Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Beautifully Different

Beautifully Different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful.

By nature I struggle to align myself with the word beautiful but I whole heartily think I am different. Therefore I will tell you the things that make me - well, me.

  • When I was little if you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I said I wanted to "beat hogs and train horses." Apparently "beating" hogs was the act of sorting and well the training horses thing...that has never left. Instead I grew up to get my MBA with an emphasis in Marketing and have an extremely successful (at 29) career in sales.
  • I drink beer in a bottle and not fancy micro brews. Just good old Bud Light, Bud Select or on occasion Busch Light. I don't need fancy things to impress me. I hate airs. I will always pick the dive bar with the bartender who knows what I want over the place with a dress code.
  • I love steak and potatoes and in general am a very picky eater. Or selective as I prefer to describe it. You can find the way to my heart by grilling my steak medium rare.
  • I love the country and feel its the only place to live but I love to visit the city. I generally go to NYC once a year for about 3 days. I love being there, feeling the energy but I am never happier than when I return home.
  • I believe a 20% tip is a starting point. If you give me great service you will get more. If I think you are a struggling college student like I once was you are almost guaranted 50%.
  • I am always put together. If you see me in public, even if I am in workout clothes I can almost guarantee the hair was pulled back in an intentional way, I probably have eyeliner on, the clothes are coordinated. It may not be my best look but it is a rare occasion that you will ever see me at my worst.
  • Few places make me happier than sitting on a horses back or laying on a boat. Both are relaxing, soothing and just a bit dangerous. Both generally involve being surrounded by people I love and respect.
  • My favorite music is country and rap. That type of walking contradiction is what one of the things that I love most about me.
  • You can throw me into almost any social situation - a formal event, a dive bar, a business meeting, room full of strangers or a NASCAR race and I will be just fine.
  • I love to travel. There are so many places I want to go; Italy, Greece, Australia, Turks & Cacaos, St. Lucia, the Badlands, Montana, Jackson Hole, name a few.
  • I am one of the most ambitious people you will ever meet but some days I just have to be lazy. I mean, barely get out of bed, don't shower, lay on the couch all day - LAZY.
  • One of my only regrets in life is that I finished my undergrad in 3 years. It is the single greatest mistake I ever made. I should have taken my time and enjoyed it more. I should have spent a year studying abroad because once you are out you don't have those types of opportunities again.
  • I still wish I had gone to law school. I just couldn't handle being poor any longer. Working 4 jobs while taking 22 hours in my last semester just flat wore me out.
  • What I am thinking is generally written all over my face. But I have a great poker face.
  • I am not smiley. I hate when people tell me to smile. Make me smile, make me laugh. But don't expect me to just owe you a smile for no reason at all.
  • A picture of me hung in a museum for 17 years. Not many 29 year olds can say that.
  • I went to two colleges, one for undergrad and one for graduate school. Both used my image in their recruiting materials. Apparently I look like the stereotypical coed.
  • I'm insecure. I have days where I loathe my body, my face, my personality but thankfully - THANKFULLY - I always snap out of it and appreciate what I have and I don't let it control me. It isn't easy, but I get through it.
  • A lot of time I am scared that I am going to be alone forever but I am comforted to know that I am surround by friends and family that love me.
  • I hate being wrong. Even when proven wrong I have been know to continue arguing because I am just sure I can prove my point.
  • I have high standards. I hold everyone to them even when they are not fair or just and I do judge.
  • I am an amazing friend. If you need help, a shoulder or someone to listen I am always there. I expect the same from my friends.
I am not perfect. I have a lot of flaws. The list above isn't all encompassing but it is a snap shot of what makes me - me.

I am beautifully different.


  1. What a great idea for a post. I love this! Is it weird that I think that could totally be a great online dating profile? ;-)

  2. After reading this, I am amazed that you have not been snatched up again. You sound like every single guy's dream girl!!!!

    LOL, love my steak as well. This was so much fun to read.

  3. I love "quirks" lists like this! Even though I didn't get around to doing yesterday's prompt, several of yours (the horses, the being alone, the insecure) rung oh so true.

  4. I love this. You are proud to be who you are, which is quite a feat for any woman.