Friday, October 28

10 things I like about her

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photo by Thea Coughlin

ONE
She is teaching me to be kinder.  I once saw Michelle spend more than 20 minutes on a short email to a total jerk who deserved some serious “back off asshole” energy sent his way.  That is what I would’ve done, of course.  Not Michelle.  Nope.  I watched her spend nearly a half an hour to word it so, in her words, “he would not feel any shame or judgment.”

I mean, seriously—I have some distance to travel to be walking in her shoes.

photo by Amy Gretchen Maher

TWO
She is teaching me to soften up*.  My DNA is such that I tend to throw my whole self down the stairs when a simple step, pause, step would get me to the bottom just as well.  And the bonus?  No bruises.

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THREE
She is teaching me to giggle.  I’m not quite there yet.  I  can laugh and shake, but the giggle—that loose easy, rolling from the back of your throat giggle?  Still working on it.

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photo by Amy Gretchen Maher


FOUR
She is teaching me how to get my pretty on.  Which, as you all know, has nothing to do with lighting, make-up or hairspray and everything to do with posture, breath and thoughts I think.

photo by Stefanie Renee Lindeen

FIVE

She is kind.

SIX
She is gentle.

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photo by Cal Patch


SEVEN

She always finds the fun (and the funny).

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photo by Meg Brothers


EIGHT
She is pretty.

NINE
She has a radiance that is good to be around.

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photo by Kate Inglis


TEN
When she dances?  She goes to that wild, frenzied, no-holds barred place.  Intense, hair shaking, soul on fire—and I love that most of all.

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photo by Karin Mosca


Bisous, E
*the note on my mirror was written to me from Michelle.  Funny how this morning the hearts that Stef gifted to me that hang in the window popped into view . . .

10 comments:

  1. It's always a bonus when you have someone that can show you the way to lightheartedness.

    Bridgemor

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  2. She is a sweet one isn't she?
    This was a lovely homage to Michelle. xo

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  3. we need to keep that girl around... love her so!

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  4. This is lovely. She is an amazing person, so full of light and gentleness. What a great tribute to her.

    xo

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  5. Oh this is so lovely E.. And all those things you love about her shine through when you meet her..
    xo
    Karen

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  6. She is so beautiful inside and out! Love this...xo

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  7. Oh what gorgeous words, love and photographs. She is wonderful. xoxoxo

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  8. She is all of those things and more... and whether you recognize it or not, so are you!
    I think you work magic on each other. I think we ALL work magic on each other. I am inspired to do better, be kinder, reach higher, sing louder, dance more freely, write more honestly (write MORE often), be the best, most authentic me I can be every.single.time. I am around a certain group of women....How lucky are we???

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  9. How lucky you are to have such a wonderful light in your life as a friend. I am sure she feels the same way about you.

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thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me-- I love that you stopped by and hope something I shared was what you needed today. xo, e