Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I Believe

Being from a small town, I've seen how based on appearance, associations, and occupations people are categorized. These (bizarre in my humble opinion) groupings come with an accompanying set of beliefs. We all know (though we don't necessarily acknowledge) that just because people look different (or the same) doesn't mean they think different (or the same). So today, I do as Raven and Helene did and I make my beliefs known. 
I believe
Self confidence is a constant battle -one I hope to win more than lose.
Weight is just a number (though, some days I don't believe that at all).
Beauty should be determined by personality, heart, and passion -not make-up, hair, clothes, weight.

I believe 
Eating healthy is important, only 80% of the time.
Rewarding yourself is done with cookies, cupcakes, and a good Heffenweisen (orange on rim).
No recipe is worth more than 10 steps or two "active" hours.

I believe 
Cake is how you celebrate.
Wine makes a body strong... Or is that milk?
In sun tea, spicy bloody marys, and bacon.
I believe 
Couples can have a healthy sex life without PDA.
Sarcasm is a love language.
Good sex comes from a great emotional connection.

I believe 
In worst case scenarios.
Dreams don't come true, they get blown out of the water by the awesomeness of life.
The human will can overcome more than we expect.

I believe 
In well-utilized swear words.
In handwritten notes -thank you or otherwise.
Beautiful hand writing and fun doodles make notes pretty regardless of subject matter.

I believe 
Dogs are good for the soul.
A good dog is a disciplined one.
Nothing says comfort like a snoring puppy.

I believe
In spa days that include massages and good food and sun by the pool.
Some days it's better to choose the lazy morning snuggle than to hit the blacktop or weight room.
Water works miracles on skin, breath, and tummy aches.

I believe 
Any celebration worth having includes dancing all night.
I'm best at cutting a rug in heels.
No one looks dumb dancing -except in pictures.

I believe 
In early morning exercise.
I'll never be able to work out in a gym without someone directing me. (Minus the cardio)
Sore, tired muscles are happy muscles.

I believe
Everyone's got something to bring to the table.
We undervalue ourselves -comparing our worst to their best.
It's easy to be scared; it's hard, but beautiful, to be brave.

I believe
Sewing, painting, and drawing are life-giving.
Good writing gives life to deep, seemingly indescribable emotions.
Life's too short to read bad books.
I believe 
In a strong cup of coffee in the morning -and the afternoon.
In working hard and playing just as hard.
A glass of red wine is good for the heart and the soul some days.

I believe
In dry shampoo, mascara primer, and eyebrow wax.
Nothing beats a natural look.
Big hair is better hair.

I believe
Country music has a song for every situation life may bring.
In singing along at the top of your lungs -in the car, during a shower, AND in public.
It's important to listen to everything, because inspiration comes in the unexpected.


Mostly though, I believe
In the power of grace, the beauty of mercy, and the expansiveness of love.
Jesus died for my sins and yours too.
No matter what I do, God loves me all the same.

15 comments:

  1. I used to follow your simply sweet blog, found this one by accident and it gave me a happy moment,lol.I loved reading your blog and your moms. So glad to be able to do so again.

    Love this post!!

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  2. I recently started following you & i LOVE this post! I just might do one myself :) thanks for sharing!

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  3. La la LOOOVE THIS POST MY DEAR!!!

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  4. AMAZING!!!
    Seriously Amber, you are one of our God's sweet miracles x

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  5. Wow love this, a breath of fresh air!

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  6. BEAUTIFUL....You brought tears to my eyes :) Much love xxx

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  7. absolutely wonderful post! a good bloody mary can make your day. now I'm craving one.

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  8. Yes to cupcakes. Always.

    And I want that mug. Seriously. I might stalk you in person just to steal it!

    -Kate
    www.theflorkens.com

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  9. Yes to cupcakes. Always.

    And I want that mug. Seriously. I might stalk you in person just to steal it!

    -Kate
    www.theflorkens.com

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  10. I love this! Such an inspiring post! xo

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  11. I'm visiting from the Bloggers Support Group on Facebook today! I LOVE this post! My favorite, "Sarcasm is a love language." I'm pretty sure that's mine and my husband's top love language then! ;)

    http://lifewithamberlyandjoe.com

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  12. I love this. Its so fun to get to know you and your beliefs a little better. I especially agree about the pup and your dog is so cute!

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  13. This is beautiful. Absolute perfection.

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  14. I just strayed following you after I read your "recovering skinny bitch" and I feel like (as corny as it may sound) you've totally inspired me to what to do the same ... Then after finding this -- your awesome I love that you've got the same sarcastic qualities that I have and you have totally inspired me to want to do better

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