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FriYay – Thoughts & Complexities of Being A Woman & Mom

Another week done and dusted. Another week filled with up’s and down’s but more up’s than down’s and for that I am grateful!

On the ARV front, I have just one dose left to go and I can’t wait to have these hideous handful of pills finished and out of my system. There are no words that can adequately describe the levels of exhaustion that they have brought out in me.

On the diet and exercise front… it’s going. My parents are here for the weekend so it will be a little tough, but boy am I determined and I even managed to get in a good run this morning!

We’re a little nuts! #RunRevolution #nikeplus

A photo posted by Sharon (@blessedbarrenness) on

 On the blogging front, I’m very excited to have Sorbet Fourways on board as a sponsor and I’m so looking forward to sharing my skin journey with you. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway currently running, you could win a Sorbet Grande Facial and two Sorbet products valued at R685!

Also this week I finally got the first entry into the Go Health gym membership giveaway. This is a prize valued at over R3000 and I’m keen to know why there’s only been one entry, are you okes just lazy or something? I do love Sian’s entry though, it’s really funny and I had a good giggle at how many people commented about how it must be photoshopped… well duh, of course. The entry mechanism is to share an image on Instagram that reflects why you would like to win the membership…. And Sian wants to look like that… get it???

I also came across a couple of video’s this week that really got me thinking about the complexities and contradictions of being a woman in our society. How quickly and easily we make judgements, how quickly and easily we are judged and how we just cannot win. Never. We’re simply never going to be thin enough, pretty enough or good enough, or we’re always going to be too fat, too made up and simply not good enough by others standards. It was a reminder to me of the importance of not allowing others judgements to cloud how we perceive ourselves. Because as women, we are simply never going to measure up to the standards by which we are judged.

The first video is done by a young, deaf, single mom and it’s about the judgement’s she’s faced.
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And then the second one hurt my heart. I will never understand why some individuals think that when they hide behind a computer screen they have license to be so cruel, but again, it’s a reminder of how as women, we’ll always be one thing or another, never just perfect the way we are!

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I was even more aware of how harshly we judge ourselves after the tongue in cheek post I did earlier this week about how I realized I was a little high maintenance. I was astounded by how many commenters referred to themselves as slobs. What an awful name to call yourself. Low maintenance does not make you a slob, it makes you low maintenance, it means you have other prioritizes outside of how you dress and groom yourself. Don’t be so harsh on yourself.

Have a great week Peeps and remember…..

Be Kind To Yourself



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