Monday, March 6, 2017

A Bit More About Me

Finally finishing up the blog posts about getting to know the author (can I call myself that? I guess so) behind this blog. Simply La'Shawn. Two weeks ago I gave you a tiny glimpse into my past up to 20 years old. Basically a lot of who I am today is thanks to the amazing people that I have in my life. True story!

That being said. I bet if you would ask anyone who has known me for a bit today to name one thing about La'Shawn. They would tell you that I love panda bears! I really do. I am not sure where this love came from. I just know that I have for as long as I can remember. I love that Christmas does not go by without getting at least one thing to do with pandas. I love that people post adorable things on my FB about pandas. I cried the first time I saw them in the Atlanta Zoo. I also cried the 2nd and 3rd time. I really did!

Which brings me to another thing. I am a crier. It is actually kind of embarrassing. There is never a week that goes by that I haven't cried over something. Usually it is at least an every other day kind of thing. I cry when I am mad, sad, happy, tired, sick, and so on. Give me a good book, tv show, movie, or heck a good commercial. Here comes the tears. My son watches me during certain things to see if I am going to cry. It is embarrassing when I am crying over things like America's Got Talent. Outside that, I don't so much mind that I am a crier.

I am also a bit on the nerdy side. I love all things Harry Potter. I have read the books more times than I can count. I watch the movies all the time. I am also a proud 33 year old women who wears my HP shirts out and about. I also love Doctor Who. Not to the same extent as HP though.

I love the color yellow. It makes me happy to see it or to wear it. I love that my 9 year old son still picks me yellow weed flowers. If he sees them, they are mine! By the end of spring I have these picked-with-love flowers all over the place. He knows his momma loves the color yellow!

Those are just a few things that scream La'Shawn. I thought it would be fun to do a little questionnaire to round up the getting to know me post. I read THIS post over at Carrots & Cake and thought It would be fun to do. Here ya go:

  1. I’m happiest when I am spending time with family

  2. ”¦ especially if it involves going on hikes

  3. I’ve always wanted to visit England!

  4. My family and I are major homebodys!

  5. I was a terrible girlfriend. I don't know how Jerr stuck it out. 

  6. My first job was a cashier at Goody's 

  7. I could probably eat donuts every day. If I am not careful I will!

  8. I stole ink pens from sign ins. I am bad bad bad about that! I swear it isn't intentional. 

  9. I was born on the same day as Dr. Phil and Gloria Estefan 

  10. My all-time favorite film is The Holiday. I want that house in the English countryside surrounded by snow! 

  11. I do a pretty mean British Accent. (catch a theme here?) I watch way too much British tv. To the point I don't notice the accents at all. People who have legit accents would probably laugh at mine. Jerr likes it though. :-P

  12. I’m still mad I never finished college. Probably my all time #1 regret in life. 

  13. I met my husband at our mutual job of Office Depot 

  14. I always knew I would be a mom. I did think I would have lots of kids though...I have just the one. 

  15. I’m not afraid to show my emotions. I probably should work more on not showing them as much!

  16. I make digital scrapbooking layouts

  17. I have almost no dancing skills. Serioulsy. It is comical. 

  18. I always cry when...the wind blows? ha ha. I cry all the time. At least every other day. The guys poke fun at me about it. Happy, sad, mad, sick, tired, annoyed, PMS...doesn't matter. Cry! 

  19. I’m a UGA college football fan. My hubby taught me the ins-and-outs when we were dating. I was hooked. I plan my Saturday's in the fall around it. 

  20. I spent 8 months pregnant. Yup. They had to take the kiddo a month early. I had preclamsia. 

  21. I wish the weekend had 3 days and my work day started at 10am. I hate mornings! 

  22. At 5, I was gosh, I don't know. I don't remember much from that young. 

  23. I believe if everyone practiced seeing the good in things, it would be come habit, and the world would be a happier place. 

  24. I can’t stand when people snore. #1 pet peeve....and guess husband can bring down the rafters with his snoring!! 

  25. Whenever Bones is on, I’ll watch it.
There you go. Getting to know the person behind the blog. I hope you enjoyed it. I would also love to see your answers to these questions. Blog it and link me up! Or just answer in the comments. I couldn't leave today's post though without showing off my man. We will be married 10 years this coming Friday. TEN YEARS!! I love you babe!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I Am Not Defined By That

I realize in last week's post I said I was going to sum up the getting to know me post. Then something happened this weekend; and this blog post popped in my head. I thought I would go ahead and talk on it. Next week I will finish introducing myself.

Today I want to talk about being defined by things. Actually more of not being defined by things/people/situations in our lives. I think a lot of us define who we are by these outside things. I know for a fact that I do!

What do I mean?

If I was to ask you, "What makes you, you?" What would you say? Here is how I would answer if someone else was to ask me. What makes La'Shawn, La'Shawn? I am....a 33 year old God-fearing, full time working, nerdy, somewhat lazy, digi-scrapping, photo taking, college football loving, panda obsessed, yellow wearing, Harry Potter nerding, Doctor Who watching, historical fiction reading, southern wife & mom.  Sound familiar? Look to the sidebar to your right. I am defining myself by all of these things. Are they bad? Well, no. Is this all I define myself with? That would be a big no!

How do I define myself? 

Let me start out by saying in NO way is this me fishing for compliments. It is me being honest. If I am going to be honest.  If it was just La'Shawn asking La'Shawn who she was my answer would be a lot different than what I gave above. Those things are what makes me who I am today. I identify with them all. I love those parts about me. Now for the honest.

I am..... an obese, lazy, ugly, manish looking, hairy, failing christian, wife, and mom. I am about as mediocre as they come. Unless we are talking about my weight. Then I am tipping the scales at rolls all over, big fat pot belly, humpty dumpty looking fat. Harsh, right? I am not lying or making it more harsh for blogging purposes. This is how I see myself. I could not list ONE...not ONE...thing I like about myself. These are not things I think about only when thinking about, "who is La'Shawn?" I think these things everyday. Unfortunately if I give into it, I can spend a crazy unhealthy amount of time thinking on it.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The History of La'Shawn

When I was thinking about this blog post, I was going to title it, That's Who I Am. Then the history of me got a bit longer than I expected. I decided to break this down into multiple posts. However, when I thought of my last title,I sang Who I Am by Jessica Andrews the entire time. I am sure I will sing it for hour afterwards as well. The reason behind this post is to introduce the La'Shawn behind Simply La'Shawn. It would be pointless not to put a face and name behind the blog.

Who is La'Shawn? - The History

What a loaded question right? I probably should start out with a bit of history. 1980 something I was born. The 1st child to very young parents. My parents were married young; and you know how it goes. First comes love...then comes marriage....then comes the baby carriage! I have a photo of my mom graduating high school about half way along in her pregnancy.

Flash forward two years and I am joined by a sister. Two years after that my parents were divorced. From there it was mostly us girls against the world. I have come to terms over the years that my Dad was not ready to be a parent; and that he left for years. I am not going to touch on that. Water under the re-built bridge. No point. My young single mom doing what she could to raise us healthy and happy. She worked her tail off; and she wasn't afraid to ask for help. Enter my MeeMaw.

MeeMaw is my Momma's Mom. That is a lot of M's in that sentence! Mom worked 3rd shift a lot to keep us feed and happy. Through these amazingly strong women I am who I am today. It truly was us against the world. People would come in and out of our lives. My MeeMaw, my Mom, my Sister, and myself were the core of my upbringing.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Welcome to Simply La'Shawn!

I would like to personally thank you for stopping by my little corner of the internet & social media saturated world. What is Simply La'Shawn? Well it is a personal and lifestyle blog. One that I am going to strive to be just as the blog title suggests....simply La'Shawn.

I have started many other blogs in the past. All of them fall short of being me. They all had this feeling of not being authentic. That is my goal with this blog. To be authentically and simply me.

I have some fun things in store for Simply La'Shawn. I am on a journey of health, struggling with PCOS and obesity, and living this thing called life. Why do I think I should have a blog? Because I want to! I like having a place to come and just talk. (You will find that I love to talk!) I have always loved to write. I am just not that good at it. That doesn't stop me from having fun while doing it though!

Will you find great recipes here? Nope. I hate cooking. What about those cute DIY projects? Negative. I leave that up to my mom. Will you find tips and tricks on traveling and life? Probably not. Traveling seems a lot like work to me; and I am figuring out life myself. I am not about to pretend that this is going to be a great place of wisdom. Not going to happen.

It will be fun place though. I am a 33 year old wife and mom trying to figure out this wife and mom thing while holding down a full time job. I am happy to share what I learn! I am also a somewhat lazy, digital scrapbooking, photo taking, college football loving, panda obsessed, yellow wearing, Harry Potter nerding, Doctor Who watching, historical ficition reading, all around nerdy southern gal. How can that not equal fun?

Come on the journey with me!