Life’s an Adventure – Be Who You Are

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See that girl on the right? That’s me, almost twenty years ago, traipsing through France on my own. A student at the Universite de Bordeaux, I was on a one-year Junior Abroad program. It was an amazing time. And I’m amazed when I look at this picture! I was thin, young, naive, and had great skin.

A lot has happened since then.

Certainly, my life is richer now than it was then. I was already head over heels in love with this guy when I got on the plane, but we sealed the deal a year and a half later to make me Mrs. Fish. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have more than two children; today I’m the mom of six fantastic kiddos. I would not change a single player in this wild, crazy life of mine. I thought France was a dream-come-true. And it was for the time. But, having the rich family life that I do tops even that.

Back then, I loved writing, good food, and all things French. Not much has changed since then.

I still wear my heart on my sleeve. I still love to have heart-to-heart talks with a friend over a cup of good coffee. I still value depth of friendship over having multitudes of friends.

Back then, I kept a careful ledger of every penny I spent – in francs and dollars! Yeah, I was always weird.

Yes, I’m a different person. I’m a wife, a mother. But, I’m still some of that same girl. Hopefully, just improved since then. Hopefully, some of my weaker qualities have been pruned away and some of the positive aspects of my character have been enhanced since then.

Hopefully, I’m not being someone I’m not. That’s my hope – to be me. In my life. In my friendships. In my blog.

And that’s who you should be, too. Be you.

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  1. LOVE IT! I spent my junior year of college in Bonn, Germany — unfortunately, I did not keep track of every “Mark and Dollar” even then! That has certainly changed (as has the Mark) — as have I. I only have half the kids you do — where has the time gone? But they are my life and joy. (Even the teenager!)

  2. Reminds me of the classic Twila Paris song “Same Girl” – she’s still the same girl inside – just wiser for the years.

  3. Thanks for being you–and for lots of heart-to-heart talks over coffee.

    If only California was in my backyard…

    Love ya!

  4. This post is so interesting to me because I was thinking of this EXACT thing today! I love music and for some reason, through the hustle and bustle of life, the music has been turned down. I have revisited it and I feel more like me:-)

  5. As an older mom (I started momming at 40) I have found myself trying to mimic younger moms from time to time. But you know – I am who I am. I learn a lot from others, but I am proud to be true to myself and my family!

    Great picture/post, BTW!

  6. Thank you SO much for continuing to be so open and honest in your blogging…..even if you w-e-r-e-n-‘-t a close friend of Crystal Paine, I’d STILL be a big fan of your tips, humor, grateful spirit, worldview and opinions! 🙂

    I always look forward to your insightful and faith-filled posts!

  7. I love that picture! It looks so much like an American in Paris! Aahh. I, too, loved France and all things French when I was young. How can anyone not? The food, the love in the air, the iconic buildings and statues – The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, L’Arc De Triomphee. I haven’t been there since college, but it was a dream come true to spend time there. Yeah, my life is much different now – SAHM with three kiddos. I wouldn’t change it for anything, but a vacation in France might have to be in our future!