Six Things, A List for #elf4health

Today’s #elf4health challenge is to list six things I love about myself.

I always have a hard time complimenting myself, even though I’m a relatively confident person and have been for most of my life. I don’t what it is, but whenever someone compliments me on something—whether it be an ability or physical attribute–I’ve always brushed it off, while simultaneously putting myself down. How silly is that?

Recently I’ve made a conscious effort to simply say, “thank you.” And that’s it.

Needless to say, this list (even though there was a similar challenge last year), has taken a bit of thought, but, here we go!

Six Things I Genuinely Love About Myself:

The crazy lady wearing red lipstick.

The crazy lady wearing red lipstick.

  1. The ability to rock red lipstick. I’m not one of those women who wears a lot of makeup…in fact, most days I barely brush my hair. It’s not that I don’t like taking care of myself, it’s just that I don’t focus on my looks very often. But, when I do take the time to get dressed up and put some makeup on, I love to make a statement. Red is one of my favorite colors and I love wearing red lipstick because it makes me feel confident, bold and classy at the same time.
  2. My legs. They’ve carried me through a marathon. They keep going when my brain is ready to give up. My legs aren’t perfect, but they’re strong and they’re perfect for me.
  3. My (obnoxious) laugh. One of my best friends always teases me about my laugh. Mostly because when we get together, we spend about 95% of the time laughing out loud—cackling! Cackling that probably causes dogs around the neighborhood to go into a barking frenzy…but I wouldn’t trade it. It not only announces my presence, but it also shows that I’m happy and that I have a sense of humor (and don’t take myself too seriously).
  4. My voice. I don’t share this with many people, but when I was a little kid, I had to take speech classes. I could understand what people were saying to me perfectly, but I was unable to articulate my thoughts. I knew what I wanted to say, but I’d trip over my words and just couldn’t get it out. I only went to speech therapy for a few short years (up until and for part of Kindergarten), but I’ll never forget that time. Because of my early struggles with communication, I’ve learned to use my words well. It’s one of the reasons that I love writing–and started blogging. It’s also one of the reasons that I don’t really get nervous in front of large groups-I’m just happy that people can understand me! I guess you could say that once I learned how to speak well, I never stopped!
  5. My Singing Voices one thing that I am sure I do well is sing. I work hard to learn new songs, harmonies and techniques. Some of my fondest memories are associated with choir/a cappella practices or just singing with my sister.  I’m part of the praise and worship team at my church (if you’d asked me 4 or 5 years ago if I would be doing this, I probably would have burst out laughing)… it overwhelms me when people come up and tell me that something I sang really spoke to them or touched them. I’m not a perfect Christian, but one of my favorite ways to connect with Him is through song…and having that come across to others is a wonderful thing.
  6. My Faith. I’ve always believed in God. However, having that personal relationship with Him is still relatively new… but it’s gotten me through a lot…and it’s changed me for the better.

So there you have it…there’s my list…. What are some of your favorite things about yourself?

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The Change Up

Life is pretty good right now.  Farmer Ben and I had an amazing time in the Big Apple celebrating his 30th birthday and are getting back to the daily grind.

That being said, we have some changes coming. All good things. New opportunities, if you will.

I’m the kind of person who likes to make lists, write down her goals, and check them off, slowly but surely…. I’ve started a list for the coming months and am adding to it as the month of December slowly slips away.

I’m feeling more confident than I have in a long time, in all aspects-spiritually, emotionally and physically. It’s amazing what hard work, relaxation, personal reflection and an amazing hubs can do for your mind, body and soul.

With all of these things happening, I’ve been itching to do something different. I can’t quite put my finger what exactly I’d like to change, so I decided to start with my appearance.

Some of my favorite tweeks to my appearance are very simple.

An eyebrow wax, for example; Great eyebrows can help a woman take over the world.

Color; I love power colors- Deep crimson red, royal blue, fuschia, even black or white. Deep/bright colors give me a major confidence boost and tell the world you mean business.

New shoes. Come on now, who doesn’t feel confident in a kickass pair of running shoes or a classic black heel?

Lipstick. I have never been really into wearing makeup. When I do wear it, I usually just focus on my eyes-smokey shadow, mascara and black eye liner, no cover-up, no foundation, and maybe some chapstick at most.

But as of late, I’ve been really into red lipstick. I’m loving Rimmel’s Lasting Finish by Kate Moss, especially shade 001 (red, go figure.).  If you have the confidence to rock a bright lipstick like this one, you’re going places. It was an impulse buy at my local drug store and only set me back a few bucks.

There are other times when I make drastic changes.

A haircut. I’ve never died my hair, but I love changing up my style. Ben is always in for a surprise whenever I go see my amazing stylist (Lianna at Zeina’s in Plattsburgh-she’s a ridiculously talented genius).  

I bounce all over the board. I’ll go from having hair almost half-way down my back to just under my chin. OR I’ll go from having a super sleek style to something fun, funky and razored. 

This weekend, I opted for something short and a cross between sleek and funky.

So now, in an act of shameless self promotion, here’s my latest ‘do. Also, please note the red lipstick and the bright pink zip-up.

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Thoughts?

Happy Hump Day!