So Much to Love

Hi Friends!

The bloganuary (daily writing) challenge prompt of the day is:

What is your favorite part about yourself?

Obviously, there’s a straightforward response since physical characteristics come to mind pretty quickly…for instance, I like my smile. Yep, everyone has one, but I like that I can share a smile whenever I choose. That’s cheesy (get it smiles, cheese lol) but legitimately pretty cool!

I also considered this prompt in a similar way to yesterday’s…I decided to choose a character trait I like about myself.

Honestly, I’m proud that I’m always willing to try new things.

I may not always like what I try (I’m the first to admit I’m a picky eater), but if the activity is safe and my moral compass isn’t pointing in the opposite direction, I’m excited to try!

I’m always glad when I answer, “Yes, I can!” when presented with trying something new!

…even if I may never try exactly that thing again (I’m looking at you, beet and walnut burger) because I’ve discovered something new about myself or the world around me, which is always an adventure!

I encourage you to take a moment to think of a few of your favorite things about yourself!

The most joyful thing about this prompt is that it doesn’t ask us to name one thing we like about ourselves…

It asks us to contemplate our favorite thing!

I completely agree with this idea! We shouldn’t be challenged to find one thing we like about ourselves. We should love so many things the challenge is to determine our favorite!

Even if you are looking to make changes in your life, the trite message is always true: that you must love yourself first.

I also believe there’s a lot to love for all of us; we sometimes just have to take a minute to discover that!

* This month’s theme for the blog is, “Yes, I can!” I am also participating in the bloganuary daily writing challenge.

Finding My Own Strength in the New Year

Hi Friends!

Today’s bloganuary (daily writing) challenge prompt is:

“Write about something that makes you feel strong.”

Each time I see this, I read with special emphasis on the word, “you.”

This makes the prompt even more exciting to contemplate because everyone has such unique strengths!

I mean, sure, lifting weights would increase any of our muscle mass, but I’ve been enjoying considering how I personally like to increase my physical strength and how I’ve let certain circumstances shape my outlook.

For instance, if I had to go to a gym every day and lift weights to become fit and healthy…I’d actually probably become a great big couch potato (who eats mostly fried potatoes).

But I’ve discovered that I really like barre classes, especially through Pure Barre and Peloton, and I feel alive when taking brisk walks through my neighborhood with family or friends.

Character wise, I feel strong enough to face anything that comes my way when I reflect on all of the challenging moments I’ve already come through. For instance, as a young adult, I felt confident I could graduate college because I knew that I had already prepared by graduating high school and by studying throughout my higher education.

Even when I don’t have an exact model in the past, I can apply other strengths I’ve learned. If I had never paid off a loan before I paid for my car, I still knew I could reach that goal because I’ve already worked har to become an organized, dedicated person, so even if it took a little while, I knew I had what it takes not to be in debt for ever…and sooner than I expected, I wasn’t.

My challenge for you is to reflect on what makes you uniquely strong because these are the things that will help you say “yes, I can accomplish that goal”…and then discover that you actually can!

If you want to be physically strong, find what exercise and healthy food you enjoy on the way to getting stronger.

If you need strength of character, I’m sure you have your own unique experiences to draw from!

Living the Dream

Hi Friends!

Today’s bloganuary (daily writing) challenge is:

“Write about a dream you remember.”

I have decided to take this prompt a little loosely and write about a daydream I can’t seem to forget.

You know, one of those dreams that you keep coming back to and imagine experiencing no matter where you are, what job you have, and whatever else you achieve?

Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted a place to graciously welcome guests and share ideas. More than just a home, I want a warmly sophisticated space for celebrating life through big and small events.

That dream has become a career goal and vision for how I want my life to be.

I write more about this “Venue Vision” in the About section of this blog.

I’ve also determined to make this dream and many others a reality…starting now!

Recently, I took Tonya Leigh’s Live Like an Editor workshop through the School of Self Image, which challenged participants to create a magazine cover depicting elements from their future dream life… then begin showing up in your life right now like the person you want to be!

I’ve shared mine below!

It’s so inspiring to see some of my dreams as a compelling cover.

I highly recommend tapping into Tonya’s advice through her podcasts or workshops!

I also love the free features of Canva, which enabled me to create this beautiful magazine cover.

Whatever motivates you, I hope you too begin living the dream life you can’t seem to forget!

I’ll keep you updated as my dreams take shape, and I can’t wait to hear from you as you live the adventure of following your dreams!!

An Interview in the Most Delightful Way

Hi Friends!

Today’s prompt for the bloganuary (daily writing) challenge is:

“Interview a fictional character.”

I would certainly enjoy interviewing one of my all time favorite fictional characters…but I’m not sure it would go too smoothly.

Here’s the transcript I anticipate:

Erica’s Adventure: Hello Mary.

Mary Poppins: That’s Mary Poppins. Are there no formalities anymore? Children are going about learning from home, without a nanny or a tutor! Their parents are working in pajamas in adjoining rooms. Most disgraceful. However, we were conducting an interview. I believe it is your turn to inquire about my life.

EA: Um, yes. Hello Mary Poppins. How are you doing this afternoon?

MP: Now, I think we are both too busy for such small talk. Please go ahead with your interview, spit spot.

EA: Alright, please tell the readers about your childhood. Where did you grow up?

MP: I grew up like any other child. You must know that means vertically and emotionally. I should think that’s very clear; I’m an adult, and I achieved that rather splendidly. Really, I’m practically perfect in every way.

I also never forget my manners. I wasn’t raised in a barn.

EA: But where did you grow…oh I guess we aren’t getting anywhere with that.

Alright, I have a few questions from our audience.

When was the last time you laughed out loud?

MP: Tee hehehe hehehe haha!

Well that’s a silly question. Shouldn’t life be taken seriously? We must go about our daily tasks with appropriate gravity. I should never be caught cackling like a hyena when it isn’t appropriate.

EA: Um, Mary Poppins, didn’t you just…oh, never mind.

What brought you into the field of child care?

MP: I received a letter requesting my expertise. I then arrived several days before the winds changed. So much to do in such a short time!

Also, I should think adults need care too! Families as a whole, you must understand, need as much care as their smallest components! Child care, really?! We must learn to look past the ends of our noses.

EA: To clarify, our readers are curious about your life before you helped the Banks family.

MP: Aren’t we inquisitive? Not a flattering habit. Now straighten your dress. Yes, there. That will do. We’ll have to scrub that chocolate stain later.

EA: Many thanks, sincerely.

I have one final question; what is the most valuable lesson you hope to impart upon those you meet?

MP: If you must ask, you haven’t yet found for yourself an element of fun in every job that must be done. You see, in every task you undertake there is something joyful to make it a piece of cake!

EA: Thank you. Wait, was that an answer? Oh goodness. Well, it’s been a joy to speak with you today.

That concludes our interview. Thank you, Mary Poppins.

MP: You are quite welcome. Off to work with you now.

A Daring Adventure

Hi Friends!

Today’s bloguary (daily writing challenge) prompt is:

“What is your favorite quote and why?”

The title of this blog actually draws from my favorite quote, which is,

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

Helen Keller

This quote may call some to explore far away lands. It can also serve as a reminder to find adventure where you are.

It’s inspiring to me that adventure can be many things and that you get to decide what your adventure is.

This quote also motivates me to take action on my dreams because it’s in getting up and following our dreams (even if it’s just baby steps at first) rather than just imagining an exciting, purposeful life that we can live our very own adventures!

This quote is also mentioned in the About section of the blog, and I’ll explore this theme more as the blog grows.