LOVE to be ME Day #38

So, after another pause in the challenge, I’m ready to finish this thing! After staring at a blank page for way too long, I received some advice… “It’s best not to force it.” I took that advice, and have spent several days in self-reflection. I had gone back and forth on whether or not to include this next love, but have finally decided that it’s still a part of who I am, so I should include it.

Part of the challenge has been to get me to learn ways of embracing the things about myself that I cannot change. My love for today isn’t something that I’ve always had, it’s a change I made to myself well over a decade ago. When I was 18, I got my tongue and eyebrow pierced, and at 19, I got my lip pierced and a tattoo. To this day, I still have no regrets. They are a part of who I am, and most people don’t even notice them.

At one point, I considered taking my piercings out, thinking that maybe I was just getting too old for them, and when I talked to my mom about it, she told me not to! She said that they were just a part of who I was. It’s not like clothing where it goes in and out of style, body art, when carefully considered, is really just an extension of your inner-creativity.

Thanks, Mom, for giving me the courage to be who I am, no matter what age! It has been a long journey to get to a point where I am happy with myself, but you taught me to see myself through others’ eyes, and to never take myself too seriously! You’ve always accepted me for who I am, and I love you and appreciate you for always being courageously yourself!

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LOVE to be ME Day #37

I love my sense of adventure. I’m not the kind of person who goes out and does something new every weekend, but I do find the adventure in everyday life. Getting lost is a chance to explore! Each step in any process is the next step in the adventure of my life.

Recently, I’ve been learning about myself, and I hope to really discover enough about this new me to be able to determine where I want to be in life. I’m coming up on the end of the 40 days, and it will soon be time to embark on the next adventure in my journey. I’m excited for this next step in redefining myself!

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LOVE to be ME Day #36

Everyone knows that it’s the little things in life that mean the most. But how many of us really appreciate those little things? Several years ago, I realized that I was trying to make life about all the big moments. I was focusing too much on having perfect holidays, and not enough on enjoying all the people around me. I was always stressed because nothing can ever turn out perfectly. I decided that wasn’t who I wanted to be.

Gradually, over the years, I’ve shifted my focus. Now, instead of having a magically decorated house for the holidays, I spend time making ornaments for our tree with my kids. Instead of spending the season shopping for gifts, I make gifts for people, or ask that we not exchange them at all, and instead just spend a day together enjoying each others company.

I find that now, even the smallest things can make my heart giddy. Things as simple as the wind howling during a storm, a smile from a stranger in passing, someone just thinking of me for no reason at all. Finding joy in each day has helped with the depression, and totally turned me around. I’m not the same person I was 10 years ago, and I’m glad for that!

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100 Words about My First Pets

My Aunt had a cat named Groucho, who had kittens on my mom’s bed. My mom kept two of the kittens. A brown tabby she named Tiger, and a black and white tabby mix she named Cleo. When I was born, the cats were already 6 years old! They slept with me during naps, and I ate cat food with them during snacks. I’ve always been weird! I grew up with them! Cleo was shy, but loved to chase yarn, and Tiger was cuddly and eventually went deaf, so he’d cry really loud and really long! I miss them both!

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LOVE to be ME Day #35

I’ve been told, recently, that I make reasonable decisions. I hadn’t ever really thought about it until it came up. I try to think about the issue in front of me and what the best option would be for everyone involved. So, yeah! Short and sweet! It’s something I hadn’t ever considered about myself, but you know, I can dig it! (o;

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A Little Bird

In case anyone’s been wondering where I’ve been in my creative journey, I’ve been working on the layout for my new E is for Apple page. Now that I’ve done what I can, for now, on it, and it’s in the Great Podeko’s hands, I have time to play around with some of the ideas in my head! So, here’s my little bird!

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Recap Days 1 – 34

Day #1 empathy, compassion
Day #2 creativity
Day #3 patience
Day #4 eyes
Day #5 humor
Day #6 polka-dots
Day #7 commitment, perseverance
Day #8 inner-strength
Day #9 ability to research
Day #10 hair
Day #11 how easily I forgive
Day #12 scars
Day #13 problem solver
Day #14 brain
Day #15 smile
Day #16 insight
Day #17 positive outlook
Day #18 ability to love
Day #19 weirdness
Day #20 physical strength
Day #21 nose
Day #22 attention to detail
Day #23 hands
Day #24 stay calm in emergencies
Day #25 imagination, still dream every night
Day #26 ears
Day #27 feet
Day #28 nails
Day #29 stubbornness
Day #30 OCD
Day #31 Go with the flow
Day #32 wrinkles
Day #33 singing
Day #34 Building up others

(I’m doing it a day early to keep it at 100 words!)

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100 Words about My First Memory

Being carried in an infant seat into a heard of women… I remember my dad putting me up on a table, and faces all smooshing together to see me. There were “ooohs” and “aaahs” as they all saw me for the first time. I didn’t know what was going on at the time, but 25 years later, I had the chance to ask my dad about it, and he confirmed that it was the first time he took me to his work at The Red Cross, and those were all the ladies he worked with. So, that’s my first memory!

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LOVE to be ME Day #34

I’m a very sincere person. When I see something I like in someone, I’ll tell them. I enjoy building others up, and seeing them happy. I don’t do it for me, or what I could gain from it. I truly think everyone should know that someone out there sees them as the beautiful person they are. I enjoy focusing on the good in everyone. And while I don’t do it for my own benefit, I love what it brings to my life.

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LOVE to be ME Day #33

I don’t know exactly how to word this. It’s not my voice that I love, it’s my enjoyment of singing! I can’t carry a tune to save my life, but I love to sing! I’m always singing something, and I’m always happy when I’m singing! I own my bad voice and lack of rhythm, and make a joyful noise! Or, maybe it’s not so joyful… it probably depends on who you ask!

Another day down! I want to say that while I’m really struggling to find 40 things to love about myself, this challenge has already transformed me! I encourage anyone who may be wondering how to fill the emptiness inside themselves to join me in loving yourself! If you take my challenge, let me know, I’ll cheer you on! (o;

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