Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I Am -- Old School Blogging Link Up

I am so excited to be co-hosting a thing called Old School Blogging (OSB) with my friend Elaine from the Miss Elaine-ous life.  Elaine hosts this blog link up once a month and it is so fun!  

This month I told her about a project that Lucy did in her fifth grade poetry unit-- I Am poems-- and we thought it might be a good fit for OSB. So, here is my I Am poem/blog post/jumble of thoughts with some pictures and videos.

I am a complicated, over thinker, over feeler in love with life.

I wonder what is going to happen next.

I hear all of my favorite Pandora channels playing all the time everywhere I am  -- Aretha Franklin, Etta James, The Avett Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Madonna, Otis Redding, Karen Carpenter, Blondie, Pit Bull and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

(Songs like this classic Steven Stills cover by Bonnie Raitt. Holy woah, I love this song and the way she sings it.)

  (click here to watch/listen.)

I see my kids growing up so fast.

I want time to slow down.

I am a complicated, over thinker, over feeler in love with life.

My babies, not so much babies anymore.
I could write post after post filled with my older kids looking annoyed and so over it. Ha!

I pretend that I am okay with the 15 pounds I've gained in the last four years and that I gained it because of a thyroid problem (but nothing is wrong with my thyroid).

I feel ALL THE FEELINGS ALL THE TIME! If there is a feeling, name it, I've felt it.  I used to hate that, and sometimes I still do, but mostly I love it and I ride the feelings roller coaster with my hands up in the air.

I touch the knot in the back of my neck and remind myself to relax more and stress less AND to stop clenching my jaw.

I worry about keeping my family and myself together (holdover complicated-ness from having divorced parents and a crazy mother).

I cry when I go into my kids' classrooms in elementary school because their right now is a big deal and it feels so sweet and important and it overwhelms me.  (I also cry during award shows, when Ellen gives away stuff to people, when they highlight an athlete's story before the big game, when I've had more than three drinks, when I'm tired, when Scott Disick on Keeping Up With The Kardashians can't get himself together even after rehab and when someone is nice to me at the grocery store checkout.)

I am a complicated, over thinker, over feeler in love with life.

I understand that being sensitive is an asset and makes me a better parent/person.

I say we all need to dance more and vote more.
(I try to dance in my kitchen daily.)

I dream about sleeping more, dancing more and how much fun my kids and I are going to have on summer vacation.

I try to live my whole life by THE Golden Rule because I think it's kind of the best thing ever.  

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I hope I am raising children that become loving, open-minded, big-hearted, accepting, encouraging adults that express themselves in their own way and live their own truths.

I am a complicated, over thinker, over feeler in love with life.

Now it's your turn! Copy the bold words and then the rest is up to you.  Fill in the words or sentences however you wish and then link up.


  1. This is amazing and inspiring and so YOU.

  2. This is THE best prompt, I love that you had this idea! And that first photo of you is THE best!!! :D

  3. I am SUCH an over-thinker and having all the feels drives my husband bonkers. Such a great post with insight into your life and the internal battles we have in common btw.

  4. I love this. Such a great prompt! I'm a total over-thinker and over-feeler. And love your response to when you cry - yes!

  5. I want to be YOU when I grow up, to take #allthefeelings and ride them with my hands in the air.

    This prompt made me blog for the first time in months...thank you! xo

  6. I feel all the feelings too and can cry over the same things. I am also a jaw clencher.
    Loved this glimpse into who you are!

  7. Totally with you on all the crying!

  8. Love the way you approached this! I often over-think things as well, which leads to indecisiveness and then missing deadlines and then a giant snowball of other effects. Yuck. Your family is adorable. I remember middle school so vividly; I can only imagine what it must be like to have kids that age. Hang in there and thanks for co-hosting this week!

  9. Your first "I am" is exactly what I am! Exactly!
    And the dress you're wearing in the photo below it is my spirit animal dress.
    I love Bonnie Raitt. She really says it.
    I think being able to cry for Scott Disick is a superpower.

  10. I love your answers!! I saw Bonnie Raitt in concert many years ago and she is fantastic.

  11. Love that first picture of you and I try to dance in my kitchen as much as possible.