Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My Word

as i was scrubbing the guest bathroom yesterday morning in preparation for our niece to come visit, i got lost in thought. (this is what happens when i do mindless work...or pretty much anything that i don't really want to do.) i was thinking back on the past 10 years of my life, when my journey with B began. i thought about places we've been, things we've seen, obstacles we've faced, dreams that we've achieved, and how it all shaped who i am.

that got me mentally dissecting myself, trying to determine exactly what that is. how would i describe myself to someone? how could i convey every aspect of my being in few words? how about in one word?

grateful to be me, even at 1:00 am with no make-up on. ;)
challenge accepted!

lots of words came to mind - labels, really. infertile (although it still applies, it no longer defines me), photographer (one of my proudest titles), crafter (much to the dismay of B, because it takes up so much of my time)...

but then i realized that those are what i am, not who i am. no, i needed a word with more to it, a deeper meaning. keeping in mind all of the ups & downs in my life, i almost settled on "evolving", but it didn't seem to quite encompass all of me.

grateful, that's the word i was looking for. that one simple word holds so much meaning for me. it perfectly encapsulates who i've become through it all and how i feel about where i've been and where i am now. i am grateful for the joys in my life. i am grateful for the challenges i've faced. i am grateful for the things i've experienced. i am grateful for my faith. i am grateful for those who have touched my life and allowed me into theirs. i am grateful for the love i feel from and for others on a daily basis. i am grateful to be me.

i invite you to take the challenge. take a good, long look at yourself and see if you can sum up all of you in a single word. blog about it and share the link!


Stephanie said...

Grateful is a great word to sum up oneself! Hmm, I'll have to take the challenge and think about a word for me too. :)

Ashley at flats to flip flops said...

Love this! And love that I am not the only one having deep thoughts(who I am kidding or any thoughts at all) while cleaning the toliet!
It's funny, maybe it's our stage of life, but I find myself thinking the same things! Or maybe it is the blogging that forces us to look deeper into ourselves?
Great post!

Shaina Longstreet said...

A very thought provoking post... I might have to go clean the guest bathroom and give it some thought! ;) Love your words.

E and R said...

What a great challenge...and beautiful words. I'm going to have to think on this :)

Tricia said...

Love this post! Another word for you is AWESOME!

Maria said...

beautiful, carlia.
this made me cry. i realy needed to read this right now. i can so relate to it...even through all the craziness and hardships, there is beauty lying deep inside it all.
you are gorgeous even in the early morning hrs. <3

Veronica Armstrong said...

Absolutely love this. So glad we found each other. Your blog is fantastic and youre very inspiring.

Kristen Seuberling said...

Such a thought provoking post. It is so easy to get wrapped up in identifying ourselves by our jobs in life. So nice to have a reminder that there's more to us that just our work!

theelusivesecondline said...

Beautiful words. Thank you very much for sharing this.

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