What I… Celeste from Being Me

Today’s blogger, Celeste, is a full time working mother of 3. Her blog, Being me , is a lifestyle, beauty and parenting blog and it was born out of a need to be authentic to herself and also to her blog readers, especially the working mother.

Her blog is a sharing of her journey exploring resources, lifestyle and beauty products that make the working mother’s life more manageable… Read on!

What I…

I know that we are all here on borrowed time. And after all the sad happenings recently, with so many of the innocent girl children in our country, I know that we need to live each moment to its absolute full potential with them. I was reminded of it just this weekend again when I heard the tragic news of the passing of my 10 year old daughter’s lovely Art teacher, as well as another teacher from our primary school in a horrific car accident. My daughter is completely distraught, she was extremely fond of her teacher, and has only good memories of her. Their loved ones will never see them again, or hear the sounds of their beautiful voices. Did they get a chance to say they loved them before they left for their trip? The entire situation made me sit up once more, and be completely intent about the fact that we really need to love our children, and be there for them every waking moment, because they can be taken from us in an instant and there are no second chances.

It is really in the little things we do. The stolen moments and cuddles on the couch and of course taking in their daily actions, and really noticing them and making them know that they are noticed. It’s the time spent catching up on the day, and remembering to say “I love you” to them all the time. I thought about this one thing in particular, and it dawned on me that my children say “Mommy I love you” all the time, but often days/weeks will go by without me even saying it out of my own once. That was a huge shock to me when I realized that although they know I love them and I know I love them, that the words need to flow freely from my lips before I possibly don’t have the luxury of getting to say it at all.

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What I am loving right now, is my new video editing software that I downloaded for my Ipad. I am new to You-tubing, and I find this software so easy to use. I have downloaded the Pro version. I happily paid the R119.00 because it is even easy enough for my children to use too, so it means it’s not just me that benefits from it. I have really been struggling to find one that I loved and this is it.

Another great love of mine is Yoga. I come to my mat and I can just be. There are no pretenses, it’s a place to set intentions and connect with myself and my own body. Some people are scared off by yoga because of what they see on Instagram or websites like Yoganonymous, but they really shouldn’t be. Anybody can practice yoga. It’s not a competition to see who can do the best backbend or headstand. It should never be that. I read this hilarious Yoga meme just recently and it struck a chord. “Yoga is not about tightening your own ass, it’s about getting your head out of it.” I loved it because it is one of the most honest explanations about what Yoga can do for you. The added benefit of course is that you become seriously toned and strong in the process. I try to practice a small amount each day and I am committed to one 90 minute practice on a Tuesday and a 50 minute practice on a Saturday.
Last but not least, let me not forget Sushi and Wine. These are life’s little pleasures for me. I honestly don’t know how I survived without Rainbow Rolls & Tempura Prawns.

I like to read good fiction but also some True Life/memoir type writing. Some of my favorite authors are Jodi Picoult (All of her novels so far), Jojo Moyes (Me Before You), Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner) and locally Pamela Jooste (Star of the Morning).

If I have to pick one read, that touched me deeply though, and that and will stay with me forever, then it will be Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin. I can highly recommend this book if you are struggling emotionally and to remain motivated and determined. Choosing just one book is hard though, because there are a number of books that I have read that have left me with a similar feeling. This is just one. I have read quite a few of the books on this list and it is a nice place to look for a new good read.

I am currently reading a book called Ursula Under by Ingrid Hill. It is an interesting read so far. What starts out as a brave rescue attempt of a 2 year old girl who falls done a well, turns into a into a gorgeous saga of culture, history and heredity. I am only about half way through, but it is so interesting because the author has captured stories within other stores so beautifully. In the middle of one story, you find yourself exported to another time and place and at the end all are connected to this one small child.

Up until recently, I really wanted a Yorkshire terrier puppy, but I got that little guy for my birthday, so next in line is a new winter coat.

I am totally in love with this wool blend coat from H&M and I have to have it. I haven’t bought a new coat in 5 years and my old one is miles too big for me now since losing 18kg’s.

I also really want Rose gold hair! I need to get off to a salon to have that done and be brave enough to take the plunge at all, but first I really need to find someone good to help convince me they can do it because I don’t want a flop.

I have to wear mostly corporate office wear daily and try to keep it fresh and edgy, yet stylish enough to not look odd. That being said, my absolute favourite items of clothing that I could never live without would be my Jeans. I have quite a fetish, and a few pairs. My current favourites are my 91 Skinny Flare from Cotton On. I live in those on weekends, with my Turquoise Tommy Takkies. They are the best for this time of the year with a soft waterfall cardigan or another one of the soft textured or flowy knits, available this season. I have my eye on this Coccoon Cardi from Witchery at Woolworths

I need new glasses & sunglasses because I can barely see out of the ones I have. But really the only thing I truly need to be as authentic to myself and to those around me as I possibly can. The rest will come all on its own. Of course a little Dior eye reviver Illuminating nudes palette wouldn’t hurt either.

Images: Celeste Booysen

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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