5 Things

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This was written as a part of my journey with Jess Morrow’s Invincible Summer Writing eCourse in 2012.  I wanted to share it here with you now.

checklistAs if there are only five things someone would need to know about me {she smiles}.  I’m not saying I’m picky or hard to get along with but there certainly are some things really matter to me.

  1. My top 5 values are wit, wisdom, passion, committed community, and integrity.  I measure everything by these values.  The one that gets challenged the most is committed community.  By challenged, I mean, it seems to be the one that I’m constantly feeling like things are butting up against it.  It’s really important to me to spend time with people who are mutually invested in our relationship whether it be in business or my personal life.  Sometimes I think it’s a way of keeping me safe from being hurt.  Not that I never get hurt; I just find myself always watching for signs so that hopefully I’ll see it coming and can get the heck out of dodge before it gets too bad.
  2. I am a bit of a control enthusiast.  I don’t have to actually be in control but if you can let me THINK I’m in control, that’d be awesome.  One way you can do this is to let me drive if we are going somewhere.  Not being at the steering wheel can be really frustrating for me {unless I know you well, I know your driving patterns and have been driving around myself too much} and, for some reason, my friends NEVER own vehicles with breaks that work on the passenger side of their car.
  3. I’m an introvert.  Being around a lot of people can be really stressful for me.  Sometimes people think I’m standoffish or that I don’t like them.  That’s probably not case at all.  I’m just more comfortable being the observer.  It takes a lot for me to ramp up and interact.  While I love laughing and spending time with good friends, I’m not always on my “A” game.  Please don’t take it personally.
  4. I really don’t like surprises at a all.  I like to know what the plans are, what time things are happening, where they are happening, what’s inside each of the boxes under the tree…better yet…don’t even wrap it.  Might have something to do with the control thing but I’m not sure.
  5. My love languages are acts of service and quality time.  It means so much to me when someone does something for me and when they want to spend time with me, just because.  I don’t mind an occasional gift either {unwrapped and I want to know I’m getting one} but the other two are much more important.  Don’t bother telling me you love me if you aren’t showing it in other ways too because I’ll never believe you, no matter how many times you say it, and I’m not a big touchy feely kind of person so don’t try any public displays of affection unless you’ve taken out the garbage, cooked me dinner and asked me to a movie first.  Not that I’m needy or anything.

So there’s my top 5 things I’d want you to know about me.  If you decide you still want to hang out, I’ll get you the full list tomorrow.



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