I love Oprah. Her words of wisdom have carried me far in life and I always look forward to her thought-invoking articles. Lo-and-behold I got one in my Inbox today I couldn’t ignore! 15 Things Every Woman Should Write Down Right Now is an awesome exercise in just taking some time to recap your life.
“You should always carry a notebook to capture what most needs remembering so that, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, you’ll never be without good reading material. Here, some prompts to get you started on that most fascinating of stories—yours.”
To read all 15 of her suggestions, go HERE. But I thought I’d share a few of my answers with you.
#2. Memaw’s Words of Wisdom; A life lesson from a grandmother is guaranteed to be one that’s passed the test of time. For example, Rihanna told Oprah that her “Gran Gran Dolly” always said to marry a man who loves you more than you love him,………
My “memaw” (or Gramma” as we say in Minn-er-sot-A) was a former librarian and full of fun quirks and sayings. The childhood teaching that sticks with me to this day is a simple one….always use the bathroom before you leave the house.” Or in her words “Anyone need to ‘go’? Speak now or forever hold your pee!”
#3. Your True Happiness: Without thinking too much about it, describe in as much detail as possible your perfect happiness. It can be a remembered instant of bliss or a ludicrous long shot, but whatever it is—a sunny picnic in a meadow, skydiving in Thailand
Well, there’s no hope of skydiving in Thailand for this chick, but I would say my true happiness is when I am alone, and I am writing. Throw in a backyard patio, a moderately cool day with no bugs, a huge Diet Coke (with extra ice) and my kids happily playing in the yard and you have the recipe for BLISS.
#6. Your Favorite Failure: Looking at and reliving past failures is not something I relish doing and Lord knows there’s lots of them. I would say this is my most recent “wish I would have done it differently” flop and it was when I left my job of 15 years in an industry I’d been in for 30 a year ago. What would I have done differently? I would have left sooner. There’s a real danger in staying in a job you’ve outgrown or grown to loathe too long. Not only does it wreak havoc on your mental and physical state, but it does something far worse; it burns bridges. I stayed too long and left in a cloud of discontent, resentment, and anger….not all on my part either. Sorry guys.
#11. That One Quote: You know the one—it’s that line that makes even the worst day seem better….
I am blessed with several quotes I adore, all of which adorn the walls of the walls of my office. I am a quote-aholic and find great comfort in a little fistful of wisdom. Here’s a few favs:
“You can trade your hours for dollars….or your ideas for millions.” Cactus Jack (Shark Tank)
“Promise me you will always remember; you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” –Christopher Robin (Winnie the Pooh)
14. An Amendment to the Bucket List: I used to think I wanted to skydive and maybe get a tattoo, but I’d like to amend my new bucket list and include SPACE. I crave room to move, a large studio office, a kitchen with a dishwasher, and a house with multiple bathrooms. That’s it, Jack.
15. Last Night’s Dream: This one is a scary one for me to write down not because it’s traumatizing, but because I have some pretty wack dreams. Like the time I dreamed I saw Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) at the lumberyard. Seriously, I really did dream that. My most recent “wack” dream was just two nights ago (you know it’s really nutty when you can still remember parts of it two days later) and I dreamed about Jon Bon Jovi.
Now, I admit I have drooled from afar over JBJ for YEARS and ironically, I know his first cousin, but in this dream I worked for Jon and he wasn’t a very nice boss. And he was chubby…like me. The defining moment was when I admitted to a fellow employee I was trying a new diet and JBJ overheard me. Rushing into the room he announced, “want to try that diet too! If you do it, I will!” I’d like to think we were BFFs after that and got svelte and thin together, but my $$#@@!! alarm clock when off, thus interrupting my Jon Bon fantasies. Dammit.
Photo Source: My bedroom (kidding)
So, there’s a few of my skeletons issues quirks thoughts. Which of the 15 do you want to answer? Yes, like HERE. I’d love to know that I am not the only nut that dreams about 80’s Hair Band Dudes. Spill the beans in the comment box below!
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