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Defining success

Defining success

How do you define your success?

Success can be measured on many levels and depending on your personality, I believe success is also measured by what you personally feel is important to you and makes you feel successful.

I personally measure my success on my happiness and my little family. Including my husband, little man and soon to be little princess.

I am happy in my life, I may not have much but seeing my little guys smile each and every day lightens my world.

Also having a supportive husband who appreciates me being home and being the ‘keeper of the house’ and ‘stay at home mum’ is important to me. I would struggle if I had to leave my little man each and every day. I love being hands on with him and being able to watch him explore and grow each and every day.

I know many people who measure their happiness on other things. These things can include –

Money / wealth
How much they earn, if they are not earning a certain annual amount they don’t feel successful. Recently a comment was passed at my husband towards his salary and that it wasn’t in the ‘commenters’ eyes, a passable salary. The persons comment basically insinuated that what my husband earns is pittance and therefore he isn’t successful. I personally find this shallow but again each person measures success differently.

Happiness
I measure my success on how happy my family are and as long as we have each other, I feel successful and complete.

Assets
I have always said to my husband that I could live in a shoe box as long as I had him and my little man. I don’t need fancy cars or fancy clothes or a big home to feel successful. Again many people do feel that the bigger the home or fancier car they have or perhaps living in a particular suburb – the more successful they feel. We do live in a material world but it’s sad that some peoples mindset is that unless they have the big home they are not as worthy as the next person.

Family
Along with happiness my success is family orientated. I don’t need my family to be successful financially. As long as they are happy I feel happy. I personally don’t believe that you need a successful family to be successful yourself. Your parents money or family money doesn’t make you a better person nor does it make you more successful, I believe in working hard yourself and achieving things for yourself makes you more appreciative.

Materialistic belongings
Living in SYDNEY, a lot of people are designer obsessed and feel they need certain designer pieces to feel successful. Spending thousands of dollars on a particular item to make them feel good about themselves or boost their personal confidence is fine, however having materialist items does not make you a good person. I know this person who is always in designer things and frowns upon chain store clothing. They wear lots of designer jewellery and pass comments on the size of others engagement rings etc. I find this shallow and feel these people have insecurities which is why they measure their success on materialistic belongings. Just because you don’t have a 10 carat diamond ring doesn’t mean that you don’t have a 10 carat heart.

I believe that being a good person is so much more than being focussed on assets, finances and material belongings.

You can’t take your diamond rings and fancy cars with you when you die right?

What I’m not saying is – don’t strive to be successful but measure your successes by things that are worthy.

If you feel you need the big salary to feel competent, or the fast car or latest designer thing. Sure go get those. However I think that you can also measure your success if you are humble and happy in other things.

Majority of the world live in poverty and are happy. They base their successes on other things that the fortunate don’t always understand.

Swapping designer bags for nappy bags!

When we swap designer handbags for nappy bags.

I’m not sure about you but I don’t use a ‘nappy bag’ I simply throw all my toddler needs into my oversized handbag.

I know it’s possibly not practical and ideal – but it works for me. At this sat age, however I am expecting number 2 in 16 weeks so perhaps I will change my mind?

I didn’t have so many things in my handbag that I meant I needed the oversize nappy bag, plus I didn’t really want to use a nappy bag and let’s face it, how many nappy bags out there are ‘sexy/nice/attractive’ to look at?

I get that they were made for a purpose and have many different compartments for all your baby or toddler needs, but I find them so bulky and big and generally unattractive.

Yes I know – they are not always designed for fashion but it would be nice to have something that doesn’t feel like an overnight bag or swag right? Oh and don’t forget the hefty cost as most mothers feel they ‘need’ to use a nappy bag just because they have children. They have their target market!

I’m yet to find one that I like that suits my needs and is user friendly, not with multiple compartments so that you forget which pocket had the wipes and which one has your keys! I’m also not into rummaging around trying to find different things.

I don’t do the overkill with my bag either, it’s usually a daily throw into my handbag for when we are out and about. My handbag has a few pockets where I can slip my keys for easy access and also a mobile phone pocket so I know where everything is at any stage.

My handbag now consists of:

My belongings.
– Wallet
– Mobile phone
– Keys
– sunglasses
– Small pencil case with band aids, lip balm, panadol, pen, nail file,

My toddlers belongings.
– 2 x nappies in a medium sized pencil case for hygiene reasons
– small packet of nappy wipes
– small roll on sunscreen SPF 50
– hat
– drink bottle of water
– a small car or toy of some sort
– 2 x nappy disposal bags
– small lunch box of toddler snacks

So why carry the extra large nappy bag? All this stuff fits in my handbag and isn’t too heavy. It also means I’m not carrying a big full bag and feel like I’m almost going on a road trip!

What are your experiences?

Do you use a nappy bag?

Have you found one that you love?

Do you find them useful or do you simply make do with your handbag like me?

Email me – noordinarymummy@gmail.com