Today, I’m thinking about how we define ourselves.
Before I go any further, I figured you should know this post is all Ginger Calem‘s fault. She started the “10 Word” trend over on Myndi Shafer’s blog, with Natalie Hartford and Marcia Richards jumping on the WANA train and trying it.
[What can I say? I’m a joiner and if my peeps are being all brave, I want to be brave too.]
All three of these ladies did posts summing themselves up in 10 words or less (links above). And you know what? They nailed it! In TEN words!! (OK, Marcia did ten phrases, but still…) I was completely captivated.
Note: I’m sure there’s more people who did this that I’m missing – please post the link in the comments if you did a 10 Words/Phrases blog!
I’m sitting in on Kristen Lamb’s Blogging To Build Your Brand course (which you should definitely take if you haven’t yet) and she does an exercise where you think of 100 words that describe you.
This was the second time I’ve done this exercise (I originally took her course back in March 2011) and it’s still a struggle. Blogging isn’t for sissies, you know.
Here’s my final “100 word” cloud:
Wife, mother, sister, daughter, writer, blogger, teacher, blood clot sufferer, survivor, pregnancy fact-gatherer, loyal, software trainer, loves to dance, intravenous coffee, night owl, gardener, funny, books trump TV, reading, wine, gluten free, beach, walking, barefoot, dance the night away, play, loathe sweating, love to talk, shower singer, wish for fitness-while-sleeping, I MISS sleeping, love my toddler, preschool is my friend, Pacific Northwest gives me Zen, travel, technology, fascinated with software, rarely bored, Disco makes me laugh, bars fascinate, romance, holding hands, sunshine, planner, organized computer, disorganized with paper, hate to file, love organized files, value friendships, miss my mom.
Did you look at that cloud like I did and say, “Holy moly!”??
Honestly, I wasn’t even sure how to divide that hodge-podge into 10 words so I took my cue from Marcia and did 10 phrases.
At first I thought of this process as: “How many licks does it take to get to the center of the Tootsie Pop,” but I decided that sounded naughty. We’ll just call this the “How many words does it take to get to the center of YOU” exercise.
And yes, I’m stalling….
Here’s Jenny in 10 Bullets or Less:
- Rejuvenated by creativity
- Nurtured by family and friends
- Love to give back
- Teaching lights my fire
- Growing things hits my Zen button
- Gluten-free eating changed my life
- Thankful to be alive
- My guilt muscle is strong but my humor muscle’s stronger
- I dream of being an organized person (and a good singer)
- Morning mantra: Give the scary lady some coffee
And I still left plenty out. Dang, this exercise is hard!!
Have you played the “10 Words or Phrases” game? What did you think? Do you want to share your words in the comments section? Enquiring minds always want to know these answers here at More Cowbell!