Notes to Self

28 Jan

Hi Self,

Just a few friendly reminders…

Don’t get too caught up in the everyday. Silly things like long commutes to work, ice on the windshield, forgetting to put earrings in? Small potatoes compared to the bigger picture.

Continue to embrace those people and things that you love; remember how delighted and engaged you feel during your creative writing class, connecting with other like-minded individuals, sharing books to read, writing prompts, feeling like you belong to a group? Do more of that. Remember how you feel when Knight wraps his arms around you after being apart for a few weeks. Remember how great it is to live with your parents, two people who would do anything for you since it’s all going to change soon; they are amazing forces in your life.

Really push yourself at the gym. It’s totally worth it and you know it. Enjoy the running high, the sweat dripping down your face, pounding it out on the dreadmill, rocking out to really hardcore rap. Sign up for a few races soon, use that Groupon for the Yoga classes and treat yourself right. You deserve it.

Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep… you’ve treated yourself to some much needed quiet time this week (read: Saying NO to social engagements) and it’s done a world of good for you. Do it more often. Your friends who are your true friends will understand and still be there for you.

Be present. I know things are topsy-turvy for you right now to a degree, but you can only do so much planning for the future. You know what John Lennon said (“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans,”) and you know he’s right. Your life is NOW. Enjoy it, you only get one shot at it.

It’s ok to ignore the pile of laundry growing in your closet, the unmade bed, and bathroom that needs to be cleaned every once in awhile. Chances are it means you’re doing something more meaningful and that’s a good thing.

Love hard. I know you’re good at it but just don’t forget to keep doing it. Love your family, your friends, Knight. They are all deserving. Let those walls come tumbling down and just fully embrace love. You know you want to do it. You know you can do it. And you know what will happen when you do.

And above all? This:

 You’ve really been yourself lately (well, ok, for many, many months now) and it shows. Just don’t forget to always be true to you.

What would your notes to self say today?

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7 Responses to “Notes to Self”

  1. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair January 28, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    I love this :)

    Note to self for me would be: Stay in the present, enjoy the day-to-day, don’t be scared to be spontaneous.

    And you’re so right, don’t fret about the little things: SMALL POTATOES!

  2. Stephany January 28, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    This is great, Nora! A lot of it applies to me, as well. :)

  3. Maddy January 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    My note to self today would be: Load up on the coffee, girlfriend! Because today….you’re gonna need it! ;o) Have a great weekend, Nora!

  4. Lisa of Lisa's Yarns January 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    Aw, that’s great! Definitely good to remind yourself those things sometimes (or often, actually)! Mine would say things like:

    – don’t feel bad about the fact that you are probably going to hire a cleaning lady in March. It’s good for the economy and good for your peace of mind. :)

    – stop stressing so much about the CFA. You are studying super hard, you are GOING to pass it. And if by some random chance you don’t, the world will go on.

    – enjoy every moment this weekend!

  5. katelin January 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    love this. my note to myself would be along the lines of “you can do it, keep working out!”

  6. Jessica January 30, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    I need to write myself a note too because I have many of the same things to say to inner me. Especially the gym stuff. I need to just go with it and get myself dirty!

  7. terra January 31, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Note to self: You are more capable than you think are. Stop selling yourself short and just go for it.

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