10 January 2013

This I Know Today

All images from last summer, because I need a splash of sunshine and color in these grey January days.

- The color schemes I like may change from year to year, but yellow, the color of sunshine and happiness, will always, always be my favorite. Always.

- I am so lucky. I have many more friends than I realize. Even strangers whom I never dreamed would become friends have been fiercely loyal and protective friends. I have a tribe who has my back, even if they are spread across the globe.

- Sometimes the answer is to crank the music and just dance with abandon.

- I am, at the deepest core of me, a simple soul. It truly is the simplest things that make me happiest. Some people see that as a weakness, but I know that it's a treasured strength. The ability to enjoy the simple joys and pleasures mean I will always have an easier passage through difficult times and a deeper appreciation for the ordinary and extraordinary times.

- I am always going to feel better with a colorful manicure.

- I am an optimistic realist. I strive to see, and really do believe, in the best. But I am pragmatic and realistic. I know it can't always be sunshine and roses - there are tough times. There are the days you want to walk away or call it quit, but I know, through the lessons life has taught me time and time again, those are the times you get through with as much grace and humility as you can muster, and it always, always gets better.

- I am not perfect. Nor do I ever have any intention of ever being perfect. The day I let go of that illusion was the day I was finally was able to walk tall and proud. There are and will be days I struggle with not picking up that illusion again, but they are few and far in between, thankfully. And when those days come, I'm well-equipped with the tools to keep me standing tall and proud.

- Every woman needs: one set of underwear that makes you smile to wear, a purse that you can carry with pride, killer shoes you love, an innate sense of who you are, something that makes you smile, something that brings you comfort, self confidence, and mostly, love  - be it self-love, family love, platonic love, or romantic love.

- I am a grown woman. My life is mine. I have full control of my destiny. My life is, and will be, wonderful and deeply lived. Because that's the life I dream of.

- I am not obligated. I choose who and what I say yes to. I choose my employer, my lover, my family, my friends, my commitments, my passions, my health, myself. And if I say no, that's my choice. And I will be at peace when I say no.

- My happiness can be as simple as a sunny day or a great kiss. Or as wild as a great travel adventure or some new challenge.

- You can't lose what you don't have. You might lose the hopeful illusion you had, but you can't lose that relationship or that dream if you didn't have it in the first place.

- Sometimes, it hurts at the moment, but in the end, it's always worth it if it brings more peace and contentment to your life. Be it letting go, saying yes to the workout instead of the couch, or stressing over learning a new task.

- I am an unrepentant day dreamer, wildly emphatic, genuinely curious, and a terrible dancer. I wholeheartedly embrace all these traits.

- I am quietly social. I need, crave, desire quiet alone time, but I also need, crave, desire social interactions too. I am at my best when I have a happy balance between the two.

- There's comfort in the ritual of a cuppa tea.

- I don't have all the answers, but this is a damn good start!

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