Last Saturday, I woke up in the  middle of the night with a burning need to write. And so I did, therefore, this blog. Maybe one day in the future, when I’m rich and famous from writing a blog (or maybe a book!), I’ll look back at that fateful Saturday night with fondness as I tell my millions of followers —“this is where it all started”.

So what will I write about? What will make people read and follow my blog day in and day out? Let me tell you 4 truths that are at the core of my being, and not necessarily in the same order: I’m a wife, I’m a mom, I’m a psychiatric nurse and I have hypothyroidism. Being all 4 translates to “super busy, always tired, sleep deprived person with brain fog!” (That’s my own translation so I’m quoting it, one day Webster will pick it up.) Certainly, whoever came up with the principles of multitasking did not have this combination in mind. I am all 4 (and more —a daughter, a sister, a friend, etc.) and sometimes it takes up most of what energy I have left to make sure I am not extremely lacking in any one area. Thankfully, being a wife and a mom means I have a loving husband and equally loving kids who look out for me and keep me grounded. Being a psychiatric nurse has its merits too, it taught me a lot about coping skills, mindfulness and resilience. I can’t really say anything good about having hypothyroidism (I do have a million bad things to say about it) , but if I have to think of one, it made me listen to my body and respect my limitations. Overall, these 4 roles have taught me the importance and value of self-love; that I won’t be able to take care of anyone if I don’t take care of myself.

So going back to that question about what this blog will be about, I guess I never really did answer that. I did write a long winded explanation about who I am and what I value in my life so that probably gives you a good idea. Ever seen those Keep Calm quotes?  I gather inspiration from those and I have several more of my own to last me a lifetime. They are things that I do to cope with the stress of being me. Writing is one of them. I call them my toolbox of practical tips to keep me sane. And happy. And I am sharing them with you, because I know you can relate. Whoever you are and whatever you do, I know that you share the joys and challenges of juggling multiple roles. So join me as we keep calm and go on this adventure called LIFE.