I had trouble writing the About me page on this blog. Sure, my page tells you some things about me – I am married, have a daughter, work as a lawyer, blah blah , but it doesn’t actually tell you much about who I am as a person. Although no one knows me better than myself, I don’t like to label myself and I find it tricky to actually explain who I am.
I recently came across The Notorious Mum blog. As I do when I find a new blog I like, I scrolled back through Lisa’s recent posts and came across Who do you think you are? In the post, Lisa challenges the idea of women being portrayed as simply wives and mothers.
I think ‘simply’ might be understating it a bit. Being a wife and mother is a huge part of my identity and both are roles that I attach a lot of value to. But I understand her point: there is more to me than being a wife and a mum. Much more.
Anyway, back to Lisa’s post. Lisa sets a challenge:
Okay, so here’s a challenge of my own: the describe-yourself challenge. I might have to come with a slightly snappier title than that; I’m working on it. The describe-yourself challenge goes a little something like this: describe yourself! (I haven’t really thought this through.) Yeah, describe yourself, BUT WITHOUT MENTIONING YOUR LIFE PARTNER OR YOUR CHILDREN. Ha! There you go.
Yes, all her posts are this fun and witty. You should check her out, if you haven’t already.
Lisa, I accept your challenge:
“Hi, my name is Lucy.
I enjoy running, although I struggle to fit that in these days and settle for long walks instead. I also enjoy baking, preferably if someone else wants to do the washing-up when I’m finished.
I enjoy reading self-improvement books. Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is currently on my coffee table. I loved M. Scott Peck’s The Road Less Travelled.
I have tried to enjoy yoga and kale, but I don’t. Walking and chocolate are much more me.
I don’t like ‘stuff.’ Most of the things I own have a practical or sentimental purpose. I regularly have a big ‘spring clean’ of my house and throw things out. Soon there will be nothing left!
I do not like the heat, so Perth summers and I do not get on well. I also do not like nosey, opinionated people. Sure, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but that doesn’t mean every opinion needs to be shared.
I am a lawyer practising in property and commercial law, Wills and estate administration. My favourite part of my job is not the law part, but developing new and innovative methods of delivering legal services and training and mentoring junior lawyers.”
If you accept Lisa’s challenge, write or post a link to your response in the comments below.