It’s been about a month of trying to make myself look and feel presentable regardless of working from home.
One of the biggest challenges has been to find a way to dress a much larger body than I have ever had before. Finding things that feel comfortable and also flatter a plus-sized body was hard at first, but it is much more comfortable than and more mentally-calming than trying to force my body back into an old shape.
I am nearly 40, I have chronic pain and autoimmune disorders, I have a fulfilling full-time job, I have two preteen kids, I have a home that needs to be kept up, I have an old cat, and I have mental health concerns. I do not need to add “lose weight” to that list. I exercise gently for the body and brain that I have. I enjoy being out of doors. I enjoy cooking from scratch, mostly plant-based, meals.
And now I enjoy getting dressed with a pared down wardrobe. If something doesn’t fit or feel good, it doesn’t stay, because the newest thing that I want to have is self-confidence and self-esteem.
Originally intended to simply focus on book reviews, over time, KaliDesautelsReads has morphed into its own entity.
I write about issues that are near to my heart, be they political, feminist, motherhood, mental health, or, as the title holds, books.
A thirty-something Canadian woman in my mid-thirties, I have been "super married" to my high school sweetheart since 2006, and together we have two crazy, clever, kind, hilarious, wonderful kids.
My first book - How Not To Blog: Finding Myself, One Post at a Time is available on Amazon (in eBook formats for you clever tech readers, and paperback for those of us who love that new book smell!)
I have tried a podcast - it's still on Apple and Google Podcasts - but writing is where my heart is.
My life changed dramatically when my husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in 2018, and I am now a writer for a leading Canadian Cancer Non-Profit.
I am lucky enough to have a family that loves me and pushes me to be my best, even if it is outside of my cushiony comfort zone. I have a village of friends that nourish me, mentally, and spiritually.
Welcome to my thoughts. Sit down. Stay a while. Enjoy a cup of coffee!
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