Sunday, September 25, 2011

Presently April Dawn

For approximately 15 years, I've been Formerly April Dawn. For the past two months, I've had the opportunity to be April Dawn, the actress, again.

I keep having these moments of integrating my past into my present. This is another one.

I've always hated labels, because I don't like to think of myself as just one thing. I'm not just a single mom, just a paralegal, just an actress, just a blogger. And there are very few times that I am one thing at a time. I like to juggle, but not just because it's challenging to figure out how to be two places at once.

I think that each experience enhances the others. I think I can be a better mom, a better actress, a better employee because of what I learn from being a blogger, a Leadership student, a head of household. I like playing with these different facets. I like finding the unexpected similarities and complementary differences.

I have only one regret about this experience - but since I don't really believe in regret, a lesson learned, really. I wish I hadn't limited my bio to my previous experience as April Dawn. I wish I'd included more of who I am today.

As this experience comes to an end, I don't know what label will replace this one. I didn't know about this one until the opportunity presented itself. I will just continue to be open to new labels, new experiences, and finding new labels.

Oh, in the midst of all this, I acquired a new label: I became a Top SoCal Mom blogger on Circle of Moms! Thanks to everyone who helped make that happen.


Tara R. said...

Congrats! There is nothing 'just' about you.

BigLittleWolf said...

Labels have (limited) usefulness in certain situations. But we've become way too accustomed to using them for everything and anything, and looking no farther.

"Presently" all sorts of things... that's how I think of you - including a Top Mom - period - SoCal or otherwise!

Missy June said...

Congrats! You are a wonderful inspriraiton to many!

Penelope said...

Congrats - that's awesome!

I feel a similar way - I'm not interested in devoting myself to one thing at the exclusion of all others. Each of my interests and occupations help me to improve at all the others.

Sarah Auerswald said...

Congrats to you!! Go for it, April Dawn!