I'm in the middle of 3 books right now - Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle and Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life by Dr. Wayne Dyer. This is funny because I'm really a magazine reader disguised as someone who really wants to read a lot of books.:) All 3 books are definitely different - but there's a common theme - being your true self. Like I've heard on American Idol all season - being "authentic". I love the idea of being my best self so I love reading these books. But after awhile I started to wonder - can you really find your best self or be your best self while you're raising children? Raising children takes almost all selfishness you might have had and squashes it. I guess it doesn't even have to be your selfishness - just the time you take taking care of yourself gets somewhat squashed. In Eat Pray Love Elizabeth Gilbert takes a year off to travel to 3 continents, in Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life Dr. Dyer takes a year of his life to study the Tao te Ching - I can barely squeeze in a shower every day. Then I brought it up to my mom - "Can you take the time to find and be your true self while raising children?". She didn't even hesitate with her answer - "It's pretty hard to". Interesting. So, I've decided - while raising my children I will be the best self I can be - and when they are grown and fabulous (that's what happens right?:)) - I will work on becoming my most authentic self. Until then, I will read about being my best self and think about how fun that will be :)! Bridget is ALREADY her best self - shown very obviously here.