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Clap your hands! Or don't. I'm not a cop. 

I recently (as in about 5 minutes before starting this journal) wrote a poem about how I keep seeing lists about "The 10 Things Happy People Do" or "Things People Who Love Their Lives Do." 

UGH. GOODNESS GRACIOUS GREAT BALLS OF FIRE. SHUT. THE. F****. UP. 

Are we at a point where people REALLY need chintzy articles about self-discovery to guide them through self-discovery? Which, by the way, totally negates the idea of "self" discovery. I started reading those articles looking for nuggets of wisdom, once upon a time. After reading just one of those "Those who are _______ do _____!" pieces, I could feel steam coming out of my ears. 

You know what those who are _____ really do? PRETTY MUCH WHATEVER THE HELL IT IS THAT THEY FEEL MAKES THEM _______. 

Granted, it's good to see different perspectives on what makes others happy. But can't we start a discussion about it, rather than making oddly specific statements about what you should be doing to live your life to the fullest?
Why do we seem to need these kinds of articles to validate who we are and why we do what we do? Why do we keep propagating the belief that one specific laundry-list of qualities, actions, or experiences point toward "real" contentment?

What makes ME happy is walking to work in the fall, teaching kindergarteners, hot drinks, fuzzy socks, cute animals, trust in God, and knitting, among other things. If we have that in common, great! Far be it from me to dictate to you that this is how to achieve personal bliss. 

I am curious, though, to know what makes all of YOU happy! Please, I'd love comments on things that float your boat, whether they're one of "10 things" or not. :heart: 

Little Things: 
1) Beautiful day, and we had frost last night!
2) My dogs are wonderfully floppy this morning. 
3) Excited to hear what my PM Kindergarten students have to say today!

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Hello everybody! My name is Lizzie, and I'm proud poet. =) I started really writing poetry my senior year of high school. I had an amazing Creative Writing teacher...under her instruction, I became a Scholastic Gold Key poet, and was invited to read alongside Taylor Mali at the Sunken Garden Poetry festival. I am an alumnus of UVM, with my degree in Elementary Education, History, and Special Education. I'm a busy lady, but I still write on the side. Nature provides plenty of inspiration. :heart:
I'm trying to get my poetry published in a hopeful attempt to pay for college. I know it's a really long shot--so much of my poetry is in dire need of edits!! There are so many amazing voices here, I'd love to learn from you! Constructive criticism is appreciated, but PLEASE be sure to include what you think needs editing and how it could be better.


Feel free to send me a prompt, or a poem request. Sometimes I run out of ideas and I love getting new ones.

Current Residence: USA
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Favourite genre of music: Classical, Alternative
Favourite photographer: My older sister! =D
Operating System: Mac
MP3 player of choice: iTouch (because I can play Fruit Ninja on it, haha)
Favourite cartoon character: Axe Cop
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Dog on loveseat,
buttercream curled softly,
whiskers twitching on each
exhalation.

Coffee pale with cream,
half a teaspoon of maple syrup,
sipped slowly with
a prayer shawl 'round my shoulders.

Sunlight on the hardwood,
bringing out honeyed tones.

The sugar maple
on the back-road hill crest,
its metamorphosis from
summer green to
gentle gold
fierce orange,
burgundy-crimson.

Kindergarten ingenuity,
describing the same thing
with different eyes
and fewer words.

"I love you"
sleepily whispered
when the lights are out.
Personal Happiness
This is by no means an exhaustive list of what makes me smile! Just describing some of the things that bring me joy. Inspired by a conversation with lady-of-the-quill.
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Clap your hands! Or don't. I'm not a cop. 

I recently (as in about 5 minutes before starting this journal) wrote a poem about how I keep seeing lists about "The 10 Things Happy People Do" or "Things People Who Love Their Lives Do." 

UGH. GOODNESS GRACIOUS GREAT BALLS OF FIRE. SHUT. THE. F****. UP. 

Are we at a point where people REALLY need chintzy articles about self-discovery to guide them through self-discovery? Which, by the way, totally negates the idea of "self" discovery. I started reading those articles looking for nuggets of wisdom, once upon a time. After reading just one of those "Those who are _______ do _____!" pieces, I could feel steam coming out of my ears. 

You know what those who are _____ really do? PRETTY MUCH WHATEVER THE HELL IT IS THAT THEY FEEL MAKES THEM _______. 

Granted, it's good to see different perspectives on what makes others happy. But can't we start a discussion about it, rather than making oddly specific statements about what you should be doing to live your life to the fullest?
Why do we seem to need these kinds of articles to validate who we are and why we do what we do? Why do we keep propagating the belief that one specific laundry-list of qualities, actions, or experiences point toward "real" contentment?

What makes ME happy is walking to work in the fall, teaching kindergarteners, hot drinks, fuzzy socks, cute animals, trust in God, and knitting, among other things. If we have that in common, great! Far be it from me to dictate to you that this is how to achieve personal bliss. 

I am curious, though, to know what makes all of YOU happy! Please, I'd love comments on things that float your boat, whether they're one of "10 things" or not. :heart: 

Little Things: 
1) Beautiful day, and we had frost last night!
2) My dogs are wonderfully floppy this morning. 
3) Excited to hear what my PM Kindergarten students have to say today!
I see a lot of lists
about "being happy."
But I think that if you need
lists telling you how to be happy
(or to recognize that you are)
you're not.

Happiness is self-diagnosed,
transcendant,
dependent on your personal experience.

If someone tells you otherwise,
maybe consider that
dictating others' lives makes them happy.

And likewise,
you may discover that
telling them to "shove it"
leads you to smile.
Floats Your Boat
I'm looking at you, Huffington Post. Oy, those types of articles make me so angry. I don't know why I read them.  (I think it's a combination of wondering what makes the author happy and trying to see how fast I can cool my temper.) 

In all seriousness, happiness is something you discover on your own. If you honestly and truly need a list to tell you what'll wind up floating your boat, you need to take a step back and re-evaluate what's going on there. (Or don't, if that's what makes you happy. ;) ) Happiness is dependent on who you are, and is different for every person. The "secret" to it is different for everybody--I haven't discovered it for me yet, but I think working on it is half the battle. 
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You play pinball
and I'm delighted by
the intensity of your expression
which I thought was reserved for me,
but in truth,
I'm flattered to hold your attention
just as much as
levers and flashing lights
without trying nearly as hard
as an arcade contraption.
Little Arcade
This is definitely not my best, or anywhere near it. Harrison and I have rediscovered the old Space Cadet pinball game that came on old Windows systems, and what's more, we found a way to emulate it on a mac. Cue nostalgia, strange bonding, and feeling flattered that I'm just as interesting, if not more, than a childhood favorite. :heart: 
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Two horror movies,
in the spirit of the month,
seem sufficient to keep me
awake and alert
to knit five more rows
along the scarf.

I have never thought of
blind terror as
sufficient motivation
to create Christmas presents,
and I don't think I'll let on
because
"scared shitless"
doesn't sound as nice as
"thinking of you."
Whatever Works
"Strong language" refers to one swear word, and in my defense I started the aforementioned project before I decided it was a good idea to watch "Let the Right One In" and "The Blair Witch Project" back to back. 
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Oh goodness!! This brought tears to my eyes--I'm very touched! You deserve the thanks, lovely, you do so much for everyone all the time. All the same, thank you so much for thinking of me! :heart: 
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Thank you! It comes and goes, is still crippling at times but I'm pushing through and fighting hard to get better. 
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