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friday's confession

Happy Friday everyone!

So, let's see, I promised 5 posts in 5 days, right? How about I give you 5 posts in a week instead?

Here's today's confession (and, yes, in California it is only 11:16 right now, so technically it is still Friday! HA!): even when I'm not actively blogging, I'm thinking about it. All. the. time.

It's becoming a thing with me. I'll hear a phrase, see a sign, or just have a thought and it's like a lightbulb goes off. Ping! I'm going to blog about that. Sometimes I'll even start a new post, even if I only have a second, and I'll call it "blog about this." Good title, huh?

And, I think about my readers. Who you are. What you want to read. What you like, and what you don't like. I think about comments left, that I haven't yet responded to...

To Laura: Are you a little worried that the Avett Brothers are going to just take off? And get so big that they'll only play at huge arenas where the tickets will cost way too much and they'll lose their magic? No? Ok, then, I'll relax about it too. Yes, you're right: I do wish them all the success in the world. They certainly deserve it.

To Erin: I love the idea of all of us being open to the universe conspiring (great word!) to help us! Thank you so much for your kind words. I could not even begin to list the reasons that I am grateful for meeting Tim, but getting to meet the amazing people he is friends with is certainly near the top of the list. He inspires me to cultivate amazing friendships in my life as well.

Oh yeah, and here's another confession, a bonus for all of you who are checking this blog over the weekend: Did you see my post Wednesday? Yeah, I was tipsy when I wrote that (hehe). Between the debate and the wii, there was just too much potential for drinking wine. I do realize that my writing might be better not tipsy, but, you know what, it was fun! I was inspired and felt joy and wanted to share that.

Thanks to all of you for giving me someone to share my joy with.

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what's your theme?

I think that it's really important to take stock every now and then to see if your life fits into the theme that you want it to have.Theme? What theme?

If this seems foreign, you need to first consider what you want your life's theme to be. Is there something, a word, a phrase, that sums up how you want to live your life, how you want your life described? I think it's important that we all develop a mantra, something that serves as a beacon, a guide to how we want to live.

Mine: Be brave, be grateful, be kind. Choose happy.

I feel so very strongly that if I follow these words, make them my life-rule, things will work out. While I realize this all sounds ideally fine, it is hard to live by, on a practical basis. It would be much easier for my mantra to be: Be lazy, be selfish. Choose indifference. But it's not. It's much harder to look at someone with kindness when things aren't going the way you want them to. When someone's causing you some kind of hardship, it's easy to look upon them with disdain instead of compassion.

But we all have choices in how we live. We all have the power to live our lives according to our own rules, not the rules of everyone else. It's hard and takes effort. It's much easier to let other people make the rules, dictate what direction you should go. But, when has someone else *actually* known what's better for you than you? Not in a you-shouldn't-date-that-person kind of way (because, really, every time I've dated someone I shouldn't be, I've known it. There's just been some other more compelling reason to keep the relationship on), but in a I'm-going-to-do-what-this-person-says-even-though-I-know-better kind of way.

So, what's your mantra? Do you have one already? If so, I'd love to hear it in the comments below. If you don't have one, think hard and come up with one. I dare you!

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