28 August 2008

Being Vulnerable Requires Courage

As a direct result of last night's late night heart-to-heart with my Mom, I did the scariest thing of all.

I opened myself up and let myself be completely vulnerable. It was terrifying - there's no telling if I will get hurt from being so open and honest, and if I do get hurt, how badly it will go - but it was also liberating. I let my feelings be known and now, I'll never have to wonder "What if I had spoken my mind? What if I let him know exactly how I feel and exactly what I want, from life, and from him?"

I'm still vulnerable, and it's a bit scary, but it's invigoriating and liberating and I'm relieved. And I realize that putting myself in such a position requires a great amount of courage to speak up despite my fears.

19 August 2008

Happiness is in the Little Things

While working out today, I started thinking about happiness and what it means to me. As y'all know by now, I've an "interesting" (read: roller coaster ride of emotions) summer.

I'm still trying to figure out who I am and what I want in life, and along the way, I've begun to assess what happiness is. I'm currently reading The Geography of Bliss which is about a grump's search for the happiest places on earth. While the book raises some highly interesting points that I will continue to ponder for a while, I still firmly believe that it is the little moments and the little things that make life worthwhile.

So, as I worked out, I started making a list of all the things that make me happy. This list is not in any particular order, nor is it all-inclusive. It's just a start, but it makes me happy just to think of all those little things that make me happy.

A random sampling:
  • The feel of sunshine on my shoulders
  • Whipped cream on hot chocolate
  • Butterflies
  • Gossiping shamelessly
  • Heart-to-hearts with Mom
  • Being Daddy's girl
  • Teasing my brothers
  • Calling Grandma
  • Kicking up leaves in the fall
  • Reading a book cover-to-cover
  • Snowflakes
  • Prettily painted toenails
  • Hearing a favorite song come on
  • Photographs
  • Waking up with sunshine streaming in the window
  • Being a passenger in the car late at night
  • Curling up under a beloved and perfectly worn comforter
  • The taste of apple cider
  • Making someone smile
  • Airports
  • Fresh flowers
  • Learning something new
  • Giving presents
  • Wearing scarves in my hair
As I said, just a small, random sampling. But it feels good to realize that some of the things that make me the happiest are the littlest things.

11 August 2008

Six Words

A memoir, in six words exactly. That's a pretty cool idea.

When talking to a friend last night, I quickly came up with one for myself. Surprisingly, it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.

Yet, today, I kept thinking about it. I liked the one I came up with last night, however, it's pretty personal, and I'm not quite ready to share it with the whole wide world just yet.

But, I liked the concept of six word memoirs, so today, I started playing around with my pictures on picnik.com to see what six-word memoirs I could attach to my favorite pictures.

Such as:

What six-word memoirs can you write about your own life?