Inspired by Play Kitchens

Friday, September 30, 2011

On September 1, 2010, I sent an email to my family and friends letting them know that I had been working on this blog and has started a challenge, bringing The Whole EnCHELLEada along. We both worked hard during the month of September to post something every day, and I'm stoked that we decided to do it again this year. And although I'm not 100% satisfied with the quality of a few posts (I blame the limitation of 24 hours in one day), I'm 30 minutes away from posting every weekday this month and successfully completing the challenge!

Today's post is my reflection on the reason why I even started IHB and why I continue posting, even late into the night and house chores waiting to be completed. In order to explain where it all started, I need to share this picture of little Debbie (not the snack cake) in her play kitchen holding her baby doll and drinking air out of a plastic tea cup.

This little Debbie not only had shiny brown hair and amazing taste in ruffle tops even at a young age, she had a HUGE imagination (hence, air tea) and her foreign-born parents made sure she never stepped back from going after what she wanted. So she did.

I'll stop talking in the third person now and get to my point. From high school activities to college shinanagans to a post graduate degree, I put myself in too many activities and too many leadership roles. I now work hard, 50 plus hours a week, spend time working retail for the addition of a discount, train hard and constantly make sure that my Pinterest is not neglected.  And on top of this, I make sure to create new things, visit new places, and call everyone back. But I know I'm not the only one - a woman can have a career, can strive to be the best, and still be creative.

And that's what I live to do. I will be that working professional and I will make it to my tenth half marathon. I will be the best wife, daughter, cousin, friend and neighbor, and although my nachos are really my only claim to fame, I will also be a pretty darn cook one day. Just as the little girl in this picture hoped for.

I love you. Thanks for being a part of my life! And I hope you have some time in your day to be inspired to create something new.

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