find out how she fit in with who I wanna be for me. I found her. All the quirky, nerdy and awkwardness she had and I held on tight. She was me! After all this time – I was half-way through my 30s – I was okay with being just that. I was a wife, mom and friend but along the way I forgot to be all of that plus who I wanna be. No more. There was room for it all. I was done trying to conform and change myself to fit the models of what others wanted from me. I finally reached that place where my happiness actually mattered. I had found my own groove in life. I loved my family and friends but I understood now that if they loved me, then they would love the real me – no matter what.

A New Confidence

I had a new confidence. It was okay to be that nerd girl, funny, awkward, cheesy, dorky…all of it. It was okay and it was me. I learned to embrace her, celebrate her and support her. Learning who I was has brought me to a place in my life where I never thought I would be. I was once a person who would not do anything without someone else there, but have learned to enjoy my own company. I have taken part in The Color Run for the 2nd time, and have attended Blog Conferences states away from home on my own! These are accomplishments I know would have never been possible without the confidence I found to be exactly who I wanna be.

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98 thoughts on “Who I Wanna Be

    • MrsTee Post author

      i ask the same every now and then but having the freedom to answer with whatever I like…so great! Oh and yes, we do still have time! Thanks so much for coming by 🙂

  • Adanna

    I absolutely agree with this! It's very true that those things that make you different as a kids will be your money maker as Rihanna told me when I had the chance to interview her. I'm glad you got back in touch with your true self.
    My recent post Summer Style: Jumpsuit

    • MrsTee Post author

      Hi Adanna! Congratulations on your interview with Rihanna…finding that part of you that makes you unique is definitely key. Thanks so much for coming by!

    • MrsTee Post author

      TRUTH! God knew me before I was formed and He knows what I am better than anyone so he is the only the one I need to accept and the only one I need approval from. Here\’s to FREEdom!

    • MrsTee Post author

      I\’m so glad. I knew I couldn’t be the only one…LOL Embracing who we are is so amazingly freeing. Thanks so much and thanks for coming by!

    • MrsTee Post author

      Thanks so much Steph. I’m so happy you could relate to what I shared. Oh yes, hitting that three zero definitely puts a lot into perspective. Thanks so much for coming by!

    • MrsTee Post author

      Are We??? LOL… I’m so glad you can relate! You’re right God is my only Judge and realizing that helped a lot. You are definitely FLY Christine and I’m glad we have so much in common 😀

  • mimicutelips

    Great post it is so important to be your authentic self. Glad to see you came around, we like you just the way you are.

  • alyssa

    It took me forever (like, 19 years of life) to figure out anything about myself. I was so dependent on other people or boys to validate who I wished I was but it wasn't till I went through something traumatic that I started to really figured it out. And I'm so glad I did.

  • April G

    I was all of those things, but I never rejected it. I was always part of the out crowd, I just struggled with what I was supposed to do with it. No one else seemed happy in their nerdiness and so I still felt very alone.

    • MrsTee Post author

      I\’m so glad you had the confidence to accept you for you. It took me a while to get there but I am so happy that I found my way. You\’re not alone! NerdGirls ROCK 😀

  • Sarah

    I love this contest! And I'm so happy that you're embracing you and all your uniqueness. I think most people go through the same thing at one time or another…and if I came across someone who was able to be themselves in junior high, I want to know their secret lol.

  • Jaime Nicole

    What a great story about your journey. I love that you kept at it and went about discovering your groove so deliberately. I find it easier to spend time getting to know me when I am away from everyone else. It cuts down on the noise in my head 🙂
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  • probablycrafting2014

    I try to be myself, the chessy, corny, dorky, fun loving nerd girl but that girl doesn't fit in many places so I find myself being someone different. It's great to just be who you truly are and be surrounded by others who accept that person!
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    • MrsTee Post author

      Haha! That’s me too but I have found trying to fit in to the places always leaves me with tainted memories of the moments. It’s so much more fun to just let the real me out and those who can’t or won’t handle her aren’t meant to 🙂

  • franckxethee

    It's nice that you are being more comfortable with yourself and not stuck pleasing other people. It's really important to build one's self esteem so you can be a more complete person for others.

  • martinkadeluxe

    This is such a great contest! It took me a while to find me, and then refind me when the kids were born… but I am trying to get there!

    • MrsTee Post author

      Thanks!! You\’re right…we do have to adjust and change as our lives change but keeping that core foundation of our personalities is so important. We\’re all trying to get there day by day 🙂

  • Tyesha

    I think we are all guilty in some shape or form of not being who we truly are because we are so afraid that either we won't fit in or what our peers my think, but as we grow older we see ourselves for who we truly are and become more confident. I know it took for me to get married, have kids of my own and become an adult to finally get it and I'm still learning, but along the way I do stay true to myself. Great post!
    My recent post What I Wore: {Mint Tulle Skirt + Mesh featuring Shabby Apple}

    • MrsTee Post author

      You’re right Tyesha. When we can get to the place where what other people think of who we are matters less than what we think – that’s true freedom. I’m still learning to and I love discovering more about myself each day. Thanks so much and thanks for coming by today 🙂

  • stephanieweaver489381226

    I'm about to turn 40 in a month or so, this actually shocked the girls at my gym, for some reason they thought I was much younger than them and I knew they were in their mid-forties and then the conversation lead to what they'd want to change – the sagging, the knees aching etc. I posed this question back to them: would you really want to be 20 again?
    My answer – Hell no! 🙂 I love my life now, I've struggled to find who I am, struggled to escape what feminists want women to be, struggled with my self worth without a full-time income and "just" being a mom. Society loads all of this stuff onto us and I carried that burden for a long time and was unhappy, now I've found my happiness that I never want a vacation from. With each passing decade I get stronger in myself, stronger with my family, stronger with God, I expect some struggles in the next 2 decades with losing parents but I know life will just get better.
    Thank you for your article, it made me very thankful.
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    • MrsTee Post author

      Hi Stephanie! Don’t you love it when people think your younger? I know I do! LOL… I would definitely NOT want to be 20 again. I was so confused and not comfortable in my own skin. I think I am so much happier now even with a few more years added on 🙂

      Becoming a SAHM was the hardest thing for this independent girl too…I had to become okay with my Hubby providing the financial while I provided the emotional needed at home. I still struggle with that at times but in the letting go I’ve learned that I don’t have to do everything alone. I have a support and that is good. Thank you so much for coming by and for giving me a peek into your story. I truly appreciate it.

    • MrsTee Post author

      Thank YOU for reinforcing that in our next generation. Even though I have just gotten to a place where I accept me for me I am trying my hardest to give my Kiddies the tools to do that even now while their young.

  • Pamela

    Thanks for sharing your post! It's hard to get into the groove of life. We deal with so many insecurities on our journey to "us", and it's easy to let them sidetrack us from being our "best selves". I admire your honesty about your journey. I've been there too, and still at time struggle with not getting put back into old thoughts. But, we have to embrace ourselves and take chances. I love that you're traveling, and doing you. Life is a buffet, and I always appreciate someone who wants to try as many "options" as possible. Thanks again!
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    • MrsTee Post author

      Thank You for coming by Pamela. It can be very difficult but once we find that path it is so rewarding. Thank you, embracing ourselves is such a step in becoming at ease with who we are. I love the buffet analogy… so true! Have an awesome day!

  • YUMMommy

    I think we struggle at some point to figure who we are and whether or not that's the person we want to be. I tried fitting in early on in my childhood, but eventually I gave that up and just settled for being myself. I hope that as a mom, I'm helping my children to appreciate themselves for who they are and not who other people want them to be. Life's too short to be walking around always putting on a front to please others!
    My recent post Firework: From Kindergarten To First Grade

    • MrsTee Post author

      Being yourself is never a settle. I am sure that your children are learning from you how to be the best them they can be. Life is definitely too short to try to be anyone else. Thanks so much for coming by and for sharing a bit of your story with me. 🙂

  • Megan Elford

    Progressing through those stages of life is so challenging, especially when you're unsure of yourself or when who you are isn't what's "cool" at the time. I think time and life really gives alot of perspective on those stages though. I see my son going through some of the same awkwardness that I did, and the worst thing is that others will point it out! I know he'll get past it though, and then he'll really be going places!

    • MrsTee Post author

      It truly can be Megan, I am so glad I moved pass the being ‘cool’ part and on to the just being ‘me’ part 🙂 I’m sure with your support and encouragement he will get through it with no issues. Thanks so much for coming by!

  • yumeating

    Looking back on my childhood is painful. I was molested for the first 12 years of my life so I did not develop mentally and emotionally like normal children do. After that, I was bullied a lot by classmates and some members of my own family for being overweight. In my 20s I managed to get over it and have a wonderful life. Now that I am almost 40, I have relapsed and find myself wondering who I am and what I should do with my life. Sometimes I think we all question who we want to be at various points in our life.
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    • MrsTee Post author

      Going through the things you have gone through could not make learning and discovering who you are easy. Yet you did! That period in your 20s you were able find you way to the other side of things and that means it IS possible. I pray you the best and hope that you are once again able to discover Chrystal in the midst of it all. Thanks so much for coming by and for sharing a piece of your story with me xoxoxo

  • Kiersten

    I did the same as a child and teenager. I did my best to not be my nerdy/geeky self, and it got me nowhere. Once I stopped caring what everyone else thought, I found myself so much happier. I'm still working on owning myself to this day, but it's getting better daily!
    My recent post Ipsy #2 – May 2015

    • MrsTee Post author

      Kirsten not caring about what ‘they’ think is the key for sure. I thought being a nerd would hinder me but I am so in love with my Nerd Girl now… it’s who I am and whoever can’t take it can’t take me 🙂 It was definitely a journey – day by day – so I know you will own yourself soon as well. Thanks so much for coming by!

  • Poised in Print

    Isn't it a wonderful feeling to grow and mature? It feels great to accept the quirks as they are and appreciate how they are the things that shape you. I'd once tried to "calm" my brash and aggressive nature, but it is two traits that have helped me to succeed and oddly enough, are what others like about me.

    Reginia Cordell

    • MrsTee Post author

      So amazing Reginia! To move beyond the insecurities and uncertainties of youth. Definitely happy in my skin right now. I can see what you mean calming a part of what makes you who you are would simply take away from that. Be you and those who are meant to be in your life will be!

  • Tiara

    As a child, we all think negative things about ourselves and as we grow it's nice to see that we embrace them. We can only be ourselves and with confidence, that makes us beautiful! I am so happy you've gotten to that comfortable place in your life!
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    • MrsTee Post author

      I agree Tiara. We tend to see ourselves through the eyes and opinions of others as youth but when we reach a point when we can accept who we see in the mirror no matter what – that is such an amazing moment. Thank you and thank you so much for coming by today 🙂

  • Kita

    I lost myself after I lost my mother and I am now just getting back to me. I wasted so many years feeling depressed and angry that I missed some valuable lessons. I am so glad that I got it together it's taking some time but it's so worth the journey.
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    • MrsTee Post author

      I am so sorry for your loss, Kita. I can imagine how loosing someone who herself had so much influence on who you were can make that journey back a bit difficult.

  • lpayoute

    You are talking to a late bloomer! Now that I've entered adulthood I thank GOD that I was a late bloomer. Things worked out just fine while i was being the awkward girl with braces I was into my books and studying.

  • Heather

    Its important to love where you are at in life. I find myself weaving in and out of things. I can loose myself in motherhood and it takes awhile to find who I am again…people can loose themselves in work…but its best to loose yourself within yourself. That truely is being yourself. Loved this post from a fellow nerd girl! 😉

    • MrsTee Post author

      It is so important and yes being a Mother, Wife, even Friend can make it easy to loose yourself but getting back to that person is so key. Thanks so much Heather! 😀

  • Esme Sy

    For a while I lost in touch with ME, too. It was only in college that I found the confidence and made myself shine in my own little way.

  • Michele

    I have always tried to be ME–my friends had no problem with it–it was my Mom who was always (and still does) try to make me into her image. It took me almost 65 years but I now tell her NO–this is me–deal with it!!

  • Jeanine

    So important to feel like yourself and know who you are and want to be! It took me a long time to fully know who I am what I want to do and who I want to be! But it's amazing once you get there!

  • Christy Maurer

    Being yourself is the best 🙂 There is only one you and no one can take your place! It's great that you have learned to embrace who you are!

    • MrsTee Post author

      Me too. I think we have to get past those developmental years of middle school and high school. Really get to know ourselves and who we are and find our groove! Thanks so much for coming by Tanya 🙂