I had something else in mind for my weekly AWAREness post, but I saw a similar list that Rebecca, and then Amanda, posted this week, and I just had to work on mine.
Marcia once asked me to describe my mom to her. When I started writing the email, I realized how telling it was...to capture little details about how she loved her coffee and a good book, how she had a powder blue VW Beetle when I was a little girl, and how she could engage a telephone pole in a really rousing conversation.
I'm not sure "core values" is exactly how I'd define this list, but it's been a really fun exercise to step back and try to describe myself in such a way. This list is not all-inclusive, but I think it paints a pretty decent picture.
I believe you create your own happiness.
I believe in the healing powers of a soak in a hot bath.
I believe in ample-creamer’d coffee from my very favorite coffee mug.
I believe that an itty bitty Diet Dr. Pepper in the afternoon is good for my soul.
I believe in fuzzy fleece pajama pants and t-shirts from college.
I believe in the amazing softness of babies’ feet, and the wonders of children’s laughter.
I believe in fluffy white towels.
I believe in “To each, his own,” to the very core of my being.
I believe sweat is therapeutic, as long as it’s followed by a shower.
I believe in the importance of date nights.
I believe in spending time alone.
I believe in trying to be the kind of person I want my girls to be.
I believe in no toys at the dinner table…for kids OR adults.
I believe in pets being members of the family, and that a cat’s purr is one of the sweetest sounds on earth.
I believe in being able to cook…good food.
I believe in the magic of sisterhood, because although I don’t have a sister, I am blessed to see it every day.
I believe a creative outlet is a necessity.
I believe in getting lost in a good book.
I believe in being able to use chopsticks.
I believe in gourmet pizza, homemade ice cream, and ice cold beer.
I believe in sunroofs, seat warmers, and singing out loud to the radio.
I believe in family, and I believe that best friends are the family you get to choose.
I believe in the magic of childhood, and I hope my girls do one day, too.
I believe in traveling as far and wide as I can, and in the unmistakable feeling of coming home.
I believe in curiosity.
I believe in hard work.
I believe in not wearing shoes in the house.
I believe in having pedicured toes.
I believe that grammar is important.
I believe in hand-written notes and pretty paper.
I believe I was meant to be a mommy.
I believe in being AWARE of the things that make us uniquely who we are.