Quotespirational thoughts and setting goals

I have been hounded by two Quotespirational thoughts lately: “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” and “Who are you when no one is looking?” Quotesprinational thoughts (my phrase) are those little positivities that adorn classrooms and foyers across America. They annoy me, not because they’re trite — which, okay, they are — but because I like them. I ponder them, then ruminate, then stew, and then decide such questions require brownies and coffee to contemplate. After I’ve consumed the brownies and coffee without any answers, and after I’ve avoided the fifty other things I could/should have been doing while pondering essentially nothing, I decide to let ideas simmer until an answer is forthcoming.

I received my answer to both questions one afternoon when running errands with my daughter. The fact that I was not alone when I decided on my answer about being alone was characteristically me. What I decided to do about it is really quite characteristically like a lot of people. We ponder ‘stuff’: Why do happy people live longer? What is the measure of a good life? Are Crocs ever going to go away? These are things worth thinking about, and the answers depend on who we are. In fact, those answers shape who we are.

We then ruminate by way of writing. Some of us are gifted with the talent to write novels and short stories, poems and songs. Others of us are gifted with the ability to support those who write and sing and express their truths. We need each other, the creators and the appreciators. I have been happy to fit into both categories until the niggle of a need to write became the demand to write. Not a Jiminy-Cricket type demand from the ‘still small voice inside of me’ but the megaphone demand from the drill sergeant of my goals to get busy already.

This blog is my version of getting busy already. I would love to say there will be earth-shattering themes running amok all over here like little kids hyped up on the promise of no bedtime — but more than likely my thoughts will be whispers, to which you will giggle in response before returning to whatever else you were up to before you took a moment to hang out with my words.

You will have to forgive what I can assure you will be phrasing and punctuating that lives outside the happy boundaries of the Chicago Manual of Style. I am aware of punctuation, I just reserve the right to use it — and word choice — as I see fit. Yep, control issues all over the place here.

My ponderings tend to run along the themes of living life well, kids, being a lifelong student, and friendship. If that has value to you, then come on over to this blog as often as you like. I’ll have a plate of metaphorical cookies at the ready.



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lauren
    Feb 07, 2015 @ 22:26:04

    So excited for this!!



  2. Jess
    Feb 08, 2015 @ 04:30:10

    Huzzah! Love this and you!



  3. Amy Wolstenholme
    Feb 08, 2015 @ 13:27:38

    Super cute, as always. I had a dream last night that you and I found the perfect store; books, purses, and shoes. Can we make that happen please? 😉 Love you!



  4. Susan Grumbine
    Feb 08, 2015 @ 13:39:09

    Love this!



  5. Geri Henry
    Feb 11, 2015 @ 01:49:49

    Liz your words always ‘light’ my face with a smile and challenge me to be a ‘better me’. Thank you for your thoughts and inspiring words. As one woman effected by gravity to another- this is AWESOME STUFF!



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