I want to keep this blog fun, as well as filled with useful information, tools and recipes you can take away. So, I was brainstorming ideas and doing some reflecting, and I remembered how English was one of my least favorite classes growing up. Nothing made me despise reading and writing more than it being assigned to me (and I love to read) and writing is fine, as long as I don't have to summarize and provide an analysis. I much prefer reflection and journaling. Also, I tend to write how I speak and think and sometimes that results in really, really long run on sentences. Whoops.
Don't get me wrong, some of my favorite books were assigned to me-Lord of the Flies, The Outsiders, Fahrenheight 451. But I went into them kicking and screaming (figuratively-I am an introvert and would never call such attention to myself unless I felt my life was being threatened).
So most of the time I dreaded the assignments. Except for one time during my junior year of high school.
The prompt was simply to write what we believed in. I loved this prompt so much, I remember having the best time writing it. Although I've managed to misplace the original, I thought it would be fun to revisit nearly ten years later.
I Believe: 2018 Edition
I believe in rest. and naps. and bedtimes.
Unless I can't put my book down
I believe in joyful intentions
I believe in daydreaming... and then chasing those dreams
I believe in soul food
I believe in keeping an open mind
I believe in love
I believe that laughter is the best medicine
But not if it's at the expense of others
I believe in dancing in the kitchen while baking cookies every chance you get
I believe in eating dinner at the table together most of the time
However, I believe that takeout Thai food tastes best re-watching episodes of Big Bang Theory
I believe in being just and fair and kind as often as possible
I believe in science
I believe in setting aside time for the things you enjoy and the people you love
I believe there is never one way to do, see or think anything. Except for toilet paper rolls. ALWAYS OVER.
I believe in compassion and empathy and expressing gratitude
I believe in continuous learning
I believe in play - this can be movement or getting creative or literal play, in ways that fuel you
I believe in a lot of self care and self compassion and attempts at self love for ever and ever
I believe in standing up for others and yourself and for what is right
I believe in myself
Thanks for reading along-I had so much fun writing this and reflecting on how much things have changed in the past ten years. I would love to hear some of the things you believe in down below!