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When Do You Feel Most Like Yourself?
This is such an interesting question. It helps us understand and identify what makes us happy.
What are you doing? Where are you? Who are you with?
These additional questions help us hone in on the details of what makes us content.
The more we understand what makes us happy, the more we can focus our energy and time on activities that gratify our soul and fill our hearts with joy.
What are you doing?
I feel most like myself when I am creating. I might be cooking, baking, painting, crafting, home decorating, writing, styling outfits, or any other activity that allows me to stretch my imagination and exercise my brain. Creativity is adult play. There are no wrong answers. Give yourself the freedom to explore.
Who are you with?
My husband and my pug.
They both accept me, faults and all for who I am. Okay, Zoë will accept anyone with food but I like to believe she would still have my back.
A close second would be my group of girlfriends. They inspire me, make me laugh till I cry and support me without judgement.
Where are you?
If I had to choose a place where I feel most like myself it might be hiking in BC. I used to think of hikes as stress reduction, meditation walks. I’d visualize breathing in fresh green and blue air and exhale stressful red and yellow. Nature centers me physically, emotionally and mentally.
What clothing makes you feel most like yourself?
I feel most like myself when I am wearing bright and bold vintage or secondhand clothing.
It communicates important messages about myself. Helping the environment and wearing something unique are two priorities for me. Of course wearing something that makes me feel beautiful and good about myself is also very important.
As you can see I’m a maximalist when it comes to pattern and colour.
The more the merrier.
Funny enough, although I own quite a bit of jewellery I rarely wear it. I let the clothes take centre stage.
This is a face-off of two strong willed individuals.
Who do you think won?
If you placed your bets on the furry stout one congratulations! Two pug hugs coming your way.
What about you? When do you feel most like yourself?
Lessons I Have Learned From My Girlfriends
For over 23 years I had one best friend. I thought I was happy but as my Mom told me,
“It is better to have a basket full of friends than only one friend.”
I didn’t understand what she meant by this until that one good friend suddenly changed and things went so far sideways I still couldn’t tell you exactly what happened.
Thanks to blogging, I’ve met so many great new friends that have stepped up and not only filled the gap that was left behind but provided valuable insight and varied views of the world. In retrospect, I can see the benefit of many points of view over one single myopic view. Opening up to more people can be daunting, as we are allowing ourselves to be vulnerable but the benefits have far outweighed the risks for me.
My basketful of girlfriends have taught me so many lessons which help me daily and I am grateful for their presence in my life.
I thought I’d share some of those pieces of wisdom with you today.
Be aware of your weaknesses but choose to focus on your strengths.
Try to make one person laugh every day.
Decorate you life as your canvas and don’t be defined by your limitations.
Have fun! Who cares if people stare?
Consider what you say carefully before expressing yourself.
Show kindness and empathy to all.
An excellent listening ear and a good sense of humour are traits everyone appreciates.
Small tokens of thoughtfulness are never out of fashion.
No matter how well you think you know someone, even after many, many years, you never really know them.
Do you prefer one best friend or a basket full of friends?